I only kept three this time and I hid them away. For now.
The rest are in the store.
I wasted a lot of time looking for words yesterday. Words I couldn't put my fingers on. I have to write a short bio for the back of my book and I'm starting to consider cooking up some high, handsome bullshit.
Who am I and why should it matter to readers? I've been sharing bits and pieces of myself on the web for years. If a reader is interested, they won't have much trouble finding out more about me if they can remember how to spell my last name.
Some time in the future, I'll be restricting access to this blog - some kind of subscription thing, I don't know what yet. I'll make it as painless as possible so I can go on being me, here. (Oh, the hubris!)
Lost glasses found! Where else, but in the toy basket in the back seat of my car. We had a fine afternoon complete with gas station pretzels and blue Gatorade. Dear boy picked all the salt off a bit of pretzel "So your feet won't explode."
Soon, he will be able to read to me as easily as I read to him.
No PT today. I was going to cancel because bad, lazy reasons when I received a message that my instructor has had a death in the family. Another beloved, distant elder cut down by COVID.
Too many empty chairs in the world.
Too muddy, splotchy, pale. Bad color choices. Dyes (the way I use them) are a lot like pottery glazes. What you see in the container is rarely what you get once things are rinsed and dried.
So I set aside the Uglies and when the spirit moves me, I give them another run. The new process is working out well, especially for do-overs.
This bunch was a minute of my frazzled patience away from being cut off the cards. One vicious swipe down the center with the big shears into a pile of two inch strings to go into the trash.
I took the time to save them and I'm glad I did. They'll be up in the store shortly.
But today is for other things. Family and home. Balm and bane.
It's a beautiful day. Nothing will grow here but grass, there's so little sun. The mailbox garden will be exploding with color within the week, fingers crossed.
That's the title of the piece in the header. I have to dig it up and take a closer look. Try to recapture a little of the ease, the relaxed-ness of it.
This week had the potential stress level of burning me bald-headed, but I've managed to hold the line against imaginary bullshit and future projections. Deal with stuff moment to moment.
After missing last week, yesterday's aqua therapy session left me jelly-legged and tomorrow promises more of the same. Focusing on the exercises -not just going through the motions- will be worth the work. It's all about the Core.
sets left, but take heart. Georgia weather is heating up too.
Although a lot of backyard gardeners are mourning the loss of a round of seedlings thanks to a near freeze, all my seeds are still in their paper packets. Smart? No, just no time to get things done.
After the success of last year's herbal horticultural intensive, I'm ready to try something new and have seeds for both Japanese and Ossabow Island indigo.
This Wednesday the weather bug is showing mid-80s with partial sun, so you know where I will be - out on the burning dye deck.
I'm trying out some new production processes that, so far, are a lot more ergonomically friendly for me. Time will tell.
Now that I've gotten the blurbs where I want them, I'm reckoning with a much-needed epilogue for Prophets Tango. Something tasty that will sew up a few minor loose ends and offer a taste of the sequel to be conjured up like a Demon's Dance.
This is the fun stuff!
August 11 - September 10, 2011
ART QUILTS LOWELL 2011: The Sea
An exhibition of the finest art quilts in Canada and the United States. This year the theme is "The Sea".
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13, 3 - 5 pm, during the Lowell Quilt Festival.
Juror: Gerald Roy, Member, Executive Board, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY; Chair, Acquisitions Committee; Member, of National Advisory Board, Administrator, Quilt Appraisal Certification Program - American Quilters Society, Paducah, KY; Acquisitions Board: New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA.
Today, quilts are finally overcoming their old-fashioned reputation. Once perceived as blocklike, follow-the-rules fabric sandwiches, contemporary art quilts — with the emphasis on art — break the conventional code.
As defined by The Art Quilt Association, "The contemporary art quilt is an original exploration of a concept rather than a traditional pattern. It experiments with textile manipulation, color, texture, and a diversity of mixed media."
The concept for this year's Art Quilts Lowell at the Brush Gallery in Lowell is The Sea and there is a remarkable breadth of interpretation and media by 31 artists from all over the US and Canada.
This Year's Artists
|Betty Busby - NM|
Victoria Carr - MA
Gerrie Congdon - OR
Lisa M. Corson - CT
Nancy Crasco - MA
Grace Errea - CA
Diane Franklin - MA
Sandy Gregg - MA
Carol Anne Grotrian - MA
Beverly Hertler - NJ
Rosemary Hoffenberg - MA
Lauren Horowitz - NY
Janice Jones - MA
Deborah Lacativa - GA
Susan Lenz - SC
Ingrid Lincoln - Manitoba
For those of you who don't waste time on FB, I post these most evenings. Colin works at a small airport nearby with the best views of the sky. These were taken minutes apart.
One of these nights, I'm going up there with a camp chair and just sit out on the ramp and watch. Wait for the moon to rise and the stars to come out.
Just basted the parts I wanted to see again. Not fit to handle scissors.
Cleanout is going to be some crusty business this year. I'm just happy to see the water level holding.
I had my first aquatherapy session at a swank fitness club today.
Muscles I haven't used in years are aggravated.
I know I'm going to need more along these lines.
Sets of six are up here.
What are you looking for? Eclectic? Close cousins?
Regrets. International customers,
The LOSS rate of small packages both in and out of the US is still staggering. The bottleneck seems to be US customs. I'm still doing research, but it may be a bit longer before I'm comfortable shipping overseas.
My copirate will be here tomorrow for a bit and we will be drawing the winner of the giveaway around noon.
If you haven't already entered, just drop your email in that loud turquoise box over there on the right. You get one shot at some Dirty Threads and no spam, only a heads up for when Prophets Tango is available.
Maggie O'Farrell has totally sucked me in.