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"I do believe in an everyday sort of magic...the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone." Charles de Lint

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sad...But Interesting

While Paul was at the condo hanging out with Margie I went home to Lexington for a few nights to weed the gardens and tend to things. I chuckled when I saw my flower wreath....it's a little sad but also kind of interesting. It's only a little more shriveled than Paul's picture....and I think it's done what it's going to do. (lucky for you)

The yellow flowers were already dried from my birthday bouquet....and have stayed nearly the same size as when they were fresh.  I do find it interesting that most of the other larger blooms have shriveled up to almost nothing. I also found it interesting that the bright pink bleeding heart dried to purple.

Oh the joy in ordinary things....wabi-sabi things.   

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

We Planted a Tree!

A little change of pace today....with the help of Aaron, we started a landscaping project in the back yard at the condo.

Paul and Margie had a front row seat for the tree planting....a heptacodium or seven-sons flower. It's the same type we planted in South Portland that I posted about here




The corner of our patio faces west....and we wanted a tree that would help shade the afternoon sun and give us a little more privacy.

It's a fast grower but it will be a few years before it actually provides good shade...but you have to start somewhere.  I'm going to love watching the progress over the years.

More on the rest of the landscaping project to come.

Monday, May 21, 2018

What's Important

Quote found on Pinterest....it originated here.
The last few days have been full....and what's most important for me right now is to be fully present with Margie and her transition to Maine.  I will check in here on the blog when I can....and back at it when things are a little more settled. 

Wisdom and courage....for all of us.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Family

"If you want to change the world....go home and love your family."  Mother Teresa

Great family day today catching up...so good to have Margie and Liz here!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Extended Family

With the exception of two years we lived in Madison WI Paul and I have lived away from extended family our whole marriage....37 years in just a few days.  First in Nashville TN, then Cumberland and Portland ME, now Lexington MA and Portland ME for the weekends.  We will retire to Portland at some point....and in the mean time we get here almost every weekend. Starting soon we will have permanent extended family just a few miles down the road!  Yay!

Margie and Liz fly in later tonight and I've been busy all day cleaning and tending to neglected house chores.  It might take up to two weeks for Margie's stuff to catch up with her but it will give her time to rest and adjust to her new time zone before she settles into her new home.  I'm so excited.

Paul went home to Lexington for a few days to work...but he knows me well and sent a picture of my shriveling bloom wreath. Pretty sweet of him! Thanks Paul!








Fresh....Day Two....Day Four



Friday, May 18, 2018

Purple

There's just something about purple....


especially when you stumble upon it.







Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sideways

I'm turning some of the new mini trees I make sideways....

Photo from Tumblr feed....origin unknown.
...and I like the longer birches.




I also made a couple more "Birch Moons" to replace two that have sold. On this first one I used different fabric for the trees that I found in my stash.




I found this little landscape that I made a while back...and turned it into another "Birch Moon" piece for the series. 

The large red and orange piece ("Autumn Blaze") in the quilt series sold and I also sold the Gudrun's World catalog collage. I was pretty excited that someone was fond of it....I was a little unsure.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

One Day Later

I couldn't help myself...I left my little flower wreath sitting on the board and I'm loving watching the blooms shrivel up. This is one day later.

I didn't mention that the bright blue rice size sprinkles are actually dried grape hyacinth pieces from the ONE bloom I had a few weeks ago. They dried perfectly and kept their beautiful color.  I'm heading to Maine today for at least a week...maybe more...and I'm leaving the wreath as is. I'll be anxious to see what state it's in when I get back.
The most exciting part about this trip to Maine is that I'll be greeting Margie, my mother-in-law and Liz, my sister-in-law on Saturday when they fly in from Colorado.  Margie is moving to Portland into a senior living facility just a few minutes from the condo. I'm excited that she will be a regular part of our lives and that I get to set up her little apartment. I'm sure I'll be sharing some of that here.  It may take a week or two for her stuff to arrive so she'll be staying with us at the condo.  Yay!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Morning Collection

"Life is so beautiful....but sometimes we forget to look." author unknown
I enjoyed a little photo shoot with my morning collection from the yard.
I didn't find any true orange...but added some dried flowers from my birthday bouquet to transition from the red to the yellow. And I did find these dried daffodil heads in the garden that leaned towards orange. I think they're precious! Wabi-sabi precious!



This was my first arrangement...but I liked the wreath-look the best.
I did all this on a piece of barn board from the family farm...standing by my kitchen window where there was nice morning light.  I loved every minute of it!  Life is so beautiful...don't forget to look.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Views From the Day

This is the view over the fence in our back yard in Lexington...the layers of springtime colors are just delightful.


This is a view from our morning walk....a massive tulip bed and a delightful bottlebrush bush.

This is the view from my front lawn. The pretty yellow gas line pipes I featured a week or so ago are being put in the street.  It was loud and dusty all day long....and they'll be right next door tomorrow....Yay!


And this was the view from my sewing table.  Remember the little scraps I sorted yesterday?  I wanted to see how the skinny stripe scraps would look sewn directly together...without solids in between....I kind of like the wonky checkerboard effect.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

It Was Time....

...to organize my fabric...again. 

When I sew I throw my scraps in a pile on the cutting table or on the floor. Periodically I run out of space to work and I can't find what I need so I have to stop and sort and organize. Today was the day....or at least the day I started. I'm easily distracted. 

The bigger pile was easy....stripes, solids and ombre fabrics....done.  The tiny scraps were a bit more tedious....I couldn't help but sift through looking for usable pieces.  
 


I also came across this little strip I sliced off the Mini Monty. I couldn't bear to throw it away....it must have a use.




Saturday, May 12, 2018

Patience

Paul and I were in Maine a couple of days and were delighted with the pops of color on our walk yesterday.  Grape hyacinths are one of my favorite spring bulbs.....you just can't beat that color.



Here's my very patient husband waiting for me while I took some photos.  He's awesome! And just for the record he often points things out that he knows I'll love.

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Few More Views

We did find a little spot for some of my mini trees on top of the magazine rack.  I'm going to make more of these...and instead of a button I'm going to add a tiny fabric moon.  

I gave it a try and it's very doable....the moon is a little smaller than a dime.



On down the hallway on the right is a little spot for a few things including my fabric mirror and two of the 12 pieces from my Folt Bolt collage project.  It was one of those "Project Runway" kind of moments having to "make it work" as a collection. The other pieces just didn't fit in anywhere.

What that means is I have 10 of my little fabric collages that I brought back home....some may end up as gifts. And in the end I may come home with the others too....and that would be OK.

"The Full Monty" and the "Mini Monty" sold along with another "Birch Moon."  So far so good!



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Lime Green

I embraced the bare trees against the winter sky this past year...

...but I'm in love with the lime green leaves against the brilliant blue spring sky! Thank goodness for seasons....I love them all.
The massive ginkgo tree in my front yard is coming to life!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Day One

I'm pretty excited that two of my quilt series pieces have sold...
but they'll stay up until the end of the show. Not bad for day one.





The "I Had To Try" accordion piece may be odd....but it's visually interesting and goes well with these two little colorful landscapes.  It hangs on an angled wall as you go down the hall which works well with the two sidedness of it.                     
              

Here's a view of the "Birch Moon" pieces....and one has sold. I'm likely going to make more of these...they're kind of fun.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

JOY!

Many many years ago I auditioned some of my work for a craft show in Maine called Designing Women. It won't surprise you that I submitted things using several different media....it's just my way. Unfortunately they turned me down saying I went in too many directions and my work lacked focus. It didn't slow me down.

I continued to be "unfocused" crafting in a million directions making things for our church fairs and gifts for family and friends. I also started a long working relationship with Astrid at Folly 101 in Portland who embraced the variety and quirkiness of my work. To this day I still cover little match boxes for her.

The one thing that has remained true through all my years of randomly creating is the JOY I get from sitting at my sewing machine, picking glue off my fingers, and making a big colorful mess.
I decided to call this little show "JOY" and here is my artist statement.


A huge thank you to  Joyce and Dr. Adams for helping me out this morning.  I'll share more pictures soon...but for now here's a little peak.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Mini....or Half?


The lilacs are starting to bloom...and these particular bushes behind our church are especially lovely with their medium dark purple color. 

I made a little "Mini Monte"....or is a smaller version of "The Full Monty" a "Half Monte?" A few more rows of stitching to go when I took the photo....I changed the thread color about 6 or 7 times.



Sunday, May 6, 2018

Tweaking

I've spent time the last few days finishing and tweaking a few of my projects that were abandoned for one reason or another.

This fused fabric mirror, for example, felt a little flat and lacking so I didn't think I would hang it in the show.  But with the extra time I had it's now good enough and ready to hang.

This is the before....and the photo looks better than it did up close in person....it's usually the opposite. After I made it I wished the lines weren't so straight so the transitions were a little softer.

After auditioning several things between the colors including small strips of solid hand dyed fabrics and various fibers I decided to go with a thin black accent using pearl cotton thread. I thought it gave it a sort of a stitched outline look or even a stained glass effect. And it made the straight(ish) lines look a little more intentional.
When I was in Maine I cut lengths of the pearl cotton that would wrap around....carefully dipped them in matte medium and laid them on each seam pressing them down to make good contact.  
                   

Once it was good and dry I did the same thing to the sides wrapping the threads to the back...this time applying the medium with a toothpick.  I finished the back and attached the mirror today and had to take it outside this evening to get enough light to get a decent picture. There you have it....a tweaked mirror...I'm calling it "Rainbow Connection."