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The Wall of Hopes and Fears

Friday, January 2nd, 2009


My long time readers know that one of the most profound experiences in Israel was seeing the barrier wall that cordons off the West Bank from Jerusalem. There is a lot of art and graffiti on the Palestinian side and hardly any on the Israeli side. The wall has become a place for the Palestinians and visitors to share their hopes and fears. I have taken many of these images and some of my own to create my version of the wall. Click on it to read the different writings.

I had a bit of a disaster. I wanted to do the peace symbol in the colors of the Palestinian flag. I did cut the symbol from freezer paper and ironed it to a silk screen and did a test print. But when I printed on the actual piece, I didn’t get much of an image at all and then I couldn’t line it up to reprint. I decided to use a brush and give it the look of handpainted graffiti. I even added the drips. I was afraid I had ruined the piece, but I think it is going to work. I think I need to add some more red on the other side to balance the color. I also screened the coexist sign and a Hand of Fatima which is a symbol worn in the middle east by progressive people who see this as a symbol that is part of both the Islamic and Jewish religions. One of the members of our group called the wall  ..the wall of not letting out just keeping in…

On another note, I found my way to Eva Marie’s blog: My Creative Diary – Colourful Research. She has done what I wanted to do, created the Non-award Award. She gives permission to steal it for your own blog which I have done. It is in my sidebar. If you click on it, you will go to her post about blog awards. I loved it.

At 7:30 pm, my show postcards were finally delivered by UPS. I am going to try to get them in the mail tomorrow.

Hurry Up and Wait

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Today, Mr C and I ventured out in the Jeep with 4 wheel drive to get lots of errands done before the next storm arrives. I had a coupon for 40% off at Paper Zone and they had 30% off all holiday stuff. We got Christmas cards, mailing envelopes for Christmas presents (everyone is getting a copy of Stephanie’s Book!!), ledger size card stock for journal pages for my show and wrapping paper and ribbon. Mr C needed something from the hardware store, and I needed to pick up some more food to get us through the next few days. We had yummy roasted salmon and potatoes with broccoli for dinner – mmmm good. We are ready for the next storm due to arrive in the morning. It is still in the 20s so it will mean more ice and slip sliding. The main roads are pretty clear, but the side streets and neighborhood streets are sheets of ice.

I have finished What If? I also thought I could call it No Road to the Inn.


I decided it needed some sheep!


I made a stencil for the star and stenciled some foiling glue. Then I ironed on silver foil.


I have enjoyed working on this piece probably because it fits the season so nicely.

Today was a day for out with the old and in with the new. Last night the UPS guys delivered several large packages. I had ordered a new Cuisinart with my Amex points. They were on special. So out with the really old and in with the streamlined new. Ha, the new one has a funny face – see it?

oldcuisinart newcuisinart

We have had these lights on the front porch:


Mr C found these lights on line. Four of these arrived – 2 for the porch and 2 for the garage. Aren’t they much more fitting for our 50s house?


Mr C is getting cabin fever so he installed the lights even though it was freezing. He kept running back into the house to warm his hands! I am going to get him busy making hanging rods for my quilts, very soon.

I have noticed that a lot of the blogs I read have received a “Kreativ Blogger award”. (I guess the spelling is creative!) What do you think makes a blog creative — the writing, the photos, the work done by the blogger or a combination. I love some blogs for their photography – ie: 3191 and Jane Dunnewald. I love some for their thoughtful writing about art— ie:  Elizabeth Barton and Jeanne Williamson. I love some for their ability to communicate with me about  their lives, from the mundane to the special — ie: my good friends Terry and Kristin. I love some for their humor — my friend Dee and From Down the Well. And some for their gorgeous work— ie: Constance Rose and Joanie San Chirico. Those are my creative blog awards for tonight.

You Light Up My Life

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

My long time blogging friend, DebR, has given me a “You Make My Day Award.”

Here’s what the guidelines for this award say: Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!

So, let me see. Who makes my day on a regular basis.

DebR, Terry, Judy, Dee, Pamdora, my daughter Lisa, Mrs. Mel, Lizzie B, Kristin, Karoda

Thank you for lighting up my life on a regular basis! I could give a second set of ten awards, so please, if I didn’t choose you, I just have too many favorite bloggers.

I mentioned some of the goodies that Kristin brought last week when she was here visiting. She also brought fiber post cards for Lili, Steph and I. Steph chose one and took it home with here. Lisa and I get to select one of these. I am posting pictures here so that Lisa can chose the one she wants. Yeah, more Kristin art.


After church today, we got a nice long sun break so we walked Maggie up to Westmoreland to Haggis McBaggis, which is basically a children’s clothing and shoe store, but they sell cool adult shoes — Keen’s & Merrill’s among others. They were having a 20% off sale. I needed new walking shoes. I love Keen’s. They wear really well and come in cool materials and colors. Here are my new shoes.


I learned something today. A size 6 children’s shoe is the same as a size 7.5 women’s shoe and they are way cheaper. With my discount, these cost me $39!

Tonight, I am sewing the sleeve on the Good to Be Green piece so that I can send it to Larkin for photography for a CD of the show. Then, I am determined to make a new piece this week.