Monday, August 29, 2011

Today was a day of cleaning. I took 3 boxes to the AA PTO thrift shop, packaged 3 large bags of clothes and toys, and a box of books, for Purple Heart, and filled a trash bag. I moved some shelves, and put all my sons' stored books and mementos onto them. I sorted 3 bins of toys, and discarded a whole bin of them. I relocated many books, from table piles to shelves, chose a bunch of bead magazines to offer to friends. I stacked about 50 books I want to keep, into a large box.
It was a day of high energy, so we walked around the block 3 times, for almost 3 miles. And I gathered all the things I need for a class in a couple weeks, reworked the collage I posted the other day, and packed a box of china teacups to send my daughter. There is a stack of art zines a friend gave me, and I've been reading through them all. Today I read 5 of them, in between activity.
Some friends and I are playing  10 Word games on the phone, so I have been keeping up with that too. Maybe tomorrow I'll feel like laying around, and eating bonbons.

Friday, August 26, 2011

 This is a sample for a Mixed Media Collage Class. It includes modeling paste 3D texture, hand dyed gauze and lace, buttons, beads, letter tiles, a key, wallpaper, a press molded hand,, jewelry bits, an old photo of a mother and child, and sheet music. Whew! Number 157
You saw this embroidery before, but guess what! I made it into a pillow. I am teaching a Beginning Embroidery class soon, and this is the image we'll use.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

 Another new pillow! made today, from a top started last September in California. This is called Scrap Garden Pillow. I show you a detail below. Number 156

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I've had a head cold for the last few days. Sounds minor, but feels like a big sandbag is on my face. I have been drawing in my art journal, but that's about all the creative stuff I can do, besides clearing stuff from the bedroom for the painting process. Which is done now, and looks great. Instead of medium turquoise, we now have light lemon lime. My daughter will call it brilliant yellow green, I say pastel. I can tell the walls are lighter when the lights are off.
So, what do you do after painting a room? I say, paint another. I am working on getting my painter to agree. The guest room is looking quite dim, and the office is definitely a note of discord, being yellow, in a green and aqua house. I believe if I start the job, he may decide I don't know what I'm doing, and take over. That's the plan, once I can breathe again.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

There are big goings on at my house. Rick is painting the bedroom. I had to empty the bookshelf, so we could move it. I took 5 bags of books to the library book sale as a result. I wanted to move the shelf to my sewing room, so got rid of all I could bear to lose. (Mostly it was Rick's books.) Don't feel sorry for him, my mother kept giving him Civil War books, and he doesn't like to read.

The shelf fits exactly into the space I cleared for it. It's replacing a small bookshelf that was not working for me. I have a huge library of sewing and art books, and want them in my studio. I moved the small shelf to the guest room, just around the corner from my studio. There has been a tall pile of mostly magazines on the dresser there, but no more. Looking through the books, I sorted them into likeliness-of-use piles. Those least likely I'll want soon, go in the guest room. Maybe they'll be the next to go to the library. The books on paper art go downstairs, to the paper art room (basement).

All the inspiration pictures I have saved, are in 2 bulging folders for now. I will sort them, some cold winter day, and file them into page protectors, and put them in one of my inspiration binders.
Much of the stuff in my studio closet has been pulled out too. It's all over the room, and has to be sorted and stored, because it's blocking me from working. Rick says if he'd known I would get rid of stuff, he would have painted a couple years ago.

Two walls of my bedroom are pale lemon lime already. I think I'll like it, although paint always looks brighter on the wall than the chip. I have to make a new quilt for us. It was time anyway. Maybe I'll use Hawaiian fabric! I already have a box full. Fresh, light color is inspiring, now I want to paint the guest room.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I spent the day with my personal geek squad of one, my granddaughter. She did research and put some things for sale on Craigs list for me, and helped clarify some other issues. Her fingers are a blur. She was born with a computer in her hands.
I am selling my embroidery cards, no longer use them. In fact, most of them I have never used. Ten years ago I had dreams of embellishing kids clothes with all manner of Disney characters. I grew out of it rather quickly. I am also selling my embroidery machine, a Brother 180D, stands for Disney. That means it has built in Disney figures, and can use many cards. I am hoping a friend takes it off my hands, so I don't have to list it too. But if you're interested, drop me a line.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another new pillow. This is fun. I am picking up partly done projects, and making them into pillows.  A good deed, and a good use. Number 155

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

These are the Baguettes. It's a diamond, or a loaf of bread. We met today, and for a change, all of us were there. Usually Sarah is at work, teaching school.
It was so nice to see each other, we talked so much, it was like music. We have been meeting twice a month, for about 10 years. These are my peeps. We are held together by threads, of knitting, sewing, beading, and love.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This is after hand stitching. Can you see the sequins? She is dropping them. Number 154

 This is how the quilt looked after machine quilting.  Notice I forgot to stitch the legs, I will.

A new bag, I call it Bucket Bag, because it stands up. This was fun. I used squares I got from a charm club, and combined them with cool dotty fabric. It's surprising how the colors are the same, and the styles so different. Number 153.

Monday, August 15, 2011

 These are 3 Tablerunners I made before Summerfest. The large one is 12" by 42" or so. The 2 small ones are 9" by 32" or so.
They are numbers 150-152.

A 3dimensional pillow. This started as some yarn dribbled on a fabric, then stitched in place. I added torn strips of fabric, and some cutout flowers, made of 2 layers of fabric fused together. I quilted it all, and put it together with a zipper up the side.
This is number 149 for the year. I did not count the 40 fused glass pendants I made before Summerfest.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

 I want to introduce you to Daren Otis. Daren is the designer and maker of wonderful purses and tote bags. They are well made, and lovely. She uses the newest fabrics that are on the market for quilters.
She comes to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Her business name is Lightweight Travel Totes. I highly recommend Darens' bags.

 Her bag styles are always evolving. I have 6 different styles of clutch bags I bought over the years. My mom and sisters have too.
I have never been disappointed with a bag I got from Daren. They are sturdy and long lasting. Her prices are surprisingly low.
 I have purses, change purses, and makeup bags too. I used to take my mom to Darens' shop, long ago. Now my sisters want to get her bags whenever they come to Michigan.We've been her customers for at least 25 years.
Daren does special orders, and can tailor a bag to fit you. It's easy to pick up your order at the Farmers Market too.
She will sell you fabric if you want it, too. I did. Last week I special ordered a bag to carry my computer, in fabric by my favorite designer, Kaffee Fassett. Today I picked it up at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Isn't it great? I'll also use it to take stuff to classes, and travel.
Today we went to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. It's in Kerrytown. This is always an adventure. You never know what cool things you'll find.
 There's always lots of delicious produce, of course. It's beautiful, even if all you do is look.
There are so many hardworking people involved in making this market every week. It's also on Wednesdays, and Sundays. Sundays are for mostly artists.

 Sometimes you find artwork on Saturdays and Wednesdays there too. This vendor has lovely tablerunners.
 This vendor has beeswax candles, in lots of shapes that are very appealing.

 These flowers became my new desktop wallpaper.

I wonder how many calories are burned by the people who bring all this wonderful food for us to buy.
I had a lovely week long visit with my daughter from California. Now I'll get back to work. Hope you are having a great summer.

Monday, August 8, 2011

 These are some views of Summerfest. It was the Two Twelve Fiber Artists first show. Wayyyyy toooo hot! It was fun , but grueling.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 8 p.m. is Saline Summerfest. It's downtown Saline, at the main intersection, you can't miss it. Work of the Two Twelve Fiber Artists will be for sale, as well as many other beautiful arts. We set up in the afternoon, and then you can join us for the fun starting at 5 p.m.

Monday, August 1, 2011

 A class I taught at QU, the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild's retreat. This class was Cup of Joe. The little coffee quilts showed a lot of personality. They featured the things that people like to have at breakfast. One had a window, one had a clock. There were 2 cats included, and 2 apples. One had a remote control for the TV, that was very realistic, wasn't it? We had fun.

 I taught a class at QU called Fabric Collage Cards. All six people in class finished their project! And the results look terrific. It's amazing how fabric choices can end up looking so different on the same project.

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