Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In Creative Mode

I feel like I've been an absentee blogger lately. My head is full of concerns for a family member and preparations for a trip which is coming up soon. On top of that, our arts collaborative is having a show next week, so I am in full creative mode!
This is how I get ready for something like this - I have a large trifold piece of foam board that I tape to the front of our dining room hutch, out of the way of nosy cats. I then lay out possible landscapes, using all of the hand painted and dyed, as well as commercial fabrics that I have in my stash. I had actually spent some time last week painting fabrics with acrylic paint thinned with fabric medium, as well as painting lace with this mixture.

 On the piece below, I used acrylic paint on Warm and Natural batting for the textured pink and purple flower fields - just trying out all sorts of things.

The piece below has a beautiful sky, fabric I purchased somewhere along the line. I think I overpainted the purple on a piece of green commercial fabric for the mid ground and the foreground is felted wool. I'm auditioning some gauze which I may use for flowers in the front.

Today I'm cutting out some little houses to plant in these landscapes to, hopefully, make them more interesting. Then stitching and matting and I'm done! I'll share the final results.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I know it's hard to follow a blog with big gaps between the posts, and I appreciate your  visit! I hope to blog more frequently in the future.

Hope everyone had a great Easter holiday!!


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Today is a very special day for our family, the day our wonderful daughter Kate was born.
It seems like yesterday when, at the crack of dawn, on March 2, 
our beautiful little girl made her first appearance.
Now, 35 years later, she appears on stages all over the world, giving talks and workshops,
explaining the importance of, and the making of, wearable electronics.
She is kind, funny, unassuming, adventurous, loving and intelligent,
as well as being a thoughtful and caring daughter.
One of my very favorite people.
Happy Birthday, Kate!