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Archive for September, 2007

A Little M & M Time

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

This week, I had a few deadlines to finish and appointments to keep. On Wednesday, while I was waiting for the WW meeting to start, I made a to do list in my new Moleskin journal. I am carrying it with me and trying to use it to keep track of things and to amuse myself while I am waiting around.

Yesterday, I took care of a couple of the things on my list. I purged the pantry of old outdated stuff and reorganized it. After that, I cleaned and sorted stuff in my computer area. I have a tendency to make piles which soon become piles on top of piles. I reach a point where I can’t find the scanner and I start losing important papers — and my mind.

Feeling energized by the work accomplished, I called Steph and asked if she would like to bring Mia and Miles over to spend the night so that she and Jack could have a nice evening alone. No arm twisting involved. She packed their bags and brought them directly from school.

Here is evidence of their presence from the breakfast table. They devoured whole wheat pancakes and syrup, bacon, cantaloupe and apple juice with raisins on the side.



After breakfast, we made some stuff from Sculpy and baked it. Mia made the flower and some dishes for her dollhouse. Miles made balls. I made the Maggie figure.


They also spent some quality time with Grandpa playing with the Legos.




This afternoon, I worked at the Japanese Garden Show with Terry. Another piece of hers sold this morning. I sold another one a couple of days ago. There were lots of visitors this afternoon, but no sales.

Tomorrow afternoon  I am going to start on the studio clean up. I will take some photos of how bad it is and post them. It will be somewhat of an archaeological dig as I haven’t done a major clean-up for some time.

More on the Moveon.org Ad

Friday, September 21st, 2007

OK. I lied. I just have to share an even better rant on this. I think that Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC superstar, is a genius and the bravest journalist on the air. Listen to his take on the Patraeus/betray us fiasco.

Click here for last night’s rant posted on You Tube.

A Free Speech Rant

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

I used to be known for my political rants. I have been too quiet for too long. Today I am disgusted with the Senate. In the words of moveon.org, the US Senate just told you to sit down and be quiet.

Perhaps you have been under a rock or in the wilderness and have not heard about the ad placed in the New York Times on the day of General Patraeus’ report to congress. If so, you can down load this pdf to see the ad. petraeusnytad.pdf

I have been a proud contributor to moveon.org over the years. I am proud of the work they do. Nothing was said in the ad that is not absolutely true. We have been lead down a garden path of lies and fabrications by the administration so that they can continue an illegal war in Iraq and perhaps even start one with Iran (a very scary thought).

What is happening to free speech in the United States of America? I am upset by the tasering of the student in Florida. One of the women of Code Pink was kept out of a Hillary Clinton rally because she was wearing a get out of Iraq t-shirt.

When the Republicans do something like this, I can just roll my eyes. But these Democrats voted with them. If you are as upset by this as I am, please e-mail them or call their local offices to complain. Let them know that it is a right and a privilege to dissent in this country.

No Republican voted against condemning the MoveOn ad. All 25 votes against the amendment were Democrats. Democrats who voted with Republicans to condemn the MoveOn ad were:

Nelson, Ben
Nelson, Bill

You can also go to the moveon.org site and sign an online petition.I promise that I will get back to textile talk tomorrow.

A Bit of Fluff

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007


This is a closeup of a dandelion gone to seed. I love seeing how each little seed is formed. When you think of how many seeds there are in one dandelion, it is no wonder that they proliferate every where.

I decided to post this bit of fluff because I don’t have anything else to show you!! And I am currently studying dandelions in preparation for making a thermofax screen for my dandelion challenge for the 12 X 12 group.

I am happy to say that I am down another pound this week. I am on track to reach my goal before my big birthday next year. I was hoping to be down 20 pounds for my birthday next month, but it will take a miracle!!

Yesterday, I had critique group with June and Terry. You can read about it on Terry’s blog and see a photo of my rear end which, I think, is getting smaller. I took my Global Warming piece.


I was very happy with their most positive critique. Today, however, I got a letter that it was declined from the first attempt to enter it. I will try again!

I just finished the artist statement, sleeve and labels for the Journal Quilt. It is leaving town tomorrow. Way ahead of schedule for me!!

On my list of to dos is a major clean up of the studio before I can start on my next project.

Coming Up for Air

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

What a week. Summer is over. I have had meetings every day and some evenings stuff, too. Then there is the Japanese Garden Show. We had the reception today. It was very nice and we sold some more work. I am happy to say that another of my pieces sold yesterday. It was this one with the bamboo screenprint and vintage Japanese textiles.


I also sold another silk scarf.

Anyway, I have still been working like a crazy lady to get the big journal quilt done to ship to Houston. Plus, my five journal quilts that were in the book, Creative Quilting: the Journal Quilt Project, are also going to Houston for a special show of the pieces from the book. So, last night, while watching a movie, I sewed sleeves on all of them.


The bottom one is see through and so I did a see through sleeve:


Now, I must get caught up with all of the mundane tasks left to pile up around the house and on my desk. And, I am looking forward to creating some new work, very soon.