Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Have you noticed any posts on facebook about minimalism? I'm connecting with the concept because for the last several years, i've been feeling stressed by the things around me. Gradually, I've been cleaning closets, dressers and storage rooms when I can. Every week this year, i've taken a box and/or bags to the second hand store. My daughter would scoff at my attempts; she's becoming quite serious about it. As a quilter, and a fiber and mixed media artist with very few local sources for supplies, it's difficult to really clean out. Still, im getting there with the clutter. I'm noticing i do feel calmer in my rooms with less. I'm trying to do the same thing in my studio-- to a degree. I need my stash! However, I seem to have a few unfinished projects and they do add stress. I haven't posted much lately of new giber art work because I've put a bit of a mratorium on new pieces. As an example of the need for having supplies on hand, while browsing fb this morning, I came across this beautiful video about combining chalk pastels with water on Alicia Burke's blog. I went down to my art clisetvand pulled out my pastels. I've experimented a little in my sketchbook.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Its been quiet here on the blog because I've had the most lovely visit from my daughter and 6 month old grandson, Ollie. Hubby had a quick visit before he left for Labrador and then it was the three of us. The weather was pretty good so we got outside in the yard, on the deck and went walking on the trail and through the park.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Ive been recuperating from my little workshop trip to the Spruce It Up Quilt shop in Port Elgin, reorganizing and putting away supplies for the last few days. We had just the right number for the space, six in all. I must say that my host was very welcoming and well organized making my job a lot easier.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
I've spent a good part if this week getting ready for my mono orinting workshop this Saturday in Port Elgin, NB. The fact that its been cold, windy and rainy meant I had to stay in anyway. I had been enjoying getting started in my gardens. Last night, we even had some snow! At least I'm all prepared and can relax. I watched the movie, The Light Between Oceans, on Netflix. A bit of a tear jerker but very good. I ended up ripping out the last socks inwas workingon. The pattern was tight and they seemed small. I've restarted using another pattern which is working out well.
Friday, May 5, 2017
This morning, I had errands, and then my standing lunch date with friends. Except for a few small patches, the snow has gone from our yard, so I took an hour plus to do some outdoor work before the rain. Gord took the afternoon off to get a few things done outside too. Of course, once the chores were done, he went to hit balls at the golf course. Its opening soon. I've been packing up my baby quilt blocks to take tomorrow to our second last sewing day for the season. I made the decision last week to put a hold on some fiber art pieces because I was feeling scatter brained with the pending monoprinting workshop and the preparations for that. It's all organised now. I couldn't help but try a wee bit of free motion stitching on one of the gelatin mono prints.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I haven't been here as much as is usual for me. Its a combination of better weather and being able to get a few things done in the yard, getting ready for a workshop next week and stitching on a baby quilt. In this pic all the little blocks are laid out.