Thursday, May 25, 2017

TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND ENJOY SOME FLOWERS

Well, today is a wet, rainy, gray, cold day. Looking positively, we do need the moisture and the rain has cut down on whatever pollen has been reeking havoc with my sinuses. But it would be nice to have a few more warm (not hot), sunny days to enjoy. Looking at the forecast, tomorrow doesn't look promising though. I am actually back to sweatshirts, vests and jeans!!!

So, after last week's shoe dropping several times a day, I was hoping with the administration out of the country, things would be a bit calmer...ever the optimist I guess...but the shoes are continuing to drop. Even McCain made reference to a centipede!!!

I'm actually tired. And I am not sure if I am tired because of the weather or because of ducking shoes. We all need breaks...even from monotony...but unless we enforce breaks on ourselves, I don't think they will come with this continuing political season. What do you think?

So, I suggest that when the going get tough, and it's raining shoes, instead of the tough gets going immediately, let's all take a break. Regain our center. Breath a little deeper. Fortify our hope. And then get back in the game because this is one game we need to win in the long run.

Yesterday I went for lunch in the Bronx and took some pictures of flowers along the way. I don't know about you but I love flowers. I probably look silly because I always have a big wide smile when I see them...












Take a break. Read a book. Hug someone. Find some flowers and smile...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CAT PILLOWS, ANOTHER CRAZY QUILT SQUARE, & TIME

Today, I had a hard time really concentrating...yesterday I accomplished a lot...today, not so much. Woke up early, did a couple things around the house, sat down and promptly fell asleep. Was I surprised waking up and realizing that it was three hours later!!!

CAT PILLOWS

I had been wanting to make pillows that fit into the windows for the cats, so I thought this was the day to do it. I used fabric that is soft but not very easy to sew. It's silky on the inside and slides easily but very soft, like brushed corduroy on the outside. Not sure where it even came from and because I don't see myself using it I thought it was perfect for the cats along with some batting...

And here is what I made actually sitting in one of the windows...

If you look closely, you will see that I had to place something under the pillow to accommodate window frame. I used sturdy foam.

ANOTHER CRAZY QUILT SQUARE

I had enough fabric out to make another square like this one...

This the second square...

Not sure what I will be doing with these other than add some embroidery stitches. I am thinking that they would make nice small purses or notebook covers. What do you think?

TIME

I read a really great article on time. You can find it here. The title of the article is "You Never Have Time, Only Intentions." I found the author's ideas interesting. For instance, we don't own time like we own money...and that's right. Time cannot be owned. Good intentions, though, can be. 

Think of it this way, when we say we have enough time to finish a project we are assuming a specific amount of time in the future. Not time here and now. As a matter of fact, we can only experience time in the present and that is but a fleeting moment. 

The author suggests that owning intentions is much better because those we can own. I intend to finish this project before I, say, go out for a walk. Some may think it's a distinction without a difference but it really isn't.

Remember a couple days ago I said that it seems like the time is flying by...that is, until you consider that this administration is only 100 plus days old. In one respect, time seems to be slipping away. But on the other hand, time is dragging on and on.

When you consider how our understanding of 'how time flies' is not a constant, maybe thinking about intentions is a better way. 

That's it for today...
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Monday, May 22, 2017

MORE EMBELLISHED COLLAGES & A QUESTION

You know, going from a hot 95 to a cold, rainy 55 is not fun. What to wear? I go from jeans, a sweatshirt and a fleece vest to cotton shorts and loose fitting cotton shirt. Is this the new normal? Not really a healthy proposition for either humans or the earth...

MORE EMBELLISHED COLLAGES

So, I do have a couple more finished embellished wall hangings. Remember the first one with fabric only?

This is what it looked like with embroidery stitches...

And here's the final collage. I don't think the picture does this piece justice. It appears much to fussy in the picture than it does in real life...have to figure out my photography technique!!!


This is the fabric collage for the second piece...

And here's the finished, embellished piece. Note I changed the position of the top...

I have also worked on large crazy quilt blocks in neutral colors.

The flowered pattern fabric is brocade and the white plain pieces are corduroy.


A QUESTION?

I've been trying to figure out what to do with all of my creations...and let me tell you, I have lots of them. The embellished collages are only the latest series. So, I have actually been looking into selling them online. I am not interested in selling at craft fairs or any venue that includes a lot of physical set up and take down.

After looking at the costs, I have to say the Etsy seems to be the cheapest unless I go with Craigslist which apparently also has a handmade creations selling area. Etsy does have a lot of what I would call Shabby Chic on their site...let's face it, it's really big site...so there would be some competition. On the flip side, for folks looking for that type of creations, my site would be one that could be pulled up. Well, I am just at the beginning of checking all this out and weighing my options. I'll let you know what I decide.

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