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Keeping My Cool

It has been very hot in our town. This means taking walks earlier in the day, drinking lots of water and staying in the cool basement studio getting stuff done.

Before I show you what I have been doing, I just want to say this. Why in heck would I give a rat’s patooty to know anything about Victoria (Posh) Beckham. I am sick of the hype!! (Edited to remove the suggestion of profanity!!)


These are Texas Bluebonnets, in honor of Lady Bird Johnson. I adored her. I remember when she started the wildflowers along the freeways campaign. Every time I saw them in California, I would say a silent thank you.

Today, I decided to use some screen printed bamboo with some of my antique Japanese textiles. The first one has a lot of pink and probably does not look very wabi sabi, but I like the combo of fabrics and colors. The screen print is done on one of my discharged fabrics from the class last week. I don’t know whether to face it or do a binding in black or green.


The next piece is fused to black felt. After I quilt it, I think I will do the satin stitch edging. There are two screens on this. One is a discharge which discharged to blue. I decided to screen over it with textile paint to look like a shadow.

Wednesday is my weigh in day at Weight Watchers. I am happy to say that I have now lost 5 and 1/2 pounds in my first two weeks. I feel pretty good about that because this past week, I did a lot of eating out.

Tomorrow, we are having our Stash meeting at Gale’s house. She lives in Astoria, over on the coast. So I have to get up and be ready to take off at 8 am. It will be much cooler there, so it should be a good day. Well, any day with the stash women is a good day!!

7 Responses to “Keeping My Cool”

  1. Judy says:

    oh and yes…….I’m proud to know you, oh skinny one!!! ;-D

  2. Judy says:

    Oh Gerrie, love those pieces!!!
    Yes, I had a certain passion for Lady Bird myself. The medians along our highways are filled with wildflowers. My license plate has a wildflower insignia meaning that a certain amount of $$ from my registration goes to the replanting and beautifying of our byways. It pleases me and makes driving a bit more calming.
    Yesterday our weather was Portlandish, and I thought of you as Barker and I walked the golf course. It was almost chilly when we set out! Thank you for “taking the heat” for a few days for us! LOL

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Good luck to you having the ‘Team Beckham’ bandwagon in the States – I’ve been mighty sick of Victoria for years (I’m in the UK) – she looks like a petulant head on a stick, and is completely talentless. Well done on your weight loss by the way.

  4. Dale Anne says:

    CONGRATS on the weight loss!!!
    And, you are so right………first off – who the HE double hockey sticks is Victoria Beckham and why do we need to know about her???

  5. Micki says:

    Your wabi sabi pieces are great. Love the screenprint of the bamboo. I also like your bamboo fence piece.

  6. dee says:

    I feel the same about Lady Bird. Every time we would be on the highway in spring and the beautiful flowers wee in bloom-I would think of her. I can’t imagine having a nicer memorial to someone’s life.
    I really like these wabisabi pieces-especially the second one. Have fun on your outing and Yay You!! on the WW

  7. Jeannie says:

    Way to go Gerrie – 5.5 lbs is great! I hope you have some treats planned for doing so well. I really like the screened bamboo pieces, especially the one with the shadow. They are wonderful. Have fun in Astoria!