March 11th, 2014
We found our new home. Life has been very crazy around here since I last posted. I had a great time at the SAQA Oregon conference and got some nice feedback on my talk. On Friday, the condo we have been waiting for popped up on our RLMS feed. We got an appointment to see it on Saturday and made our offer which was presented to the seller on Tuesday along with two other offers. We were very aggressive in our offer because this was the one we had been waiting for. See the arrow up there? Our new home is on the fourth floor, not the top. There is a nice sized deck on the back which overlooks the hillside. We have a view from the dining room area bay windows down to the Willamette river which is east of us.
Those draperies and the chandelier have gone with the seller, thank goodness! The place is decorated in a much more formal manner than we like. We will be ripping out the carpet and putting in hardwoods for the sake of my allergies. The kitchen appears to be recently redone. It is very stylish and modern.
The seller was moving out yesterday and today so it will be a fast turnover. We get to go in for the inspection tomorrow and will do some measuring and have a chance to see it without all the furniture. It has two bedrooms and two baths, a laundry/utility room with a sink and great room adjacent to the kitchen plus a separate storage area. It has a walking score of 94 which was one thing we were looking for. The condo has a gym, meeting/party room which you can reserve free of charge and a library/reading room. We also have two primo parking spots.
Needless to say, we are very happy! So, I have an additional reason to celebrate.
Leave me a comment and have a chance to win a piece of Gericon art. I will select 3 names. First name gets first choice, etc. Here is the art.
X Marks the Spot.
I will randomly select names after we get back from our trip to California for Paige’s 2nd birthday. I am finishing her quilt today – stitching the binding. This afternoon, we are going back to see Dan at Toyota for some instruction on all the extras on our Prius. Tomorrow, I have guild meeting in the morning and the home inspection in the afternoon and then dinner with Deborah Boschert, one of the Twelves, who is visiting Portland with her family. On Thursday, we are off to California.
March 4th, 2014
Another month and another set of fabrics is available. Lesley Riley selected a mosaic theme and a creative bunch of artists came up with some great ideas. So click on the link in my sidebar and go to the FB page and post a comment and/or go to Lesley’s blog and leave a comment for a chance to win.
I thought I should finally show you all the lovely fabrics I received last month.
From Lesley Riley:
From Jackie Lam:
From Carol Eaton:
From Lynda Heines:
From Susan Purney:
From Lisa Chin:
Pokey Bolton sent me two fabrics in two different colorways!!
From Lynn Krawczyk:
From Julie Booth:
Aren’t I the happy lucky artist to have these in my stash?!
An update since my last post: we made an offer an a condo, but the sellers would not budge and it was priced a bit high. We bought a new Prius. I love it, but sometimes I miss my 10 year old Lexus. I dropped out of the master class and will pick it up next year. We have hired an estate sale provider.
I have been working diligently on my Power Point presentation and artist talk for the SAQA Oregon conference on Thursday. I think I have it ready to go. Tomorrow morning, I am going to speak it out loud to Scooter and see how long it takes. I used to do a lot of public speaking, but it has been a looong time so I am a bit nervous.
This is my 1999th post. Wordless Wednesday will be 2000. So, I will do my giveaway in a couple days after that.
February 27th, 2014
Lesley Riley is the queen bee of The Printed Fabric Bee this month. She asked for a mosaic theme using yellow/orange, purple and fuchsia.
My original plan was to use potato dextrin spread on fabric to dry and crackle.
I did this once in a workshop and had some great results.
However, I think I did not spread the dextrin thickly enough so I did not get a good crackle. So I went to a backup of making a thermofax screen. My first screen was 4 inches square and since Lesley asked for a 12 x 12 inch finished piece, I could do three across and down. I am really missing the big padded print table that I have had since we moved here. I am working in a much smaller space and since I am a quite messy, I had several blips. So this is the first printing that I did. I used a pale turquoise fabric for the background
I dropped a splotch of yellow on the print and had to do a fix so I brushed more yellow, pink and purple across the piece. I kind of liked it. Then, I saw that I had put the fabric down on a splotch of yellow paint on the print table so the back looked very untidy. I had another problem, I needed to do a 6 inch piece for our give away. The four inch screen did not work for that so I made a new 3 inch screen. Here is what I printed. It is a darker turquoise. So, I printed another 12 inch piece using the 3 inch screen. That is up at the top. I think I will send them both to Lesley.
That reminds me, I just got all of my wonky lines pieces so I should photograph them so you can see what great pieces I got.
On another note, I am not going to get my piece finished for the master class. I was turning into a crazy lady because Mr C decided we would buy a new car this week. I will be driving it quite a bit so I had to be involved. Spending time with car salesmen is an interesting activity. Not one that I enjoy. We ended up buying a new Prius 5 which we will pick up tomorrow. I drove it this morning and really loved it. I picked sea glass pearl for the color.
We have interviewed one estate sale person. A second one is coming tomorrow. When will my life return to a semblance of normalcy, and what will that be like?