7/19/17

JUNE 2017 - part 2

There were so many pictures for this month!

We had professional tree guys come out to remove a tree that was growing over the power lines (to the house - our responsibility) -

On the 21st, I went to a reception for my friend Jules Rushing - her husband has Alzheimer's and she made a beautiful quilt for his neurologist's office (representative of an MRI of a brain with Alzheimer's); they had a plexiglass frame made for it and even one of the television stations came and filmed the dedication; it was a wonderful way to spread awareness of the disease.  She also volunteered to put together blocks made by caregivers and patients (last year) into wall hangings for the exam rooms and hallway - Lu, Joann May and I helped with the block hangings - it was so wonderful to see them all up in the office!
unveiling the quilt
one of the block quilts made by caregivers and patients
another of the block quilts
from DAFA: April, Traci, Carolyn, me, Lu
with Jules
Dave has begun photographing the wildlife outside his office window - I love them! and it was REALLY difficult to just choose just a few -
Are you looking at ME???

Art for the month:

Cross-stitch:
#32 heraldic cross-stitch charts
Mini-quilts for next month's Texas Assoc. of Quilt Guilds (TAQG) Rally Day Silent Auction:
Sewing Tools (8 x 10)
The Knitter (7 x 9)
 Couture Diva (8.5 x 11)
Forest Window (8 x 7)
Vegas Mermaid (7 x 8)
Suspended (8 x 7)

6/30/17

JUNE 2017 - part 1

I was out and about this month, and Dave got a lot of yardwork done - 

Mr. Raider prefers to do this:
his favorite spot to rest up - Dave's lap!
Mid-month (the 16th and 17th), Reid and I volunteered at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Festival in Arlington - about 30 artists from the Santa Fe (in Santa Fe) festival set up at UT Arlington.  On the 16th, there was a VIP evening and Reid and I worked the box office - not much for us to do except give out Will Call tickets - 

Reid captured this shot just as the sun was setting
On Saturday, we had a larger crew - it was busy and HOT HOT HOT!!! Thankfully, the wind never stopped blowing, so at least the air was moving around -
Ernest was able to catch a shot of the gate before the festival opened
and Reid had someone take the photo of the Saturday Box Office crew on her phone
I timed a trip around in time to get a shot of all of the artists having their picture taken.
the artists from Nigeria (the one in blue has a studio in Santa Fe now)
and yes, I purchased some of his batik fabric...I LOVE it!
Also made sure I got photos with the police and EMTs working the event!
Men at Work!
and it was fairly uneventful for them - we only had one
volunteer down with the heat - they whisked her away to the ER...
You never know what you will see at one of these events!
photo by Reid
photo by Reid
It was very bright, and all of the artists were wonderful - but the heat was horrible - so I was able to make it back and forth to the port-a-potties but just couldn't bring myself to be in the sun and take a lot of pictures of the artists.

The week of the 18th, our son Mike came for a visit and to help Dave with stuff out in the yard - first with the fence...
and then helping replace/create steps up into the side yard and down the hill -
before
and after
Bless his heart, he really worked hard - not much of a vacation for him!
but he was rewarded with our gratitude & love, meals out, and being accepted as a member of the pack by Mr. R (even though the dog continued to back at him every time he came into the house!) -
next up - tree work, art reception, art and wildlife!

6/1/17

MAY 2017

Wow. Time flies quickly. I like this blogging once per month - I don't feel guilty if I haven't written anything and I can add to the post as I can - sweet!

The month started with the Quilt Guild meeting - presentation was by Mary Lou Weidman (www.marylouquiltdesigns.com) - very creative and fun -

On the 6th, Dave and I went to Fair Park to see Lisa Covert's show -
It was beautiful and I was so happy to see a good contingent from the Fiber Artists!
Lisa and me
DAFA members
We also went to a couple of estate sales during the month (looking for just the right piece of art for the living room), but I was the only winner - scored a couple of cool quilts and a wonderful sewing box!
Mr. R checking it out...

Art for the month -

Made a postcard for Lu using some of the scraps she had given me -

Spent some time using shibori techniques with Tsuniko ink -
and I attended the monthly SAQA meeting at Jules' house, where we spent most of the day using powder reactive dyes - such fun! (I didn't take my camera because I was certain I would get it covered in dye and my phone had almost no battery power left!)
photo by Deborah Boshert
photo by Jaye Dodd
photo by Jaye Dodd
photo by Jaye Dodd
photo by Deborah Boshert
My results of the day, in addition to the navy one above:
I love the vibrancy of the powdered dyes, but (due to space), I'll stick to the small container dying for now...

and last, but not least...
#30 Heraldic Cross-stitch chart
#31 Heraldic Cross-stitch chart