Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Quilting Arts Magazine! I originally posted it here before I mailed it in. Now that it's in, I'm glad I took the time to create one. It was a fun challenge to get my vision down in the small 4x6-inch frame, I got to use both fabric and paper (the book is paper) and now I get to see my work in print! Fantastic! (If you go to the link where I first posted it, you may notice I positioned it with the feet pointing up. I intended for the viewer to imagine themselves in the artwork, being the person relaxing with a book in the sun! But QA decided to place it the other way around. I guess that works too...)
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The fallen leaves are cornflakes
That fill the lawn’s wide dish,
And night and noon
The wind’s a spoon
That stirs them with a swish.
The sky’s a silver sifter,
A-sifting white and slow,
That gently shakes
On crisp brown flakes
The sugar known as snow.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Yesterday, I felt just like the Pillsbury Dough Boy looks - absolutely thrilled to be there!
It's hard to describe how exciting it was to see the Thanksgiving Day banner, the first marchers, and that first balloon come around the corner onto 6th Avenue. I think the only thing that could be more exciting than attending the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade would be marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade! I may just have to become an employee so I can experience that!
I love how huge the balloons are, even in contrast to all the skyscrapers. Spiderman was so awesome!
There were some awesome floats as well, including Sesame Street and many muppets. Bob was even there, smiling and waving.
Unfortunately, I am not up on all the latest celebrities and didn't know who some of them were... But I did recognize the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Anyway, hope you were able to be "in the moment" as well, wherever you were, whomever you were with, whatever you were doing!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I've been a little slow getting my groove back, partly because I'm just not feeling particularly motivated (see previous post) and partly because of the construction project going on in my studio area, which has left my worktable completely covered with stuff that used to be on shelves and has made the atmosphere down there not very conducive to creativity. But a few weeks ago I had started playing around with a way to recycle plastic bags which I read about in a recent issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. You basically start with white plastic bags (but not the thin grocery-store kind), putting several layers of plastic between two sheets of baking parchment and fusing them together with an iron set on a medium-hot temperature. The plastic shrinks and wrinkles a bit from the heat of the iron, but if you keep the iron moving in a circular motion, it smooths out and fuses nicely into a base material. Below is my first attempt, where I used a thinner, cheaper white plastic and then fused shapes cut from other colorful bags. I layered it over some heavy interfacing and stitched an abstract design with black thread all around the shapes. Then I pressed it one more time because some of the shapes weren't quite fused all the way. Unfortunately, the cheap white plastic shrunk just a little more, causing the interfacing to curl. It was a good first try, but my second attempt today was more successful.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
- ... that we got significant snow before Thanksgiving two years in a row
- ... that Con Ed and other local power companies have not fully restored power to some people in the NY area
- ... the extreme devastation in Staten Island and the coastal areas of New Jersey around Atlantic City from Hurricane Sandy
- ... that a majority of American voters put President Obama back in office for another four years
- ... that 94% of blacks voted for him (racism is obviously alive and well in the USA)
- ... that President Obama has already issued 155 Executive Orders in his first four years (FDR issued 11 in 16 years, George W. Bush issued 62 in 8 years: can you say "dictatorship"?)
Even though current life has not yet changed (the sun still rises on schedule, the girls still go to school, my DH and I still have jobs and a home, food and gasoline are still available), all week I have felt this overwhelming sense of doom. I have a terrible feeling very hard times are coming and although some Americans realize this, the majortiy are completely clueless, and actually celebrating it... I always thought right would prevail but again and again I see people choosing death over life, lies over truth. I have lost faith in my fellow Americans. I can't help feeling we are turning our backs on God, and praying that He will not turn His back on us...
The world looks very cold and gray today.
Lead us from death to life,
from falsehood to truth,
from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead us from hatred to love,
from war to peace,
Let peace fill our heart,
let peace fill our world,
let peace fill our universe.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
(until the next storm, a nor'easter which is supposed to arrive tomorrow! Keep your fingers crossed!).
Meanwhile, I'm still trying to finish things up around here. Just before the power clicked off last Monday, I took the final machine stitches on "Summer's End", which I started back in September. I had been working on the hand quilting and embroidery embellishments over the last few weeks and finally decided it was done and needed to begin its new life as a pillow. It adds a nice touch of color to our casual downstairs couch, as you can see below. I made it an envelope-style cover so it was easy to make and I can still take it off if it needs to be cleaned. I'm running out of wall space and you can probably never have too many pillows!