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My aging little buddy ended up with a spinal injury. I was afraid he wasn’t going to make it.

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But with the help of accupuncture, meds and rest, he has recovered in a way I did not think possible.

 

While staying at home with my little buddy recuperating, I had time for lots of projects.

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Painting my work table a fresh new color.

 

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Making pillow cases from these fabrics and more.

 

Sewing a reversible shoulder bag. (Pattern is Lickety Split Bag by Made by Rae.)

 

Cooking. (The first a simple recipe from Smitten Kitchen. The second is a version of a cold greek pasta salad, perfect for a hot summer day.)

 

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Then to try to get myself back on track, back into a creative groove, I started a drawing class.

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After procrastinating a year, I have started to plan a home remodeling project. This will involve the kitchen and a guest bath, so you know this will be a big messy job.  I have looked at so many paint colors and painted so many little sample cards you wouldn’t believe it.  I have so many variations of the color teal that I am looking around the house for what all I can redo with the sample paints.

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Another project was the making of these tiny shorts.  Yes, they are pretty wild, but toddlers are much less inhibited in their clothing choices than are the rest of us.  Plus the fabric has all kinds of trucks, one of the favorite things (other than pianos, guitars and violins) of this little guy. I used the pdf basic shorts pattern from the website Made Everyday with Dana.

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Another project made for the same little treasure, is this toddler blanket. I love the Nightfall collection designed by Maureen Cracknell and manufactured by Art Gallery. Hopefully the little one isn’t too grown up to appreciate all the owls, rabbits and dragonflies.

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In recent times, so much has happened in the world, in my life, in my art that blogging has fallen to the wayside.  Catching up seems like an impossible task and then I start wondering if I should blog at all.  But I do love sharing glimpses of my art explorations, cooking attempts and beach adventures as I also love seeing the explorations of others.  So I will give it another try, not by attempting to catch up, but just by continuing to show tidbits of the world from my limited vantage point.

So for today, here are a few tidbits.

First is a small self portrait done on fabric with photoshop, printing on fabric, water color paints, ink pencils and stitching.

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Here is a little fabric post card I made (though the wonders of Photoshop)  for someone who is moving far, far away on a big adventure of her own.

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And on today’s menu is a favorite soup, Pasta E Ceci.  I like all the versions (vegetarian) that I have tried, but this particular version is from “Whole Bowls” by Allison Day.

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And while the thunder is rumbling outside and I eat the warm soup, I will laugh my way through another Dave Barry book.

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Seems like it has been a month of art inspirations.

 

Had a wonderful trip to the Dali Museum to see both the Frida Kahlo exhibit as well as the Dali paintings.

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Made a quick trip to the Mancuso Quilt Florida Show in Orlando.

This was an interesting hanging sculpture in the Convention Center.

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These are a few favorites.

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“What the World Needs Now” by Gabriele DiTota (USA)

 

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“Pele: She-Who-Shapes-the-Land” by Jenny Hearn (South Africa)

 

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“The Sunrise in the Bougainvilleas” by Mihoko Tanaka (Japan)

 

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“True Blue Mates” by Yvonne Chapman (Australia)

 

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“Beginning True” by Sue de Vanny (Australia)

And then another quick but rewarding trip was made to see the SAQA Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art exhibit in Stuart, Florida. (Runs Jan. 20th til Feb. 25th, so you still have a chance to see it.) It is a very impressive show.

I wish I had photos of all the quilts to share. I am sharing what I was able to photograph around the attendees. And that is my excuse for the quilts being shot at an angle.

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This one is by Becky Stack.

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A close up of the entry by Louise Hall.

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The next one is by Loreen Leedy.

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And this is by Marianne Williamson.

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The following is by Gabriele DiTota.

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This is by Suzanne Evenson.

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I will end with a striking piece by Patricia Turner.

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Random experiences and reflections as we transition from one year into the next are recorded here.

Simple holiday decorations in the night sky.

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The next two photos include fiber drawings by China Marks.  These had been part of the recent “Radiant Messenger” exhibit at the Foosaner Art Museum.

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China Marks, the creator of the textiles above, was also the curator of the recent “Transformers; re-contextualizing our material culture” exhibit at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. There were several fiber artists represented, but here I will focus on two multi-media pieces by Julie Peppito.

The first piece is named “Toxic Frock (This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein.)” I am sorry I don’t have the dimensions, but if my memory is correct, it seems it was taller than I am.

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This is a closeup of a small area.

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And even closer still.

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This piece is named “Hidden in Plain Sight.” It amazes me that something with such a horrendous theme/s can, at a glance anyway, appear so beautiful.

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And a close up.

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Now onto new favorites.  A new favorite beverage is made from St. Germain elderflower liqueur, tangerine juice, seltzer water and ice cubes made with Prosecco.

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New inspirational reading.

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Books by favorite fiber artists.

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Books on making patterns.  Creating textile designs is a goal for the year.img_9894med

Favorite new cook books.

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Life, from beginning to end,  is a series of transitions.  Some changes are hardly noted, while others are marked as more significant.  Transitions include anything from learning to walk, learning to drive a car or make a recipe, the change of seasons, or the aging process.  The change from one year to the next is typically noted in a big way.  We relish opportunities for improvements in our lives.  We typically use the new year as a way to focus on what changes we want, though in reality we have that opportunity available to us each and every day that we live.

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Here is hoping that in the New Year we each make a better life for ourselves as well as for others.

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