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I'm experimenting with adding text to my art quilts. In this piece I first stencilled on the footsteps then hand quilted around them.
Then I did some painting with acrylic paint wash and followed that with machine quilting. Still deciding on the final binding, 16 by 21 inches.
Yesterday was one of those days where I had nothing major planned. But instead I used the morning to knock out a bunch of little tasks on my to do list. The kind of things that don't take very long but you just never get around to doing until it's often too late in some cases. Here's what I got done and off my list:
My cellphone cover is falling apart. It's an old iPhone 3 so you can't just pick one up in the store, I tried. I got one on Amazon for six bucks and it'll be here tomorrow.
My walking sandals are a few years old and the strap is about to break probably on my next walk. Ordered a new pair.
Figured out how to completely delete an old iPad of all its content and data, and even found a source to buy it for a good price. Awaiting the box to ship it in. This one took me over a year to do!!! Major procrastination. At least I'll get cash to pay for the sandals.
Laid out three bags of mulch that I needed to get rid of from the garage. Took all of 20 minutes. Now space regained in garage! What took so long?
Cleaned out winter boot basket and put it back in the closet corner til next winter. Good riddance.
Moved an ajuga plant that found itself hidden under a hosta leaf. Now it can breathe!
Put my sundial in a rust out solution to soak.
These type of chores seem to pile up and are left with a promise to do when I get around to it.
Happily, I finally did! This afternoon, I'm going to my studio! Don't know if I'll get around to all those to dos there! By the way, here's what this squirrel was doing while I was busy.
I finally found something to do with these three birds I had made some time ago. I had hand-painted the bird fabric and used it to make the bird bodies. Yesterday I appliquéd the birds to the sample decorator fabric I had purchased at the thrift store. The piece measures 8 x 16". I like the high contrast between the birds and the background, and the interesting bird bodies.
Be sure to check out what other artists have been up to this week at Ninamariesayre@blogspot.com.
You may not know that I love paths....whether in the woods or gardens, a visual direction set out before you suggesting a way to go. This year I decided to deal with this wasted area under trees and create a pleasing shade garden. That's what I've been working on lately, and here's what I created.
I moved the hostas from a wooded area where they were lost among the weeds, and I'm adding in ground overs like ajuga and steppable thyme. It's a work in progress, but I think it's a great start!
I stopped in at a local thrift shop while waiting for my husband at a doctors appointment yesterday. And here's what I brought home. I was looking for inspiration and the giraffe sort of jumped off the shelf into my cart. And that skirt next to him seemed like something he should be wearing. The other photo is fabrics I bought also. I'd consider the trip successful,would you?
This is what inspired me yesterday morning. As I raised the shade in the kitchen area I noticed the shadows on the hand railing on the small porch created by the viburnum branches and the sun. This was such a welcome sight after the bare branches and gray days of winter. As you can see the viburnums are leafing out, and there are plenty of buds waiting to pop into flowers on a warm day. It's always such a lovely site to see the viburnum in bloom flanking that small porch. I'm getting better at noticing the small surprises around me every day. The bright greens of new growth that only mother nature can paint. The muddy earth after a rainy day. The new growth of jack-in-the-pulpits poking up through the leaves in the woods. I've enjoyed the daffodils recently, is there ever such a welcome yellow in the landscape? Not to mention the tiny buds on the redbud trees. So what will inspire you today? It may not be something you see, it may be something you hear , or something someone says to you. Sometimes it's hard to escape the chatter in your mind as you live your day, and pay attention to what is around you. But maybe today you'll find a moment to do just that. Have an inspiring day!