Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hello March


The calendar says it's March, but the rain and the 

chill in the air reminds me it's not 

quite Spring which gives me some time to work on 

a few more wearables for those future warmer days!





Thoughts of spring have inspired me to work with yarns and 

threads of linen and cotton.

(Although, the cozy wools still feel more comfy to me right now. )








This shawl is the Queen Anne Shawl and was a lovely pattern 

to work up, especially with linen. 

You can find the pattern HERE

I enjoyed it so much I'm thinking of crocheting another one in a 

different color. 




...and just a sneak peek of another Springtime shawl I'm working on that's 

crocheted with cotton.  

I've really been enjoying making shawls for those beautiful spring like days with sun yet you still 

need a little "touch of Cozy" in the shade. :-) 




Speaking of cozy...

Lucy does it right! 





Becca 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter's Palette



Seeing color in the dead of Winter. 




























Soft, quiet and subtle





Becca 


Monday, January 9, 2017

January...


...cold, crisp gray days, 




long, dark evenings made cozy with coffee and wool. 





I love the look of Winter, when nature is at peace. 





Creating and crocheting all things cozy. 




Have you seen the popular "Messy Bun Beanie?" 

I've enjoyed wearing and making these this winter. 




Inspired by some of the colors in nature for my 

scarves and hats. 





 All you need is love, 

and a little cozy wool. :-) 





How are you spending those cold, crisp gray days of January? 


Becca 


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Making a Fresh Start

Greetings! 

I've missed it here! 





PatinaMoon, 

my little relaxing place to share and be inspired by other makers, artists, 

and friends alike.




I've become a bit more obsessed with crochet over the past year and so I've decided to open 



One of things I love best about having an online shop is photographing the items I make. 

My creative process continues to center around photography and finding

new and fun ways to showcase the items I make.




My shop is a little sparse right now after the holiday orders, but I hope you'll

stay tuned as I work on some additional items that I think you will enjoy! 




So,  today I am making a Fresh Start here on my blog and hope

you'll join me as I share my new creative endeavors! 




Becca 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Around the House

 Hello!  

Is anyone still there?  What happened to September? 

Ok, well if you are still here, reading, thank you!  

All is well here, I just haven't posted as much lately. 




I've been dying to get out with my camera!  You see,  I have these crutches 

for a couple of weeks that have been holding me back a bit, but I'm not here to talk

about that.  I'm fine really...just a minor setback. 



So, today I hobbled out with my camera and snapped some things 

around home I thought you'd enjoy. :-) 

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I've taken photos of this schoolhouse on the corner before.  

I mean, isn't this just the kind of school you see in movies or 

read about in novels?  I'm from Las Vegas remember, and my school 

was a drab, no windows, concrete building with a playground on asphalt. 




Today, I heard the kids and looked out as they were running down the stairs, 

to meet their parents.  It's about 15 minutes of laughter, chatter, backpacks 

and papers flying and some scuffling through the leaves. 

(I have a neighbor who would tell you she's looked out before and 

has seen me out there scuffling in those leaves!) 




 This October hasn't been as cold as last year.  So, our Japanese Maple still has a hint 

of green before it changes to vibrant yellow. 




Then, I noticed "the stump" (yes we have a tall stump in our yard...don't get

me started about why that's there. Lol) 

This is the first time I've seen fungi growing there. 




I'm always fascinated with mushrooms and the different varieties. 

Growing up in the desert I NEVER saw anything like this. 




Don't you think these kind of resemble candy corn?  

No, I didn't eat any. Lol 




Amazingly, this butterfly has survived it's spot under the arbor where I 

placed it over 3 years ago when we moved in. 




Looking up and over the roof to the other side. 




 Well, it felt so great to get outside today with my camera and share a few

things around the house with you! 

I've had to do a lot of sitting with my leg elevated and when I 

look out the window, there's this neighbor across the street that's 

been keeping an eye on me.  (there's a light on her at night) 

The funny thing is, sometimes I look out, and she's facing a different 

direction...or maybe I've been going a little crazy sitting too long! Ha! 


  
Then, if I step out to get the mail or paper "Dr. Bones" waves 

at me from next door. 



So, are you enjoying Autumn where you are? 

Is your neighborhood all decorated with pumpkins and skeletons? 




I'll be back on my feet and back to normal before Halloween, so don't be 

surprised if you see me scuffling through your leaves or 

knocking on your door for some candy. ;-)


Becca 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Botanical Mixed-Media

Hi Friends! 

I hope everyone's had a great summer!  

I've been working on some mixed-media pieces lately, and one of 

the things that recently inspired me again, is this dragonfly.

Isn't she pretty? 

My new neighbor, Camille has only known me for a short time, but she

 knew me enough to know that when she found this poor little dragonfly 

in her garage, that I might appreciate it too.  I'd say she was right! 



I'm not sure I can work the dragonfly into one of my mixed-media pieces 

without damaging it, so I might just continue to photograph it as a 

botanical piece...this is a start. 



So, after the dragonfly, I started

 to get out the paint, paper and my pressed flowers and leaves again.






My desk continues to be a mess.




I picked out a fern leaf from our garden, 

and some hydrangea petals I pressed last year for this piece. 




My sewing machine has been calling to me too, so I added machine 

stitching on the sides. (above) 


There's just something so relaxing about sewing with a needle and thread.

I find embroidery relaxes me. 





I keep pieces of my thread crochet to use in mixed-media art. 




Here's the dragonfly that ended up on this piece. 




I love when I get a boost of inspiration for art. 




I'm grateful for all the things in nature that inspires me to create.

When that inspiration happens because of a friend and a thoughtful gesture, 

it's even better.

:-)

Becca 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hydrangea Love

Hydrangeas...

I can never get enough of them, and this is the time of year they 

show off their moody blooms! 




I love referring to them as "moody blooms" because of their ever changing 

colors depending on the soil's composition.

This hydrangea at our house used to be completely blue and now the past couple

of years, it's given me a variety of color from deep blue to lavender and pink! 




Below is something I found online that describes the meaning & symbolism

of the hydrangea.  The name hydrangea comes from the Greek "hydor," meaning 

water, and "angos," meaning jar or vessel.  Roughly translating the word to 

"water barrel," referring to the hydrangea's need for plenty of water. 


hydrangea

HydrangeaView our bouquets containing hydrangea >

THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF
HYDRANGEA

First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel.  This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower. With its wooden stems and lacy, star-shaped flowers packed closely together in a pompom, the hydrangea’s color ranges from white to blue to pink and purple, determined by the acidity level of the soil.
There remains some debate over the hydrangea’s symbolism – with some connecting it to vanity and boastfulness (perhaps reflecting its abundance of petals and lavish, rounded shape) and others suggesting that a bouquet of hydrangea expresses the giver’s gratefulness for the recipient’s understanding.  Still others suggest it represents anything that’s sincerely heartfelt. Despite this variation in flower meaning, there appears to be an overwhelming consensus that this 4th wedding anniversary flower possesses enduring grace and beauty.


I'm glad I was able to take the time to photograph these blooms because with 

this heat wave we are having in Seattle, they won't last long. 




I shot these images one morning right after I watered them. 




Notice the bottom right...one of the blooms is divided down the middle 

with lavender on one side and pink on the other. 




This blue is still my favorite. 








Look at this!  As I was shooting I noticed this flower that was white.  I'm guessing 

it will change to the pink that surrounds it. 




Isn't it lovely how different they can all be? 

That this stunning flower can go from this, 


to this, 



and finally this! 




So, here it is, summer of 2015.  I wonder what surprises this moody bloom will have 

for me next year? 



I hope you enjoyed my photos, 

thank you for visiting me here. 

Becca