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A Peek in My Window

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Well, sort of! This is my fiber sketch for today. It is from a piece of fabric that was printed and discharged with a plastic grid.

Here is a photo of the next step in my graffiti piece. You will have to wait to see what happens next!!

It was a gorgeous day. I  went to the dentist and got my brand new front tooth It looks great. So happy to have that done. This afternoon, I was off to the Farmer’s Market. I took my knives and sewing scissors to be sharpened. They told me I could bring my rotary cutter blades in and have them sharpened for $2. I think I will give it a try.

Tonight, after dinner, we took Scooter for a walk. I took my camera and took some photos on the Reed Campus. I really love this big old Western Maple. It looks like a tree of life.

And the lines and colors of this tree were just gorgeous.

Don’t forget to check in at the Twelve by Twelve blog tomorrow for the reveal of our latest color play challenge — purple/yellow. I need to get mine ready to go. I am having a CT Scan of my sinuses at 7 am tomorrow.

Mark Making

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

I had one of those days. I was doing household stuff this morning and then spent an ungodly amount of time waiting to see the ENT Dr this afternoon. So, finally, tonight, I made it down to the studio and did some mark making on fabric, my version of graffiti.

I first tried doing some monoprints, but was not getting the results that I wanted. I ended up using one of my veterinarian syringes to get the lines that I was looking for. I have an idea percolating that requires some marks on organza, which is on the right.  I uses a washed dupioni  creamy silk as the undercloth which is on the right. I cut a piece for today’s fiber sketch.

Back to the ENT appointment, once I finally got in, he did some poking and prodding and scoping and decided that I need a CT Scan. I was not doing well today as I had an allergy flareup, but it was good that he could see that it is a problem for me. Mr C  has been slacking, and so I did some cleaning over the week-end and got into the dust. He told me that I should wear a good dust mask, even when someone else is doing the dusting and vacuuming. Ha!

Tomorrow morning, I go for the fitting of my new front tooth crown. I hope it fits and looks good so that I can be done with visits to the dentist.

Only one more day until we reveal our latest Twelve by  Twelve pieces with the complements of purple and yellow. I really love what I did and can’t wait to show it.

Image Transfer with Citra-Solve

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Recently, I have noticed a lot of posting and chatting about image transfer with Citra-solve. Almost six years ago, Mr C and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. I cut up my wedding dress and made this quilt. The fabric was silk Peau de Soie and silk brocade. I printed photos on fabric, but for the other elements, I used Citra-solve.

I made copies of the wedding invitation, the marriage certificate and the article that was in our paper. It is important to use a copier with carbon based toner.

It was difficult to photograph this quilt. If you click on the photo, you can see a larger image. I took the newspaper story and some other elements and constructed the church in which we were married. I overlaid the invitation on to a photo of me in the dress.

Here is the marriage certificate transferred to silk.

For the quilting, I stitched around the flowers in the brocade. At the top of the quilt, I had photos of Steve and I as kids and I quilted in our names and the date.

It is funny to look back at something I made 6 years ago. I have grown so much as an artist since I made this, but it has great sentimental value.

Here is my Fiber Sketch for the day. It is titled Sun Worship.

I am so loving the weather we are having. I took two long walks with Scooter and with my other activities, I was able to rack up over 10,500 steps today. I was hoping to start a new project in my studio today, but I had a lot of SDA website work to do. Tomorrow, I have a follow-up visit with the ENT so that will blow most of the afternoon.

A Busy Week-end

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

We have had a plethora of sun. It is there when we wake up, and it doesn’t set until 9 pm. The temperatures have been mostly in the 70s — just perfect. For today’s sketch. I attempted a city sunset – where you get that rosy glow off in the distance.

We had such a good time with M & M on Friday. We all love Toy Story 3 and then we went out for sushi (after a side trip to REI to buy Grandma a new pair of Teva’s)

Here we are at the sushi bar.

I loved the soy sauce container.

Here is Mia enjoying her California roll.

On Saturday morning, the parents came to retrieve them and we all spent the morning tromping around the neighborhood giant garage sale. I bought a bunch of National Geographic for 10 cents each. Mia is always looking for something to read. I also bought a small indigo batik piece. I am not sure what it is. It has pockets. It could be an apron, but there are no ties. I will try to post a photo tomorrow.

Today, after church, I got a lot of work done in the garden. I planted some zinnias, marigolds, an eggplant and a couple of cucumbers. We also got the drip irrigation system going. Our raspberry plants are finally bearing fruit.

Can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow.

After the gardening, I de-cluttered the house. I knew I would be stalled tomorrow if I had to face a messy house. Now I am ready to face a busy week of appointments and time in the studio.

Hope you had a great week-end, too!

Six Aspens

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

This is a short and sweet post tonight. I am planning on doing another aspen piece. I still have lots painted bark fabric and the painted silk background that was done with the other background. I am thinking about how I can push myself with the tree composition. So, today;s sketch is a possibility, I think.

Today, I went to the salon to get my hair cut and colored. I wanted to go lighter so Kevin said he would have to remove the old color. He used something that was not bleach or peroxide and was non-toxic. It smelled rather vile, but it did the job. I thought, why can’t they come up with something like this for discharging fabric. Maybe I should go  back and buy some from him and try it on fabric.

It was another perfect day. I took an hour walk with Scooter this morning. It feels so good to be out and about in the sun.

Here is Scooter looking for the squirrel that lives in out yard and taunts him.

Tomorrow, M & M are coming to spend the day and night with us. I think we might go to see Toy Story 3,