Thursday, March 30, 2017

March Review

This month certainly went by fast. I'm in a cogitation mode this month. I've spent time reflecting and just letting the creative portion of my brain relax. I realized that I haven't been up to my usual activities. I spent a little time looking at what's been getting my attention. These are the 'happenings' for March. 

Rec'd some sewing room supplies from Craftsy. 
Made some paste papers. These were part of an online course I'm taking, Creative Strength Training with Jane Dunnewold and daughter Zenna. 
I was trying to get the label off this bottle by using water from my coffee maker. Not the best idea. 
I visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens before the freezing temps we had for a few days. 
We spent some time in Columbia, SC visiting the Riverbanks Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and walked along the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. 

I received a lovely Hydrangea from my neighbor, a new iPad (with pencil and keyboard), and a driveway greeting card for my birthday.  I put that camel picture in just for Myriah to enjoy!

I literally tore up 4 sheets, and rolled them into bandages for missions. 127 were made this time. 

I'm accomplishing my tasks for Basic Crazy Quilting Course #2 with Kathy Shaw. I pulled together some color groupings, did some color seeds work, and then pulled the final pieces for my crazy quilt block. I'm thru task #7 and my next step is to choose some trims and laces. That is a bit difficult for me, but I'll get it done before I run out of time. 
I decided to capture those paste papers onto fabric. I'll be using the paper or the fabric on the composition books I sanded and painted with gesso. I also got my shells out of the bleach bath, rinsed, and once dry they will be ready to have a coat of mineral oil rubbed into them. I want to take some of these on vacation to have the grandkids mod podge napkins onto them. 
I also volunteered to do the long arm quilting of this beautiful quilt that the Ducks made. My stitches are indistinguishable on that paisley print that they gave me for the backing. 90,638 stitches on this one. 
I've also gotten the PFAG workshop budget, trifold brochure, and acknowledgement letter done. 
I wish that all of you lived close enough to come to this. We would have a such a wonderful time together. But, alas, we are all over this big world of ours. Maybe, someday,,,

The hubby got the sink cutout from my new granite counters put onto an heirloom of mine. 

We have spent time with family and friends. The Summerville Orchestra's presentation called March Madness was superb, as usual. We have a new conductor, young and full of energy! He's a delight to be around even if you see him at Coastal Coffee Roasters having a cup of,,,
St. Paul's Tearoom offered some great food again this year. My friends, Pam and Marie, went with me and we did a little shopping in the boutique area after enjoying our lunch. I couldn't resist another piece for my 'Beach house'. I may add a few more shells, sand dollars and starfish. 

I signed on for an Internediate Crazy Quilting Course, also with Kathy Shaw. This one, #105, deals with silk ribbon work. We'll be getting some printable designs to work with. I can trace onto pastel toned cloth or print with these sheets. This is the product I used for capturing the paste paper images onto cloth.

That's about it for this month. I have today and tomorrow before it's over.  
So, Let's Create TODAY!

On a personal note: 
I've been losing a little each week as I check in with my Weight Watchers group in Ladson, SC. I've only had one week that I had a minimal gain, but it was cold and I wore heavier clothes to stay warm. I learned my lesson, dress in layers! LOL

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.