This is just one of many lovely mosaics in the airport. I don't know if it's the color or the serene pattern that made me stop to take a photo. I wish I had the time and skill to put something like this in my house.
There are rare nights when I wake up and my brain is worrying about something. It never fails that by morning I'm over it. Maybe the intense worrying is my way of working through whatever problem is at hand. The cartoon below (found on Sarah Fielke's blog) captures this experience very well. I had never seen any of Michael Leunig's cartoons but I'm going to be on the watch for them.
My husband, Steve, never wakes up to worry. It used to irritate me that I was the
one carrying the worry load but over time I realized that this division
of labor works well for us. He deals with stuff in a different way than
I do. Thankfully, I worry a whole lot less now than I used to.
I am just back from Montgomery, AL, where I taught a 2-day class to the Kudzu Quilt Guild (isn't that great guild name!). There was a bit of time to visit the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Patrick Dougherty, with the help of volunteers, built this stick installation on the grounds of the museum of March, 2009.
The structures, built from saplings, were so alive that you half expect them to move around.
You can walk into them and touch them. They are surprisingly sturdy.
The museum is located in a large park. There is a permanent Shakespearean Theatre on the grounds as well. It would be a lovely place for a picnic.
There was an exhibit of wonderful contmeporary African American quilts inside the museum but photos were not permitted. If you find yourself in Montgomery, take the time to visit this lovely place.
I spied this massive pinecone in a bookstore window in Longmont, CO. The owner of the shop had no idea where it came from but thought that her mother had probably collected it. Her mother is deceased so we couldn't ask her for details.
It was not only big, it was heavy. If any of you know where this could have come from, please share the info. I love a good pinecone!
...flowers are not the norm in Texas either. I have a hydrangea whose flowers start out white and then they turn green. Most of the summer this bush is adorned with green flowers. It's odd, but pretty.
The next photo in one that I found on Sweet Juniper a while back. The post was entitled "Feral Houses".
We've used cloth napkins for many years. They feel nice and look pretty on the table. When I was in Boulder to film my segment of The Quilt Show I got to go to dinner with with friends. We went to The Kitchen - a trendy place with good food and a nice ambiance... and cloth napkins that looked a little bit different.
Upon closer inspection I realized that they use light-weight cotton dish towels for napkins. Isn't that a good idea!
I don't want a new husband - I just want a new wedding. Dory's wedding!
Dory and I have been friends since we were freshman and suite-mates at the University of Oklahoma in 1978. She and Eric just got married and their experience makes we want a do-over.
They had a trip to Europe planned and, once they decided to get married they thought it would be fun to get married in Switzerland. Why not, right? There was a pile of paperwork and it took several weeks to get it all in order, but they did. It was just the two of them - more romance, less stress.
Cindy and Pascal Zeller own and operate the Switzerland Wedding Company (see castle-like structure above). They were the wedding planners and Dory says that they were fabulous! Cindy is the photographer and she took the next two shots.
They look good (especially Dory)! Notice the red shoes - that match the red flowers.
Family and friends will celebrate the wedding at a big party coming soon. I can't wait to see more photos!
That's not Steve's arm - it belongs to Jason Ader, one of Jeff's best friends from Dickinson. He said he wasn't a good dancer but he faked it very well! You can see Jeff and Celia behind me. I can't show the photos of them dancing yet because there are wedding sites that want to have exclusive use of them. When I can show them, I will!
I can show Chris and Lorna dancing. Steve, my sweet husband, was not in a dancing mood and at the time that was just fine with me. In looking back at these photos, though, I wish we had squeezed in one dance together. I suppose we're going to have to find another event at which we can dance!
This is Edith and Craig, Steve's parents and my in-laws. They used to dance every weekend - before and after they had kids. And I'm telling you, they could DANCE! I had hoped to see them dance at this wedding, but Edith's hip is not working as well as it used to and Craig, who has Alzheimer's, wasn't up for it. The good thing is that they were there and they enjoyed themselves! This is another one of those captured moments that will be treasured in our family.
Nope, the sky isn't falling. I just wanted to let you know that we've added some new things to our website and that I'll be sending an eNewsflash soon. You'll notice that this newsletter is prettier than our regular eNewsletter and we hope you like it.
One of the "new things" on the site is a group of pages with quilts are offering for sale. Our closets are full and can hold no more. There are quilts in all price ranges. I've sorted the quilts into 3 categories:
Becky & Linda Quilts for Sale - These are going to be the ones that we made, either together or separately. They will be at the higher end of the prices.
Class & Sample Quilts for Sale - Quilts we made or that we had made to promote fabric collections or for class promotion. Some were used in trunk shows so you may have seen them before.
...great wedding photos! These were captured on the day of the wedding. Linda was there helping us (thank you, Linda!) and here she is working on Lorna's hair. Celia's mom braided Elanor's hair. I raised boys - I did not touch anyone's hair but my own on the day of the wedding. And I needed help with that!
...that's what my new daughter-in-law calls this photo. I think I agree!
I haven't see it in color but I think it may look best this way, in black and white, in the same way that the portraits at Urban Weeds are more striking in b/w. Steve, however, looks great in color - and I think he's pretty cute too!
I just got home from taping an episode of The Quilt Show! It was so much fun to see Alex and Ricky and to be their guest. Linda was busy at home so she asked me to go for both of us - although when I talked to her afterward she was a little bit sorry to have missed the fun!
I visited with these ladies as they were waiting to come into the studio at Daylight Productions in Boulder, CO. The studio audience was cheerful and enthusiastic. I was happy to have them there!
My quilts were carefully hung on the walls of the set. You can see a few of the many cameras they use during filming. When the lights come up, everything comes alive (and it gets warmer in seconds!).
You can see Ricky warming up his ukulele and Alex preparing a demo in back with Angel, whose title is producer (I think). Angel keeps everyone on track. I need her standing behind me when I'm working :-) to keep me on track.
Jason is in charge of the audience and he is amazing! Funny and caring, he makes sure everyone is happy. I took photos before my part of the day began. You'll be able to see what I did when my segment goes live and I'll let you know when that is when I know.
Do you go antiquing or garage sale-ing? A few years ago I found a landscape at an antique shop for cheap. I took it to the Frame Team here in Sherman. Amazing! The right frame frame on a marginal painting can have spectacular results! Kim and Neva liked that painting so much that they decided to carefully choose a
stock of "outsider art" canvases (often from Goodwill) for their shop. The art is free with the purchase of a frame.
I found this barn painting in the Frame Team bin:
Now it's hanging in our bedroom. I hope Mr. or Ms. Stickley (the artist) is smiling somewhere!