Where has February gone? I haven't posted in a couple of weeks and here are some of the things that have been keeping me busy: I started this latest seahorse piece a few weeks ago. I am still finalizing my fabric choices and contemplating my method for adhering everything. In my seahorse story, the scene with the dolphin is supposed to be largely in oranges, but I just love this coral/salmon color, especially next to the turquoise.
I also saw these two cute projects in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. The pincushions, made from a circle of fabric called a yo-yo, were in the first special Studios issue of CPS (article by Michele Muska). I did the center one and my two youngest daughters did the other two. Now I have easy access to all my pins and needles! The cute kitty idea was in the March/April issue of CPS, an article by Deb Taylor on what she calls "gypsy cats." I made the cat's body more shaped than she does, but I think I may try another one with the same fabrics and change the shape to a triangle. I want to keep it simple but still change it up a bit.
The major reason I haven't been as creatively productive in the last few weeks is because I started a major spring cleaning, organizing, and overhaul of pretty much the entire house. It involves mostly the family room/play room/studio area on the lower level of our house right now, but will spread upstairs in a few weeks when we receive the doors we ordered for our new kitchen pantry (I've been using our sizeable bathroom closet for extra food storage!). In the last few weeks I've been going through boxes of dolls and toy animals (I gave away a trunkful through freecycle.org), weeding through paperwork, moving shelves and tables, and trying to condense and organize all of my fabric, ribbon, and thread. I still have a table full of things I don't quite know what to do with, but I am getting better at chucking things. I hope the new setup will help me be more productive and efficient and I hope all the hours I've invested in organizing now will save me many more hours in the future.
And finally, last week we took the girls to one of my favorite places, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. We had a great day and saw a huge amount of the museum. It was great spending the day among such masterpieces. We only took photos in the Egyptian Art section (my older daughter just finished a Social Studies unit on Ancient Egypt). Here are some of the photos she took: