Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Spring still offers many opportunities- new growth, a burst of creativity, change, cleansing rain, exploration of the earth's beauty in color and form. This bounty makes me grateful for what we have and the paths taken since "avoir 20 printemps". It's a blessing to be able to enjoy this rebirth et parler français.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Maybe it's because of mon leçons françaises that we're frequenting les pâtisseries à Portland. Le Petite Provence, 4834 SE Division offers comfortable dining and a counter full of elegantly displayed and hard-to-decide-which-to-choose pâtisserie. Très bonne!
Fleur de Lis, 3930 NE Hancock took over the old Hollywood neighborhood library. It's Portland casual with indoor and outdoor seating et plus pâtisserie- une boulangerie excellente. C'est la vie - avec amies, conversation et café au lait.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The beaded embellishments add color and texture. It's hard to see but the background green fabric behind the Buddha is embellished with small gold seed beads to make it look quilted.
Monday, March 10, 2008
The word "zygote" became the writing theme for this page. For the page below, I transfered a childhood photo and used the Soul Collage mantra "I am the one who..." as the writing prompt speaking from an eight year old point of view.
Visual journaling stretches my imagination and writing skills. I admire other journalers like Judy Wise and Donna Bauermiller. Check out Donna's Braille journal article in the Mar/Apr 2008 issue of Somerset Studios. I like Fran Meneley's Oaxaca journals that she posted recently on her blog. Dawn Sokol has Art Journal Fridays- weekly prompts to get the creative juices flowing.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
This week, it was all about sketching spring flowers.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Reet's Rags To Stitches from Miranda, CA had great patterns and wonderful items made from hand-dyed felt. I liked the funky dolls.
One of the seminars was on Serendipity Quilts with Marci Baker. She demonstrated how to select contrasting fabrics, fussy cut, stack and wack and make the kaleidoscope quilt blocks. Who knew there would be a whole new vocabulary.
Tammie Bowser showed her photo mosaic quilts that reminded me of Chuck Close paintings. All in all it was two days of fun- meeting women passionate about quilting and sewing, trying out dream sewing and felting machines, getting a full body scan for perfect fitting patterns and discoving new products.