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In my walks this fall I noticed that we're losing a lot of color in our environment which is typical of this time of year. But if you look closely at the fields and the woods you still see a little bits of color and that is the inspiration for my block this week. I found this piece I had made previously in my inspiration bin and decided to give it new life by including it in this project. I believe I made it using watercolor pencils and then some minimal quilting around the bursts of color, the reds and greens and golds. Although we've already had a few snowstorms, right now the snow is melted and it's a typical fall landscape. If this is the case where you live perhaps you can take a few moments and look for any remaining bits of color in environment.
While Moms and Dads were busy making Thanksgiving food I had a chance to teach a little fiber art with cotton loops for potholders. I was showing four-year-old Niam how to attach the cotton loops to a small potholder loom. And Aidan who is seven quickly learned how to turn the loops into a chain which he is wearing in this photo.
I'm not sure who was having more fun, me or them!
Here's little cards we hung on our undecorated Christmas Tree to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Each family member wrote something for which they are thankful on a card. Then, three grandsons and I decorated the cards with stickers and then Aidan who is 7 hung them on our tree. Tomorrow, maybe we will start with the ornaments if time allows.
Of course my block for this week would be about Thanksgiving. I couldn't think of an image I wanted to show but I did want to talk about gratefulness. So I decided to write down words that indicated things I was grateful for. So after I wrote the words on fabric I painted over them in different colors and that's how my block ended up.
Today I am busy like many of you getting ready for company and the big dinner tomorrow. It's snowing here in Northwest Indiana and we're hopeful that everyone arrives safely as my sons both have some difficult weather to pass through.
I sincerely wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving and that you get to celebrate in the way that is meaningful to you.
It's a cold morning here in Northwest Indiana. This is the first time this year I've seen frost on the fallen trees and branches in the woods behind our home. I'm looking out at this through my studio window and screen which accounts for the lack of clarity in my photo but I think you can see frost on the limbs. I would like to take a walk today as I haven't been able to in the last two days and this is a daily habit of mine. But it's pretty chilly this morning about 27° and I'm trying to convince myself that if I dressed properly and once I get going I'll be warm enough. A few small deer just passed by frolicking through the leaves so I guess it's warm enough for them. It's only 7:30 in the morning so I suppose that maybe by 10 o'clock or so I'll make the official decision. I'm pretty sure I'll go today because it is predicted to only be in the low teens temperature wise tomorrow and that will be prohibitive to me for walking so today is the day. I have forgotten since last winter how my walking is more determined by the weather and conditions outside. I remember that for me I could usually walk comfortably if the temperature was around 30 or 32 degrees. Of course other factors like ice and whether it's snowing or not play a big part in my decision.
I definitely don't want to put myself in a position where I may fall and break a bone so there is always a lot to consider. I'm pretty sure last winter my goal was to at least walk once every two or three days when the weather was particularly cold. There's always exercising indoors but that simply does not appeal to me and I find myself not very motivated to pursue that route. Wish me luck on my walk today!