Greenthumb Sunday

I enjoy going to blogs that participate in “Green Thumb Sunday“.  The idea is that every Sunday we are to post a nature, garden, plant picture.  This sounds like an easy task, I tend to take more pictures of plants and landscapes than people.  Plants cooperate more than people, they don’t mind looking into the sun, don’t talk back, complain of getting tired, or get fidgety.   Also it seems that when I am with people way too much talking and enjoying goes on, then later I am perturbed that I completely forgot about taking pictures.  

Today’s image is of the lowly, common Aster.  I have tried to make this plant extinct in my garden for many years.  But it lures me into letting it grow during the early summer with its pretty foliage and lush appearance.  Only later does it start to push beyond its boundaries and try to take over the peony and roses next to it.  But then when most other plants are looking bedraggled and wilted, the aster rewards my patience with sturdy stalks that are five foot tall,  topped with purple flowers.  Today it’s a little windy, and the aster is swaying with the breeze.  



Article in Quilting Arts

Quilting Arts Magazine is an outstanding magazine that is one of a kind, taking quilts off the bed and onto the wall as art.  My friend, Lynn Krawczyk has an article in the October/November issue called “Embellishments as Inspiration”.  She asked several of us to use the same handful of embellishments, and make a small quilt.  These have been included in the Quilting Arts website.   The embellishments we all received were a porcupine quill, playing card, paperclay face, key, and a string of small bells.  Its truly amazing how vastly different each of ours is, and how differently we used the embellishments. 

Halloween banners

These banners were addictive.  The fun of designing in this space,  and “Oh, I’ll just use up this pile of fabric” was my thought process.  Nine banners later, Kat  suggested I move on to the next holiday.  Hmmmm, Thanksgiving is next.   I’ve enjoyed giving most of the banners away as gifts. 


Movin’ in ‘da Mama

My SIL Patt has been working, organizing and designing mom’s new apartment.  Mom (my MIL) has undergone heart surgery this summer and after a hard couple of months is finally getting back to her vibrant enthusiastic self.   She made the decision to get an apartment in a senior community.  Its 3.2 miles from my house, and very near her other kids and grandchildren.   So, today was the unveiling, she had no idea what we have been doing.  We purchased a few new things, and scrounged the rest out of our basements.  Let me emphasize that Patt did the work, I helped a little and sewed up a few items.  

How about a slideshow:

Cranbrook Fiber Art Exhibit

I attended the Cranbrook Art Museum yesterday.  A double show is taking place right now through October 14.   The website is full of info and photo galleries.  , ….you may need a cup of tea and a lump of time.  I especially loved the “Sound Suits” by Nick Cave, which were part of the Hot House exhibit.   While there, do not miss the exhibit in the basement, Material Memory,  an amazing collection of  international, historical examples of fiber art (this portion of the show will be on exhibit until the end of December). 


Yeh, I have actually completed a couple of things.  Energy and motivation to stitch are returning.   Finished this this morning, which Jeff thought had been finished weeks ago….not so, needed the little “inchie” embellishments.  This is a discharged “black ash” leave, the frame is embellished with a homemade stamp of the little “propeller” seeds that I loved to hate.  The diamonds are textured with rubbings of the bark of the tree.  We once had 12 of these trees on our property, but all have succumbed to the emerald ash borer. 

I am also participating in a quilt square collaboration with my fiber art group Running with Scissors.  Each month we add something to a square, and in December our completed squares come back to us….no surprises, we show our work each month, so its okay to post here.  Here is what I did this month. 

If you click on the pictures, you can view a larger image.  Thanks for looking! 

Local Happenings

Cinematic Couture

Yesterday, we enjoyed the beautiful fall day and attended the Clinton Township “Festival of the Senses” Art Fair.  It really was a great show filled with local and regional artists and craftsmen.  No “buy and sell” China items!  We met up with two artist friends who were exhibiting, Dennis Montville and Sidney Inch.  Dennis makes beautiful wooden bowls and objects, and Sidney is fiber artist extrodinaire. 

We also went to Somerset and took in the  Cinematic Couture show.  Well worth the visit to see the beautiful design, craftsmanship and detail in these costumes.  Here are a few pictures of my favorite costumes.