Sunday, February 28, 2010

Twelvth Teaser picture. This was partway through the first day of mosaic making.
Eleventh Kat gets too busy to take pictures of the screens. I'll get some.
Tenth Julie prepares to screen print.
Ninth Hard at work, memorizing how to do deconstructed screen printing.

Eighth Charlene comes down to see what's going on.

Seventh The bags will be sealed, and left to melt overnight.
Sixth We make Deb do the dirty work.
Fifth Deb gets right to work. She packs snow on top of our fabric, in plastic bags.
Fourth Guess it's all here.
Third Deb arrives. We wonder if she left anything home.
Second Julie and Sandy get ready to document the first project, snow dyeing.
First ones here, Julie and Kat set up the dye area.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I mixed the dyes, made the thickener, washed the fabric, soaked it in soda ash, hung it all to dry, (you should see my house!), loaded the texture stuff, packed mosaic stuff, borrowed cutting tools, and I am late for my haircut!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Baguettes Art Group is staying at a lovely guesthouse for an art weekend. It's owned by Charlene and Taylor Jacobson, two artists. In these pictures it is set up for scrapbooking. But we'll do our own things. The setting is lovely, the house is too. Can you hear the excited rushing around, and packing and squealing coming from our directions?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I am counting the finished book, even though I did count the individual pages. Each step of making the book was a considerable amount of work, and assembly was also. Number 61. Now that's it's done, what should I do with it?

Last night I painted some fabric to make into pages of a fabric book. These will be backgrounds, with writing on them. Numbers 56-60.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Another palm tree. I made it with rectangles, and the background with triangles. Which one is better? Number 55.
We have 7 inches of new snow this morning. It's wet and heavy, sticks to the shovel, heart attack, kind of snow. We just came in from shoveling a small area in front of the garage. It will take 5 more times to do it all. But the snow is still coming down, so maybe more.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Palm Tree mosaic, number 54. Just made it.
My granddaughter Joanna made this one. Watch the mail on Thursday or Friday, kiddo.
My loyal blog follower, and granddaughter, Mary, made this. Your package is coming.
I did some grouting today. The count is now 53.

So far today, I have made a large pan of lasagna, and an apple pie. I learned to make pie at my mothers' side. My children called her Apple Gramma. She always peeled and sliced apples as we sat at the table, and fed them to my kids. I have added a few things to her recipe over time. I put in 1/4 cup of raisins, and a sprinkle of cardamom and nutmeg.
For my low fat, high fiber, low carb, lasagna sauce, I brown 8 sliced large mushrooms, a chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, 2 lbs. ground round, Newmans' Own jar of organic sauce, and a spoonful of sugar. I add a shredded eggplant. It gives a nutty flavor, and lots of fiber. I use lowfat cottage cheese, (I know it's wrong!) in place of ricotta, with shredded Parmesan cheese, and parsley and fresh ground pepper mixed in. And lowfat mozzarella is the top layer. Usually there are only 3 layers of pasta, to keep the carbs low. It makes a large pan. We eat it twice, and I freeze it for 3 more meals at least.
I won't count this creative stuff, but I did make something.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Two views of a new book cover. It has a penguin tag, painted fabric, and many embroidery stitches. So it fills my challenge for art group. I still have to make pages. Number 51.
Wheels, number 50. Just finished. What color should I grout??
A mosaiced violin, a fund raiser for Saline Fiddlers. Should I grout it? Number 49

Friday, February 19, 2010

This week, I had three grandkids for 2 days. Then I went to an artist's group meeting, the Baguettes. And today, I'm going to a birthday party. Can I help it if I know how to have fun? Of course the Olympics are taking up my evenings too.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A new blackbird. Number 48 for the year. I'll show you when it's grouted.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Okay, I admit I goofed off all day for 2 days. I read 2 Dexter books. But my cold is better, so I plan to do something useful soon.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Numbers 44 to 47. The two on the left belong to Sandy. I have an awful, sneezey, runny nose, stuffy head today. It may be a Nyquil night.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

You may be tired of necklaces, but I'm not. Number 43, Purple Blue.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Gold Spring, number 42. Some of the beads in my necklaces were made by Sue Hubbard, a wonderful glass artist.
Mexicana. Made this last night, wore it today. Number 41.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lime Aqua, number 40.
Salsa Spring, third of the day, number 39.
Second of the day, Green Gold Spring, number 38.
Southwestern Spring necklace, first of the day. Number 37.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Aqua Spring necklace, number 36. I did my best to think Spring all day. We got 8 inches of snow.

Lavender Spring necklace, number 35.

Pink Spring necklace, number 34.

Pale green Spring necklace, number 33.

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