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Merry Christmas... and

Christmas is a special time of year. For our family it includes presents, friends, gatherings, family and attending services. We attend services at our own church throughout the year but this year we attend services at a friends church because we were invited. And today we will attend services with my mom at my childhood church. Very different services. One very contemporary... video, song, dance, praise team. One traditional. Organ, communion, reflective. Is one service better than the other? no just different.

I am trying to be more open in my thinking. Inclusive, outreaching, reflective, quiet, attentive, less words spoken . I always feel that I need to talk, respond to something that I am told. A confirmation story, advice or just plainly my point of view.

Often people pick a word for the year. Today it came to me that if my intention is to do the above I need a word to match.  The words that come is "be still..." Not be still and do nothing but more of a be still so th…

Where have I been...

I really haven't been far since March.. I just have been on Sabbatical from  my creative side.
My DS1 was getting married. Showers, dresses to be made for the bridal party, a carnival instead of a stag and doe, vacation, water in my basement, working for my hubby's company temporarily...
Time has flown by. DS1 is now married... I am only working one day a week... house is back in order. Just my canning to do. Time to rethink again. What do I want to do when I grow up?

Here is a snap of the beautiful bride.

With the equally adorable flower girl my great niece.

and a random shot of the bridesmaids

and the happy couple.

Wishing this couple Gods blessings on their lives ... and the strength that they will need for their live journey. 
Love you guys! 

WIP Wednesday

I have had a very productive week.

I played more with Lutradur

Rubbings with Shiva paint sticks and rubbing plates.

Stencils with Shiva paint sticks.

Finished my piece # 2 of Rebecca for the BFA group entry. 

 And finished two quillows for my great nieces.

Made a table runner for a present for a wedding shower. This is a pattern by Sara Lister of Lady Bug Designs at U Quilt It. . It makes up very quickly and is very pretty with the prairie points in the centre.

And this is only Wednesday!  Although all these projects have been in the works for awhile so it is not like I did all the work this week. 
Tomorrow I am going to a workshop at my quilt guild in Smithville. And a nice lunch out with my mom. A nice treat out. 
I am linking up with needleandthreadnetwork
Have a great week. 

WIP Wednesday...

I am trying to make more reliable posts. I don't know where the time goes. Being "retired" (meaning I am not working out of the house right now) I don't seem to be getting much done. But again I am.

1. I am making headway each Tuesday in hand quilting my friends wedding quilt with his mother. Line by line we are getting it done and watching British sitcoms. This week it was To the Manor Born. I love British Sitcoms.

2. My "Rebecca" piece I have posted about is almost done. I had to rework it and I like the result better. I have to get a good shot of it tonight as we are seeing how things match up.

3. Lutradur experiments continuing.

4. Diversion. Last week I did snow dying... Yes I know so much on my plate and I snow dye. But we won't have snow here much after a few weeks being in the Niagara Region, Canada

After seeing how many different ways you could snow dye I did mixed MX dyes with fabric scrunched, fan folded and with elastics on different random…

What is Lutradur...

What is Lutradur...con't

I posted a review of the book Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur by Lesley Riley c. 2009 published by C & T publishing on February 17th, 2013.

Last Friday I tried to do as many techniques as I could get to with the whole family around home on reading break.

This was a great exercise because I first had to find all the supplies. I thought I was organized but when I looked for the water colour paints I purchased awhile ago I could not find them. It was like playing craft room and supply area hide and go seek! What this did was help me organize more of my stuff. Do you ever have this problem?

While I found stuff I did not put it fully away until I had sorted it and labeled the box it was in with my label maker. (that I only found a few weeks ago)

So I tried alcohol inks, regular acrylic paint from Micheal's, colourvie, setacolor, shiva paint sticks, regular  crayons, regular paint sticks from Micheal's, lacing, and stamping.

Plus I tried the colou…

What is Rebecca...

I am a member of the Burlington Fiber Arts group that meets on the 1st and 3rd Wed. evening of the month at the Burlington Arts Centre in Burlington, Ontario. thebac

I joined roughly a year ago and have experienced lots of new ideas from artists of various disciplines. We are not all art quilters but some are felters, free style knitters,weavers, potters, paper makers, painters and mixed media artists. Combined I sure there are more art disciplines I have not mentioned.

In other words they are a very talented pool of people!

As someone who is a beginning artist it is great to be in such a group!

The Burlington Arts Centre was formed 25 years ago and is celebrating this year.
They are hosting a call for entry entitled Tall Tales.
As a group we decided to commit to making a group entry. The idea was hatched and has developed into a collaborative project where we created a photo and "sliced" it vertically to give all who wanted to participate a slice. With patterns of our slic…

Thread Painting and Landscape Class...

For the first time I am going to try to link up to The Needle and Thread Network.
I hope I get it  right.

I took a class from a local Hamilton, Ontario women Dianne Bergman teaching at Quilters Dream Quilt Shop Burlington, Ontario.
Quilters Dream

This was February 9th, 2013. We had had a huge snow storm on the 8th but major roads and highways were clear.

This was a great class. In the morning we learned to thread paint different kinds of trees and bushes to use in our landscape.

I had taken this same class a few years ago but did not do anything more with it. Learning and expanding thread painting skills and free motion stitching is a goal of mine.

Diane was organized and has done quite a bit of teaching this class. We all received the sample page of how the trees were done. We had instruction on thread choices and demonstration and then practice.

After lunch we began working on a small landscape from a page of sample designs. We discussed fabric choices, view point, how the fabric re…

Book Review - Lutradur

I am trying to work through my books... literally  I want to try out the techniques in the books and create a sample binder. I want to try to find my style.
The first book I have chosen to do is 
Fabulous Fabric Art With Lutradur by Lesley Riley : C &T Publishing

I have glance through this book several times but now I want to make up a sample book of what I can actually do with it. 
I have experimented a small amount with it. Mainly printing on Lutradur. But I did not read the instructions so well. If I had followed the text instead of the pictures... I would have know that if I put it through my ink jet printer I would have to treat the fabric - the spun polyester - to ensure the inks would remain stable. This can be done with Bubble Jet Set. 
Review of Bubble Jet Set 2000
I have had no problem with Bubble Jet Set on fabric. It just requires thinking ahead to treat the fabric or in this case the Lutradur and drying time before you use it. 
Or Lesley states you can use another spra…

What is the weather where you are???

It is a snowy blustery day... in Southern Ontario. Outside the predicted storm has blown in sometime during 10:30 pm Thursday and 6 am this morning when I awoke. Guys got off to work. And I get to stay home with Moe. We have about 8 to  10 inches already in the Niagara Region of Ontario. And it is still snowing.

When the kids were small we would be out shoveling and tobogganing down the local hills.

So now you would think I can stay inside and have it nice and cozy! But no... my new "child" Moe needs to play in the snow. I was like Papa Bear from the Berenstain Bears and took the easy way. I let Moe out to go to the bathroom and instead of being overwhelmed with the snow, he took the opportunity to visit all the neighborhood.
Going Going
I took no more pictures after this because I had to run into the house to get out of my pj pants and into snow gear. Cell phone and treats in hand I had to run through the neighborhood calling and looking for him.  I called a neighbou…

New Year and ... beyond.

The New Year has such promise.

I did get a lot done in December. I knit some finger less mitts for a Christmas present.

I made two Knitting needle rolls out of my own head for my DD and soon to be DIL.

With that I made a interesting little bag to hold knitting notions for them too! I got that idea from a you tube video and forgot to note where I got it from.

Both girls loved their gifts. But I forgot to get pictures.

Worked on my great nieces quillows but did not get them done. -yet!

For the New Year I am working on a plan.

My goal items may include:

Blog - improvement and regular posting.
Photography - actually learning to use my SLR not on just program
Photo organization - deal with piles of photos and digital prints.
How to use photo editing program
Start Genealogy project
Get rid of stuff project.
Find it Finish It...
Techniques - free motion, thread painting, dying,
Produce work to get in to one venue to sell to support my habit of fabric since I am now unemployed (strictly my …