2. I like finding new fiber artists. A friend of mine at work recently gave me a book by a Japanese embroidery artist named Hiroku Kobuta. She's embroiders exquisite portraits of pets, mostly on shirts and mostly, but not exclusively cats. This friend of mine has one of her pieces, and I was thrilled to see it up close. I'm not sure she has a ton of web presence, but you can see her work on Flickr here. Her shading is just beautiful. One really cool thing is that her English book has page after page of detailed examples showing how she stitches and shades the cats, from the very beginning to the final stages.
3. I love seeing new things growing. We have gotten a fair amount of rain lately, and I went outside the other day to see that these giant mushrooms had popped up overnight! So fun!
Thanks as always to LeeAnna