Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday, 21 January 2018

I am not concentrating well this morning.  My brain keeps popping from place to place!  Random thoughts:

I signed up for 'The 100 Day Project'.  It begins today.  I picked "texture and pattern" for my 100 days of exploring.  With so many ideas in my head, this should be an easy and fun project.

While on the treadmill I was reading a blog post about revisiting old photos.  I love doing this.  Is it not why we take so many pictures?  Looking outside there is only shades of brown.  I need some green, so I revisited my Ireland trip photos.  This church from somewhere in Northern Ireland spoke to me.  I am always amazed by structures that have stood for centuries.

Later today I am heading to my brother's with my mom for a few days.  It is his birthday and being of retired status, I can go!  Speaking of retired... It has now been 1 month since my last day of work.  People keep asking how I am enjoying being retired.  Funny thing - I just feel like I am on vacation.  I spent 2 weeks in Germany with my son for the holiday.  Then returned home and came down with the flu.  My next adventure was 2 days in the court room dealing with issues with my aunt.  That is now resolved and I am finally able to start being retired!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Studio 52 - week 3 Jardin du Luxembourg

I am feeling horribly behind with life.  At least I did get closure with the guardian battle with my aunt.  After 2 long days in court, the judge ruled that a third party would handle her affairs.  Now she is safe and her assets are safe.  My job is done.

Next order of business is to start doing more art (and clean my house)...  

Week 3 - map of Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. This garden was inspired by Boboli Gardens in Florence created upon the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. 

It was fun to watch children (of all ages!) play with boats on the pond. Since it was my favorite part of this garden, it is my focal.

I used fabric, stenciling, applique and stitch to make this little map.  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday fiber arts at the library

It was great to get together with friends and stencil a little fabric this morning.  For me it was very little stenciling, but much talking.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Studio 52 - Gamla Uppsala

I signed up to participate in Studio 52 (on facebook).  During the year we are encouraged to create weekly art for ourselves.  This type of project came at a good time for me as I explore my new world of retirement.  While unpacking from my trip, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of maps I had picked up from various places.  Maps of cities, subway maps, art museum brochures with maps, etc.  It was pretty easy to pick a theme of Maps & Places for my year of a series.

To challenge myself, I will be working in fabric.  I would like each map to be functional in a quilt (it can be washed in the washing machine). 

#1 map is Gamla Uppsala, Sweden.  I'm not totally happy with how it turned out, but one must start somewhere.  I scanned the image and then printed it as large as possible on an 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  From there I used tracing paper to create a "map", (or pattern), for my quilt.  This first block was a great learning experience and gave me some hints on what not to do in the future.

It was missing something...

Yes, words make a difference!  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Creative jump start #1

My arm was twisted and I just had to sign up for creative jump start 2018!  Yes, if my friends were jumping off a cliff, I would probably follow.

I am a few days behind due to traveling, but am ready to jump in, watch the videos, and get messy: