Monday, December 26, 2011

Art in our house

My daughter is a very talented young woman and is working hard on her art. She is hoping to get into Rhode Island School of design, and I hope she does also.

Sometimes its hard living with an artist when you are in a small house and both want to create at the same time. I cannot sew when she is drawing because we both need the kitchen table. Since her work is homework and needed for portfolio, I let her draw.

 She was always easy to entertain as I could carry crayons or a pencil and paper with me everywhere and she would draw happily. She still draws happily, and often I come across objects in the house with drawings. Recently the lids of the creamer in the fridge had faces.

Tonight it was "meat face" drawn with a fork on the plastic covering of defrosting meat. Temporary artwork.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

More Scenery from the South

 Even though its winter and the trees are bare they still look beautiful to me.

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
William Wordsworth

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Falls Lake Rec area - inspiration

I love getting my inspiration from nature. When in North Carolina I was able to sneak off for an hour and take a walk at the local recreational area. I love the textures and colors.

Love the bark on these trees. As I was walking in the one area you could smell the pine trees.It was a relaxing walk.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wedding and a walk in the woods.

This past weekend we drove to North Carolina to attend my beautiful niece's wedding.  We left at 5 AM Saturday, got there around 1230PM had lunch, checked into the hotel and off we went to the practice and practice dinner.  It always amazes me the positions that my daughter can sleep in. This is how I found her at the dinner. The friends that they have down there are very generous, and friendly.

The next day I had time to go for a walk at Falls Lake Rec Area.  I find walking along the shore very relaxing.

I took a bunch of photos for felting. Great texture pictures that I will post next time.  Here is a quick look.
I played driver and took Jim fishing, got lunch, Picked Jim up, took Julia to the church, came  back to hotel, picked up Kim and Jim and back to the wedding.

 The bride was beautiful and the groom handsome. He is in the military and may be deployed soon. A very nice young man and amazingly calm throughout it all.  Bethany, is a long arm quilter and has just had a book published with her original designs.  She used some of her designs on the wedding cake which was yummy.
Arrived home last night around 530PM. It was a hectic three days and really nice to be home again and see my doggies.   I have so much more to tell. I want to show pictures of the lake walk and tell you all about her book which I find inspiring. More to come tomorrow.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas is coming

We have had great weather this weekend. Its been fairly warm for December which for us means 50's F.

I was able to get this picture of our Flagpole Christmas tree lit up at night. It looks like it is twinkling when the wind is blowing gently.

Inspired by this, I got my santa collection out. I did not put all of them out because they will not all fit anymore. Some of them are very old. The one in the center was my fathers when he was a kid. Not sure how he survived when our house burned down when I was little but he did. I have to find the other stockings cause one is not enough. Hopefully we will be getting our tree up in the living room this week.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas lights and UFOs

Today we put our outside Christmas lights up on the flagpole so it looks like a tree.
 Great weather for putting up outside lights.  We have been doing this for quite a few years now so its fairly routine.

I will take a picture in the dark so you can see how pretty it looks.

I have also been trying to clean up the house and get it in order.  Found this UFO - Unfinished Object and decided to finish it.  Its a white wool on a white cotton gauze with winter trees which I felted then thread painted then felted again. It had no back on it.  First I blocked it using some home made blocking boards that I made with wood, foam insulation and fabric. I wet the piece, threw it in the spin cycle to spin out the excess water then pinned it to my blocking board. This made the edges nice and flat. I then sewed a piece of muslin on the back so I can hang it up, and I did have it hanging in the window.  Now I need to finish the rest of my UFO's.