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A Coasting Kind of Day

Monday, October 8th, 2012

I am having fun with my Wii Fit Plus. I seem to improve each day that I get on the balance board and do the activities. I am trying to conquer walking the tightrope. I have only been able to get 2 yards before falling off. I am pretty good at the hula hoop, now. LOL! My body is feeling it tonight. It is a good kind of work out achiness. I ordered some games for the Wii for Mia and Miles and a Zumba workout tape.

I finished the flatty breast cancer pockets for Melanie Testa’s project and will put them in the mail tomorrow.

I trimmed the dancing kelp piece and will finish the edges tomorrow. I have another project I need to get busy with.

The Quilt National 2012 exhibitors were announced today. It seems like there are a lot of new people in the show which I am happy to see. There are a few who are usually in that didn’t make it this year. I can’t wait to see the final exhibit. I think I might try to do some work worthy of entering next time. I think I have about a year and a half to do it.

Here is today’s 3 x 3.

A Busy Week-end

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Last night, I helped host an opening reception at Trinity for our latest exhibit of political art, titled Occupy Politics, 2012. The artist is Allen Schmertzler. He is a gifted story teller through his art.

This one is titled Tea Party and you can stand and gaze at it for a long time and see many different things going on. Identifying the characters is fun. He has several caricatures done in acrylic ink that are fantastic. I particularly liked this one.


Yesterday, I got an early birthday present —a wii and a wii fit plus. I spent a lot of time getting it configured down in my office and then doing a fitness assessment. I had to create an avatar and when it assessed my weight and BMI, the avatar got fatter, too. Yikes! One good thing is that I got a wii fitness age of 56! I guess I am fat and fit. Next, I have to figure out how to do the exercises.

Tonight we went downtown to a lovely apartment on the 13th floor of a new building. It was very sleek and modern. I loved it and especially the views from up there.

I finished two more breast pockets for Melly Testa’s project. If you are interested making some, here is the link.

And here is another  3 x 3.


Breast Pockets

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

I spent most of my creative time today making breast pockets for Melanie Testa’s project. Melly underwent a double mastectomy last year and chose not to have reconstruction. She has developed a relationship with many women who have chosen to be “flatties.” She is using the idea of the shirt pocket, also called breast pockets to make an artistic statement about breast cancer and deciding to forego reconstruction. She has a reporter interested in doing an article if she can get 1000. She has enlisted all of her crafty friends to help. She needs the pockets by Oct. 22. You can read about the project here. I hope you will consider helping out.

I made my pockets out of some art cloth pieces languishing in a box in my studio. I have added a button and some simple embroidery. I will add the names of the people I am honoring — my sister Carole, Melanie and myself. I only get one pocket!

Here are my two latest 3 x 3s.

This and That

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I continued ticking of my list. So cathartic, to cross out the things finished. I finished the bamboo hanging rod for Noshi Ribbons.


I am so blown away by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman from Florida. Did you know that she has had 7 surgeries in the past year and has kept it from her colleagues and the press. She is in her 40s and was diagnosed with breast cancer and they found the gene that indicated she would in all probability have it in the other breast and uterine cancer. She had a double mastectomy and  her uterus removed. I was already impressed with her. She is bright, articulate and a true progressive politician AND she is the mother of 9 year old twins and a 5 year old. After Obama won the nomination, the former Hillary supporter campaigned tirelessly for him, all the while dealing with her medical problems in secret. You go girl. You are my heroine of the moment.

Help Me Fight Cancer

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

As many of my long time readers know, I am a three time breast cancer survivor. I have a sister who has survived the same diagnosis. My dad died from stomach cancer. So this fight is very personal.

I have been a supporter of Virginia Spiegel’s Fiberart for a Cause since it’s inception. This year, I am so honored to be one of the invited artists for the reverse auction. I made one of my Japanese vintage fabric collages.


Here is the official press release:

Fiberart For A Cause will hold its fifth Invitational Reverse
Auction from March 24-26, 2009.  The Preview opens today:


Natalya Aikens, Gerrie Congdon, Marjorie DeQuincy, Rayna Gillman, Carol Larson, Linda Teddlie Minton, Susie Monday, Judy Coates Perez, Leandra Spangler and Roxane Stoner have all donated their artwork.

All proceeds from the sales go directly to the American Cancer Society.

All artwork will begin at a fixed minimum donation. This minimum donation is reduced by a fixed (and very generous) percentage of the original minimum donation each day until the artwork is chosen by a generous patron.

“Having lost my husband to cancer nine years ago, I wanted to make some small contribution to something that is so close to my own heart, as well as a joyful way to remember my husband and other friends and relatives who have fought this disease. Since fiber art is both my vocation and my avocation, this seemed a perfect match for me. I was honored to be asked to contribute to the Invitational Reverse Auction, and delighted to accept,” said Linda Teddie Minton.

Fiberart For A Cause has now donated more than $165,000 to the American Cancer Society in the last four years and was the second highest national fundraiser for the 2007 American Cancer Society Cancer’s Relay for Life.

For more information on Invitational Reverse Auction and Fiberart For A Cause, contact Virginia@VirginiaSpiegel.com.

I hope that some of you will consider a purchase and help in the fight against cancer.