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Spring Has Sprung

I am having a touch of spring fever and a burst of energy. After a lapse of a couple of months, I got my hair colored and cut. While my color was curing, Joseph and I perused my website. He seemed genuinely impressed with my work. He even suggested to the owner that they buy a piece for their newly painted waiting area wall!

I have even been thinking about buying some new clothes — there must be a change of season in the air.

This afternoon, I did a little more work on Fragments. After meeting with my crit group, we felt that some embellishment should happen in the upper area to balance the things I had used on the bottom. So I added this the painted copper mesh, lace and skeleton key.


You can see the altered piece by clicking on New on my website on the upper left menu.

Today, another Amazon box arrived. It happened, again, Sarah Smith blogged about the book, “Design!: A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists & Craftspeople” by Steven Aimone. So, I had to order it and the Great know it all Amazon wizard told me I needed, “The Surface Designer’s Handbook: Dyeing, Printing, Painting, and Creating Resists on Fabric” by Holly Brackmann.


The design book has many quilts throughout the book to illustrate the design principles – I like that. It also has some exercises in the back which I will try to get to some day!! Holly’s book is a wealth of information for doing surface design on cloth — I have already found some projects.

While I was ordering from Amazon, I thought I should get this book, “The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)” by Scott Kelby. This is a very visual how to book, which I love. I think it will help me make better use of my Photoshop software.


Tonight, I wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how to get some fonts into Pagemaker for a newsletter I am doing for the Cathedral Arts Commission. I was trying to avoid reinstalling some software, but I can’t do it. Now I can’t find the disk so I have to plead with the powers that be to let me download the software. Hopefully, I can get that done tomorrow.

Tomorrow, I will be attending the quarterly meeting of the Columbia Stitchery Guild with a guest speaker and High Fiber Diet following. I am going to take a couple of pieces for show and tell.

8 Responses to “Spring Has Sprung”

  1. Teri says:

    We sure think alike. I bought those same books a couple of weeks back.

    Fragments looks great.


  2. Micki says:

    Your fragments piece looks great so. Those are alot of great looking books, too.

  3. Jeannie says:

    I love how Fragments is evolving. I enjoy art work that makes me stop and really look at it and this piece really does that – I just want to study it up close! Thank you for the book reviews. Does the Holly Brackman book cover things not covered in Jane Dunnewold’s Complex Cloth? I have also been wanting to ask you if you subscribe to Dunnewold’s ArtHeart quarterly and would you recommend it? Thanks for the inspiration and information! Isn’t Spring grand! Everyday there is something new blooming or emerging – bring hope and joy. Cheers!

  4. PaMdora says:

    I love getting new books — what fun!

  5. jenclair says:

    Thanks for the book suggestions. Looking forward to your comments about the Photoshop book…I could use some help.

  6. Karoda says:

    I’m going to add the Photoshop book to my list, but am going to wait to see your review of the exercises in it. and YES! HAPPY SPRING TO YA!

  7. Diane D. says:

    I like how Fragments is looking. I have “The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers” by Scott Kelby and it’s a great reference. Some of the tricks in it I’ve used over and over.

  8. Kristin L says:

    Fun books! Looks like they’ll be keeping you busy for quite a while.

    Good luck with your newsletter. I hate it when things can’t get done for mere techy reasons.