Gathering Stuff

January 5th, 2017

Yesterday, I went to my new studio to get some things done for a couple of projects I am planning to do. I gathered some of my more heavy weight scraps and fabrics to piece for making the oven mitts. I also, pulled out some of my hand-dyed silk fabric to use for Laura Wasalowski’s silk stitch along.  We were to fuse the silk to wool batting. I didn’t have any so I used wool felt for one piece and a scrap of something that looked like it would be easy to stitch through. I prepared two backgrounds because I like to practice on one.

I also pulled out all of my Perle cotton in sizes 8 and 12. I am missing some colors I think I might want to use. I will need to go down the hill to In Stitches and do some shopping.

I didn’t accomplish much today because I was feeling a bit slammed. I went back to boot camp at the condo gym yesterday morning, and we did weight training. I am feeling it today plus the really cold weather we are having is aggravating my sinuses.

Last night I started a great class at Trinity – 4 weeks of studying the work of Bach. The teacher is an organ virtuoso and a Bach expert. We sat around our beautiful organ as he demonstrated many parts of a famous Bach toccata and fugue.  I took some photos of the organ and the Christmas decorations.

Some of you may remember the quilt I made from a photo I took of the pipes.

A New Year and A New Me

January 2nd, 2017

As I posted on the last day of 2016, my word for 2017 is action. I plan to take action on many fronts. Today was my first day to put it all in action. I got so much done and no back ache which is what has kept me from doing much for several months. Today’s activity involved some sorting and purging on the clothing front and also a trip to pick up some supplies to make Maria Shell’s Oven Mitts.

Our STASH Christmas party/lunch got postponed because of winter weather so I have not been able to show you what I made for them, yet. Soon!

We enjoyed a quick trip to California to spend some time with our effervescent granddaughter, Paige, and her Mom and Dad.

She wore the coming and going Winnie the Pooh sweater for me. The photo is blurry because she hardly stays still.

Jayme had a 28 hour shift in the NICU at Stanford Children’s Hospital so we went for a hike with Mark and Paige to the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. It was in the 60s and we had a great time.

I love this collage of a photo of trees that I made using the Prisma app on my phone.

Speaking of my phone, I found out that mine was eligible for a battery replacement. I took it to the Apple store near my son’s home. When they replaced the battery, something happened to my phone camera so they gave me a brand new one. Pretty cool.

I managed to finish and mount the wool stitch along with Laura Wasilowski.

I am scared and angry about our narcissist president, but I plan to find joy in my daily life by being creative and loving to those I encounter. I will also resist and dissent against what ever is coming from Washington.

Happy New Year to all my readers. Thank you for staying with me.

December Reflections 2016 – My Word for 2017

December 31st, 2016

I didn’t accomplish much art last year, and I hope to remedy that this year. I want to be pro-active in my community, acting to protect the vulnerable and our civil rights. This word seems right for both of these activities.

December Reflections 2016 – Quiet Moment and Wordless Wednesday

December 28th, 2016

December Reflections 2016 – Sparkle

December 23rd, 2016

Terrariums sparkle at the Portland Nursery.