Thursday, July 20, 2006

Spring Has Finally Arrived . . er.. Passed?

I finally was able to set a side a day to devote in the studio (Mark agreed to be puppy wrangler for the day) and I finished the piece I had in mind as a great thing to hang on our wall to celebrate Sping. I'm a bit late, but I'm early for next Spring! This is also my first experiment with pre-fused fabric that I then cut and iron. Well, it certainly speeds up the process and I like the clean sharp edge -- makes it look almost painted on. The title is Red Bud

I also finished the Robbi Eklow pattern-based piece that I began in a class with Robbi back in March. I added buttons to all the circles. I'm calling it Blue Dots. Now I just need to find a room to hang it in.

On a bit of knitting news, I finished this Turtleneck Shell. It turned out decent enough. However, now I'm thinking it is a very impractical item of clothing. If it is cold enough for a turtleneck, why would I wear a sleeveless shell? If I were to do it over, I'd at least make it just a mock-turtleneck.

Guests are going crazy over the Crazy Ties. After several people ask to see my Crazy Ties (after seeing them on the notecards we sell), I finally hung up a display in the foyer of the inn. Not the most classy of hanging devices, but it does the job and I've been selling the ties!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


I still haven't had much time to do any creating other than finish my piece for the next CFA exhibit in California. (I'll post a picture of it once the exhibit is up.)

I have, however, had the time to enjoy the places the workshop painters are going to paint. When the students order a lunch from us, I deliver it to wherever they happen to be painting that day. This past workshop taught by Elizabeth Apgar-Smith, went up to Olana. Olana is the home built by Frederick Church, a founder of the Hudson River School of Art movement. On a clear day you can see forever . . . well, at least you can see the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains - a very impressive site.

But I was captured by things more close at hand.

First there were the Hollyhocks. (I'll have to look for this variety. The Hollyhocks I planted are still not in bloom.)

Then even more inspiring was Betsy's pastel tray - what a wonderful display of color. You can see a photo of Betsy's demo painting and the view on our inn blog.

Other good news is that I finished the fiber workshop brochure for 2007 and it has been sent off to the printers.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Lost But Not Forgotten

Gads! It has been quite a while since I posted anything on my poor neglected blog. Bad me!

Well, we are in our busy workshop season and I've barely had anytime to step into my studio -- or that's my excuse. But finally a deadline arose and I had to get in there and get busy. So in the near future the pictures will once more flow unto the blog.

In the meantime, I just give a quick rundown of the events of the past month or so.

  • My daughter, Adina, graduated from San Diego State! (Such a proud mom am I.)

  • Hudson has grown! He is now the terror of the office, having already chewed through the cord of one telephone and has forced us to move the computer mice and keyboards as far as possible from the edge of the desks. We've come into the office to find all sorts of windows open on the computer. That dog must be on the chatboards.

  • I was interviewed and featured in a multi-page article in The Greenville Local about my life as a fiber artist. Although, they did get a number of facts wrong and the picture of me was less than flattering, they did say nice things about my art.

  • I sold (or am selling) Bucephalos. He has barely been home more than a couple of month since he was finished and now he'll be gone for good. Boohoo and Yahoo!