Saturday, September 14, 2019
Look at that special scrap with the sleeping kittens! The pretty Asian scraps, butterflies, and stars!
I LOVE the mix of light blue and purple. I'm beginning to wonder if some of these block quilts should be put together in analogous groupings instead of rainbows of color.
I like green and blues together, pink and orange, yellow and blue.
I thought I'd show you some recent purchases too...
I really like dresden plates and saw this tool being used to press the points, so...
I also sewed the light blue chandelier blocks but that's for next week.
oh Scrap Sundays
scrap happy Saturdays
Friday, September 13, 2019
My favorite piece of the week came from this tutorial... LOVE IT!
I used Fluid 140 lb paper and KOI paints. Enjoyed the mixing of colors, removal of colors, pushing them around on the paper, and additional colors added. After all that it was so much fun to doodle with my pigma marker. I think I'll do more of this
I talked to some artists last weekend (see Thursday's post) and each one gave me a lot to think about. I learned two ways to do encaustic work, talked to a pastel artist about how he approaches his work and how he lets it go (sales), and one artist who combined metal sculpture, with bird nests and mannequins.
She used to make clothing, and cares about our environment, so she combines that with her metal work. I loved her deep need to make a visual statement. I just wish we were in the financial position to support each one of these artist, I would have left with a vibrant pastel landscape, a delicate layered encaustic collage, and a meaningful sculpture. Oh and some very modern pearl earrings!
So the gist was, use good materials, find your vision, and keep working...
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Let's start with the slightly cooler weather... whew! It's a relief to see 80's and 60s at night!
Most of my flowers are hanging in there, but something is happening to my vegetables...
|vege pic of the week|
I like the book I am reading at night by Jodi Thomas, (The little teashop on Main) it reminds me a bit of my style of fiction writing and I only wish I could read faster as there are so many books to read.
I've been looking through my library books, and will include them in Monday's Happy Homemaker post where I talk about books, movies, tv, food, crafts I am doing.
The book on disc playing in the studio is so engrossing it keeps me sewing!
I like catching up on my color challenge blocks this week, more on that Saturday.
|view from panera bread|
|even at panera the food never changes for me|
I liked painting this week. I found a great tutorial and got to do some sketches as well as a really pretty whimsical forest scene. Love paint.
I like Milo coming to stand next to me at the computer, to snuggle or guard, who knows?
|My buddy... I can pet while I type or paint with my other hand!|
I like a poodle who doesn't smell like the yard!
|art installation with a flamingo in it|
|the market was quite large and varied!|
I liked the pumpkin haunted house for sale
|get me one, Mama!|
I learned a lot from a pastel artist, no pics sorry but that's the way it is. We talked about my recent attempt using pastels... he solved my problem... use better materials and keep trying. I don't like the feel of using them though... but when I asked how he lets go of his work to sell, he said when he signs a piece, it's no longer his, it's waiting to go to a person who'll love it.
Something for me to work towards.
|make sure to get my good side...|
Hi Y'all! I like dining outside sometimes, especially if Mama holds my bowl for me. It's bad enough I have to stick my head in it like an animal! I like the cooler days, and being out back with my mom.
I loved that my friend Gracie came back from two weeks in the camper with her Daddy. Bet she's got some stories for me. She has been pulling him to come to my house but he must be tired 'cause he tells her to stop when she barks at me from across the neighbor's yard.
I liked looking around the craft show and being petted by lots of people. I liked my play date with Moosie, the weimeraner girl but she wore me out. First we ran across two yards back and forth like a car race for 20 times. Then we played in the back yard til Mama came out with cookies. After a little break I decided it was time for her to go home but she still wanted to play. Hey! You're nearly naked! I'm wearing a black fur coat! See ya' later gator.
Now sit! Stay! and visit Mama's friends keeping a list of likes too!http://www.piecefulthoughts.com
Linking to these fine parties!!
rosie and the boys nature pics
Sunday, September 8, 2019
THIS WEEK'S WORDS come from "The Loft" by Richard Jones: bed, river, room, burned, listened, weaving, empty, dreaming, final, calm, spoke, armsAudie listened to the calming sounds outside the open window as she went about the room dusting.
How did so much dust accumulate so quickly?
She lifted the tiny jewelry box gran gave her when she turned 10. There was a clean spot under where it had sat for years, holding her special things. Wiping the area clean, then wiping the box and sitting it back in that spot, she thought about gran.
A bird chirped outside, she glanced up and saw a pretty little yellow bird on a branch near the window. She guessed it didn't see her, as it sang loudly calling to it's friends.
Sometimes she wished she understood what the birds were saying. Then she felt sheepish at the thought, because her practical mother would have laughed at her for it.
She was who she was, a sum of her experiences and that little magical inside part that was just special to her. As she got older, she cared less about what people thought about her, and it felt good. There was a burning need inside her to relate to the world around her, not just swim through the days but make sense of them.
She turned to the bed, lifted the woven blanket of many colors and remembered the day she bought it. It was made by a local woman who moved to her town from the East.
She took a moment to hold it close to her, feeling the soft wool against her bare arms, and remembered the woman saying the colors were inspired by a river running near her studio. The weaver went to the river each day to empty her mind of life's worries, and wanted to capture that feeling in art. Yes, she caught the feeling of moving water in this woven piece that Audie wrapped around her for a moment.
Audie folded the blanket and carefully placed it on the bed, giving it a final pet before turning to dust the nightstand.
She wanted some order in her life to balance the current changes.
Audie didn't regret moving back to the farm, it was her heritage, her land now, and her safe place.
When gran passed away, she and Sam gladly took on the challenges of running the place, and she put aside the burning desire to do something momentous in life.
For a bit at least.
A need like that doesn't disappear, it sits patiently while life takes place and when the time is right, it reminds you of your dreams.
She spoke aloud to the empty room, "I haven't forgotten, I'm still here and will figure this all out" and there was a tiny flutter of excitement in her heart.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
I have baggies of backgrounds to baste on to papers, lots of papers cut out, star points already basted and waiting to baste, hexies basted to match up with stars and backgrounds. In general all the stages of making in the sewing kit.
This is a S L O W sewing project... keeping all the super skinny points and angles is not for the weak of heart but they are adorable. I don't mind a long term project, heh heh.
I finished the Christmas hexie table runner too.
All the quilting was done with gold metallic thread and it hardly shows at all!!!
I did a very time consuming and fiddly things in finishing this time... I layered batting and backing for the quilting, then trimmed the backing and turned all the edges under to meet the top hexies, then straight stitched twice.
For the Rainbow Scrap challenge color of the month, purple, I stitched up 12 chandelier blocks for this month,.,,
|purple lattice blocks|
So, this week's sewing projects in one post. Some ongoing, some by hand, some done by hand sewing with machine finishes, some part of a bed quilt to be and some for the table.
I love quilting!
Linking to these parties:
can I get a whoop whoop Fridays
Esther's blog Wednesdays
Midweek makers wednesdays
design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts
oh Scrap Sundays
slow stitching Sundays
Friday, September 6, 2019
I didn't do a lot of painting this week, with the holiday on Monday and our travels, I blended gardening, travels, sewing, and sorting stuff with creative time. But the image above is an exercise for me believe it or not!
I liked how the pale almost colorless circles show up as background.
I continued to sketch on my weekly calendar... note to self, don't drop liquid on Staedtler fineliner...
|gesture drawing... quick captures|
I watched another creationsceecee paint video, and got the idea of using zendoodle to fill in shapes
Life is so daily. I do a post on Mondays, a list of things I liked all week on Thursdays, and a sewing post on Saturdays... if any of that interests you I invite you to come back! It's all about living the creative life, noticing the details and interpreting them in paint, fabric or words.
My favorite painting/sketching video this week.
Simple way to create a little book to doodle in, and with a bit of watercolor and a pen, you can turn shapes into birds!
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Here's the vegetable pic of the week... my tomatoes all have black spots... what is that?
|looks like a bird doesn't it?|
After the show, it was too hot to look around the cute town, so we drove to Old Colorado City again, to pick up some more wine from vino winery. We tasted a few more, and purchased four bottles because they were half price! Then we wanted to try their lunch, and it was okay for us to plop down and enjoy a chicken salad while having a glass of white.
|cute store front winery|
All three of us!
|too young to drink but not too young for some turkey!|
We talked to a group of people from VA on the shady street while they petted Milo. It was fun to chat about our old stomping grounds.
In fact I liked all the people we met all weekend, most were visiting from the east coast.
While walking around Old CO City, we stopped to chat with a couple sitting with coffee's and books. They were just fascinating, visiting for a week from Texas. The husband used to be a writer for Reader's Digest (in NYC) so we compared notes on writing. He said he's an introvert, and glad his wife brings him out but sometimes he just wants to return to his shell! He doesn't miss deadlines... she was so funny and told me her word of the year was adventure. She just returned from a trip to Chichen itza with girlfriends. They did a three day hike to it!
I love to meet interesting people, and stop to chat with them.
I found an old hand sewing project to work on for the long drives... I'll show that on Sewing Sat.
Sunday we drove to Breckenridge for another art show, but stopped for lunch and shopping in Frisco first. I really love this little mountain town! We got the best turkey reuben sandwiches and fries and sat in the old gazebo amid the historic homes on display.
Lots of people out having fun everywhere we went this weekend, and we talked to a lot of them.
I liked this flamingo painting done a few years back, put on this post:Here!
I love an art show, and I look at the art, sometimes pulling Mama into a booth to see it. This time I was happy to see this little fellow keeping his artsy mama company.
"nice ride buddy!" I said, he said, "I know right? I'm at eye level with you this way"
I also love to play with my ring toy, even at night, heh heh. Adds a degree of difficulty to the game!
These fine people are keeping lists of likes this week too...
Linking to these fun parties!
cheesy photos at ched curtain
http://sky watch Fridays
rosie and the boys nature pics
Thankful Thursdays pet parade