Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rearranging mono prints

A few months ago I had gotten out some of my mono printed circles, but ended up putting them away again. Today I not only got them out, I cut each one into nine pieces and started rearranging them on my design wall. There's lots more rearranging to be done, but at least I've started.
I actually like this arrangement, but it feels very predictable. I have more that I can cut up and add to this, but most of them have a much heavier look, more paint and less background. I like the way some parts of this seam to float (at least in person, not so much in the picture). It's about 72" x 42" as it is.

My Janome has finally been fixed and is home after seven weeks in the shop and I've been using it to quilt some donation quilts I had pieced while it was gone.

My plantar fasciitis is still there but today is the most pain free it's felt in over two weeks.

Daily stitching projects are still on track.
365 Red Circles #143 - #148
Indigo and Rust #71 - #76
Week #21

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Trying to get back into my routine.

We've been home for over a week now and I'm still having trouble getting back into my daily routine. Part of my problem is that I've got plantar fasciitis in my right foot which is making walking quite painful. I usually start my morning with a long fast walk, but the most I've been able to do is a slow short one and it's just not the same. Amazing how one little thing can throw me out of sync.

I did do a special order of fabrics and with the leftover dye stock I did some ice dying with the old ice in the ice maker. The fabrics came out very intense and bright.
I love doing these, but never use them and so I'm  creating a rather large collection that's taking up space.
I also put together some of my indigo fabrics that I did a couple of years ago. I just need to figure out what I will be doing stitch wise on them.
My Janome is still in the repair shop, this makes almost seven weeks. Last time I talked to him he was still waiting on parts. In the mean time I'm so fed up with the whole situation that I went to the Bernina dealer and bought a new machine. Unfortunately it's on backorder so I haven't gotten it yet.

My daily, weekly and monthly projects are about all that I've accomplished.
 Red circles #135 - #142
Indigo and Rust #63 - #70
Week #20

Month of May, notions

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Road trip: week two

We spent a weekend in Phoenix, actually Mesa, AZ for our oldest granddaughter's wedding. It was a beautiful wedding, held outdoors in the evening. You will have to take my word for it because as usual I'm pretty hopeless taking pictures of people. After leaving the Phoenix area we headed north east and our first stop was the giant meteor crater. This is my favorite view from this stop, the crater is actually behind me.
Next was the Petrified Forest. The skies were getting very interesting so I took several black and white photos.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument was up next, more wonderful curvy rocks.

Then Arches National Park where it rained most of the time we were there, but that didn't deter us. I took more pictures of curvy rocks!

Then we had to head to Reno, NV because Don was bowling in a tournament. We stayed with one of our sons and his family. To get there we drove over 500 miles on US 50,aka The loneliest road in America.

Long straight stretches of road interrupted with twisty roads going over the mountain passages, I lost track after seven summits. You may also notice there's no other traffic on the road. There is some but it's very easy to go several miles without seeing another vehicle. The view on the Garmin alternated between these two scenes.

While Don bowled I got to spend time with our youngest granddaughters, so it was fun for both of us. It was a great trip and there are several places I'd like to revisit in the future, even if it's just to see the curvy red rock formations again.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Road trip; week one.

I've been going over the hundreds of pictures I took on our road trip and will share a few. Our first stop was Bryce Canyon National Park, the sun was very bright that day and most of my pictures look pretty washed out. If having good images of where you've been is important to you I'd recommend the postcards that are in the gift shops. It's not that important to me so my pictures are not necessarily of the main attraction.

Zion National Park was the next stop.

These are two of the many photos of curving lines in the rock formations.
Next stop Grand Canyon.

Then the Desert Botanical Gardens.

I've  posted different photos on my daily photo blog during the trip, and I'll post more  tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Did you miss me?

We arrived home last night after a 3330 mile road trip that was quite wonderful. In the past two weeks we have been to Bryce canyon NP, Zion NP, Glen canyon Dam and bridge, the east and south rims of the Grand Canyon, Sedona, the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, our granddaughters wedding in Phoenix (the reason we took the trip), the Giant Meteor Crater, the Petrified Forest, Canyon de Chelly, Arches NP, and Reno for my husbands bowling tournament and a visit with another set of granddaughters. I plan on posting some trip pictures later in the week.

The day before we left I got a surprise package in the mail from one of my sons, he recently traveled to India and bought me a few yards of silk. The colors are extremely vibrant, my photo doesn't do them justice.
The peacock and saffron colors are so much more intense than the photo shows. Right now I have no idea what I will do with these, just fondle and admire for awhile.

I kept up with my daily projects while on the trip, usually in the evenings after dinner.
365 red circles #120 - #134
Indigo and rust #48 - #62
Week #18
Week #19

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