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Summer Dance

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Summer arrived in Portland today, a little late, but much appreciated. We had sun from all day. It actually reached 80° by this afternoon. The light and warmth gives me so much energy. I accomplished so much today. I did some more planting in my veggie garden. I took Scooter on two long walks. I got my fiber sketch done early today

This afternoon, we went to the farmer’s market.

Cherries and berries were in abundance.

I love the shapes of bread and pastries.

I bought two of those rhubarb/strawberry tarts in the upper right corner.

Tonight, I made a big dent in ironing my linen summer clothes. I love linen in the summer, but it is labor intensive. I also decided to do some beading on my twelve by twelve piece. It didn’t feel finished.

Tomorrow, I am getting my summer cut and color.

A Change of Pace

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I saw this beautiful Clematis St. John’s Wort on our walk this morning. (Thank you, Terry for correctly identifying it.) It was sort of sunny and the temps got into the low 70s before the cloud cover came back tonight. I am so looking forward to one of the sunny days that lasts until 9 pm.

I decided that it was time to put away my winter layers and bring out my summer clothing. I emptied all my drawers and rearranged my closet, putting the wintry stuff in the guest room closet. I have a huge basket of summer stuff that needs pressing. I will work on that while I watch So You Think You Can Dance tomorrow night.

Here is my fiber sketch for today. It is a collage with some fabric scraps from my surface design bin.

I have been waiting until the evening to do these which I am finding difficult. I am going to try starting my day with a fiber sketch to see how that goes!

Happy Solstice

Monday, June 21st, 2010

The Solstice has long been my favorite day of the year because it is the day with the most sunlight. Unfortunately, today we only had a little bit of sun in

Portland. I am still wearing layers in my studio.

For the Sketchbook Project, I decided to do an abstract titled Solstice. This is the kind of day I would have loved to have. I think it will happen, soon.

I finished my Twelve by Twelve purple/yellow piece tonight. Here is the back:

And here is a pretty pile of skinny bits left over.

We had a nice Dad’s Day party here at the house. Steph brought the makings for a shrimp boil. Shrimp, red potatoes, sausage, corn and onions with Bay Seasoning. Our plan was to serve it low country style – dumping it on newspaper on the table on the deck and then everyone digs in. It was cold and rainy so we served it on a big platter in the dining room with crusty whole grain bread and greens from my garden followed by carrot cake, Mr C’s favorite dessert.

Happiness is…

Friday, June 18th, 2010

This fabric that I painted, warm sunshine and a delicious dinner out with Mr C. And, of course, Scooter always makes me happy.

This is my fiber sketch for today – a composition with fused hand-dyed fabric.

Have a nice week-end. Our rain is coming back tomorrow, but, one day of sunshine makes it bearable.


Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I am trying so hard to be positive and find the energy to be creative. I went to bed with a scratchy throat and woke up feeling the same, with a slight fever and achiness. I don’t know if it is allergies or a cold. I do feel better tonight.

M & M came over today while Steph and Jack had lunch with a client. I felt badly that I was not up to being super granny, but they had a great time playing computer games and watching Disney TV channel.

The sun came out for a brief visit this afternoon and I took Scooter for a half hour walk. I even felt pleasantly warm.

Tonight, I had some fun in my studio. I felted the little landscape for my sketchbook project. It was lots of fun. I want to try some more little pieces.

I also worked on the yellow/purple piece. I am really excited at how it is turning out. I am going out on a limb and trying something that I have had in the back of my mind. I am hoping that I can spend some quality time with it tomorrow. I leave you with this positive affirmation which I will take to heart.

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.