Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The season is changing.

 We have one more hot week to live through than
the weather is supposed to change to fall like.
My very favorite time of the year.
 It is amazing that the progression of plants and
flowers tell us the weather is changing.
There is beauty in the ending too.
Sedums, golden rod, and red berries.
 Leaves start to drop and the under study comes out.
 The seed pods drop their seeds.
I got an invite to be in another show. 
I have until September 14th to produce a
painting or two. Gets my creative juices flowing.
If I don't have a project I get down.
Thanks for the invite.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August draws to a end.

 The Donatello Ligularis are blooming.
They have beautiful leaves but the blooming part
is not so ice. The bud is interesting though.
Especially close up. 
Looking back on my series of Lake Michigan I like 
how they turned out.  Anything to do with water 
pleases me. Even my little dug pond in the back
yard  and the koi pond(with no koi in it) by the
kitchen door.  The sound of the waterfall is so
relaxing. I am enjoying the slower pace this week.
It has been a busy year.
Looking forward to a quiet fall and winter.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lake view.

 This is what the view from Tommy's house
looks like at sunset. Living on the water is special.
Even though we only have a small dug pond
it gives us a taste of water views.
 I submitted two pieces to the Salon Show and
they only took the Wolf River quilt.
The Red Chairs quilt will be able to go somewhere
else. That means I will not have to make another
larger quilt. So glad the competition season is
winding down. This has been quite the year,
That means 2016 is going to be smooth. Right?
Just cut up 7 pieces of fabric to wash in prep 
for dyeing. I am going to attempt making 3 
whole cloth quilt pieces.
Also over dyeing some commercial fabric.
Tomorrow I will get on it.
In the mean time  Tuesday is my appointment with
Kim. An hour and half of deep muscle massage.
Heavenly.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Yesterday at the lake.

 Tommy invited us to her place on the Lake to spend
some time getting acquainted. We had met online 
and exchanged  12 x 12 quilts in the past.
I could only stay for the day but regretted having
to leave. I was exhausted after this week.
I missed a lot of calming lake breezes.
 There can never be enough show and tell among
quilters. Gayle showed us some of her work .
Love the colors in this one. She dyed the fabrics.
Looking forward to doing some dyeing this week.
 I love the piecing in this one.
I look much smaller when looking at my feet.
After seeing the photo at the Bridges for lunch
this lady needs to loose a LOT of weight.
 Another project underway.
 Love the color ways of this one.
The Hexes on the horse quilt are small.
But so are her hands.
Robbie loves to do hand work.
 A gorgeous  quilt using Tyvek. Great colors.
I got home last night and told my husband I 
was not going anywhere today. I even turned
him down for lunch at his favorite restaurant.
I must be crazy.
Hopefully Tommy will invite us back again
when my life is calmer.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tonight is the night

 Yesterday I made 4 batches of brownies.
Cut up 2 watermelons and 4 cantaloupes.
I have 2 quarts of dip and 2 big bags of chips.
The car is packed and ready to go.
Tonight is the opening for the Chairs show.
Tomorrow I visit Tommy the Material girl
at her home on the lake and meet some fellow artist.
My husband left early to take our son Mark for his
chemo and radiation treatments the start of 6 
weeks of intensive treatment.
Please put him in your prayers for good results.
He will have surgery after the treatments in 6 to 10 
weeks. He has esophagus cancer.
Life takes some different pathways and we just
have to follow where it leads us.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The last of the photos

 The gate to the beach looking out to Lake Michigan.
I have always liked water.
Lakes, ocean and mud puddles after a summer rain.
When I was 5 my parents would find me sans
clothes sitting in the puddles. Even pins on my clothes
 did not work. I just wanted to sit  bare in the water.
Thanks goodness I have learned to keep my clothes on.
 Maybe that is why I paint and make art about water.
The Wolf River Sunrise is one of my faves.
Than there are cone flowers.
They are one of my favorites too.
 There a few in my show.
Along with lots of sunflowers.
Sunflowers and the Dragonfly.
This one will stay with our family.
Most likely my daughter she like sunflowers too.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

More of the chairs show.

 I sit here eating plain yogurt with honey and
enjoying the fact that the week-end is here.
We have a baby shower today for the new baby
Liz and Scott are expecting.
As usual I have been buying things for the last
4 weeks.  Only one thing from her list.
 I found the cutest winter bunting for only $16  on
Amazon. It was a North face.
I hate to waste money on wrapping paper so I
made a flannel crib blanket to use as paper.
 I hope you are enjoying the Chairs show.
Relaxing as you see the different ways I 
interpreted the ides of relaxation.
 The bench and sofa table were made by Chris Boon
a talented wood worker. I upholstered the bench.
We love the north woods in our family and it
holds fond memories.
I end the day with a  more contemporary chair quilt.