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Life’s a Beach

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

And a bitch! The early morning burglar struck again. This time he got my purse. I had to spend Tuesday from 4 in the morning until I went to bed, recreating my life and preventing the theft of my identity — driver’s license, checking account, credit cards, etc. And, yes, he/she got the new electronics. The insurance company is not happy with us and I can’t blame them. I have been so vigilant about locking the back door without any help from anyone else who lives here. Monday night, I was exhausted from the week-end festivities and getting up early to get Lisa to the airport. I went to bed early and forgot my routine of hiding my purse and locking the door.

In all of our other recent houses the garage was connected to the house so if the garage door was shut, we didn’t worry about the back door into the house. Here, it is detached and there in lies the problem.

Yesterday, we had a state of the art alarm system installed which we can put on a timer. It makes a very irritating and loud sound when the house is entered and the alarm is set. The police are also notified. I hope this works. Enough is enough.

Wednesday, I left for Seaside, on the Oregon Coast with my STASH friends. The houses we stayed in are next door to each other and on the promenade, a walk way the goes for a couple of miles along the ocean front.  So we had beautiful views of the ocean. The views included copious amounts of rain and some sun breaks — all beautiful. The photo at the beginning was our first day. That evening we had a brief respite from the rain and had a sunset.

Thursday morning, the rain stayed away for awhile and people headed out to walk. You can see a couple with their black labs in this scene.

To the left, we could see Tillamook Head. We drove up there in the afternoon. There are some gorgeous homes and a hiking trail.

On Thursday night we drove up to Astoria for dinner at a Bosnian restaurant. The food was great. As we left, we could see another beautiful sunset.

The six of us had such a fantastic time. We visited a wonderful quilt shop in Canon Beach. We sat around and gossiped and did hand stitching. Terry finished fusing her next Twelve by Twelve quilt. On Thursday night, we played Apples to Apples accompanied by a couple of bottles of wine and much hilarity. It was all very therapeutic for me.

Today, I helped with the Columbia Fiberarts Guild booth at The Gathering of the Guilds at the Convention Center. We were rented space from the Handweavers. There was so much beautiful stuff — glass, beads, metal work and ceramics, in addition to the fiber stuff. I had sold a couple of shibori scarves by the time I left today.


So, now you know why I have not blogged this week. I hope you are having a nice week-end. It is really beautiful here in Portland.

Power Surge

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I don’t know if it is spring, the longer days of light or Vitamin B12, but I seem to have more energy for getting work done. Of course, now my studio is a mess.

I am playing with this hand-dyed fabric and some hand-dyed cheesecloth. I am thinking that I would do some beading and hand stitching on the puckered cheesecloth.

I spent quite a bit of time today getting work together for The Gathering of the Guilds this week-end. The Columbia Fiberarts Guild is participating for the first time. We are renting space from the Weaver’s Guild. I have Shibori dyed silk scarves and some small pieces of wall art. I had to print and fill out special tags for the work.

We had a great time yesterday, celebrating Easter. I made a delicious dinner and Steph brought rhubarb crisp which was delish. Here are Mia and Miles in their Easter Bonnets!! They are glued to the TV.

Saturday was a glorious day. It was in the low 70s and sunny. I planted some peas, arugula and some herbs. Now it is chilly and rainy again. I can’t really complain as it seems bad weather is a problem all over the country.

Today on our walk with Scooter, I noticed that we had lots of  chartreuse snow.

It really is pretty here in Portland this spring. This is our cherry tree that hangs down off the back of our property.

The colors are really glorious.

Tomorrow morning, I have to go down to Trinity to help take down the Back to Nature show. I also have to get organized to go to the beach on Wednesday with my STASH group. We will take some hand work and games and have lots of fun. I am ready for some R & R!

Good Times

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Lisa arrived yesterday, and she always brings many rays of sunshine into our lives. We went food shopping and made a hearty soup – vegan version for her-, and enjoyed supper with the whole Portland clan. I have a special cabinet that is down low where I keep special dishes for  M & M. I asked Miles to get cups out for sparkling apple juice for the two of them. When we went into the dining room, he had set Lisa’s place with the Hello Kitty dishes that I have had for Mia since she was a baby. He is a little comedian!

The plate up there is a collaged plate that Lisa did a while ago and featured on her blog. I think she had a how to make it article in a magazine. Anyway,  that is a photo of me when I was a little girl. I was very happy when she gifted me with it yesterday.

She also brought me a copy of her book, “A Collection a Day”. It comes in this collectible tin – isn’t that smart marketing?

The book is not that big, but every page is a wonderful photo. Well, there are some text pages — an essay by Lisa about her creative life was fun to read. Apparently, I was a pretty good Mom and provided a creative place for my children. Tomorrow night, she has a book signing at Land in N. Portland.

Today, she gave a lecture at Portland State in the art department. She had a really cool powerpoint presentation. I was thrilled when she introduced me and said that I am also an artist. She has had an amazing journey, going from a part time artist working in the field of education to becoming a full time artist/illustrator with an agent. I think she really inspired the students today.

I spent a little time in the studio testing some of the deColourant colors that I have. What a difference the heat gun makes. These samples have been heat set and washed.

I am thinking of doing another piece using some of these colors.

Red Sky at Night

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

I finished this in between activities with Sandra Sider while she was here doing critiques. I remember this saying from my childhood — Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. This is the view we get of the sunsetting on Portland. We often get the most incredible colors.

In addition to finishing the quilt, I had to do labels and sleeves for it and the other quilt and make traveling bags with signage and fill out the paperwork. I finished at 5:05; washed my face, put on some makeup, changed my clothes and met friends for dinner before the meeting at 5:35. Whew!

I am quite exhausted from the frenzy of activity over the past 4 days. Sandra left to fly home this morning. She was flying through Atlanta so I hope she made it all the way to the Bronx. Tomorrow, Lisa arrives and will be with us until Monday. She is doing a book signing at Land in North Portland. If you live in Portland, please come by and say hi.


SAQA Critique Sessions

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

This is Sandra Sider, SAQA Board president, who is staying with me for a few days. She is critiquing work by SAQA members in sessions today and tomorrow. We are having a great time. Laura Jazkowski and Georgia French, our state reps are here in town, too, and doing a lot of the driving and coordinating. Sandra arrived yesterday, after a delay in Minneapolis and a change of flights. She got in at 6 pm instead of 1:30 in the afternoon. I cooked a delicious meal for everyone last night. We had a good time getting to know each other.

I stayed home and worked on my sunset quilt this morning and joined in the afternoon critique. That is my Prairie Fields getting critiqued and it was quite good.

I thought you might like to see the other work. There were some spectacular quilts like this one by Jean Wells. The iPhone camera does not do it justice. This is a gorgeous quilt, with many of Jean’s signature design elements. This was the first critique and she set the bar very high.

Next was Mary Goodson who is my art quilt group. She paints whole cloth quilts and stitches them exquisitely.

Another Sister’s area member showed this quilt with mega pieces of fused fabric and divine quilting. The work on this is mind blowing.

This was when I popped up and asked if they would like to see something minimalist!!

Carol Heist, who is also in HFD, showed this piece which is about Blue’s Music. She said she started it with blue fabric and it was not working for her. The music is laminated sheet music.

I always admire people who bring quilts because they need help. This member is from Corvallis and she had made this large gingko leaf on a beautiful blue background. She said her photographer said it looked like a broom.

Sandra turned it upside down and you can see that it looks so much better.

Laura also brought a quilt which she felt needed help.

Sandra suggested she introduce some of the light color to the lower left area.

This is another member from Eugene with a piece she made by abstracting a photo of an old building. Her problem was the pink object over on the right which was making the eye go off the edge. Sandra suggested covering it with organza or smudging or stitching it to tone it down.

This is a lovely wet felted piece that needed something more. Some good suggestions were made for making a couple of the flower bits more of a focal and to only do machine stitching in the green background.

So, that is what I have been up to for the last couple of days. I have been sneaking in time to get two quilts ready to turn in for out next High Fiber Diet jurying. The theme is North West Vibe. I don’t really like the theme, but the committee says it can be anything that makes the NW a unique place.