Saturday, May 24, 2014

Collecting Treasures

Recently, Mr. Wonderful and I vacationed, collecting family history information. One of my hobbies is family genealogy and I have hit a brick wall with part of my dad's family. I have had to come to the conclusion that some things just aren't to be found. Especially since they didn't document births and deaths in the early to mid 1800's.

While driving through these small mid-west towns we occasionally stopped to do some antique shopping, hoping I would find a wonderful old quilt.  I didn't find a quilt, but I found a wonderful thread box and three antique irons.

The irons are older then the ones I had already collected for my Studio. One of the irons has "Memphis" on the handle. I would imagine these date back to the 1800's.

The thread box isn't old, but I love the color and the charm. As for the thread box, well I'm sure it will collect all sorts of treasures in my Studio. The size is perfect for my hutch in the Studio.

Before we left on vacation I took a wonderful Shibori - Indigo dye workshop with Suzanne Morgan. What a wonderful day! Here are some of the treasures I dyed. I couldn't wait to get home and dye some more using the methods I learned.

Enjoy your day, your week and your summer. Be sure, especially during this Memorial Weekend, to thank every service person you come across. Without their dedication to serving our country, we wouldn't have the freedoms that we do.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time Flies and Art Updates

I can't believe it has been 5 months since I posted updates. Time really flies when you are busy!

The Alzheimer's art show at Lover's Lane UMC was wonderful. We had a few pieces sell and I'm proud to say that "In Flight" was one of them. The luncheon reception was great, getting to talk to church members about the art and about our walk with Jeff's Alzheimer's Disease.
Here are a few pictures from the show.
Shattered Curves hung with the
atrium as a backdrop

One wall of the show - MRI Mirage
and In Flight on this wall

Dallas Area Fiber Artists members enjoying the show.

This week I was able to end the drought of not being in the studio. I basted a quilt a few days ago and yesterday I switched up and pulled out an art quilt I started a couple of years ago and went back to work on the applique' process. Several years ago, Jeff and I vacationed in Charleston, SC. Love that city and all the history and architecture. We took a photo walking tour one day and I took so many wonderful pictures and was able to start looking at things a different way. One picture I took was of a pebble stone walkway. The texture and colors really drew me in. Here is a picture of my end of day process yesterday. I'm going to place it on hand dyed cotton batting, the batting will show through and give an additional texture to the piece.

I have more art news to post, but due to time, I'll post it as soon as I get a moment. 

I've been pondering the idea of separating my art blog and my blogging about our journey with Alzheimer's Disease. I realize many of you want to read about both, but there are some that may want to just read about my art journey and some may just want to read about our Alzheimer's journey. So, as soon as I can get it set up, look for another page on my blog called "Alzheimer's - Rushing Style".