Mark’s upcoming birthday

Saturday is my husband Mark’s birthday. It’s pretty difficult getting presents in the house and wrapped when we share the car, all the space in the house, and neither of us ever leaves to go to work, but I managed to get it done. I couldn’t find any cool ribbon in the house, but I think shredded fabric works just fine. Being as his birthday is so close to Halloween, I like the color combination real well.

Yesterday I got together with my friend Julia, and we played with fabric. She is currently working on a Christmas tree skirt made of ties, and I made myself the beginnings of a little purse.

I think I need to add some stuff yet, old pieces of metal, or beads, I’m not quite sure. Julia said it has a third world feel to it, but I think she was talking about the construction, not the design.

The fall leaves are out now, making my morning walk quite beautiful. This is a shot from around my house.

Roctoberfest

My husband Mark used to play drums for a band called Nightshift about 30 years ago. In the past couple of years the band has reconnected. Last year in October they got together with two other bands from the era, the three bands shared some personnel, and they had a big party/jam session at one of the guy’s house. This year they decided to do it up big and have it at Karl’s Cabin on Gotfredson road in Plymouth. It turned into a huge party, and I think possibly everyone who went to high school in Livonia in the early to mid 70’s was there.

It took tons of organizing on the part of the bands and their friends, but they pulled it off! The place was packed, an absolute zoo, and Karl’s set a personal best for most dinners served in one night. The day started with a phone call letting Mark know that the sound guy bailed. Mark, a former sound guy himself, got on the phone and called everyone he knew or ever heard of, and managed to find a guy who didn’t have a gig Saturday night. Mark went over to Karl’s in the afternoon, said he was coming home to get me, but never made it. Instead, he called needing a certain plug, oh, and no one printed the flyers, could I go back and make those, but it did all come together.

The music of the 70’s isn’t always my favorite, but they did do a lovely version of the Beatles’ “I saw her standing there”, which made me very happy. I was also delighted that so many of our friends showed up. My good buddy Greg Baise was there with his camera, and got some shots. Here are a couple. That’s my sweetie on the drums, I think when all was said and done he was pretty happy up there on the stage!

Sacred Space

Thursday my friend Julia and I went to the Nativity Episcopal Church to see an art quilt exhibit called Sacred Space. A friend of ours, Sidney Inch, has a beautiful piece in the exhibit, called Dead River Falls. The center of her piece is a photograph, Sidney’s connection with nature is evident and beautiful. You can visit Sidney’s website here. That woman’s creativity never ceases to amaze. I was very impressed with the entire show, and also with another show called Passion Pilgrimage, that marks the signposts in Jesus’ journey from Passion Sunday to Easter. While the Passion Pilgrimage show was Christian, the Sacred Space show incorporated many beliefs. These works gave you a real insight to each artist. The thought and care put in each piece made for a wonderful exhibit.

Celtic knots

I’m working on calendars for my mother and sister for Christmas, and right now they are fighting me every step of the way. It is, of course, the calendars’ fault, not my inability to count. Anyway, when I get frustrated I turn to doing watercolors of Celtic knots. They are done on watercolor paper postcards, in ink and watercolor. I’ve just sent three to friends, and I thought I would share them with you.

What I like about them is it takes just enough creativity to keep my mind from wandering, but not so much that I need to think hard and figure stuff out.

Harmony

Let me introduce you to the unharmonious Harmony.

Harmony has done a little damage around our house. This is the grill cloth from a 1938 Sparton console radio, grill cloth that survived decades, until Harmony came along.

And this is the way Harmony feels about our wallpaper. I am always reminded of Oscar Wilde’s last words, “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.” Harmony is a bit more determined than Wilde.

Harmony is our evil kitty, I will introduce you to my good kitty at a later date.

Quilting Arts Magazine

My good friend Lynn Krawczyk has written an article for Quilting Arts Magazine. Lynn makes amazing art quilts, it’s wonderful to read about one of the ways she works on them. The article is about using embellishments as the inspiration, making them the starting point, not concepts and ideas. It’s an interesting way of working backwards. Lynn gave five of her friends the same set of embellishments to see what each of us would create. To see my creation, along with those of Joan Potter Thomas, Deb Kolar, Mary Dyer, and Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk, go here. To see Lynn’s quilt, along with a couple of her other creations, you need to buy the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine and turn to page 46. Lynn is an extremely creative artist, I’m very proud to have her for a friend. Check out her website here.

Blog Action Day

I just got back from my morning walk to find out it’s blog action day, a day when bloggers talk about a single issue, this time it’s the environment. It fits nicely, because I passed by my small garden and picked a tomato and a green pepper. I’m very proud of my garden this year, it’s been a long time since I’ve managed to keep a garden watered until I got vegetables. This past weekend I made stuffed peppers with peppers and tomatoes from the garden. There’s a lot of pride in growing food, I highly recommend it.