Monday, February 23, 2015

Silver Linings

February has been a difficult month here in New England.
 I've lost track of the number of snow storms we've had, 
which have left us with piles of snow,


and ice dams on our roofs (this is not my house),


which have resulted in many leaks inside the house.




Needless to say, many of us, including me, are feeling a bit bleak about the weather
as we look to the home repairs we'll be facing in the spring.

But today, when I was out driving, I noticed that beyond the dirty snow
there was a beautiful azure sky.


When I had parked the car, I took more notice and spent a few minutes
just looking up. So much beauty right above my head!




And I thought back to this paper cut I had posted on Facebook a couple 
of weeks ago, reminding us of how much worse it would be if snow were black!


Silver Linings…!

Hope your February is going well!

Smiles...
     Judy


Monday, February 2, 2015

Snow Day

It is a very snowy, blustery day here in New England, and the new, rapidly
 falling snow is adding about a foot to our already high snow banks.
Children have the day off from school, my husband is working from home,
and I am building fused fabric trees on a teflon sheet on my dining room table.
This will later be lifted up intact and placed on an in-process landscape.
I'm hoping that the different colors will add dimension to the tree.



Outside our front door, the snow has totally blanketed our front walk
and post lamps on each side. This will be a job for the snow blower!


In the backyard, the snow is building up against the fence. The photos
don't capture the swirling snow as it falls, but it is accumulating rapidly.


I hope that all of my blogging friends are cosy and warm,
wherever you are.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Smiles...
    Judy




Saturday, January 31, 2015

On the Eve of February

I have been painting paper for ATCs...


and pinning some fabric art ideas to a large sheet of foam core.
 I'm still in the designing stage, obviously!


Do you like my floppy trees? I am experimenting with sheer fabrics and 
tulle over hand painted fabric in the background. 


More snow predicted for Sunday night into Monday. The snowbanks
will be gigantic!! Oh well, Spring will be here before we know it.

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Smiles...
     Judy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Late January

I feel like my mind has been in a whirl since my last post, but all is well. I was scheduled to have an exhibit at our wonderful local gallery, Create Artisan Studio, in February, but soon realized that I would  not be ready in time. We delayed my show until April, which should be perfect and, in the meantime, I began a big reorganization of my sewing room/studio. I seem to always bite off more than I can chew!

I did finish the embroidered girl I had begun and I'm happy with the combination of hand stitching with a bit of fabric accent. I think she looks a bit like my daughter.


We're just seeing the end of a huge blizzard here in New England. Photos don't capture the high winds and swirling snow but we do have a lot of snow and bitterly cold temperatures. Here are a few of my "blizzard" photos - all taken from safely inside the house!




I'm so grateful to my husband for using the snowblower to clear our driveway!

Smiles...
     Judy


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Artful Pursuits

I've been working on a small embroidery, in an effort to create some type of art every day. I started out with a sketch, transferred it to muslin with a light box, then embroidered it with brown thread. I have more to do, but this is where I am so far.




I like hand stitching, but I know I'll soon be experimenting with drawing 
with machine stitching. I have a few ideas!

And, on recent sunny day, I braved the cold on our unheated porch  and
did some fabric painting -

on smooth cotton fabric,

cotton gauze,


and on cheesecloth!


These will come in handy for some future landscapes.

Very cold here in Massachusetts! Hope you are nice and warm 
wherever you may be while you read this.

Smiles...
     Judy


Friday, January 2, 2015

A New Word for a New Year

Like many people, I've chosen a word to inspire 
me during the year 2015, and that word is


I'm not usually a risk taker, but I was inspired by this quote 
I saw on Facebook:

You know all those things
you've always wanted to do?
You should go
 do them.

I'm thinking of the risks I avoid taking in
so many areas of my life.
I want this year to be one of attempting new things,
being a bit daring
and jumping in when I would normally hold back,
paralyzed by fear.

I'll be taking more risks, in my artwork and in my
approach to life.

We'll see what happens when I
live a bit more bravely.

I know that good things will happen!

Hope your January is off to a good start.

Smiles...
     Judy







Thursday, January 1, 2015

Endings and Beginnings

Our 2014 ended with a lovely visit with our daughter Kate and her partner Jason in Toronto, Canada. The weather was unseasonably warm, so I was happy that I hadn't worn my wool coat! A vest and a raincoat served as the perfect cover-up.


We stayed at the charming Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street, four trolley stops away from Kate's street, so traveling was very convenient. The hotel is very quirky and each room has a different theme. Ours was "Travel" and a stack of vintage suitcases hid the TV and DVD player!
 
The hotel was hosting a fiber art exhibit which Kate was excited for me to see. Part of it was right outside of our door! These are just a few of the pieces on display.





We visited Kate's lab where she teaches wearable technology and looked at some of the projects being made by her assistants. Lots of electronic bits and pieces!



We had a delicious Christmas eve dinner prepared by Kate and Jason...

after which we played with trying on some funny hats which Kate had made...





Lots of laughter!
These visits are never long enough, but it's always so great to spend time with family.

And now we move on to new beginnings!
I wish everyone who reads this a wonderful New Year filled with good things!


May this be our best year ever!!

Smiles...
     Judy