Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
We had Diane over for dinner yesterday and had a nice afternoon with her. She and Don are coming next Sat. for dinner too, which will be nice. That dinner will be a Mexican fare! Yesterday, I made grilled salmon with mango salsa (home made), roasted vegetables, spinach/artichoke dip and brownies w/yogurt ice cream for dessert. Really a good meal if I say so myself!
I did get to work on the beading for my shibori piece last night. I'm liking how this piece is turning out. There's sure a lot of hand work on it but it's been nice having some to do at night. It's just hard to sit and watch TV and not do hand work. I'm hoping to have the beading and stitching all finished by this coming weekend.
I'm heading to JoAnne's this a.m. to get some more thread for my wolf piece. I need pale, pale shade of gray. Then I'm off to a meeting at our library. There's lots of discussion in the town regarding the costs associated with having our library here in Goodrich. I'm not up on all the facts so I want to attend the meeting today to get up to speed. I can't make the township meeting on Tues. night as it's Kris' BD (her 40th!). Have to get the body moving....which isn't easy!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Before we went to the wedding reception, which by the way was quite nice, I continued stitching on my Art of Nature piece. This is one of the wolves which I think looks like a female. I do need to pick up one more shad of gray in the lightest shade. I think she's looking pretty good so far.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I was reading an article in the July/August issue of the AARP magazine on telling a story in only six words. The article starts out....Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to tell a story in only six words. Papa came back swinging with "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Isn't that just great! For those too young to not receiving AARP yet, you can read the article here. Today I feel "worn out body - with young mind". I sure feel that way..guess it wouldn't make an interesting article but then I don't have a way with words.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I showed my Art Diary page 5 & 6 a week or so ago. This was my attempt at using the 'zentangle' technique in quilting. Inside the large circle is where I played with different quilting designs in a whole cloth piece. Heck, that's what we do most of the time anyway is just doodle with need and thread. I was going to write in the curved areas but I never did. The doodling really shows up well on the back side that I painted.
I just bought some cheap drawing paper (70lb) from JoAnne's or Michael's (can't remember now) to use. The web site has in their 'zentangle' kit "a mould-made, acid-free, 100% cotton, heavy-weight fine artists' paper with a beautiful vellum surface finish". If I get really good then I'll switch to better paper..until then...Here's my first 'zentangle' I made!
My doodle on a canvas panel
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here is some of the thread painting I've been doing. It's a lot of thread work I can tell you that.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I know I moved the camera too much but the sounds don't care! Watch and listen..OK, mainly just listen!
Now to get to work!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
This was the fountain at the front of the museum. It wasn't on when we first went into the building but was on as we were leaving. A nice mist came off of it which was quite nice for folks that were sitting around it. The day was warm and beautiful!
This was inside the museum looking out at the fountain. The building is quite nice and the exhibits are as well. Carol T. and I, a few years back, stayed at a hotel right around the corner when we attended the fiber convergence. We did go through the museum and saw most of the exhibits. It's certainly worth the trip to go back and see facts and memorabilia of President Ford and we got to see the doll collection from Carolyn Kennedy.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I made stuffed mushrooms for dinner. They were based on Bethenny Frankel's recipe. I have her book, Naturally Thin, which is great! She has some recipes in the book and on her web site. Anyway, I stuffed mine with a little rice and spinach and the rest of her ingredients. They turned out great. Actually, this is the 2nd time I made these and I had to try and remember how I made them the first time. Maybe next time I'll make them exactly as Bethenny does! The Portabello mushrooms take the place of meet and along with some pasta and salad we had a great meal.
I'm off to GSQ guild meeting today. I started thread painting my Art of Nature piece and hope I don't run out of thread!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here's my current 'hand' work piece. This started off as a piece of shibori (dark fabric) to which I cut and added some hand dyed lime fabric. Looks nice but predictable.
I cut the piece in four and started playing with the arrangement.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I glued another piece of suede on the back and made sure all areas were covered. I placed the cuff around a small glass to dry (adding ruber bands to hold in place).
And here's my finished bracelet! Margaret Ball has a great book and tips on her web site. I reference her book often in my work!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Two years ago, I made several beaded bracelets based on the pattern by Margaret Ball. I have Margaret's book, Embeadery, and it's great. Check out her website to see some of the wonderful beading she does. I use her book often for stitching in my art work. I love any type of hand work and the beading just adds to a finished piece. At least in my mind!
Here's one bracelet I made. The base is a very fine ultra suede.
And the binding is on Lenore's piece. I do need to put a sleeve on this and then I'll take to our Library here in Goodrich.
Here's the back of Lenore's piece I finished. It shows all the stitching in it. Bob actually likes this side better then the front!
Another beautiful day today! Sun shining and very pleasant. 47 degrees around 7 but it's suppose to be in the high 70's again today. No humidity so that's fine for me!