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So today we've taken the first step towards spring by moving our clocks ahead one hour so we will have longer periods of daylight! Here in northern Indiana we have lots of snow left to be melted. It is 10° at 7:45 AM but we are expected to get into the mid 30s today. That means I'll be able to take a walk outside because I have discovered I can comfortably walk at 30° or warmer. I can hear birds now chirping outside as another sign of spring coming. The sun feels warmer on my skin and the sky seems brighter. Here's a photo of what Spring was like last year. It made be yearn for seeing color and the beautiful green grass.
Recently I made myself a little loom on a hard surface so I could try tapestry weaving. It's only about 9 x 11" in size so it's very portable and easy to do in my lap. So far I have found that I can easily sit for a couple of hours and work on the weaving. I find it a very calming and meditative experience. Of course it is very tactile since I am handling the yarns. I feel very connected to this work because I have a vision in my mind of what I am creating and creating as I go. Sometime ago we had a canoe and often went out on a local lake on a fairly regularly basis. This was my style of boating, slow, calm, with plenty of time to see nature around you. Since we often stayed near the shoreline I remember the images of the water blending in with the surface debris on the lake, Algae, natural elements such as bark, branches, and other greenery. Those images remain strong with me and this is the tapestry I am creating. Perhaps because it is so personal to a memory in my mind that I find the experience so calming. It feels like the first time I am actually putting something of my own into a piece that can be viewed by myself and others, and also touched!
Anyway for right now I am very much enjoying this artwork.
My friend Linda is on tour in India right now and last night I received this photo from her. It is at the Red Fort of Agra which is right near the Taj Mahal. Linda and I often meet up for lunch and sometimes have an artistic adventure like attending an exhibit or a show somewhere in our communities. I love this photo for many reasons but mostly for the very colorful saris particularly the one on the woman passing toward the center of the photo. I like this photo because of the interesting patterns in the background, and the sense of movement of the people passing by, and bright colors. Hope you enjoy it too.
This is a reminder that it is now the month of March and if you're planning on having a new quilt on your bed next winter this is the month to start to achieve that goal.
In March you will select a pattern for your quilt and you will purchase the fabrics and prepare them. Whatever pattern you select it will be a good one and you'll be glad so try not to get stuck on what will be the perfect one. If you don't want to make a particular pattern and just would like to sew blocks of fabric together that's fine too, it always makes a pretty quilt. In fact if you decided on a particular size square to make your individual fabric pieces you can probably buy those precut if that interests you.
Then it's off to check out your stash or to the fabric store to get the fabrics you need. If you want to make a solid colored quilt you can decide whether you want them all within the same color family like a variety of blues and greens, or complementary colors, or any colors! I can imagine a quilt made with various shades of greys with little white and a punch of gold or orange. Or even one with mostly whites that has punches of other colors here and there. If you look around your home you will probably notice patterns or colors that appealed to you, use that as a starting point.
This is an exciting time in quilt making because it's when you first begin to imagine what you can accomplish. Start to visualize that quilt on your bed in your mind!
I'm rooting for you to make that quilt for your bed next winter and I know anyone that wants to can do it.
I hope spring is finding your way to your part of the world and that you're not stuck in Winter still like we are here in Indiana. But I noticed the sun is brighter and warmer and I hear robins!
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- Receiving a handmade gift is special. Whether it's a cute scarf from grandma or socks from your DIY-obsessed bestie, a hand-knit gift is the perfect way to show a person just how much you care.
I went to the bookstore yesterday and left with these two magazines about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles invasion in the United States.
I even watched the anniversary show on television twice and I would watch it again.
Beatles music is the soundtrack of my life. The lyrics, the music, the whole package.
How can you not be inspired by the image created by the lyrics from Eleanor Rigby, "wearing her face that she keeps in the jar by the door". Or "The Long and winding road". How about "something in the way she moves" or "there are places I remember all my life". I could go on and on but I won't. I'm still listening to the music today and it always causes me to remember where I might've been at a particular time so many years ago. For me, the Beatles will never be history.