Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dimensional Weaving & Embellishing Workshop

We have Martina Celerin coming to the Charleston, SC area in October. This will be a very interesting and diverse workshop. No previous experience or equipment is needed. Everyone can join in on this without being a "weaver".

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Day By Day, February 15-28

February 15- I woke up this morning with a terrible headache. I got moving after lunch and put away all the paraphernalia left over from Saturday's Silk Fusion Workshop. The studio's table is cleared off now. 
I did a little alteration on a pair of 'relaxed fit' jeans. I definitely feel thinner in closer fitting jeans. 
I made an insert for a tumbler. I forgot to get a picture before inserting it and once in, not coming out!

February 16- Today I made significant progress on my BCQC project. I removed it from the aqua borders and found a soft green for it to sit on. I used a herringbone stitch to attach it. I then played with some embellishments. None are permanent, yet. But I'm much happier with where it is at. 

Flowers are blooming around the yard! 

February 17- A shell dressed to go out on the town. And more waiting to be dressed. 

February 18- Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild. SEFAA Representative, Lynn Tinley is our speaker. It was a great meeting. We learned about SEFAA. It's located close to Atlanta, Georgia. I think several of us are interested in becoming members and doing road trips for some of the events. 
When I arrived home, my insert for the kitchen sink had arrived. I'm happy with my purchase!

February 19- Out to lunch with friends after church. The camellia, in front of OLC, is in full bloom today.
Some of my grandkids were able to enjoy unseasonably warm weather in northern Illinois.

February 20- WW weigh-in day. Yeah! My focusing on healthy eating paid off with another loss. 

February 21- While I try to vary my walking route each time I go out, I do enjoy checking up on the azaleas just two blocks away. There's about 4 large clumps of these, each about a 4' mound of pink. 

February 22- I received another box of 'creative goodness'.  I enjoy looking through these goodies, and finding them appropriate homes. This time, they are speaking directly to my heart. They will inspire me for a time before going on their way to other creatives. There are several packets of small samples, complete with description of stitch used. I'd love to use them in an art piece of some sort, with a map for others to be able to identify the stitches she used. 

February 23- The peach trees are blooming in our area. 

February 24-  The pines are giving off copious amounts of yellow pollen. I'll be glad when this is over. 

February 25-  Today was a lovely day to visit Mepkin Abbey. 

February 26- Happy Birthday to Leslie. George is helping at church today. 

February 27- WW weigh-in day. I am down another .4 for a total of 7.2 pounds lost since starting on February 9th. Signed up for Creative Strength Training, with Jane Dunnewold. There are 5 of us taking it. It's an online 10 month course. We will work through the monthly offerings individually. Then get together for discussion and community time, as it works into the schedules of 5 very active people. 

February 28-  In the mail today I only had one piece addressed to me. It's filled with inspiration. 

Well, that's the wrap up for February. It has been a very interesting month. I've invested time in a lot of areas that I will share with you soon.

As always, 
May God bless you throughout your week. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Day By Day, February 1-14

Happy Valentines Day 

 Be Happy and Dance, an art quilt by me. 

February 1,2,&3 - I continue making headway on decluttering, organizing, giving more away, and accumulating less. A pile of magazines was first on my list. They can become clutter so easily. 
After going thru the first 20 magazines, ripping out articles and inspirational images, this was what I had left. I kept one magazine intact for sharing with my grandkids. And I continued on. 
This is the binder of what was kept after 'ripping through' all 35 magazines in the pile. I put articles and images into page protectors. With getting more than 7" of magazines down to 2" and organized by topic, I'm feeling like I've made some major progress in this area. 

February 4- Attended the 'Cobblestone Sandwich Makers' meeting. I did this as my 'take' on McTavishing, our topic of discussion. It's always fun to get together with people that have similar interests. We are always interested in learning ways to improve our quilting skills. 

February 5- We attended Worship services at OLC, stayed for the 'souper bowl' lunch, and then went to visit with Aunt Marjorie. She is a very special person to us.  While we were at church, we heard about a gentleman that could use some bedding items.  These will make a nice set for him. The quilt has florals but with the browns, golds, and deep greens it has a masculine quality. We'll take them with us on next Sunday. 

February 6- I went to Nancy's house to pick up my book on Silk Fusion and see her latest adventures in gelli-plate printing. Then to Michaela's, and off to Ladles for lunch. Sonia brought my DVD on Silk Fusion. We solved many of the world's major problems. I picked up groceries and headed home. Nancy and Michaela shared how far they had gotten with their BCQC projects. I shared mine, at its present stage. I really wonder what will be the final outcome of this. 

February 7- I tore up 3 sheets and rolled them into bandages for missions. The strips are a bit wider than my last batch and I ended up with 78 rolls. They'll get delivered on Sunday. 

February 8- Wendy's scarf is ready to get mailed out. RoseMarie will receive a replacement package for one that was lost over a year ago! She never said a word until I specifically asked her if she had gotten the one I sent in December of 2015. I should have asked sooner, but time got away on me. 
I love how Wendy's scarf turned out. 
We also dropped off a box of stuff at Goodwill, and a box of bubble wrap at a local Antique Shop. 
Had lunch at the Italian restaurant and I now have a pizza box to use for my BCQC project. I'm toying with the idea of attaching it to the top after treating it with some gesso and paint, it's a perfect size!

February 9- Today I went to my first WW Mtg in over 4 years! I'm going to be back on track with this program. It worked well for me in the past, I just dropped the ball, and ignored making good choices. I met some very motivated people with positive attitudes. Just what I needed at this time.  Later that day I gifted this scarf and dropped off the small quilt to my guild for our charity project. 
February 10- In today's mail was my second blog book. This is a journal book, and provides pictures to go with my stories. And there's always plenty of space to add notes later. Like, what I might eventually do with my pitiful BCQC project. It has been stripped of it's borders. I'm determined to get a grip on this and have a finish!
I've been dyeing some tops and various fabric pieces. I used a variety of methods, and per usual, lots of colors. These were more serendipitous than any I've ever done. The one on the top of the basket pressed up beautifully. Maybe I'll try to get some snapshots of me in them, doing something creative?

February 11- Silk Fusion Workshop was a lot of fun. Laura arrived right on time. After acquainting her with the building, we started reviewing the process and techniques we would be using. She was knowledgeable in felting with wool, understood the difference between wool and silk, and was full of enthusiasm throughout the day. Chef G provided a tongue pleasing Jambalaya for our lunch. By the time we had finished eating our fusion pieces were ready to be 'packed for transporting home'.  We decided to visit Middleton Place and take in it's beauty and grandeur. I always get 'calmed' by the atmosphere and humbled by it's history. A must see if you are ever in the Charleston, SC area. The camellias are in full bloom right now, and it is amazing. 
This was one of the silk fusion pieces I made. 

February 12, Sunday- When we arrived at church this Camellia was in bloom. 

February 13- My neighbor and I went to our Weight Watchers 'weigh-in'. Yahoo! I lost 3.6 pounds. I knew dropping the snacking, eating more lean protein, and drinking plenty of water would pay off, just didn't think I'd see this amount so soon. 
The leader suggested we do a bit of decluttering during the upcoming week. Whether it is thoughts or a physical space, clutter tends to be overwhelming and then we just shut down and don't make the best choices. I took several pictures of areas in the house that need attention. Now, to pick 'one' and get it 'done' before next Monday. Where do I start?
Kitchen and entry. 
Livingroom and bedroom. 
Powder room and laundry. 
Landing spots
Sewing room areas
 Sewing room areas
Longarm room 
More longarm room spots

Now to just get started!

February 14- Valentine's Day. And G is making things shiny. 

It's getting close to lunch time and I'm going to have some Jambalaya today. 

May God bless you with a happy day. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Headway During January

Two baby 'long leaf pine' trees I see when I go to town. I've been watching them for 3 1/2 years now. 

During January 'headway' was my focus word. Many projects saw significant headway, with several being completed. And, as usual, 5 more were added to the original list of 10 intentions. 

As of 4:30pm, today, this is how my month went. 

1- Kitchen Upgrade. The upgrade is completed, all that's left is a few tweaks and decorating. 

2- We changed out our Livingroom seating pieces, brightening the room and giving us more seating. 

3- I held a silk fusion workshop on January 6th. We made flat and dimensional pieces. 

4- I spent time trying to save the Mermaid Sweater, but in the end it became a scarf, with extra yarn. 

5- My Crazy Quilt project went through several stitch 'n rip moments before it reached this spot. 

6- I free motion quilted a crib quilt, then turned the backing to the front for its binding. Time saver!!

7- Red Impatien flower. This is the only item on my list that just freezes me in my tracks! No progress. 

8- Sort and organize projects, by month.  This was a good idea, and keeps the clutter down. 

9- Declutter and organize my house. Re-evaluate my activities. This is going well. 

10- Prepare for Beach Retreat with my guild. Situations arose and I did not attend. 

The add ons:

11- Rip and roll bandages for medical missions. First batch was finished and returned. More to go. 

12- Silk Fusion mosaic piece. This came about from the 1/6 workshop. Next step is quilting. 

13- I presented a program about sericulture (silk cultivation) on January 17. It was well received. 

14- We participated in a silk scarf dyeing class. We used a special tissue paper, vinegar/water, and ironing to set the colors. A few days later I decided to heat set once more and then do a cool rinse. I noticed some traces of dye, so I did the 12 hour soak that is my usual, and most of the color was lost. So, I just got out my ProcionMX powders, some ice and "over dyed". I liked them so much that I added project #15, further down. 

15- Dye four more silk scarves for gift giving. They're drying on the porch as I write this. 

So, where does this leave me?
January (1st) intentions 10 + 5 added during the month = 15
End of month report. 
Ongoing projects (9&11) = 2 
Completed (1,2,3,4,6,8,13,14&15) = 9
Items dropped = 1
Progress (5&12) = 2
Projects that rec'd no attention, yet  (#7) = 1 

All in all, a good month. Moving the Red Impatien along, and finishing my Crazy Quilt and Silk Fusion mosaic pieces are at the top of February's intentions. Along with bandage making, and decluttering. 
The rest of the February list numbers close to twenty! And with fewer days, I'd better stay focused and work at NOT adding more to a very full plan. 

I have the rest of today and all day tomorrow before February actually starts. I know me, posting this now takes the anxiety away for trying to get one more thing finished. If I do anything I would like to 'thaw out' and work on the Red Impatien. 

Do you have any project like that? One that you've gotten it just so far, and you froze? I imagine we all hit these spots now and again. How did you get yourself beyond the stopping spot? Your comments on this would be greatly appreciated. But whether you comment or not, I'm grateful that you've taken time to visit. I sincerely want to say, thank you.