Sunday, November 2, 2008
I've been loving the involvement with an online group that is asking the question "What If..." What if I used this silk with denim and pieced it so the seams showed? And let them unravel? You get the idea. It occurs to me that I have always been a What If person. Since I was small I have had the ability (or is it a curse?) to imagine the next step- A lot of times these thoughts spiral on me- What If I got into an accident- what would my family do? Kind of crazy thinking that I (almost always) shut down pretty effectively. The What If fill-in-the-blank thinking that keeps you awake at night, or is responsible for sad days. I think we all do this, but don't talk about it (Cause it DOES sound a little close to crazy!)
So it occurred to me working on this project that What If is such creative thinking. It enables the artist to imagine the next step- and when working with whatever medium- to take the results and turn them into something unique and sometimes truly extraordinary. I think it must be a basic question- related to How Do I? And to Why? But a question that can be properly trained and guided away from the mental anguish into the light of creativity and actual production of the thought in fabric or paint. It's exciting- layers of thought translated into layers of a quilt- or layers of music- or a painting that makes your heart sing.
Here are a few shots of works in progress- as Christmas starts its express ride into our lives- I wanted to take a few minutes and share what's been on my mind. I hope I've touched a What If thought in your mind (the good-creative-kind- of -What-If?)
Hard to imagine what this amoeba thing is- It's a Baby Surprise Jacket for my niece's baby- I'm only posting this because there is NO WAY she can see the completed sweater from this shot!
These birdies made from repurposed sweaters and these tassels and those beads will make a gorgeous Indian-inspired gift for a few special people
It's hard to see the idea in the red birds- (have you caught on to this years' theme?)They will look like the green polka dot one when finished.
And the Lovely Geisha? She will be a(another!) knitting bag for ME in the Birdie Sling pattern from Amy Butler
OK- this little posting has taken a lot longer than I intended... What If I spent the whole day uploading pics to the blog? - I wouldn't get any of these cool things finished!! Let me know what you think- I love to get comments!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Things got a little complicated with a sneak attack by Gina and Nick - which ended up with Luke using Zoe as a shield- Bad Luke
I promise that now that summer is winding down, and things get back to a more 'normal' pattern, that I'll post more about life in general.
I have to leave you with a link or two- One of my oldest friends is in Beijing with her daughter, Anna, who is scheduled to compete TODAY SUNDAY in the Women's eights Rowing- here's a link to the NBC site and another to Anna's site- check out her art- It is awesome!
and when I went to get the time for today's race- I found this !!
What a thrill. Congrats Anna- Congrats Marty- I know you must be SO proud!
Friday, July 4, 2008
We are back from the beach- the pic above is 'our little cottage by the sea' complete with the bunting I made so we could tell which house is ours on long walks- It was fun to make- I just used a pinking rotary blade and sewed them into bias binding I had left over from another project. They held up very well- in spite of the wind- A cheerful beacon guiding us back to our house.
It was a wonderful week- my favorite part was the early morning walks with either Zoey or Noah or both as we wandered down our almost deserted beach looking for 'our' shells- Zoey collecting one type- Noah collecting coral and fossils- heavy stuff that Nana ended up carrying! and all of us looking for purple shells to make a shell house. I had a perfect day when it was so windy that sitting on the beach became a derm-abrasion treatment- everyone else went in, but I sat there with the wind in my face, my MP3 playing William Ackerman/ Windham Hill music and a really good book. Life is good!
There was time for work on my Circus Girl quilt as well- I'm in the embellishment phase and am using seed stitch to give it some texture and movement. I could let this quilt drift along forever- I decided I needed self-imposed deadlines- So I am setting a date to have this quilt finished- Aug 1- time to move on to other ideas!
One of those other ideas is to post a couple of tutorials- I'm working on putting together one for the way I make summer quilts/bedspreads and another for the headbands Meg and I found at the beach- It's a wonderful version of a bandanna, and simple to make- so keep checking for that.
So, my friends, have a wonderful mid-July week filled with fruit-stand fresh peaches and a profound appreciation for air-conditioning! There's a clear glass pitcher of iced-tea and a bowl of fresh berries waiting for me!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I'm sitting here listening to Pandora and so grateful for so many things. My garden, neglected as it is- looks so beautiful this week. The funny little iris that-I don't- know-what-it-is at my front door is in full bloom , and looks so pretty with the clematis and my purple door- Walter is painting the front area, so I don't think a picture is in order- let it live in your imagination...
In the back is the beauty of my 'New Dawn' rosebush- which, when not in bloom, bears a remarkable resemblance to the thorn bushes in 'Sleeping Beauty", but right now is producing the most glorious profusion of roses that makes my heart sing.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Baby Girl Strelec is doing OK- she was in special care nursery for a little bit but all reports are that she's doing good. Last I heard Mom and Dad hadn't finalized her name. I told my sister Sue (Baby Girl's Grandma) that in the South, this kind of thing can stick- so they better get a move on- It's not at all unusual in THIS part of the world to meet a grown woman whose NAME is Baby-(remember 'Dirty Dancing'?) it's kindof a Fannie Flagg/ Fried Green Tomatoes kinda thing- It could happen! I have met adult women named Precious, Tiny (kiss-of-death- she weighed abt 300lbs!) and, of course, Baby. Welcome to the world, Little One- you are a lucky girl- your Daddy is a wonderful man, who loves kids, and he will be an awesome Daddy. I am so happy for you both, Larry and Lauren
One side effect of spending so much time at work this past week is that I was determined to not waste my Friday afternoon. I left work (almost) on time, and after stopping for a Friday-Treat for lunch (confession time- I Love Chick Fil A )- I came home and went straight to my studio and got to work on my Circus Girl quilt- No lunch bags or work for other people, just my work, my art, my ideas translated into fabric and blended into a concept- piece abt how women need to juggle so many aspects of their lives and sometimes we do a great job, and sometimes we fall on our asses- but we keep going. So far I have Tightrope Girl, and Trapeze Girl pretty much finished as blocks. Still in my head are Cannonball Girl and, of course Juggling Girl. It feels so good to be doing something creative that feeds my soul. Here are some of the pics I took early on for this quilt- you can get a good feel for the colors
On another note- the beauty of blogging became very clear this week as well- I got a call from an old friend- really the oldest of friends- Kate and I have known each other since fourth grade- we haven't done too good a job of staying connected in the last few years- a Christmas card or birthday email if we were lucky- but, she's on my blogging list- and this week we talked for a long time- a lot of what's been going on she was aware about- at least the head stuff- from my blog, and it was such a treat to spend time with her. Thanks for calling, Kate- I was going to try and find an old picture of us, but I guess we're going to have to take some new ones!
This post is getting too long- Please kiss the babies in your lives for me, take a minute or two to appreciate this beautiful Spring and come back and visit!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Some came from my sister- some make me smile because I found them while on vacation, some from not very good bottles of wine (purchased for the cobalt blue bottle, not the questionable quality of the wine!) and a lot came from people who love me who saw them and thought of me. A collection of pretty things that makes me feel loved- not such a bad thing to collect, huh?
All this cleaning and such is not really my favorite thing, but I must confess to a lightness of spirit that has graced my days since we finished the big jobs. The cobwebs of winter are gone, fingerprints on the wall from many Sundays of inside hide and seek played by uncles and kids have been wiped away- the fireplace cleaned out (not from ashes- it never got that cold- I forgot to take the little fireplace candle holder I put in there at Christmas away) and now we look to a season of cooking out (Love It!) sitting on the deck (Gotta get a new umbrella for out there) watching Zoe and Noah blow bubbles and the dogs tear through the yard (tearing the yard up- er- aerating the soil! ) and outside games yet to be discovered. Our winters aren't severe, and the "bad' weather doesn't last long, but the spring here is so beautiful and we have so much fun in the yard. Even though we don't have Northern winters to contend with, Spring is still very welcome!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I'm breaking a major rule with the above quote- It's not from me but from a blog I lit upon earlier this week and it spoke to my heart, so I copied it, but neglected the author- BAD MARY!
I may be the last person in the world to discover Pandora, but I have had so much fun with this site this week! It makes me miss it when I have to go to work and can't have it on in the background. For the uninitiated, it's an online radio- but you're the music director- you put your favorites in, and voila! out comes lots of music like your favorites! it reminds me of Shelfari- which, if you haven't checked it out- you should- is a service that keeps track of what you've read, are reading, want to read- AND links you up with other people who read the same kind of books. I love it- I have made some really good friends, plus I have someone to talk about my current fave. It's also a great place to research something to read when you're in a dry period ,something that hasn't happened to me since I joined. Gotta love it!
It's spring, and this spring that means weddings and babies- so I'm having fun with baby hats and baby dresses and baby booties- oh and bibs! My godson is having a baby so I'm taking advantage of my status and spoiling this little one, (yeah- I know- I'm spoiling myself, too!)
Still to come are wedding present ideas... may cop out on this and go with Crate and Barrel. :)
Sunday, March 2, 2008
I got a polka dotted broom! I'm in love with this broom. It is cute and functional and adds joy to a simple task. It's got it all! Doesn't it look cute ? I still have a boring green plastic dustpan- have to scout out one that's more fun.
I have a theory that we all have art in our souls all the time, it's just waiting to come out. I admit, I'm not a great housekeeper (although better than someone I could name but won't cause I'm trying to get her to read my posts and I don't want to hurt her feelings...), and the dogs have defintely added to the housekeeping load- so why not have something artful to use for what is, let's face it, a boring job. So I feel creative when I sweep- and I guess that'll make me sweep more often!
Sweeping could, however take away from my studio time... hmmm-
On my I Finished It list is the stack of felted bowls I made from the Oneskein book, by Leigh Radford, another on my list of books I got from the library I need to own.What a fun project! I used Bernat' s Felting Yarn in the blue-greens and it really only took a week of knitting for an hour or so a day to do all three bowls. I love them so much I'm making more-more-more, so those of you who love me may be looking at your Christmas present next year!
It's Sunday-Gotta-Get-It-Done- Day. Yesterday we finally put all the Christmas stuff up in the attic. It had been blocking our path through the garage (that has never had a car in it!) oh these many weeks now. I'll admit to feeling a little sad as I handed up the 20+ tubs of Christmas decorations to Walter as he loaded them into the attic space (with only a few swear words). Christmas is finally over. sigh.
Now we need to Goodwill all the remaining stuff, and W will be able to use his space. Whoo-Hoo.
Have a great week- Kiss the babies you meet, but don't let the dogs kiss you (you know where that tongue has been?!)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
So these are my threads and the other pic is of the Seminole patchwork I made to use for Estrella's clothes. That was fun- I couldn't find my book on Seminole so I had to dig deep into my memory banks to remember how to do this... turned out pretty good. The colors of the fabrics aren't quite right- the threads are close.
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