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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.


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.



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.


This is a closeup of a small area.


And even closer still.


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.


And a close up.


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.


New inspirational reading.


Books by favorite fiber artists.


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

Favorite new cook books.


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.


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



Summer impressions.  Hot. Humid. Afternoon thunderstorms.

All that remains.






Baby ducks.  One of the mother ducks started out with 14 ducks.  The other had 4 babies.  I don’t know how many are surviving but there are still many babies swimming around the pond and hunting for food. Here is a photo of my first viewing of the swimming babies.



And yes there is another reason I have babies on my mind.  My son and beautiful daughter in law are one day away from the due date.  I am so excited.



I am working on multiple fabric projects.  This one is a group project.  This is what we have so far.  Mine is the lower right. My birds are painted with textile paints and threads add detail.



These bits are pieces are part of an unfinished series and I am reluctant to show too much. This has made blogging a challenge as I typically have shared works in progress. So here are just a few tiny, and I really mean tiny, glimpses.



So you have had a mini peek.  Don’t tell anyone now. :)


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The “Florida in Fabric; Wish You Were Here” exhibit is being held in conjunction with “Yvonne Porcella: Quilt Selections 1986-2012.” Members of the regional pod of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA ) along with other members of the public attended the tour of the exhibit with internationally known artist, Yvonne Porcella. It was through my SAQA participation that I learned of this unique opportunity at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Yvonne is the founder of  SAQA and she attended our pod meeting after the tour, where she continued to tell stories and offer many useful tips.

Yvonne led the tour through the gallery stopping by each of her quilts and giving us information about how it was made, what was on her mind and amusing anecdotes.

Having samples from various times helped illustrate the development of Yvonne’s fiber art.

The four pieces above are:

Mariah (top left)

Monte (top right)

Brenda (bottom left)

Theodora (bottom right)

Dick and Jane

 The individual pieces in the above series are:

Paris View

Lou and Who

Two + Two



For a little more of her work try this You Tube video.

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