Friday, December 31, 2010
It's hard to believe that we are moving into 2011 already! Where did 2010 go and why is the world spinning so fast?!? I've been thinking about what I want to see happen in 2011 and here are a few:
1) I want a happy, healthy family
2) I want to create happiness for others
3) I want to make art every day
4) I want to be recognized as an artist
There are plenty more wishes I have and goals to attain, but most importantly, I want to enjoy my life with my soul mate, my true love, my husband.
Happy New Year to all!!!!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
The things that I recognize now as being more important than picking out the "best" present for family members and friends are the news stories on t.v. that bring to my attention people who have reached out and helped those who are less fortunate or who fate has delt them a bad blow right before Christmas, or those who have been struggling ever since the world financial crisis started. Of course, not forgetting all of those people world-wide who do not have the opportunities and resources to create better lives for themselves.
So, for me, today is a day to think about those who have wonderful stories of how their communities rallied for them in an urgent time of need, how this time of year more people do more good things for others and the spirit endures. That is what I think of as Christmas today.
Hope yours is a wonderful and healthy one!
Friday, December 24, 2010
HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I'm ENGAGED!!! To such a wonderful guy!!! I've waited long enough and it was worth it!!! Unfortunately, all of his plans were ruined by an unexpected hospital stay which is where he asked me to marry him LOL (of course it didn't matter to me at all). This Christmas will definitely go down in the history books. It feels really weird to think before long I will be referring to myself as Mrs. Margaret Applin-Happ!
One of the other gifts he gave to me was a rotary tool kit (like a Dremel) to use in my studio! Does this guy know me or what?????
Needless to say, he is a very special person and one I never thought I would meet. Thank you, Jim.
All my love,
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Anywho, I need to get to bed early tonight because this week coming is going to be crazy with the holiday and everything. My BF is in the hospital with an infection and is receiving IV antibiotics every 4-6 hours. Hopefully tomorrow we will know what exactly the infection is and they can better treat it. It will be bad for everyone if he is still there over Christmas.
Best wishes for happy, healthy holiday and a happy New Year!!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Somedays I forget to stop and breath
Somedays life moves so fast it's impossible to breath
When I finally get to stop over a dinner of Asian food
I savor my fortune cookie to bring me back, to slow down, to read and contemplate
What has your day brought you?
What did you give it back?
Thursday, December 9, 2010
In addition to Misty Mawn's workshop, I just found The Sketchbook Challenge!! It is being sponsored by Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazine - what could be better!?! You can follow along with some really amazing artists as they work in their sketchbooks with monthly themes and they want people to also post their sketchbook pages. I really want to start sketching and practice and this will be a great way to get started. Check out the blog site here.
I'm still playing with my 3-ring notebook cover that I made using Lyric Kinard's process. At the moment, I can't remember which QA Magazine it was in. I think I will make book covers for my nieces for x-mas with funky designs all over. We will see how much time is available. Check out Misty's workshop!!!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
The World Trade Center site of course is under construction still. It was good to be there looking at all the pictures and quotes of those who experienced 9/11 firsthand. The tourguides were two amazing women, one who almost lost her husband on that horrific day and the other who actually did. We got to experience firsthand their emotions and thoughts as the event happened and the aftermath. It was so surprising to hear about the amount of assistance that was provided to the families of the victims from all over the world and for the first time, I was aware of just how much the event touched everyone on this planet. It was also amazing to find out that many immediate events surrounding 9/11 actually contributed to a smaller amount of people in those two towers than what normally would be there at that time of day. Only a couple of hours separated the loss of 3,000 and 17,000 or more. I can't believe it has been almost 10 years since the event. It still seems like yesterday.
We struck out walking back from The World Trade Center site through Soho but it was too cold so we ended up on the subway. We had stopped in Soho at a little tea bar and had appetizers and some spiced red wine which definitely warmed us up!
As it was getting dark, we arrived in Times Square. All the lights and flash were great to see in person! You can't look anywhere without being overwhelmed by the stacks of advertisements and lights on the buildings. We stopped at the Marriott Marquis hoping to have food and drinks at The View, which I think was up around the 48th floor, but we had to settle for drinks in the Atrium lobby which was fantastic anyway!
From there, we headed off to Johnny Utah's where others from the group were meeting for drinks and food. We ran out of time and had to head back to the bus pick-up location but not before taking in some really funny bull-riding! I've never seen bull-riding at a bar before and it was hysterical. Some of these guys were really talented riders including Jim!
It was a fun day, meeting some new friends and exploring NYC. Next time we will determine ahead of time what we want to see and where we want to go. There is so much and it can't be condensed into one day there. With another cup of coffee, I might be able to get something done in the studio. Cheers!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I had to post again today because I am having tons of fun playing with a few images from painting on paper. There is always more than one way to use an image. Here's 2!
I did a little painting on canvas this week. I surprised myself when I stopped playing with this one at midnight. It isn't finished yet and I'm waiting for it to talk to me....I think it needs a little text.
I need to once again explore new images on paper as it is a part of my process. The summer butterfly artwork is exhausted and I need to get back to the journal. I'm feel like I have so much to say but when I get to the paper, I know that what I would create would reveal too much. I really need to use symbols and images to express what I am feeling and make it not so obvious to others. I feel like the center of a wheel right now with so many spokes branching out from my solid center that are spinning all around me. Well, there you go. To the journal......
Sunday, November 7, 2010
There is a little bit of everything going on here today. A little clean-up from the projects I finished last week for the 101 Patchwork Projects submission deadline. My worktable gets so bad at times that I have layers of projects out and I can't see them anymore.
Then, I will be working on finishing my Copper and Cornflowers project. I can't decide if I will submit this to Art Quilting Studio or Cloth Paper Scissors. I'll have to decide once completed. I know they are going to turn out fabulous and I want to hang them up!!
What is also nice about this weekend is the hour gained. It's like a gift - one more hour to clean, organize and relax (if you can fit all that into one hour LOL).
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The texture from this picture frame I found in NH is stunning and it's calling to me to incorporate somehow in a new piece. Maybe I ought to practice my drawing skills. I can see that design digitally, in a screen, in a transfer to fabric, all sorts of ways. We will see what becomes....
I can't wait for the new Art Quilting Studio to come out and it looks like Ruth Rae is searching for new work!!Yahoo! Check out Ruth Rae's blog here.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
After downloading two new Quilting Arts Workshops DVDs, Beryl Taylor's "Mixed Media Art Quilts and Kerr Grabowski's "Adventures in Surface Design", I was totally inspired to try the techniques. I experimented with a leaf design for the reverse-applique, which I'm not too thrilled with as I'm working through it. I will try another shape/design again and with only a few layers, but here is a pic of how far I did get.
I loved both workshop DVDs and I experimented with the newspaper cut screen-prints. THis first design worked out fine and then I ran into problems as soon as I flipped the newspaper over to incorporate the reverse print in my next run. The paint was drying way too fast and I had to scrape it off. You really have to move fast with this technique. Anyway, at least this one worked out great. I'm already thinking of how to develop this into an art quilt.
And last, but not least, a glimpse of the copper wire pounding results :)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I'm loving fall right now as the mornings get really cool and the sunny days reflect a blanket of cinnamon, amber, and gold all around us. I'm a little disappointed that the colors are not as vibrant as last year but we still have a lot of leaf turning to go.
After visiting Applecrest farms in Hampton Falls, NH yesterday, we stopped at a little antique shop. We had no intentions of buying anything but couldn't leave without this old picture frame that had a really unique embossed border around it. I plan on using that border to get some patterning onto fabric using the Shiva paintsticks. Who knows where else that design may end up????
I'm dedicated to finishing a trio of free-motion stitched flowers that I worked on last weekend to create a series to send off to Sew Somerset. Haven't heard anything back from QA yet and I'm hoping they like at least one project that I've submitted. We will see :)
(me and Jim at Applecrest)
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Here's a snapshot of yo yo's and an edge I was practicing with :) Not half bad!!
I'm also saving a bunch of glass jars and bottles lately, not sure exactly why, but you never know what idea will pop up next. Happy October!!!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here are a couple of project pics. I'm enjoying hand stitching embellishment and have more to go. Can't wait to see how they develop!
I'm using some of my new thermofax screens! Love the look!!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Here's a little of my own play :)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
The digital aspect of my creativity is a major component and I can't imagine being without it. Very shortly, I will purchase an iMac 27". It hasn't been easy designing on a 15" screen. It's time to add that big, beautiful tool to my studio. I truly believe it will have a significant impact on my artwork to really see what I am creating. I can feel it......
So until then, I continue to PLAY, PLAY, PLAY and I can already feel the ideas filling up my head. Now I just need to capture them all on paper.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
April is passing by before my eyes. I'm coming in to the last stretch of this LAST class and the creative bug is biting me soooooo bad. The past couple of days, I haven't been able to keep away from my journals and art supplies. I have so much I want to create, in addition to all the things I promised to do for other people that have sat on the back burner for these 7 weeks. I can't wait to BUST OUT!!!!! Trying to stay focused on case analysis that I will never use is quite the challenge. 2 more weeks...2 more weeks....2 more weeks
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
On a good note, it's been beautiful here in New England with the past couple of days in the 60's!!! I hope the Crocus and Daffodils are getting ready to sprout!! I can't wait to get out there and take beautiful pictures of spring. But.....I'll have to get beyond the next 7 weeks to FREEDOM!!!!!