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. 

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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:   

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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). 

Completed

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. 

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Late summer garden tour

One last look, before fall seriously sets in. 

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 I feel so LOVED, and blessed with wonderful people in my life.  Thank you everyone for your kindness, cards, phonecalls, emails, visits, goodie bags, icecream, mac and cheese, chicken casserole, soup, and flowers.  You have made this event one that will always fill my heart with warm memories.  I just have to show you this very cool “edible arrangement”…..what a great idea.   It has pineapple daisy’s with melon centers, stawberries, chocolate covered strawberries, and grapes.  “Edible Arrangements” in Plymouth made this one.  Thanks Nan. 

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Tomato Prolifery

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 This is an annual event, the making of the tomato pie.  You may want to try this rich bit of late summer goodness:

Tomato Pie

4 tomatoes, chopped

1 sweet onion, chopped

10 to 12 fresh basil leaves, chopped

9-inch pie crust, baked

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Layer half of tomato, onion and basil in pie crust, repeat layers.  Mix mozzarella, cheddar, and mayo together.  Spread mixture over top of pie, top with parmesan cheese.  Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes.  Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. 

Thank you Susie, for this recipe…..years ago.