Texture

anthropologie throws

Found these on the Anthropologie website. I like few things more than taking my time meandering through Anthropologie. And I tend to touch just about everything I see there. It is a weird habit, compulsion almost, of mine. I just love to see how things feel.  If I saw these in the store I’d stop and lightly touch each one of them — just lightly pass my hand over the tops as I walk by.  Can’t you just imagine taking a nap under one of these?  And the colors!  Love them!

When I make a textile collage (or fantasize about making a real quilt) my favorite part is choosing the fabrics.  It takes me weeks to choose just the right textures and colors. And then more weeks to find just the right layout.  Those weeks of planning/dreaming are my favorite on any project. I currently have a small piece that is 70% sewn. That means the planning/dreaming phase is well in the past and now I’m in the tedious hand sewing phase.  I find it relaxing but time consuming so I tend to put it off.   I guess I need to work on that if I’m ever going to have a large enough body of work to sell.

I find it so inspirational to read about artists who have their own quilt or fiber arts businesses — people like Denyse Schmidt and Janet Bolton.  My dream is to be like them someday — maybe when I retire from my day job….

Today is one of the few hot summer days we’ve had in the last few weeks here in the upper mid west. I’m looking out the window and everything thing is my favorite color — GREEN. The sun is dancing through the leaves and it is just gorgeous!

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Creativity

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Our son is creative and a builder. I think maybe its because he is an only child — playing alone leaves space for the imagination to run wild. This is part of a big Lego cruise ship he made, The Majesty.  I like watching his process as he comes up with his designs. He doesn’t use instructions — he’s stubborn and independent like me in that way. gets that from me.  Its fun to watch the wheels turning as he tries a variety of color combinations, shapes and sizes before settling on the final design.

I didn’t realize, until I saw this photo, how the legos can look like a patchwork. A new place for inspiration perhaps.