admin June 26th, 2008
admin June 26th, 2008
admin June 17th, 2008
This the collection of cool stuff my family picked up for me for Father’s Day. The skull t-shirt is designed out of music-related images, pretty cool stuff for such a “stuffy” old man like me!! Next pictured are “martini” animals…..I have no idea how they really work, but they will likely get used in art quilts, and that is why I got them…...Next….remember I like musicals, and I have to say that Hairspray is a great one. I am a little young to have really ever heard too much about the original movie/play. But I really like this one. John Travolta plays a very convincing Mrs. Turnblad. And the last picture shows the beads that each kid and LInda picked out. They are very cool beads, not sure what I will use them for but they are so cool.
admin June 15th, 2008
Went out in the gardens with the camera last night to take pictures of some of the flowers we have here around Shiloah Cottage before they stop blooming and are gone. I already missed the lilacs, but here are some of my favorites.
This one is a mock orange with “yellow” leaves. Right now it smelling deliciously “flowery” Linda says. It is supposed to smell like an orange blossom, but I have never been near a real orange tree in bloom, so I wouldn’t know.
These are heavenly! I love columbines. This variety has been part of the inspiration for a current design I am working on… The babies are so grown up. Here is the batch of chicks and here are the ducklings! This is one of the last full snowballs of the season
Those are the pictures for tonight. I have a few more to post, but I really want to get into the studio and do a little sewing before bedtime….It was finally SUNNY today and I spent most of the day out in the yard repairing the fence so the chickens and ducks can get out of their pen and live a little on the “wild” side! I am tired, but it was so good to be outside, and not seeing it rain again! I am not a “sun-worshipper” but I was getting really tired of the rain.
admin May 23rd, 2008
Our baby ducklings are growing so fast They are already out in the coop as they were growing so tall. These pictures are from the house and the first couple of weeks that we had them. I was going to take their pictures in teacups….but by the time I got around to actually having the time to do so, they were too big. They are delightful and very gregarious. They have bonded with us much more than the chickens have. In fact, I think that the chickens were very put out that we put them out of the house! The ducklings run to us when we come to the coop, the chickens act like the sky is falling!!
admin May 23rd, 2008
It is already Thursday, and I am just getting to write about a great weekend at the International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon. I took the train down there on Friday morning This the great new train station in Everett Washington. It is a beautiful new building. Having never taken the train before, I was excited and anxious at the same time…..as usual it was for naught as it basically was a glorified bus ride, but much more comfortable and bumpy at times. Went by the water a lot, and the train tracks give you a much different perspective than driving. Getting on the train in Everett was pretty easy and comfortable, by the time we got to Portland it was pretty packed, and the Portland train station was very busy at 3pm in the afternoon. I was in a hurry to get to Market, so I grabbed one of the cabs out front and asked to go to the convention center. Alex, the driver, told me in his Russian accent that there were FIVE convention centers downtown! I had no idea that there were so many. I called Marci Baker, my employer for this gig, and asked where they were. She was not sure what the name of it was, but said it was near the Rose Quarter which I had mentioned on the phone while we were driving by it. So I had the Alex drop me off there with my bags. Upon walking up to the building immediately in front of me, I realized that no one was there…..so I kept walking, finally I recognized these two glass towers from when I had been to Portland Spring Quilt Market in 1996 and 1998 and made it into the delicious air-conditioned air (it was in the low 90’s I heard later, and the air conditioning on the train had started to fail on the way down).
I got to see a little of Market that evening, and went to bed in my hotel room tired. Saturday, I got my picture taken with Kaffe Fasset as he was just down the row from our booth at Alicia’s Attic/Clearview Triangle. The quilt behind us is made of his fabrics, and in Sara Nephew’s latest book, Not Your Grandmother’s Log Cabins
I spent the morning working Marci’s booth, and then spent some time going around and meeting people and taking in the scope of the market. A big goal of mine was to meet and talk with Mark Lipinski. I talked to him a couple times, but he was getting pulled a “gazillion” ways and didn’t have much time.
I did pin down Mark long enough for this photo and not much longer. He is one busy man. I hope that I can be that busy in this field someday soon. Mark has been a great encourager in that area, and I acutally met a few other people too, who were wonderful….
Among those I met was Amy Butler, albeit was for only less than five minutes on Sunday as I was racing out of the market to catch my train back to Everett. What a sweet lady she is. And TALL Her words to me that I will remember for a long time were “Go for it!” I just love her stuff, and I hope that when I “make it” I will be as kind and as encouraging as she is.
I think the best part of Market was on Sunday going around with Marci from Alicia’s and having Marci introduce me as one of her designer’s. I think that is the phrase she used, and my head is still reeling and loving that title. Mark told me he could see me having my own booth at Market someday, and I sure hope he is right!! How will this work itself out? I have no idea, but I am trying as hard as I can to give it to God, and work my best at what I know to do, and seeing what He and I can work out together. And with the help of all these new and renewed friendships that I am developing.