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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

I have no pretty pictures of my own to show you because I have been working on my 12 X 12 Shelter challenge. So, I will show you daughter, Lisa’s, latest venture. She did a couple of collages in  her inimitable style which Pottery Barn Teen, silk-screened on canvas and have for sale on their website. Click to see larger images.

I have been doing the machine quilting on my shelter challenge. I am really not enjoying this piece. It is sort of a landscape type of work which I used to do, but now I find it tedious to do the fussy quilting. I  had another idea, really simple, which I didn’t do, because  — it was really simple. I think I may still try to whip it up as a back-up.

Do  you know what time it is? It is time to clean up and reorganize my messy studio. I  just can’t seem to keep a neat organized work area for long. I know that it is impeding on my ability to create. I am planning to do a completely new arrangement of my work environment. I also plan to get rid of my old traditional quilting books. I haven’t decided how to do this, but I will post a notice here.

A Quiet Week-end

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

I have been plugging away on the next 12 X 12 challenge. The theme is shelter. I have had a couple of ideas. One was very  simple and one was not. Guess which one I decided to do? I am having a problem getting this done or getting excited or something. I hope to start some stitching on it tomorrow, but I still have some cutting and fusing to do. Here is a sneak peak at some of the cutting I have been doing.

Yesterday, we made another trip to the garden store to pick up some new grasses for the front landscaping. I also wanted to get some raspberries as my planting guide says to plant them now. The problem is that the nurseries do not get them until January so I will have to wait. I did pick up some mesclun mix starts and some more herbs and trailing/carpet rosemary. I am lining all of the beds with carpet herbs and rosemary which I will train to grow over the sides. (At least that is my plan!!) Here is a progress photo. I think we can start harvesting some romaine soon. I also need to thin the arugula and spinach.

We are having cooler weather and less sunshine. I guess fall is officially  here. I have a WW update. I went to a new meeting on Friday. I really liked the leader so I am going to switch from Wednesdays to Fridays. I was down a pound. I  am sure the strep throat contributed to my weight-loss last week!

Thanks for checking in.

A Proud Mom and the Ridiculous Meets the Sublime

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Yesterday was Steph’s Martha Stewart debut. She looked beautiful, well, she is beautiful. The segment was way shorter than when it was rehearsed as Martha does like to ramble on. If you would like to see the beginning segment with Steph and Maria, there is a YouTube video on Martha’s Blog. Don’t ask me how many times I have watched and smiled!! I think the appearance on the show was great as their book has jumped way up in the rankings on Amazon. This morning it was around 4000 and now it is 2907.

Last night, M & M and their Dad came over for dinner because Steph was not getting in until late at night. They watched the show that I had Tivoed. As soon as his Mom was done, Miles was off, but Mia watched the whole show. Her favorite segment was Eddie who used flea market finds to make things.

Today was the monthly STASH meeting at Beth’s house. She made us a sublime lunch of veggies from her prolific garden. Even the dessert was a vegetable. It was a zucchini crisp – really – it tasted like apples! The zucchini was peeled and seeded and cooked in lemon juice.

Terry and I brought our fabric teapots that we made for a High Fiber Diet Challenge. I made mine last Tuesday, when I was coming down with the strep throat. I was sure I had a virus and would be better to go to the meeting the next day, not. I forgot to take a photo of it before Reva picked it up to take for the reveal and I just got it back today. I basically drew a teapot on some Timtex, cut it out, fused and quilted some silk scraps and then stitched the sides together with a satin stitch.

Okay, here is where the ridiculous meets the sublime. Terry does meticulous work. She is very talented at creating wonderful 3-D fabric creations.  Here are our teapots together. Her lid has a lovely box attachment that fits into the body of the teapot, perfectly. Mine just lies on top!

I was so verklempt about Steph’s TV appearance that I forgot to go to WW. I am going to try to weigh in tomorrow, AND I must get back to work in the studio.

Tuesday This and That

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

First, the exciting news that I promised. Steph is on a plane to New York City where she and Maria of 3191 will take part in a Martha Stewart show, all about blogging. (Oops, I forgot to say that the show is tomorrow morning, Wednesday.) They will debut their book based on last year’s blog, A Year of Mornings. Every one in the audience will get a free copy. Needless to say, she is excited and very nervous. They will be interviewed from the audience (all bloggers) near the beginning of the show, if you want to catch them doing their shtick.

I am trying to feel better. I think that I was just exhausted, yesterday. According to the Dr, the Azithromiacin stays in your system, doing its work for 12 days. So, I will hang in there for a couple of more days.

Did you know that there is a Sarah Palin baby name generator? Mine is Krinkle Bearcat Palin. If you want to find out what yours is, go to my political blog and read the great article by Anne Lamott, which is where I found the link. I also have a funny article from the New Yorker.

Urban Garden update. Look I have baby greens!!

The garden survived very well while we were away, thanks to Mr C’s irrigation system.

M & M and I planted some catnip for  their cat, Chester, but it looks as if I have a catnip bandit raiding my herb garden.

I forgot to mention in my last post, that there are more Millenium Park, Chicago and Ft. Wayne photos on my Flickr set, like this strange juxtaposition of signs.

It is going to be a hot day in Portland – 96° – so I am going to take a little walk before it gets hotter.

If It’s Monday, I Must be Home

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Well, I made it through Steve’s 50th High School Reunion, barely. I didn’t lose him to any old girlfriends, not that one didn’t try! I had to take a nap every afternoon and sort of plodded through the festivities. His classmates think he is married to a very mellow, well-behaved woman — Ha!, little do they know. I finished the Z pack (antibiotic) yesterday, and I already have a call in to the Dr. I fear that it is coming back.

We had a wild ride from Indiana to O’Hare airport yesterday. It looked like this most of the time as we drove through the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

We had to leave one Interstate because a levee broke and there was flooding. The traffic jams were incredible, but the intrepid Mr C got us through the mess and safely at the airport where we discovered that our flight was delayed by an hour.

This is what Chicago looked like as we drove through:

I found some good news when I arrived home. My Indigo Construction was accepted into Quilts=Art=Quilts, opening on November 1 at the Schweinfurth in Auburn, NY. I am very excited about this. The jurors were Cynthia Corbin (whose work I adore), Bruce Hoffman (director of Snyderman-Works Galleries in Philadelphia) and Denyse Schmidt (who has make a splash in the commercial quilt world, with her contemporary bed quilts).You can see the quilt on my website by clicking on Abstract/Geometric work, above.

Here are a few more fun photos from Millenium Park. I really would loved to have spent more time in Chicago.

Kids young and old enjoyed wading in the Crown Fountain pool

Some sculpture:

I would like to hang some fabric on here to rust!!

I have more exciting news, but that will wait until tomorrow.