Monday, July 20, 2015

Savor Summer - Joy List Monday

I have a confession to make:
I am not a summer person.
I have a friend who loves summer so much, we call her "Summer Girl".
She loves the beach, being on Cape Cod, the ocean and walking in the sand.
I love air conditioning and fans, being inside and emerging on a cool day,
catching up on projects, and looking out at my tiny garden outside my porch.

So, my joy list today is about INSIDE projects!

I've been working on framing some prints I've had squirreled away for years.
I worked in an art and framing gallery in New York, so I've purchased a mat
cutter and tools over time and set up shop on my dining room table!

This is a cute card I found in my travels - don't know the artist.
It makes me smile.

This is a print of a painting by a friend. The light switch determined the hanging space.


I love Chagall!

We bought this poster the weekend my daughter's wearable technology work was exhibited 
at MOMA. We visited that museum and the Met - a great memory!

Love this Matisse print!

And some Georgia O'Keefe flowers in 2 different rooms.
Using ready-made frames and cutting mats myself saved a lot of money.
My husband gave me full rein to choose the artwork. (great guy!)

Another whimsical project - adapting a t shirt!
This inexpensive cotton shirt has a lot of beige in it, which 
is NOT a color that looks good on me.

So, I stretched it over a plastic bin cover and have started "coloring" it in
with some fabric paints, which will be permanent when I heat-set them.
I'm not being too careful, so progress is fast. I'm planning to make it "my"
colors - pinks, reds, purples and greens. I'll let you know how it comes out!

So, my joy list is

Being productive in the summer heat
Enjoying my air conditioned house
Preparing for a special visitor this week
Having fun with painting

Hope you have a wonderful week!


Libby Fife said...

That is a good list! Like you I am not a summer person. I am really not a "heat" person so that's why summer is not my thing. Fall and winter? Just fine!

Framing is a great indoor project. And you made super choices:)

Shell said...

I look forward to seeing how the T-shirt comes out. I have no shame staying indoors on a hot summer day. I love the sunshine, when it hits ninety that is a bit too much for me. I also enjoyed reading your joy list.

Simone said...

How wonderful to be your own framer! You have done a great job Judy. I love your fabric painted cotton shirt too! I am definitely not a summer person but have changed my mindset this year to make the most of it. I do appreciate the longer days and more relaxed feel of the season. I am glad to see you are posting more frequently! x

From Your Mindseye said...

Judy, I too am not a summer person. I don't like heat. I attribute it to the fact that I was born on the first day of Fall. I love to stay indoors and read, write, paint or anything besides going outside in the heat.
I love your t-shirt. Please be sure to post when you are done. That would be a fun project. When my kids were little, I used to do art projects with them all summer. I miss those days.

Love the posts too!


Anne Butera said...

What wonderful, creative inside joys, Judy! :)

So glad you're finding ways to enjoy the summer even if it's not your favorite!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!