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Moving time!

I’ve been talking the talk, now I’m walking the walk! My website is up and running! I’m planning a big give-away to celebrate, so check here tomorrow for more details:


Subscribers,  if you could please change your reader settings for my new feed:


I would be much obliged! The fun never ends!

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Birdus interruptus! I’ve been having so much fun taking pix of these little guys and using all my fancy dancy new software…but today I’ve got to post my Modish Biz-Tips monthly goal meetup. Well, September flew past, but I AM getting some things done! Darn that day job though! (Kidding – Love my day job, couldn’t eat or wear clothes without it)

Item Date Due % Done
Tote for Pam 9/7/09 100%
Tote/Grab n’go for Tara 9/7/09 100%
Computer bag for Davida 9/2/09 100%
Small quilt for RAA Animal Show 9/18/09 100%
Laptop bag for Mary 9/30/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 9/30/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 9/30/09 0%
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 9/30/09 80%
4 Baby Quilts 9/30/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 9/30/09 0%
Sept RAA Newsletter 9/8/09 100%
Photograph Scarves for website ?? 70%
Order Scarves 9/15/09 100%
Design/order business cards 9/15/09 100%
Design/order banner 9/15/09 100%
Website?? 9/30/09 ?
RAA Newsletter 9/7/09 100%
Looking Ahead for Shows:    
Going Green Baby Onesies 10/15/09 40%
Going Green Totes 10/15/09 40%
Small quArt: Branch & Bird series! 10/15/09 100%
Simple Totes 10/15/09 0%
More Going Green Scribblers 10/15/09 0%

I’ve now got to switch gears and focus on the smaller stuff that I have a larger chance of selling. I’m sad that the baby quilts that are presents for beautiful new babes are going to languish on my list for a couple more months…

Item Date Due % Done
Dye lots of scarves & fabric 10/15/09 80%
New, simple portfolio printed 10/15/09 0%
Label everything for sale in booth 10/15/09 0%
2-3 Cool Large Totes 10/15/09 0%
3 Cool Messengers 10/15/09 30%
Oct RAA Newsletter 10/13/09 0%
Going Green Baby Onesies 10/15/09 40%
Going Green Totes 10/15/09 40%
Small quArt: Natural Silhouettes 10/15/09 0%
Simple Totes 10/15/09 0%
More Going Green Scribblers 10/15/09 0%
Laptop bag for Mary 10/30/09 0%
3-d Birdhouses 10/30/09 0%
3-d Row Houses 10/30/09 0%
Photograph Scarves for website ?? 70%
Website?? ?? ?
Baby Quilts 10/30/09 0%
Large Messenger for ME! 10/30/09 0%

Yikes, sure looks like a lot of stuff to get done…I know it won’t ALL get done, but baby, if I’ve got some free time, I’ve got a huge LIST of things to pick from!

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Teal Branch & Birds

Here’s my 1st batch! These are all 5” x 5”, and imaginatively named “Branch & Bird # 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5”.

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Yup, I did! The theme for the current show at my local art association was Animals, and I’d be a monkey’s uncle if I didn’t make a birdie quilt just for this show! I took my own advice, and used one of my palettes (no, not the new one…the cool one…I’ve got to fuse a bunch of the jewel fabrics and I didn’t have time!) Choosing a limited palette really helps me focus, and I love how the red & chartreuse pop against each other, so I wanted to get that happening.

Little Birdies Neighborhood 17" x 13"

I really didn’t think too much about this one…actually, the most thought went into the actual construction. I wanted to give more stiffness to this, so I quilted the birds & the roots with the fabric fused to batting, and then I fused the whole thing to a piece of peltex (the stuff that stiffens baseball cap brims) and quilted the rest. I LOVE how it came out, there’s more dimension, almost like trapunto…I only wish I’d quilted the birds on the peltex too. Anyway, the whole thing stands up by itself:

and I’m sure it would develop a sway back in time, hanging it is a breeze – that little loop took me all of 5 minutes to make – this is a trick I picked up from Laura Wasilowski’s new book Fuse & Tell Journal Quilts, which is awesome! Before i read this book, I was making little quilts, finishing them with triangles at the corners and then tucking peltex in under the corners and gluing a sawtooth hanger to the back: But when I made my little houses, I realized I could quilt through peltex, but I hadn’t really thought through how to hang quilted peltex until Laura – she’s a GENIUS!

Let see what I can get done this weekend! I’ll leave you with a few detail shots…I’m not totally happy with these, but I had to get it to the gallery!

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Well, if you follow me on twitter, you heard me wail this morning – I’m back to work, teaching at the University of Redlands. As I was wandering around my building yesterday, photocopying syllabi and primping my powerpoints, I realized that I do love my job…it’s just that I love vacation more! Sigh…

Any old who, I did some dyeing this weekend just for me! My usual fare is tie dyed tees, usually whatever random white shirt I can dig up at Target in 5 minutes. Here are some tees dyed with a class in mind:

I teach a class called Mother Earth Chemistry in May, one of the big projects we do is brew beer. There is a local craft brewery, Hanger 24, we toured last May, I bought a tee there and dyed it some subltle shades of blue, and a big of brown, to help the orange/brown logo pop:

One of the classes I teach this Fall I call CSI: Redlands, so thought this shirt my hubby bought for me in Las Vegas would be appropriate:

Not for any class in particular, but a Yellowstone tee dyed with my one of many attempts to capture some of the colors I saw this summer:

BUT, what I really wanted to show you are these – rayon blanks I bought from Dharma, they have a much better drape and feel (but have to be ironed…but they’re so pretty, it may be worth it). I’m trying to recreate my silk color palettes on cotton & rayon, it’s not as simple as using the say recipes. I’m getting pretty close with these though:

Earth, Wind & Fire

Wild Rice

Ocean Surf

Black Orchid


There you have it, MY version of back to school shopping!

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Sick Computer

Just a quicky little post to let you know – My computer is sick! Ah! Instead of being depressed, I’m going to use this time to focus on my to do list! Hope you all have fun online without me!

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Warning! Picture heavy post!

I have one of those houses where you’ve got the soaring vaulted ceiling, and the living room is open to the dining room. It’s a doozy to arrange furniture in it, I’ve NEVER been happy with how it’s been arranged, the whole 5 years we’ve lived in it! Here’s what it looked like 4 years ago:

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A little while later I made some curtains to replace those hideous vertical blinds, and this is how it stayed for 4 years, except for the continual moving of the couch and chairs in the living room.

4 years later, my oldest son is taking ‘cello & trombone lessons, and the younger one is also taking ‘cello lessons.Also, my husband practices his trombone at home at the end of the most days. In order to encourage the kids to practice most days, we have them leave their instruments out, and everyone has been practicing in the little transition zone between LR & DR, and leaving their instruments and cases in the DR, like this: (wish I’d taken a before picture…but big surprise, I never wanted to take a picture of the cluttered mess that it was!)

PracticesIt occurred to me that we ought to be using the DR as a MUSIC room, as we only dine in it about 4 times a year, but it wasn’t until 6 weeks ago that I figured out how to make that happen. All I had to do is switch the DR table with the library table in front of the window! Then, my husband built 2 cello stands (and I discovered the joy/horror of how sticky spray glue for foam & fabric can be when added velvet & foam to the inside of the boxes) so the cellos could stand upright safely. I was amazed at how open and airy the room felt! And now there was more room for practicing folk! Finally, the space was arranged for how it was really used…and the 4 times a year we DO use the DR, all we have to do is pack up the instruments and switch the tables! (HOLD on, pictures are coming)

THEN, a MONTH ago, that curved screen, 14 year old TV gave up the ghost with some sparks and more than a wiff of ozone!

So sad 😉

Amazingly enough, I had more than enough money in my business account to justify actually buying a fancy dancy flat screen TV (that, plus they’re really come down in price and we got a terrific deal). Although the $$$ from our salaries in our “real jobs” is spoken for 7 ways til Sunday, the money that I earn as an artist either has to go back into the business – or, I decided 5 seconds after the TV exploded, it should be spent on fun things. So, although I feel incredibly guilty buying an extravagant TV, I justify it this way! Plus, I ignore my dear hubby so, he should at least be able to see what show he falls asleep in front of each night while I’m upstairs sewing and ignoring him! So, with the new TV I really needed get the room closer to my vision of an ideal LR.

infinitum!I’ve been in a funk the past couple of weeks, and realized that I needed to do some de-cluttering of my surroundings. And as my hubby has some free time, I decided we needed to go to Ikea to get ONE more book storage unit, and by combining it with the 3 storage units we were using for storing the bulk of our books  in our bedroom, we could have an awesome media wall. Combine that with my awesome as-is Ikea chaise purchase with the perfectly dyed slipcover – I’ve spent the past 3 days moving over 1000 books downstairs, and moving around literally about 1/3 of all the furniture in our house to new spaces (and discovering 5 year old dust piles! eeewww!) Now my downstairs looks like this! Edit: Actually it looks like this – I made new curtains a week later!

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Looking down from stairs

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All this is from the Bonde series (most discontinued now) I just had to buy one of the tall double bookshelves on the right

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Each of these cupboards holds, no joke, 200-300 books!

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Arranging these will be performance art...I can see me fiddling with these shelves ad infinitum

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Stirling, who makes himself at home in EVERY chair/couch!

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My knittin gbooks - maybe I'll start knitting again, right here!

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And beautiful agapanthus out my window!

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Ignore the brown leaves - hopefully these are going to recover from the dreaded tenting!

I never want to leave home! NOW!!!!! I can get on to creating!!!!!

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