Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
So while things have slowed down around here, they haven't stopped completely.
I've finally gotten some time to organize my new studio. When I started the room looked like this....
Not organized, but at least everything is in one corner and in a semi-neat pile. After several days of work, the room now looks like this......
Don't even ask me what that cat carrier is doing in there.
You know how you begin an organizational project and about half-way through it looks about a hundred times worse than when you started. That's where I am right now.
If you will excuse me, I'm going to get a nice cold glass of ice tea and then will join Lucy in front of the fan.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Anyway, SO MUCH has been happening around here, I don't even know where to begin. So I think I will just do the nerdy thing and bullet everything. And add a picture of some rugs from the Manistee Rug School, just to keep your interest.
*First, I retired--oh yes I did.
Love, love, love this chicken.
*Next, after firmly telling family and friends that I did not want any retirement foolery--did not want a dinner--did not want a party--did not want, nor need closure--the people who love me just ignored my crabby self and gave me a wonderful surprise dinner. And it was a surprise! I had no idea anything was going on. And if that wasn't enough, those crazy fools got so tired hearing me whine about how much I wanted--no needed--an IPad, that they bought me one.
Yes, you read that right.
Gave. Me. An. IPad.
I'm not sure if it is an indication of how happy they were to get rid of me, but my take on this whole craziness is that I have wonderful, amazing family and friends who can ignore my crabbiness and general Eeyore attitude toward life.
*And then, to make life even more interesting, I turned sixty. Hmmmmmm........I've never been one to do the whole birthday/growing older thing. Life, so far, has truly been an adventure; and while I can't say I've enjoyed every aspect of it, it all has been a learning experience and has brought to the place where I am now.
But sixty......really? Anne Morrow Lindbergh calls sixty "the youth of old age." Let's just say it's giving me an opportunity to think about things.
This was my favorite rug in the rug show and this photo DOES NOT do it justice. The colors and the design....the whole rug just glowed. Let's blame this on my crappy camera and my even crappier photo skills.
*Oh yeah....the house is gone and we bought a very small (720 square feet) condo. We still have the lake house and I think we may end up spending most of our time up here. I'm used to spending summers here, but that's not really being part of the community. So I'm on the look out for rug hooking groups, knitting and/or quilting groups, churches--things that will help me become part of this wonderful area.
I don't want to give up my ties downstate. After all, my life has been there the past sixty years and my friends and family are there. But making this my main home is another new adventure.
This is my friend Susan's rug. It is a self-portrait and the first she has ever done. She tries something new every year at rug school and always does an amazing job.
So I think that's about it. Oh, my husband found me a very cool bike at a garage sale and fixed it up for me. Learning to ride it will be another post!
Monday, July 4, 2011
In the middle of all this, I did take a week to go to the Manistee Rug School. I probably should have used the week to continue packing, but-hey-sometimes you just need to feed your soul.
I took a class from Susan Feller. She works with you on designing a folk rug based on fraktur designs. She has templates you can use to help you in this process.
If you go to Susan's website you can see pictures of some of her rugs. I can only tell you that you MUST see them in person to get the true feeling of depth and color in her rugs. They are beautiful!
This is one of my personal favorites:
which inspired me to do something a little different in the rug that I designed. I'll tell you more about that next time. Now off to unpack more boxes!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
This one especially touched my heart. The artist was a woman who was confined to a state hospital. Her desire to create beauty led her to embroider this state-issued hospital gown
As you can see, she covered every square inch of the gown. I can only wish that it brought her joy and hope in what had to be horrible circumstances.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
This year I am taking a class from Susan Feller, who is known for her Fraktur designs. The purpose of the class is to design a folk art rug based on Fraktur images. Up until now I've only hooked the designs of others, but am interested in designing my own rugs.
I've had one in mind that I would like to make for my husband. He is a avid fisherman and collects fish decoys.
Don't worry if you've never heard of fish decoys because unless you live somewhere like Michigan or Minnesota where ice fishing is a popular winter sport, you would probably have never heard of fish decoys.
Actually, I've lived in Michigan all my life and never heard of fish decoys until I met myhusband. But I have to say since that time that I've become quite an expert on them.
For the uninitiated, fish decoys are used to attract fish while ice fishing. They are hung from a length of fishing line, dropped in the water where curious fish come up and to investigate and then--BLAMO--they are speared with an ice fishing spear.
Sadly I am not making this up.
Anyhoo, as I said, we have quite a collection of fish decoys which, all kidding aside, are a really neat form of American Folk art. I've been wanting to make a rug for him with his decoys as a model.
This is what I've come up with:
The border will be a planned hit or miss--kind of wavy like the water. I wanted it bright and I wanted it fun. So, I'm not sure, in fact I'm pretty positive, that fish are not among the fraktur designs that Susan will be showing us--but hey, gotta start somewhere!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Here they are unrolled. I think the stitch is "Queen Anne's Lace."