Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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What I've Been Working On: July 2018

What I've Been Working On: July 2018

 Original Oil Painting of the Royal Botanical Gardens Rose Garden by Amanda Farquharson

Original Oil Painting of the Royal Botanical Gardens Rose Garden by Amanda Farquharson

It's been a long time since I last wrote one of these "What I have Been Working On" posts - and I have done a lot since then! So I can't cover everything, but I can at least show you the things from the last few weeks. 

The picture above and the pictures below are from a series I did based on one image of the Hendrie Rose Garden. We are lucky to live so close to such beautiful gardens and doubly lucky to get a membership from my in-laws for Christmas (thank you!!). They replanted the rose garden this year with more sustainable and disease-resistant roses and although the plants are still small, they are super beautiful. What I love about the scene is how the very Canadian pine trees and maple trees in the background of this modern rose garden. 

 An embroidery version of the Rose Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, ON.

An embroidery version of the Rose Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, ON.

 Watercolour rendition of the Rose Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens by Amanda Farquharson

Watercolour rendition of the Rose Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens by Amanda Farquharson

 Crazy Zauberball Yarn

Crazy Zauberball Yarn

I cast on a pair of socks for my sister from this yarn called "Crazy Zauberball"... the point of the yarn is it's two different colour changing yarns plied together, so both are changing constantly and it's very fun to knit because it's like "ooh, what's next?!" but it also results in two socks that are like sisters but not twins. To keep things kind of more similar I am going to make white heels and toes. Hopefully Brenna likes them as much as I like knitting them. I am trying Double Point Needles this time and it's nice... keeping this project on my nightstand and working on it mostly when I wake up before James from our daily nap. 

 Work in progress: painting of our kitchen window by Amanda Farquharson

Work in progress: painting of our kitchen window by Amanda Farquharson

I am painting this based on a photograph I took of our kitchen window when it was filled with gorgeous flowers from a local flower farm. It's still in very early stages and I feel like the frame looks wonky in this picture although I am not sure if I actually painted it wonky or if that's just the board warping.

 Anker's Jacket in Chive Green

Anker's Jacket in Chive Green

I made a joke on instagram recently about how it's lucky for my embroidery that I have knit so many slightly different shades of green baby sweater... and I was laughing to myself because I AM WORKING ON ANOTHER ONE. This is probably my 7th green baby sweater? I guess green is just a really universally flattering and gender neutral baby colour. Or maybe I love green. This is a gift for a new baby joining our extended family in November. It's been a really fast knit and seems to fit James perfectly when I tried it on him so it should be perfect for a new winter baby!

 Small 5 x7 Original Framed Peony Painting by Amanda Farquharson

Small 5 x7 Original Framed Peony Painting by Amanda Farquharson

Last but not least I framed this small peony painting and listed it for sale in my Etsy Shop. I kind of love it in this little spot in our kitchen, it perfectly fits between the door and window but I already have some art that I love in that spot... decisions, decisions! 

So that's where things are at! I hope I remember to update again soon!

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