Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Last weekend, mid-afternoon, there was a lot of excitement when son phoned to say he couldn't find his daughter and would we come over to help look. All tried to remain calm and neighbors joined in the search. She was eventually found under a pile of comforters drawn back at the foot of her bed, dead asleep, deaf to he frantic callings of her name. She was so tired after out-of-town company had left, that she continued to sleep on into the evening. I believe we all slept hard as well.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Father's Day, Joe pruned the bushes and made frames for the girls' Jackson Pollock-like drip paintings, created in school on canvas. He said it was fun to be making frames again. (Hint hint) He wanted to go to Summer Shack for a family dinner and that was his reward. He braced the backs of the canvas and then put strips of lattice work on the sides.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
At beading Thursday, Nita showed a new "sapphire" necklace which reminded me of daughter-in-law Beth, whose birthday is this week. I immediately forgot all the thinking I had done about a gift she might prefer and ran immediately to the bead store. I bought some beads that turned different colors under different lights. That would not do. Back to another bead store where I found the stable "sapphire" string that stayed the same color. ( you can click on the necklace)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The journal quilt for this week commemorates our grandchildren's weekend "sleep over." A cute rabbit that my neighbor Sarah spotted eating her lettuce, eggplant and cucumber leaves, stayed around to meet Hannah and Erika. David, only one, was not here to see the rabbit before and after breakfast pancakes. The children stood quietly as bunny munched away. Bunny was not afraid. All was quiet.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Only a crazy quilt could capture this weekend: After a lovely MFA group reunion Thursday, Friday came with a memorable graduation party (a roasted pig plus), micro hot fudge sundae, convertible top down and afibs; Saturday and Sunday with two ballet recitals, babysitting grandson for one, the Quilters Connection show, the English car show at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum on the lawn with talk of tornados on the airwaves (rare for here), dinner with family both nights, trees down all over town, and the beautiful colors that appear after a strong summer storm.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Yesterday, I felt I went around the world. I had attended a festive museum group reunion down by the ocean and afterwards gathered arts and crafts to play some more. It is rewarding to stay connected with committed people and art and to create.
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After the reunion I went into Hingham to find a needlepoint cow that I had seen at The Monday Club. Although I can paint needlepoint canvases, the proprietor was so helpful teaching me new stitches that I purchased her goods for a new project.
On my way to the car I stopped in at the yarn store, a shop that imports Peruvian wools and the cheese shop for sarsaparilla and a panini, strengthifying should the predicted thunderstorms start. Synergistically, I saw in a window, art by children, model clay figures, looking at paintings, something the reunion group specializes in.
I had to go by the fabric store to pick up a novelty fabric for a Father's Day portrait (cars) and found two 18" bendable stuffed muslin dolls with wire armature for the grandchildren to think about to fashion to their own creations. They have their American Girls Dolls. I wonder what they can create the same size.
The heavens held their downpour until I hit my driveway!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Nat King Cole sang a song SMILE. I have lots of reasons to do so this week, regardless. But this week's smile is about a simple repair. And it gives me the opportunity to talk about smiles in portraits. I don't like them. I know some famous artists have painted people with their mouths open, but I say one should save the big smiles for the casual photographs. I want a portrait to capture a thoughtful mood.