8.12.2010

Krakatoa!

We returned from vacation with a big to do list. I was in a car accident before we left and the body shop couldn't fit me in until this week, so I had to take my car in and get a rental. Jaxon had his first eye exam and his 4-year-old well-child doctor visit. And of course, it never fails, a string of thunderstorms came through and knocked out power.

Isn't it funny how you forget all the ways you use electricity? I thought, okay, I can't use the internet but my laptop is charged, I can watch a movie. Only the movie I wanted to watch was on Netflix, so I couldn't connect. Our stove is gas, but the ignition is electric, so we ordered pizza. With the air conditioning off it quickly got hot, I thought to myself at bedtime, I'll open the windows and turn on the ceiling fan. Right.

The good thing about our lack of electrical is I had plenty of stitching time. I've finished my inspiration piece for round two of Hoop Up. I decided to go with the porthole theme. Apparently the ship I am on is passing a volcanic island....



I chose a linen blend (color is "lake") and made lots of French knot foliage....



And did something I usually avoid -- embellished with beads. I thought a volcano at night needed some bling!



Now I need to prepare my fabrics for my teammates and I'll be ready to go!

10 comments:

Anna Joy said...

Beth, this is soooo pretty! I love the color choices and the beads are such a great embellishment!!! I can't wait to make something pretty for you!

Lynz said...

Oh. My. God. I cannot embroider and am normally in awe of anyone that can but I am on my knees bowing down to not only your superior skills but your quirky subject! That is the coolest thing I have seen this week. This month. Perhaps this year!!! Show off. *g*

Jackie said...

I'm not one of those people who would like to live without modern conveniences. I must admit, a few hours of no electricity can be kind of fun.

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

This is fantastic. I love the lake color and the stitching! I love hand stitching. Just don't have time for it. Maybe my power will go out, too. lol. No. Wait. It's like 1,000% humidity here. Please, electricity, STAY ON.

Rachel said...

I love your embroidery and that fabric colour is just perfect!

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MJ said...

What wonderful beadwork & knotting on this project! I agree that we don't know what to do when the power is out! It's been happening regularly this summer. I suspect the squirrels are suspects...

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