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Thursday, September 14, 2006


I almost missed last night's show. I was in a mood to glue. Getting my "V" cards done to mail out. They're coming along nicely. Now.medium_2006-09-14.jpg And I also worked on the recipe postcards. Have to come up with a good collage-y thing to do with the pesto... WC didn't work well.
But then, B calls upstairs at 9:05 - Project Runway is on. Can you believe he is hooked on it, too? I liked the winning dress. I pretty much agreed with the judge's comments and felt they were more on point and talking about the designs instead of punching the designers in the gut.
Stitched on the Knights while I watched. The page is about finished. Have to decide on the sequins next - but since I have a *bad* transfer I can experiment on that one without ruining the real piece. The needle marks would show in the transfer if I decided against the sequins after trying them.
Also stitched the sign-in book (badly, may have to redo) and wrote some comments and journaled about the process.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

late night inspiration

Round Robin mailing deadline staring at me - not one but two....
After grieving over the lost memory of a masterpiece of an idea, I got down to art-ness and glued some fabric on a sheet of watercolor paper. A piece of silk brocade that had been given a slap-dash wash with natural dyes. I wish now I had paid attention to the direction of the leaves when I applied the three or four colors way back when at a long forgotten Art Camp. But since the square wasn't doing anyone any good stuffed in my fabric stash, I figured it needed a little time *in-country* on the round robin circuit.medium_2006-08-23_004.2.jpg
So tonight after going through the latest issue of Quilting Arts which just arrived today and admiring another fabulous birthday package with frogs inside and out, I read all my email and then began on the page. I painted some gold acrylic in an effort to camoflage the blobs of color and highlight the leaf shapes of the brocade. Working, it's working... I can live with that. Then I am going through boxes and drawers and recent bags of traded stashes pulling out the appropriate colored items and auditioning them and then returning most of them to original hiding places.
Angelina is the stash challenge of the week and I just happen to have an unopened bag of it on top of the pile that is my desk. I iron a couple of artful handfuls and begin to arrange a few other things with it, under it, on top of it - boy, is it hard to work with! It clings, catches, snags, and jumps around. But I discovered a beautiful thing. Sequin waste is made of essentially the same material and they melt together. Wow, it that cool or what? So I embeded some of that in the angelina. Turn over the edge of the fabric and glue it on the back. Waiting for it to dry now. Then I'm going to sew on some thingies and stitch on the edge and then glue a sheet of interesting paper on the back and it's ready to go. Since I am excited about it, it will probably be done tomorrow night and can be posted in the Angelina Challenge on Saturday!!! And in the mail on Monday to beautiful downtown Pasadena.
Woohoo, cross that off the list.
One more to go.
Oh yeah , I mailed a deco to Sleaford today.

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Friday, August 18, 2006

left early

Weaver's meeting last night. I was tired and left after my show and tell. Made a great deal with Kaye. She offered to sell me an extra baby car seat she didn't need any more. In perfect condition, barely used. Now we are ready to roll with both of them when H gets a little older and doesn't need to face backward any more.
More stuff arrived yesterday. Chocolate frogs and singing frogs. Ridiculously silly!
Thank goodness it is Friday.medium_2006-08-16_water-inkjet_transfer.jpg
I've been working on water transfers using inkjet photo images and it is quite interesting. A little haphazard but still working surprisingly well. The image on the right in the scan is the one which wasn't as good that I cut apart to see how much would be lost in a really rough wash with soap and water and vigorous scrubbing with a fingernail brush.
Saturday, we may take an excursion to see the Gee's Bend Quilt Show at the museum. It all depends on coordination of baby, doctor visits, air conditioning in available cars, scheduling, phases of the moon, and how much sleep I get tonight.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

it's shaping up

to be a really busy weekend. I've been hiding out upstairs doing my thing. medium_2006-08-12_004_my_page_in_The_Green_Deco.jpgWorking on a couple of decos, serging together two more needle cases to be hand finished, cleaning up here and there, trying to get some transfers to work on my ancient ancestor piece for CPS - which didn't. B has been running errands, pickiing up stuff we need and then afternoon napping in front of the TV.
We'll be going out to eat tonight. Little family celebration. Then M will come back with us and stay the night. When I take her back home tomorrow I'll be picking J up for an afternoon meeting out at a friend's new home in the country. I'm not sure I'll have time to make anything nice for the potluck lunch, so I have a little something ready to go that is not so homey nice.
Pretty soon, I have to go out and brave the heat. Think I won't bother to shower first, it won't make much difference anyway in half an hour. Muggy out there.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

wierd working mode

Short work day today. Brunch in the morning to celebrate a birthday at work. A lot of really good food and masses of fresh fruit and donut holes. I made fresh pesto with basil from the garden and piled it on scrambled eggs sitting on top of fresh spinach. Delicious. Then I left early to accompany B to his follow up doctor visit. Waste of time, insurance rules/paperwork issues to work out. But he did get a complete copy of his records from the hospital visit. He's happy with them. medium_2006-08-08_002.jpg
So I got home earlier than usual and with all the wierd scheduling today, I forgot to go to water aerobics - bummer. Only one class left on Thursday. Help me remember to go!
Took advantage of the longer evening at home to work on a couple of projects. Finished another ATC for the European Papers House of Cards II. Waiting for the glue to dry before I can scan and post it. While I was searching through stuff for the ATC, Wendy's ATCs for her mom and dad kept running through my brain. They were so sweet. I happened on a print out of an old photo that someone had sent in a birthday squishie and then I began to pull things out of places that haven't seen light in a long time. More glue drying on a 8x8 art board.
I'm using a painted, stenciled silk scarf piece that I would never have used for this if I hadn't already cut it in half with my eyes closed and sent half to Janene (I think...) for her birthday squishie. My eyes were closed because I couldn't bear to see a perfectly good scarf - with a weak design! - being cut up for no good reason. But I cut it again and glued it down as the background and the rest is history. I'm liking it a lot. Feeling top dollar. And while I was at, pulling things out, I made a pile of lime green and orange stuff to go with some leftover background from another project. Hey, maybe I could make a living at this!
Nah, probably not.
Tomorrow's Wednesday.