One more Sunday picture

While trying to get the perfect shot of a trillium, we almost stepped on this little one.  She was just trying to be invisible in the leaves, and let us take a few pictures before scampering off.

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Where I Stand Sunday

Today was a beautiful day here, at least 70 degrees, partially sunny.  Got soooo much done in the garden.  Things are looking pretty tidy around here, except of course me:

But, I clean up pretty good too.    These first days of working outside are heaven and hell all rolled up in one.  I love these first warm days outdoors. There is so much to do, racing around to get everything cleaned up before the tender leaves start unfurling and would be damaged by raking.  Cutting back, trimming, and then more raking.  This year I seem to be getting a head start….probably because of Jeff’s help.  Thank you, DH, you are super quick, efficient, and hardworking.  But, unfortunately we will both be suffering tomorrow with stiff joints and sore muscles. 

The pond is quite the spectical of sight and sound with these guys singing their hearts out, and having quite the love fest.  In fact, I was compelled to rescue a female who just seemed to have too much attention…really, three at once….they were going to drown her….hey sorry Ms Toad if I ruined your party. 

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. The ground we tread on has its own stories to tell.  Join Lynn Krawczyk of Fibra artysta and I in celebrating each Sunday in this way.  Let Lynn know, so she can link to your site on her blog. 

 

 

 

 

 

Have to show you this

amazing quilt from the International Quilt Festival…..

isn’t it beautiful!  Looks like one of those scratchboard projects we did in gradeschool, doesn’t it.  But actually that is the back of the quilt.  Here is the front:

Amazing!  I often like how the back of my work looks, but not to this level.  Free motion quilting does give the effect of line drawings or etchings on the back.  Usually I use white bobbin thread, but this artist used matching threads in both the top and bottom.   This was the only quilt in the whole show that had its backside showing! 

Home from Chicago, mosaics, and a quilt show

I spent this past weekend with these two lovely ladies, Connie and Kat

They are sisters, in case you aren’t seeing well today.  Connie lives near Chicago in a great house with two very cool dogs…Liberty and Justice, standard poodles…and her husband, Guy. Connie does beautiful mosaics, but let us take over her studio this weekend!  She gave me a few pointers, and then just let us get to it.  We used her “scraps” of glass.  Kat made 4 mosaics, that you must check out on her blog, she will have them up there soon .  And here are mine:

 

Goldfish, swimming the right way…in our pond….do you see the tiny little fish beads near the center..cool eh????

The second one was inspired by some of Connie’s pieces, a mirror surrounded by a patchwork of tiles:

I’ve included some beautiful beads in this one too…milliflore flower beads,

Lastly:

I call this one the Jukebox mirror…because that’s what it looks like, don’t cha think????

I HATED this one before it was grouted, was ready to throw it in the garbage.  Now I am glad I saved it.  Grout works miracles. 

Thank you Connie, can I come back next weekend??????

On Saturday, Kat and I went to the International Quilt Festival.  Ohmy, so big, so many beautiful pieces of art, so much one could buy.  We spent alot of the day looking at all the quilts on display.  I had so many favorites, and walked away inspired to try some new things.  Like a dodo, I neglected to get some pictures of the most important things…like Lynn at Open Studio.  So sorry Lynn, it was the end of the day, my mind must have been shutting down along with my body.  I also forgot to do my regular Sunday picture, will blame that on the mosaic fascination!  But here is a picture of Kat, standing next to her piece that was juried into the show:

Perhaps over the next few days, I will show you a few more images from the weekend.