Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chicken Run!

These adorable little guys are baby chickens that my sister and her family have adopted to save money on eggs?????? Actually, they are really cute (right now) and a few are very curious of the many hands in their cage. These 8 chicks could potentially lay an egg each day (provided none are roosters). My nieces and nephew will take good care of them. My brother-in-law has already built them a premier chicken coop where they will live once they are mature enough to be placed outside.

Tomorrow is June 1st. I can't believe we are already almost half way through the calendar year. Here in the northeast, the weekend has been beautiful but we are due more rain this week.

Waiting for Friday :)



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Finished!!

Yeah!!! 11:30 and I'm posting my finished art quilt using Melanie Testa's techniques from her new book, Inspired to Quilt. I can see many areas that I need to work to improve, but it's a good feeling to see the project through! I finished the quilt by whipstitching the edges in embroidery floss that matched the colors in the quilt. I like the technique, but it takes sooooo long. It's a much better finish than the standard and I like how it blends into the whole. Time for bed zzzzzz


Friday, May 22, 2009

Video Prompt - Inspired to Quilt

I have made some stamps and used them on some sample pieces to see how they look. I really like the bud one. What do you think?














Sunday, May 17, 2009

Inspired to Quilt (Melanie Testa)


I can't begin to tell you the fun I am having with Melanie's techniques from her new book. I wish I remembered to take a picture before I layered the tule and organza on top. It's an awesome transformation once the layering starts. Here is my unfinished piece so far. Just starting to top stitch and I want to add a little beading here and there. The flowers I am using are from a shot of little blue weeds that I took a picture of in a parking lot, hence the name of the piece, "Parking Lot Flowers".
I'm working with acrylic and textile paints as I do not use dyes. I knew this was going to present some challenges but I wasn't sure exactly how. Dynaflow paints seem to work really well for this and I have thickened them by using acrylic glazing liquid. It's changing the hand a little but not too much for the purpose. So what do you think???

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pretty Purse Giveaway

I'm so excited that Melanie Testa is giving away one of her beautiful purses!!! I may not have made one yet, but this weekend is all about her book and DVD and attempting the process.

Check out her website at http://melanietesta.com/

Everyone should take a look at her beautiful galleries!

Happy Friday!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mom's Day

My Mother’s Gift

I am the oldest of three girls; never been married, never had kids. My two sisters, on the other hand, found husbands, made babies and faced the day-to-day challenges of balancing work, life and family as well as the joys and treasured moments that blossom throughout. Sometimes I feel cheated that I was dealt a different hand than my sisters and resent the fact that I didn’t have my turn in sharing these same challenges and experiences along side them, but most times, I take comfort in the trade-off of limitless freedom and independence.

When I am around my sisters and their children, I am always aware of the endless levels of patience, love and devotion that they shower upon my nieces and nephews. Sometimes I sit watching them in awe wondering whether or not I would have had the fortitude and strength that they have if I had also become a mother. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I, too, would have been as good a mother as they have proven to be. At the heart of this realization was my ability to clearly see that all the good traits my sisters exhibit as mothers, and those that I believed I could also provide, didn’t just come to us naturally; they came from our mother.

My mother gave us the gift of a lifetime. It was one of the most important gifts a mother could bestow upon her children; the gift of deep down, whole-hearted, and unconditional love. It is this gift that helped mold us into the women we are today. Our strength, courage, generosity, compassion and endless giving of ourselves are the products of years of her successful nurturing from boo-boos and Band-aids to bras and boyfriends.

We were not, by any means, perfect children. We learned the hard way; rule after rule, lesson after lesson, and by punishment when it was warranted. Through the easy times and the hard ones, we learned to trust and believe in ourselves and others, treat others as we wanted to be treated and to never put ourselves first. The gift she gave us is the core of what makes us who we are today. We are able to stay true to ourselves because of the ideals forged through the love that was endlessly showered upon us by our mother. Those ideals are now being handed down by my sisters to their children and hopefully for years to come.

Thanks, Mom. We love you…