Thursday, February 21, 2008

I Can't Find The Time

It occurred to me as I lay in bed last night that I was on a break from blogging when we got the dogs. Since their arrival has dramatically changed our lives, it seems right to talk about them.

So the picture above is WHY we have them- They're so cute! When Zoey and Noah saw this photo there was a phone call... need I say more? About two weeks later "The Head Brothers- Knuckle and Bone" or Jep and Chance came to live with us.

This is pretty typical- Casualties of the New Order of the Dog include 2 of Walt's favorite shirts, a slipper of Mary's , countless toilet paper tubes, biscuits ready for the oven, a pizza, and the topper- the cord to the computer! (THAT won't happen again! )

Needless to say this has been an adjustment. Luckily they are crate-trained and very well- behaved when they aren't chewing things up- We've learned that they like those rawhide chews bit not rawhide bones, and I don't feel too bad if I leave them in the crate to go into my studio- They can't be trusted to be good unsupervised yet. And they seem to like being in their "cave".

They are sweet dogs, and when I look into their eyes I fall in love all over. I even thought the pizza incident was funny. I guess that's what happens when your kids are gone and you have an "empty nest". That would have sent me over the edge once upon a time!

It's hard with the dogs and normal family type commitments- like housework and laundry, helping my sister move etc- to have blocks of creative time. That's why my Snow Day earlier this week was so important. I want to keep this going, because the One Fine Line quilt is waking me up with ideas! Luckily I have Friday afternoons- and today is Thursday! WHOOHOO

So tomorrow afternoon I'll spend a couple hours getting ideas organized and possibly doing the embroidery on the first block. I love this feeling of beginning a quilt like this- I think about it all the time and have scraps of paper with scribbles of layouts and notes about color...

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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Monday, February 18, 2008

Daffodils are Blooming

Here in Raleigh we don't get much winter. We have, in the past gotten massive snowfalls- I remember 22 inches when Zoe was a baby- That would be 8 years ago and it must have used up all our winter for the rest of my life- because here we are- 70 degrees, daffodils in bloom and plum trees flowering. No Snow Day for you! None of that wonderful feeleing of snow falling like crazy all night, and when you get up to go to the bathroom you can just tell that it'll be at least a two hour delay...and maybe you can make a good argument for not being able to get out of the neighborhood to get to work...
NOPE. None of that! Instead, we've got friggin daffodils! Don't get me wrong- I love daffodils and all things spring, but it's February18th and I know this means we don't have a prayer for a snow day.
Let us all bow our heads for a moment of silence.

OK Now let's get on with it. I bought a really cute bunny to go on the mantle at Easter, and some cute chicks as well. (What IS it with me and chickens? I think they're kindof cute...)

I decided that since I obviously wasn't going to get a snow day this year, I'd take a couple days off. So I finally finished quilting and binding my Hens Gone Wild quilt/table runner, and in a little while I'm going to go to Panopolie to get something to put on the short ends. I'll post pics when I decide where to go from here.
I spent the morning in my studio- started a new quilt- Working title is "One Fine Line" inspired by a song (So what else is new?) this is by a new favorite Colbie Caillat, and by Joni Mitchell's character in "Ladies of the Canyon" Estrella, circus girl. I'm loving this idea, and am determined not to sabatoge myself by overthinking it. We all know I can't draw- so these ladies are VERY kindergarten, but in a mature way! Push comes to shove, I'll getLuke or Sean to help me draw her- I would like to have her doing a somersault, and that's beyond my limited skills.
I also realized while pawing through my threads that I don't have vibrant enough colors for her hair and body, so... I'll go to the thread store which is just down the way from the bead store. And since it's gorgeous out- all windy and spring like- I guess I'll go enjoy my scheduled "snow day"

Oh yeah- and now that we got the new computer and I can do all this on my lap in front of the TV- I promise to blog more often- if you promise to leave me a bone- no- I mean a comment- once in a while!