Saturday, June 18, 2016

The flowers in my little garden

were in full bloom this morning.  What a great sight that greeted me when I pulled the blinds to open them on the slider today.  Couldn't stop myself from grabbing my camera and stepping outside to what was a very humid day to snap some pictures.  I love these but they are far to complex to paint and quilt although I'd really like to give it a try.  Will let you see if I am at all successful in doing them justice.

Finished hand stitching down the facing on the two pieces I showed you a couple of days ago.  I upgraded to Windows 10 again.  Now that I have time to fool with it if it gives me grief I am giving it one more change to not frustrate me. 
The one thing that got me last time was I couldn't upload my pictures to this blog.  But as you can see that is not the issue now.

The large box in the garage went out for waste removal so now I can back the car out and hang yardage of silk broadcloth in the garage to dry.  Soy milk in refrigerator is waiting. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quilting is done

Yesterday I blocked and trimmed it down to size before I stopped for the day.  Today I will sew the binding on this piece and the last one so I will have some hand work to do while I sit and chat tomorrow when the Friday ladies meet. 
There have been a few things in my life that I have wanted to kick myself for buying, but my treadmill is not on that list.  I really like the idea of rolling out of bed and into my walking shoes to go for a walk in my nightgown.  I must confess that I am a MSNBC political junkie.  So I watch Morning Joe while I walk. 
The treadmill is in front of the window so I can watch my neighbors drive by on their way to work and I smile thankfully to myself.  So glad my days of getting up, dressed and out the door to work are long ago over. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

On this Sunday

the news that greeted me this morning when I turned on the television to keep me company while I walked on the treadmill was bad, so sad and as the morning went on it got worse.  103 people shot, 50 died.    
     I normally don't work in my Studio on Sundays, not that I consider making art laboring, it's just that I figure I could do something else, like see a movie or read a book.  My mind wouldn't entertain either one of those activities so I did what brings me peace.  I painted.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Just finished

quilting and adding the acrylic center details of this small piece (15" x 20").  Still needs facing and sleeve.    I painted this while I was in Virginia at the Girl Friends Retreat.  For the last few days I have been going through my collection of flower photos looking for my next project.  I have selected a few that I have to enlarge  to full size.   
       I looked through my soy soaked silk stash and found I don't have a piece that fits the size I have in my head to do.  I made a batch of soy milk, tore off a length of silk to soak.   I was going to but didn't put the silk in the basin to  soak and  hang it in the garage to dry, because it started to rain and I didn't want to dodge the rain drops after I backed the car out. 
  But more importantly I'm not all that upset about the rain because I forgot I have a rather large box in my garage and a wooden pallet that is in the way of the clothesline that is stretched across the width of the garage. I can't get to the clothes line if I wanted to, at least not most of it.  Might be a few more days before I can, at least Monday and if all goes worse, Thursday.  The next two times the  trash man comes.    
     The full story of the large box is,  a treadmill was delivered last Thursday and brought into the garage with an motorized  hand  dolly . Rene and  Steve, my very tall, strong  and 30  something y/o neighbor managed to get it into unpacked and into the house last Saturday.  I decided to put it into the front bedroom that I am using for painting and studio supply storage. Thought it would be nice to look out at the street as I walk each morning.  I am determined to walk myself back to the fitness level I had when I first moved here and walked a minimum of three miles each day first thing each morning.
      Rene, my daughter who  is quite handy began putting it together and Justin the grandson came to finish the job on Sunday evening.  But once he did, it did not work.  I called the manufacture, left a message about my issue  and they determined when they called me back on Monday morning that I needed a new part.  That part arrived today.  Not sure when the service tech, they promised would call me and come to install what looks to me like a Motherboard, will do that.  Waiting for the call.  In the meantime, I'll work on enlarging some images and maybe work on something smaller.