January 10th, 2017
It is snowing again in Portland. This is a photo taken from our dining room window tonight. I was so happy to get out and take a long walk with Mr C and Scooter and not worry about slip sliding. Schools are closed again. Trinity is closed and we will not have our lovely Wednesday night community meal and classes.
I have been getting some stuff done. I finished the first round of stitching on the background up above. I started stitching on the second one tonight. It is interesting to see how the same color thread looks different on the two backgrounds. It probably doesn’t show in the photos.
I also cut and pieced some more fabrics to make two more arty oven mitts.
I knitted a pink pussy hat to wear to the Portland Woman’s march on January 21. I used the Prisma app on the photo. It makes a photo look more arty!! I am knitting two more hats, hoping some family members will wear them.
I have lots to do while I am snowed in. But, I really am getting tired of this winter weather. I did not sign up for this.
January 8th, 2017
I had so much fun making this arty oven mitt. I selected some heavier fabrics from my stash of scraps: bark cloth, upholstery fabric, drapery fabric.
I pieced them into two sections large enough to cut the glove.
Then I layered them with Insul-Bright and some cotton ticking for lining and quilted the sandwiches together.
Next I cut out the glove shapes and stitched them together. I just have to bind the open edge.
I have done the first set of stitches on the silk backgrounds for the silk stitch along with Laura Wasalowski. We were told to do a simple horizon line.
It has been good to have projects to work on because the weather here has been miserable. It has been below freezing for a week and then it snowed, sleeted and rain so everything is coated in ice. I am getting cabin fever.
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.
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 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.