Saturday, March 31, 2007
I felt I needed protection when approaching this freaky fish fabric. So I unrolled a brand new copper scrubber and slipped on my hand.
Arranged some of the likely fabrics together.
Sewed the four inch squares together with the other challenge fabric Becky sent. All into a nice little background for the fish critters.
Added one fishy at the bottom, but he looked lonely (and hungry). Added number two fish, but then they looked like they were planning and plotting something. Adding number three, who looks like he is leaving to go find someone or something to eat seemed right to me.
After quilting was added and some outlining stitching too, it started to look a little more together. But those fish are still too free, they worried me!
Now it was time to contain those critters with the coppery mesh. I bravely cut it up and stretched and pulled and distorted it, while smelling that coppery (reminds me of blood!) scent. My machine went right over it like a champ and the fish are now trapped. Here are a couple of details and the closeup view too. Some with flash and some without. The title is "Ancestor Fish?", it is about 20 x 20".
We were to share a two or three sentence blurb about our quilting story which will accompany the quilt. Mine went something like this:
I've been quilting again since 1998, first beginning with solely commercial cottons and purchased patterns. Now I've moved on to dyeing my own fabrics and making up my own designs.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Isn't this a completely pitiful picture? Our bookcases are still very empty as we are rearranging furniture on a continual basis. Seems kinda silly to fill up the bookcases until they are in the spots they are going to remain.
We used to have completely filled bookcases in every room except the bathrooms. The house feels very empty without the books. It really does. I miss them. I guess they do take up a lot of space in my mind.
What will be a lot of fun is rearranging the books and how we store them, instead of being kinda higgedly piggedly randomized.
By the way the books on the shelf are Bulfinch's Mythology, Dead Eye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut, The Hobbit 50th anniversary edition, and a series of kid books called Deltora. These have shown up in random boxes that we've unpacked so far. Books ended up everywhere...
Thursday, March 22, 2007
by Julie Zaccone Stiller
She rises over all
Giving Her light freely
Asking for nothing
to my sight
Held in the branches
Not able to touch Her
in night vision
She holds our mystery
in the soul
Of our world's myths
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Aren't these weird?
First up, Julie Manga. This is entirely too scary. The eyes, of course are huge, after all it is Manga! But what is up with the brown spot on the end of my nose? And the totally freaky grimace? THe eyebrows crack me up, that is what mine would look like if I let a 3 year old do them with my Joan Crawford eyebrow pencil.
Then Julie Baby. Don't I look like someone you'd run away from at the PTA meeting? No, I don't want to make any *(#(!$ homemade popcorn balls for the class party.
Julie Mucha, I think I look kinda like Kate Winslet in this one, if she wore glasses of course. I really like how my eyes look in this one. I suppose because they are a different color! The strange color/pattern on the forehead kinda ruins this one for me. Also it makes me look like I have braces again, aieeeee**runs screaming from room***
and Finally Julie Modigliani
which is my favorite. Mostly because my face is skinnier looking and the eyes aren't so freaking weird like on all the other ones. ALso I like how the background is morphed.
Then start sewing pieces together. Eventually you'll end up with enough to call it a block. Then send it it to the person who is sewing together blocks for friends who need lovey quilts. Good way to send your love to someone who has come to mean a lot to you over the years in an online quilt group. Luckily I took these pictures before I personalized them.
As promised, here are pics of the house remodel, now that we have painted. I really pushed myself and painted all the rooms, in the space of a week and a half. First with primer, then the ceilings with white ceiling paint, and then onto the colors. I knew I was getting sick, as my husband was during all this, but I put it off til the day we finished, and came down with bronchitis. Not surprising after having had pneumonia over the winter holidays. Anyhoo, I got to recover in living color. We really went crazy with colors, neither of us had ever had colored rooms before, "Navajo White" was the most exotic that we ever got. But what a difference it makes.
First up is Alex's room, he went with a green theme as you can see. Choosing a green carpet and two shades of green for the walls "Happy Camper" and "Asparagus".
He is the lucky kid with two windows (a big topic of discussion), so it is ok to have the intense green as there is a lot of light in the room. Alex has yet to get a door put on his room, we had trouble finding a right hung door, now that we have it, hopefully it will get installed this week.
Next door big brother Zach chose three shades of blue for his walls and a very plush soft off-white carpet. You can see your footprints in it. I love how this room turned out. He has great color sense!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Ditigal shenanigans this month is the theme for Self Portrait Challenge.
After running my photo through the "Hockney-izer", a Flickr tool, I'm pretty pleased with the effect. It reminds me of those freaky HP printer commercials with all the photos of people zooming in and out of reality. I look a little worried about it don't I? So I call this one "Perturbed".
And yes the orientation is correct, I was lying on the luxurious new carpeting we have in our room now! Woohoo can you say love that new carpet smell. I think it may be better than epoxy glue.