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When I was a kid at home Thanksgiving meant putting the extra leafs in the dining room table and getting out the good tablecloth and napkins and dishes for the big dinner. There were candles lit on the table and a centerpiece of some sort. Sometimes we had company but sometimes we didn't, but the routine was the same. When that's all you're exposed to you grow up thinking that's how everybody does it, but of course long ago I realized that was not so. For some people it's paper plates, eating great food on their laps while they watch a football game. For others it's card games interrupted by the meal. Some eat at noon,some at four pm, and others even into the evening.
Some people are all dressed up and some people dress like any other ordinary day. Some people take a run before dinner and some take a walk after. Others don't even think about exercise on Thanksgiving day. Some people can't stand pumpkin pie and gladly have a piece of cherry pie or apple pie. Some people have a favorite dish that everyone looks forward to, and I suppose some people have a favorite dish that no one has the heart to tell him not to bring.
Thanksgiving is a holiday of rituals I think. Some people wouldn't dare alter the menu from year-to-year while others delight in preparing something completely different from year-to-year.
The important thing I suppose is underneath all these rituals is the ritual of gathering of people whether family or friends to celebrate without gifts. Just to celebrate the closeness of family and friends and eat a delicious meal together. And to be grateful for the opportunity to do that. And to be grateful for so many other things that we are fortunate to have and experience in our lives.
So however you celebrate, enjoy your time together if you're with others, and enjoy your time alone if you're not with others, and be grateful for whatever finds its way to your dinner plate on Thanksgiving, and all those other things that make our lives meaningful.
Yesterday I had an urge to sew something, but I had no immediate ideas or plans. At times like this I often go to the box of scraps. Started pulling things out and sewing things together really randomly without any particular direction. I liked what I was doing, it felt good to be sewing fabric together again, so I kept at it till I ended up with a small piece which is about 6 x 10". As it grew as I continued sewing I liked it more and more. One thing I know for sure is that I'm not done making whatever this is. The interplay of the lights and darks fascinate me. The light white sections that stand out remind me of people moving toward something, perhaps a crowd forming.
I guess I can definitely say that yesterday the muse came out to play. Now she's got me hooked so I'll just let her take control as I continue to sew my scrap together. I hope I am able to prevent myself from taking control of this project and imposing all sorts of limits and rules on what I'm doing. I hope I am able to just continue to go with the flow, pulling scraps, and seeing what happens. This is really a lot of fun!
Looks like I have a pal for my Batman superhero figure that I found a few weeks ago.
I found this pink object at a travel plaza on the Ohio Turnpike this past weekend.
At my age I am no longer connected to the current toys that kids are enjoying. That means I don't know what this is but it looks like a little octopus perhaps. Because it is bright pink it's sort of stood out laying on the ground in the parking lot of the travel Plaza. I'm sorry for whoever lost it but it will now go in my collection of found objects. The Batman figure sort of makes me feel powerful and that I can go ahead and accomplish whatever I want, but this little octopus makes me feel happy.
I was shopping a few days ago at a store that was having a huge sale because they are moving to a new location. When I saw this long skirt on one of the racks I was immediately attracted to the fabric in it. It would not be typical of me to wear a long skirt like this under any circumstances that I can think of, but I sure did like the fabric. It is 100% cotton made in India. So I decided the sale price made it easy for me to buy and use the fabric in another way. So what does it say to you? My plan is to remove the waistband first and see how much fabric is actually there and then begin to imagine how to use it. It's a wrap skirt so it will be one length of fabric and not having a zipper or pleats to remove.
It could be a nice backing for a quilt. I can also make a jacket using the rows of patterns, like the row of elephants, all across the bottom section of the jacket. Some of those pattern designs could make a border on a quilt. There's a possibility of tote bags. Maybe when it's all laid out I could make a nice tablecloth, with napkins, or interesting table runners or placemats. I don't think I want to cut it up into small pieces and lose the effect of the designs in long rows. I guess for now I will hang it up in view in my studio and ponder the possibilities these cold days of early
winter. Do you have any ideas? I would love to read your comments about this fabric. Because as we all know, the more ideas the better!
Maybe you know the feeling, the need to create something. I had that feeling today and I wanted to create something right now and I wanted it to be finished and not something I was just starting. Recently I had created a piece of fabric using the slashing technique and I decided that would be my inspiration. I had a nice bird pattern so I used that as my template to create the bird you see in the photo who is now sitting on my kitchen window ledge. I think he brings a nice splash of color to the area, and it's right outside that window where our birdfeeder is and all the birds gather to eat. And I satisfied my itch to create and within an hour I had a cute bird. Decided, executed, and now being enjoyed.
Yesterday the weather turned from fall to winter here and we had a cloudy rainy windy day. I started piecing the small nap quilt that you see pictured. There's an interesting story with this quilt. I'm making it for a little girl I will probably never see. She was adopted from an orphanage in India and now lives with her new parents in Spain. I think she may be near three years old now, it took a long time to get the adoption accomplished, and she's been with her new family for less than a year. I was able to find out a few things about her to direct my quilt making. She likes the colors of red and green and she likes polkadots. I also found out that her first word was Apple. I decided I wanted to make a modern looking quilt with bold shapes and lots of negative space. So this is what I designed for the center of the quilt. My plans are to add a 4 inch white border all around, then bind it in lime green stripe alternating with a red geometric fabric. And I'm going to find a nice backing that has something to do with apples. The finished size will probably be about 60 x 50. The middle section that you see pictured went together quickly and so will the addition of the 4 inch white border. Won't be long and I'll be machine quilting it! I really am enjoying working on this project.
There is something sort of eerie yet beautiful about these flowers growing on the floor of this empty and deserted greenhouse. After many years this local business has been closed for a few years now. My friend and I pass this location when we take a walk some days, and we were so surprised over the summer to see fresh flowers growing through the greenhouse windows. We both remember when the greenhouse was jampacked with flowers every spring, and it looks like fallen seeds through the years were not yet ready to give up the ghost. And even though it's November the flowers are still going strong as you can see in the photo. It must be the juxtaposition of fresh new life and color next to old and abandoned structures that make it so interesting.