Thursday, October 19, 2017

I Like Thursday # 59

Welcome to another I Like Thursday post!
Let's get started shall we?

I like Mums in the Fall! These were on sale today at ACE for $2 a pot. I got 4 colors!

I liked this Halloween display on a house near me
 Simple really large spiders!

I Like finding treasures while excavating the basement.
this shirt I made before I was really into art quilting. It was a way to express myself before I studied painting.
9 things to love about Tampa... all that and a flamingo on the shoulder! 

And this one made for Christmas

And this one because not only do I love the image
It reminds me of being in a Cajun//zydeco dance group in Tampa. We danced the nights away in Ybor City, Tampa's latin quarter. I held a little alligator once... it was about 5 inches long and so strong it almost got away from me. Respect the gator.

I like seeing some "negative space" in the basement again, and in the upstairs, as we get rid of stuff we no longer need. It's hard to accept a "mis-purchase" so I just store the item instead of admitting it didn't pan out. We no longer have that luxury so we gave lots away, sent better stuff to donations including Habitat for Humanity. We had a yard sale...

OMG! After the last yard sale bust my husband had me swear on a Bernina that I would never put him through that again. Then I said one more... gotta try. It is a sad 5 hours, putting stuff from inside your home that you bought and liked, out on the lawn for random strangers to paw through... and often reject. We made 10's of dollars but the important thing was, we moved stuff we couldn't move to Colorado out, and someone took it that wanted it.

For instance an art teacher took 12 stencils for 3 bucks... never used, each one probably cost at least $5 but she will use them with students. Someone was elated to see a set of flatware in a holder for $5. We under charged but then we are exhausted and wanted someone to have it. We've stored it for maybe 10 years!

We met some lovely people and because I chat and want to know everyone's "story" it was fun to meet some very entertaining sorts. We boxed up a load for goodwill and put the rest in the front yard again. It all disappeared except for a few items.

Milo had a great time visiting. He is too mouthy though and scares people. He doesn't bite down but he puts his mouth on them, and if you know how to break him of that, please tell me.

I liked this flat bread by itself or holding sandwich fixin's

Monika let me know the Durells of Corfu was starting on PBS, so I watched a favorite show again! Yea!
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I was excited to see "finding your roots" also back on PBS.
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I love an ancestry show,. and this one takes three well known personalities and traces their roots back often to each other! Last night Mary Steenbergen and William H Macy found out they were 6th cousins!

I'm still reading the same book because I read at night and fall asleep after three pages.

I did check this scrap quilting book out of the library and absolutely love it.

I like the cooler temps we've had this week.

I liked watching most of season 4 Great British Sewing Bee shows and look forward to tomorrow morning and the finale. You have to google it as it's not all in one site.  I couldn't find them all but found many.

Milo showed his real spirit this week
wearing his sun hat. Here he is throwing a party of one...
that's it for this week... please visit these other people keeping it positive
Remember, if you ever do an I LIKE post let me know in comments or email and I'll add you in!

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habbyartboutique fridays
pet parade Fridays   

Monday, October 16, 2017

moveaway giveaway

This is a random images post... with a giveaway!
 It is Milo's day so he'll walk you through... 
 I'm a poodle who respects women, especially women in the arts as my mama is an artist-type. That's why I am having some oatmeal in that bowl, cause mama went to the Women museum in DC. I didn't because I wasn't borned yet but also they don't like doggies inside I don't know why. 

Mama has been anxious lately so it makes me anxious. I thought I could help her pack by giving away some of the Meeeelion art supplies she has hoarded bought over the years. (they came before I was born 7 months ago) 

LeeAnna here: I will give this magical box of stamps, and inks and pens to a lucky winner who entertains and distracts me the most. Being a follower will help so let me know how you follow my little blog. 

Tell me where you'd love to live in the USA if you could go anywhere. I am torn between Lake Placid in NY state and Santa Barbara CA. Of course I've not visited all the states yet but I know I love those. 

I'll choose a winner at my whim, but Milo may have an influence. 

Also, want to see what a crazed person went in the studio and put together in an hour? With scraps (from a friend) that could have been thrown out? 
 It's all flannel. I made the lumbar pillow out of the scraps I had, none went to waste, had just enough to put that flange/border. I quilted it to some waste batting. Then sewed some poly solid throwaway for the back, turned it inside out through an opening and sewed around the flange through all layers to finish. Before sewing the opening closed I stuffed it with fiberfill. Voila done. 

Note my sock and legging, and my nail polish this morning! LOl. 

Two winners were chosen and have been contacted. Thanks so much for entering and commenting, and there will be more giveaways to come so stay tuned!

Milo here: 
Don't forget to distract Mama with your entries... she needs a good therapist too if you know one... 

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Main Crush Monday
the mop link party mondays
sew can do mondays 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

I Like Thursday #58 Renaissance Festivals and Other Diversions

Welcome to this week's list of likes! Of course there are lots of normal everyday things to like each week but I am so distracted, busy and terrified of the changes happening to me that this week I will focus on diversions from all the decisions! Renaissance Fest, tv shows, videos and books.
I LOVE a Renaissance Festival. LOVE!
I worked the festival in Largo Florida, much like the village here it was a permanent site that created a magical moment for visitors. I was a magicians assistant one year, and a street personality the other 12 years. For 6 lovely weeks a year, on the weekend, I was not the social worker I was Malady Malaise who saw visions and sold fortune "clams" like fortune cookies made of raw clay. I developed a whole storyline, and the patron would easily crush the shell (if they were good of heart that is) and read the fortune I had written.

Amazing how the very one a person needed to receive would be the one they chose from my basket.
ship from carved wood with spooky fabric sail
 I love history, visiting historical sites, reading Smithsonian for the archeology discoveries, shows on history that give me insight into life as it was. I did a fair bit of theater as a twenty-something as well. Singing and dancing and acting.
 I love a craft show, and this festival in Crownsville MD has a great list of artisans in permanent fanciful buildings. I used to make pottery, and loved this artist's hand built work. I would have bought one but for the prices! A mug was $59! Very cool but expensive! Isn't that rabbit awesome?
This hand carved bed has stars on the headboard... that light up! There are actual lights in them!
I enjoy the people as much as the atmosphere and the shopping. The ladies in this shop were doing handwork
You see all manner of dress, people do not keep to the time period. They seem to see it as fantasy and dress in just about any weird get up possible. We make a game of finding the weirdest dress. I was watching a Shakespeare Play and noticed this guy wore no costume but his entire back tatoo
I suppose he has to find reasons to go shirtless to show that off. Not my cup of tea!
As we were walking around I spied this wench... and guess what... the advice was free! She cracked me up. When I approached her with the question, "are we making the right move to Colorado?" and "Do we tell estranged family members we're moving?" she actually pondered the problems and came up with three answers to each question! My husband had no questions for her...
Maybe he was pondering whether these magic wands actually could solve all our problems!!

I like that I met the deadline for Art with Fabric challenge this week. I stopped everything and sewed.
see the whole story click here! 
It was inspired by van Gogh, who respected and loved nature.

So along with our moment out of time, Survivor started again. NO ONE TOLD ME! Dang!
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 I had to go back and watch the first episode on line but I'm caught up and watching every Wednesday!

Still watching Dancing with the stars and project runway.

Last week Jocelyn mentioned the Great British Sewing Bee. What a terrific show but we can't watch it here in the US. I have tried for years to find it online to no avail. Now because of her, I tried again and found some episodes on line and have been watching them all week!!!!
Here's the link I found

This is so different from Project Runway. I wish we got it on our PBS like we do the Bake show. If you like to sew, you'll like this show.

You're welcome.

I'm reading the next book in the Laura Childs teahouse mysteries.
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She has a few series going so when I finish with the teahouse books I'll move on and read the scrapbooking series as well!

I need diversions as the process of going through a lifetime of collections, papers, memories is draining. It's a constant value assessment. I ran across all my watercolor paintings  yesterday. I didn't realize I was a good painter til I saw them from the distance of time. I plan to frame some for the new home and to resume painting as well as write my book.
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That's it for this week, aside from the constant desire for sugar. I have enjoyed the cinnamon Trader Joe's rugelach way too much.

Milo is taking a week off. He's having to keep his Mom calm with all the disasters happening. She is upset at her personal upheaval, and upset for Puerto Rico, for the wildfires across her loved California, for the mass shootings, and for a leader who is allowed to denigrate people across the globe.

It's not who we are as Americans. Americans believe citizens have the right and responsibility to protest peacefully, to express ourselves, to  a free press and the first amendment (much more important than the 2nd amendment that says we can have weapons for a militia).

The worst leaders take away knowledge first, then take away rights. I am constantly worried and frightened for the future because of one person's words and actions that are causing us to be divided not united.
One person.

sorry to put this in a thankful post but life is very uncertain and I'm doing these posts to keep perspective. It's difficult at times to keep your head up and keep going. We will do that, right?
That said, please visit these people with a list of the lovely things they like this week

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Van Gogh Inspired "Poodle in Sunflowers"

"Poodle in Sunflowers" 12" X 12"
This is my latest STAT quilt interpreting a famous artist's style in fabric with an emphasis on texture.

I am part of Alida's Art with Fabric blog hop. Please visit the others after you've seen mine!

Van Gogh: Six Sunflowers, 1888, oil on canvas.
this is my reference photo for Van Gogh's sunflowers. I research my chosen artist and try to decide something to reference. Spirals, bold use of primary color, strong lines and his words were my inspiration.I also have tried to include a poodle in each of these 17 quilts! Just for fun. Just so they reference ME!
I start with a 12" piece of peltex. I wanted to keep it simple and bold, but textured so I first put a cotton background, then added a sheer with glittering spirals on top

to form the background to my composition. I brought the overlay to the back, encasing the cotton, and basted it as I knew I didn't want a binding this time.
I chose fonts and printed three quotes as well as an image of Milo to print onto the printable fabric and cut out

The fabric is pre-mounted for the printer and coated to make it permanent once heat set.

the white fabric was too white, so I dabbed these paints onto the quotes using a sea sponge.

An easy way to soften the look and continue the color palette
Then I start cutting and placing fabric with pins

Quick, free form cutting and layering. Overlap some dark fabric for shadows, take away so many flowers from Milo's mouth.
Go to machine with it held in place with a few pins and start stitching. Some buttonhole, some spirals, some free motion, some echo quilting with straight lines.
stitched in curls on the poodle
Quickly as if I am painting brushstrokes. I know the thread color and weight will add dimension. I want to mimic brushstrokes. The photo fabric is dense to sew through. The sheer is sparkly with glitter that must be contained or will migrate into the machine.

The applique is held on with stitching only, no fusible, allowing it to curl and fray a bit, which I like.
 Immediate, approachable, momentary like a chalk painting on a sidewalk.I think it gives texture and energy to the piece. I could plan, and make a mock up, draw out lines to follow and follow them carefully but what fun is that? It's not my artistic desire to be so careful, it's my goal to enjoy the trip. Careening into the grave with a martini glass in one hand and a sewing machine in the other!

Note the crystals ironed on around the flowers to add a highlight. I might have hand beaded if I'd had more time.

The back holds one more quote, and shows the stitching. I used black bobbin to look more sketch like.

The sunflower print was short so I added a strip of yellow that I wrote the quilt's info onto.

Before quilting, I pressed under the backing edges all the way around and placed it over the edges already turned to the back. This allowed me to keep glitter from migrating to the machine.
A quick hand stitch and edges are finished off.
I think van Gogh would have laughed, and liked this tribute to him. He loved nature, was awed by what he saw, and sought like I do, to capture a bit of it in his art! 

Hope you had fun, please visit the other artists on this blog hop, finding the complete schedule at
 Art with Fabric blog hop

Thursday, October 5, 2017

I Like thursday #57

Welcome again, to this week's list of likes! 
While looking through a lifetime of saved objects I have been finding some that I forgot about.
The mushroom was hand stitched by my hands as a teenager.

I always loved sewing and crewel work. It is a tablecloth full of garden and mushroom images! I went through a moment when I tired of it and luckily did not toss it since I love it again.I do not like people to say "if you haven't used it in a year, throw it away un-looked-at"

Oh no, that does not happen here. Look what I might have lost! Along with the hospital bill paid by my adoptive mother at my birth and other memento's.

Always so much to be thankful for in everyday life... this sign hung in my kind of store... old stuff and new stuff and lots to look at....
Look at the hand quilted quilts for sale...
And this pillow cracked me up...
I went through my Halloween decorations and packed the ones I want to take, and put out the ones I plan to leave... LOVE Halloween! I even shared some with friends...
Want to see some?
there are gold and brown lights around the door and on the bushes. The silver on garland is spiders!
I am from Tampa, home of the Gasparilla pirate festival, much like mardi gras...
I like my pirate booty, arggggg

I Liked putting some things out by the driveway, and having people take it away. Someone liked a wing chair, a lamp, a shelving unit, wrapping paper, glow in the dark skelli, and other stuff. Yea!

I like Honey Crisp apples!

I like bright blue skies with less humidity!
 I like that the show "This is us" is back on! Yipee! There are so few dramas on now to enjoy... this one is well written and acted. I am partial to the adopted son...

I like the tote bag some of my bee mates made for me as a going away gift. Note the poodle.

I liked using my textile paints on the latest artist inspired challenge.

 I was inspired by the work of van Gogh this time and that post will come up next week. I printed out some of his quotes, and the fabric was too white so I painted them with lime, green, and blue and a sponge. I love to paint.

I liked van Gogh's quotes a lot. He was a lovely person apparently, very sensitive and gifted. Being sensitive brings blessings and burdens. Most people don't know how to handle those of us who are really sensitive and we often feel lonely. I printed three quotes about his love of nature and God.

There are so many hours in a day for all my loves. I love to write, to paint, to sew, to read, to watch TV, to play video games, to walk, and to learn... I do not understand people who become bored. Where are their passions? As crafts people we are very lucky are we not?

Milo has been having fun meeting other dogs on our walks.

 He isn't allowed to run and play but he can sniff and rustle around them and walk next to them. Better than nothing. He is a happy boy, ready to go anywhere we do. I have to be careful to remember he's still a baby at 7 months, and has a soft heart and tender spirit. No fussing if he makes a mistake, just a quiet reminder usually works with him. He gets a hurt look that I try to avoid at any costs!

He has a like to share:

Milo here... I like Mama! I like leaving the house for a walk because you never know what you'll see! Or smell! I like my toys scattered across the floor near my bed so I can choose one to de-construct while Mama watches the talky-talk at night.

 I like when Daddy comes home because I practice biting on his arm. Oh he fusses but forgives. I'm tired of him picking me up to go upstairs but for some reason the pawrents do not want me doing stairs. But I LOVE snuggling up to Dad's legs in the big bed. Sometimes he gets pushed off, heh heh. Sorry Pop!

Please visit these other fine folks who also wrote an I Like post this week. They may not put in on their blog as early as I do, so check back with them. Join us too, won't you? If you did a post, let me know in comments.

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 slow stitching Sundays 
 midweek makers
Thankful Thursdays pet parade
http://sky watch Fridays
willy nilly Friday (random images)
habbyartboutique fridays
pet parade Fridays