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Old 06-22-2017, 12:00 PM   #21
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For those of you who like animals... there is a wonderful live safari
on YouTube you can access. They stream 6 hrs a day divided into
sunrise and sunset. The guides are very knowledgeable and the animals spectacular.

I am making screenshots for my future and present art work.
It is rather like birdwatching with professionals too, as lots of birds are shown and explained.

Streamed from Djuma reserve in the Kruger Park, S. Africa and newly established at Mara reserve in Kenya.
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Youtube: example
these are shown each day after the drives end. You can search by subject as some partial videos of special interest are posted separately than the daily ones.
Safari Live : The Nkuhuma Pride, Lost cubs found on drive this afternoon Sept 9, 216 - YouTube
This one is from Sept 2016 when the young cubs were lost and then reunited with their mums.

The Djuma videos of S. Africa are not really often showing deaths of animals or other distressing situations. I just move the YouTube progress bar along and skip what I rather not see.
The Mara Kenya is much more graphic, but the videos of the landscapes and massive animal migration are stunning.

Since I will never be able to go on a live safari, I find these videos really interesting and helpful for me. The day passes really quickly when I attend to these digital safaris! The Djuma part gets up close and personal to the most amazing events and baby animals.

Another member here suggested SafariLive to me since I am mostly homebound now with my lupus and pain, etc.

Here are two graphite drawings I have done from screenshots. The first one is of a lioness introducing her new cubs to the pride. The second one is of the cape buffalo which are so ugly and mean they become interesting! The standing one has 3 oxpecker birds grooming it.
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Old 06-23-2017, 01:40 AM   #22
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I do love animals... my favorite place to be when it's cool out is down at our local zoo, we even have the annual passes and have ridden the train so many times that we have the whole spiel memorized and even know most of the conductors by name... worse still they know us by name , at least I never have to fear losing the GB even if it is in Jacksonville, since EVERYONE there knows she belongs to us LOL. Funny story actually is that my DSD decided to take the GB down one time without us, and the zoo officials very politely questioned the GB about "Where's your nama today?... Are you having fun with your...mommy???" hand's on their radios ready to call it in. The daughter was completely embarrassed, and more than a little miffed...while the GB who doesn't have a shy bone in her body was quite happy to tell them where I was and where Nampa was and why she was at the zoo with mommy.

She called me to complain after her fifth time being stopped by employees and I just explained to her that that was a great thing! Sure a little bit annoying till word passes around the park that she is with you and you are her mother... but at the same time, at least now you know you never have to worry about her getting kidnapped at the zoo. (I'm sure one day she'll apprieciate it... she still complained a lot to me about it, I of course was thrilled beyond words that I don't have to worry quite as much about losing a 3 yr old in a crowded zoo with plenty of distractions for her to get caught up in.)

But anyways I will need to check that out, see how it compares to the endless number of animal documentaries I've watched and pray the camera isn't too bouncy.

And as far as the needle felting goes, it really was simple to do and not exceptionally time consuming, of course there's plenty of room for improvement and you can also do almost a punch embroidery with the roving as well so I might have to try that out too, even though the sculptures are fun to make as well. But its pretty much roll a basic shape then stab it with a needle (watching your fingers) for about 40 minutes to an hour, sculpting as you go, that's even what the directions said... Read through to ensure you understand all the directions... pull off two x five inches of roving, roll into a snake then stab with the needle till done..... such clear directions , is what I initially thought... then after following them it really couldn't have been any clearer LOL.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:29 AM   #23
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The SafariLive feed is not exactly like a nature documentary.

It is unscripted and happening right there. Some days can be slow so they do birds a bit more. There are brief glitches if something blocks the signals... but they are not a reason to not watch.

There is only one guide I don't like and I tend to mute him.
They allow screenshots and do not enforce copyright. Some people who share the screenshots do put copyright on the photo
but they are few.

The level of reality and intimacy is amazing with their special zoom cameras. And they have cameras for night time events as the sunset drive daily goes into the dark. There is no comparison to zoos!

I enjoy the elephants the most, followed by leopards and the dwarf mongoose. The birds are really enjoyable too.
The elephants are truly amazing IMO. Their herd behavior and intelligence and their babies and youngsters, you would rarely see in a zoo. I don't watch it "live". The drives are rapidly posted on YouTube. I prefer to have the timer bar available to scroll thru things I don't like or are too triggering for me.
The Kenya feed, which just started is more graphic so I usually just scroll thru it. Because of the size of the Mara getting up close like S.Africa's is less intimate. But I enjoy the landscapes.

The day just buzzes by me... my infirmities and pain forgotten.
I have learned alot about Africa as well. It is free and no membership required. Some days are quiet so the guides give little informational talks, but some days are very busy with exciting situations and beautiful animals. They find many animals by following tracks in the dusty roads. Last year was a huge drought but since the rains in Jan-Feb the Djuma greened up and is much prettier. So one can really learn from the tracking. Many viewers keep a bird log, or an insect log, and on the weekdays there is a 45 minute segment for children who watch from schools.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:43 PM   #24
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It seems my mother has gone a wee bit crazy... since I can still operate my sewing machine she has been cutting out quilts like crazy and making me her little sewing bee. Including making a tall ships quilt for my brother who barely even talks to me, that requires 180 tiny little triangles sewn for the sails alone. All I can say is bro better send me a Christmas card for all those little sails his ships are getting.

We just finished the top of a quilt for my cousin as well, I'll have to remember to snap a picture of it to share, it's an adorable patchwork kitty, the whole quilt is one big cat pieced together by squares following a grid pattern. It's truly cute and my cousin is cat crazy so she should love it. And my mother has also already begun cutting out a sampler quilt for my one of my aunts, has all the fabric to make another quilt for one of my uncles and my sister who I'm on even worse terms with than my brother, and still has plans for me to sew up quilts for all three of my nieces and my nephew, as well as my GB's and my other aunt (who also wants a tall ships quilt), and then of course there's the quilt for my DH.

Oh and she wants a quilt as well, she just can't decide if she wants to sew it herself making a cathedral window quilt by hand, or think of something else so I can sew it up for her.

Crazy... that's my mother to a T. Love her to death, but she has me working my fingers to the bone right about now, because naturally they all have to be done in time for shipping them out at Christmas. And this week so far I've only managed to sew 70 of the 180 sails I need for just one quilt (and I still need to sew the whole thing together and build the body of the boat then quilt it all).

But hey I did want a hobby that I could do, and my mom came through in spades, plus a few clubs and hearts and a couple of diamonds (cheater! ) All joking aside it is enjoyable, and I did tell her that if I'm falling behind too much she's just going to have to jump on a machine as well and lend a hand if she REALLY wants them done by Christmas. Otherwise I'm moving at a nice pace slightly above that of a snail, but don't they say slow and steady wins the race?
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:45 PM   #25
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Not the cat quilt but the quilt that started her on her trip to crazy town 😋
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I have a sewing machine. I can only do basic stuff on it. Haven't gotten it out of the closet in years. I don't even know if I can work the pedal now, seeing as how I need hand controls to drive my car.

I should dust it off, and see if I can actually still work the thing.


I've finished two scarves in the last couple of weeks. Using a really nice stitch that looks good enough that I don't even have to crochet an edging onto it to make it look finished. I ordered more yarn from Joann's Craft's last week. Can't wait for that to get here, it's a self striping yarn with a lot of orange color in it. I'm hoping it's as good as the reviews on the yarn have been saying. I'm going to maybe make one scarf, and if I have enough I'm going to crochet a rectangle granny square with it.
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This is the first scarf that I made last week, picture was taken while it was still in progress. I haven't taken a picture of it finished.
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I love the colors on that, it's perfect for fall!

I don't know how hard it might be to work the foot pedal on your machine... but my mother did buy my niece a little singer sewing machine when she turned 13. We really had a hard time using it because it just went soooo slow... but it was perfect for a beginner since even if she put the pedal to the metal so to speak it never "took off" on her. And it was a really cute blue too . But if you find difficulty with controlling the speed through pressure with your foot, you might look around for one of the beginners machines.

It was as sturdy as any sewing machine we've owned, and a fraction of the price and it still had a few stitch option, nothing fancy and it moved at a slow but steady pace no matter how hard or lightly you pressed the foot pad. She even still has it 12 years later. She doesn't sew a whole lot, but can manage a few alterations. Failing that, when my legs are really acting up on me I have placed the foot pedal up beside my machine and sewn one handed. Guiding the fabric with the left hand while the right hand works the pedal. I need to pin like crazy to manage it, but it can be done .
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Well... sometimes I'm so foolish I astound myself. I have a sewing machine that was marketed for quilting. Since purchasing it many moons ago it has made a grand total of three quilts (and the 4th I'm now working on), I primarily used it to make clothes so the only foot I've needed and have paid any attention to is the simple pressure foot, and the odd buttonhole foot but since I hate doing buttons mostly I'd pass the articles off to my mom for her to sew the button holes and buttons on. So one foot, that's all, I've done invisible zippers, cording and all with just the standard pressure foot.

But as we were talking about doing the quilts, my mom couldn't help pointing out how much easier they would be to quilt with a walking foot, and a freehand foot (I've done freehand with just the pressure foot too...little tricky but not impossible) but sure whatever makes it easier right (was my initial reaction)

So we first hopped online and started looking at feet. Some were pricey, some were cheap, some... who knew if they would work with our machines or not??

Then my mom found, while digging through our sewing stashes, the freehand foot she was talking about! Woohoo, we don't need to buy one, but really wasn't wholly necessary, is what I thought... well a bit more digging around and we found the walking foot, okay so things will be a little easier pfft whatever... then she found the holy grail of quilt cheating!!!

HOW could I make it these 37 years without ever using a guide foot??!! Forget sliced bread this is like the best thing since... the invention of fire! Mother of all sewing cheats!! I'm waiting for the house to drag me into some dingy basement and beat me for cheating while I'm sewing with it. Like the fat quarters are just going to turn into Italian mafia and come at me with baseball bats and cement shoes.

And yet... such perfectly squared perfect little squares!!! *squeaking with joy*. I know it's absolutely ridiculous to be this excited about a sewing machine foot... but seriously... best thing EVER! And all this while was hiding in my little baggy of misc. sewing machine parts that I haven't opened once and looked in.

Sooooo soooo many more quilts to see that are going to be soooooo easy now.
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