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I was so impressed with these bat cutouts made by my daughter-in-law Prachi that I decided to share them here. She told me she had an old black felt blanket from which she cut out these bat shapes and stuck them to the brick wall on their porch area.
Don't they look great there? And it makes a nice contrast with the bright orange pumpkin. I know today is Halloween so maybe next year?
Last year around this time I did a major studio purge, throwing away some things and donating others. There were a few things I wasn't sure about so I decided to pack them away for several months to see if I ever went looking for them again. Here we are in October and I notice at the top of my calendar in my studio is a note that says "revisit your stored art and sewing supplies".
Hmmmm. First, I'm very glad I wrote the note because they have become out of sight, out of mind. I think I recall on one occasion quite some time ago going in the basement and looking for something in one of the containers but that's it. To tell you the truth I don't even know what's in them! So here's a picture of the four containers. One had paper art supplies, which I sorted through quickly because I am no longer interested in taking that direction. I put a few aside to send to some young girls I know just beginning to experiment with making art, but I discarded most of these things. I had a full container of stamping supplies, and although I haven't used them in a very long time I decided to keep them. I have used these in the past for surface design on fabric, and there is a lot of expense in purchasing all those stamps and equipment so I decided to keep them a little longer. Another box held some completed quilting projects. I made a small pile of those things to return to my studio to repurpose, perhaps over painting or over dyeing to create new cloth. I also found many stencils with quilting patterns to use to mark quilts for quilting. I definitely no longer use these, so these will be all donated. Actually it didn't take me very long at all to sort, discard, and set aside to donate because it was much clearer on what to do with them now and my emotional attachment has waned. I ended up with one box to return to storage and one box to mail to others. So I think my process was a success. I had purged so much from my studio a year ago that I must've hit a wall and simply could not do anymore purging. Instead I saved some things that I wasn't sure about, and now after the distance of time, and lack of use, I am able to purge even more! So I guess this was a success for me and maybe putting some things aside out of sight will make them become out of mind and eventually out of your possession! Anyway, it worked for me.
My sister gave me this great candle as a gift recently and I decided to use it with my daily exercise of sitting in silence. Here it is lit on my window ledge this morning.
If you ever try to sit in silence you will know that some days it's pretty easy to remain in the present moment and other days it is not. My mind can be difficult to wrestle away from its'thoughts, and often times those thoughts are of other people I know who are experiencing difficulties, physical pain, or just having issues that are impacting them. I had the idea this morning to light this candle to acknowledge and give thought to all those others who might need a little light to shine on their circumstances. Maybe if I turn this candle lighting into a habit I may find it easier to be in the present moment when I sit in silence because I have an outward symbol that I'm thinking and sending good thoughts to others. If nothing else it seems to be a nice addition to my daily sitting.
Finally got my loom warped and this is the new project I've begun. The colorful columns I am weaving are handpainted three ply Pima cotton by Caron. The rest is wool. We'll see how it goes but I am considering making the background darker and darker as I proceed toward the top.
This is the third year I am participating in the juried Interwoven Expressions Exhibit and Sale here in northern Indiana. It will be held November 1 at the Sand Creek country club in Chesterton Indiana. Here are a few of the art quilts that I've made for this event, along with other fiber art including tote bags, fiber magnets, and tablerunners, and other gift items like cards and ornaments.