Saturday, January 18, 2014

In Memorium

I posted this earlier today and then had second thoughts about it and deleted the post. But so many of you on Facebook saw it before I removed it and were so kind with your comments that I decided to re-post it. Those of you who knew of my Dad's illness know that it's been a tough time especially the last couple of years. It's been good to talk to family and remember happier times when Dad was telling a dirty joke, enjoying a scotch, or rooting for his beloved New York Giants....

My Dad passed away this afternoon. I miss him already.

He'd been taken away from us little by little. It was good to look at some photos of him with his beaming smile...something I truly missed over these past years of his battle with Parkinson's.

I remember my wedding, thirty years ago...I couldn't tell who was more nervous walking down the aisle that day...the young woman taking the next step in her life, or the grown man letting go ...

Now, I know what it's like to let go...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Search Begins Anew! Roy G Biv Challenge: Red Update #3

 Time for some Red...The "R" in Roy.
I have to admit that it's been a crazy couple of weeks both personally and professionally. I didn't have much time to search. I have some Savannah Red and a Red from last summer...beautiful currants...which I'd never seen before. They are like jewels!

Looking forward to seeing your Red today!
If you're wondering what this is all about, see this post for more info. Hope you'll join in the fun. Feel free to post up to midnight on Saturday, January 18th. Leave a comment here or on Jennifer's blog and we'll link to your post.

Hop on over to Jennifer's blog for more Red. Love those huge Red snails!
Bridgette at Contemplating the Moon made a game of Red with her children this week...what fun!
Maya at Million Little Stitches has lots of urban Red.
Margaret at Charlton Stitcher had fun looking around her immediate surroundings...some cheery Red on a gray January day. 
Cindi at The Organic Manic posted some Red printing experiments, wonderful Japanese gift wrap,  a bit of a surprise (for me!) and even dressed for the occasion! 
Blue Sky Dreaming has some mysterious Red. 
Fiona at Paper Ponderings is thinking about Kurt Vonnegut and Red
Susan at Flying Dog Studio shares her favorite color, Red! 
Jill at Recycled Daze shows us some neon Red. 
Yarn Goddess at Sooner or Later has lots of fiber Reds. 
 Franciose at Creatilfun has some fresh that mushroom! 
Sharmon Davidson has some up close Reds. 
Lisa at Arzigogolare has some wonderful and creative glimpses of Red
A late entry from Joan...Red from the National Sculpture Garden...


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Savannah Textures and the Return of Roy (G. Biv)

It's been six months since I was last in Savannah. It's also been four months since I was able to take a nature walk. I've been battling Plantar Faciitis since the beginning of the summer. It finally got so bad I had to do something about it. So...I now have custom inserts. After gradually building up my ability to wear them, I decided to re-initiate my walks while visiting my folks. Anyone who's battled this condition knows that it can be pretty frustrating. I was heart broken having to stop my daily routine of hourly walks. Walking is a great meditation and I often work out artistic challenges during that time. But sometimes having a physical challenge can push you in a new direction. I now have a daily stretching and yoga routine. I'm up early and on the mat every day!

It was good to get out in the fresh air, even for a short walk (testing my feet!). Of course, I took my camera along to see what caught my attention.

Today it was one of my favorites...textures! In particular, tree textures. So enjoy!

Now for Mr. Roy! Yes...he has returned. Jennifer and I are starting Round 3 of the Searching for Roy G Biv (RedOrangeYellow Green BlueIndigoViolet)Challenge. Jennifer has a wonderful post today about the history of Roy. It all started with this post:
Searching for Roy G Biv

Yellow.... nuf said

This time we've decided to plan out the whole year with colors and dates. For a quick synopsis...each month participants search for the color of the month. Take photos and post them (up to 5 is suggested but we aren't sticklers!) on your blog on the designated day (3rd Thursday of the month). Make a comment on this blog or on Jennifer's blog. We will link to your blog. It's a colorful blog hop and lots of fun! Feel free to join in at any point during the year...the more the merrier! Hope to see lots of red posts on January 16th

Here are the dates and colors for 2014:
January 16 - red
February 20 - orange
March 20 - yellow
April 17 - green
May 15 - blue
June 19 - indigo
July 17 - violet
August 21 - pink
September 18 - black
October 16 - white
November 20 - brown
December 18 - blogger's choice
P.S.: We will send out a reminder about a week before. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Starting the New Year with a Fabric Giveaway!

Happy New Year!!

Thanks to the ladies of the Hive (The Printed Fabric Bee) we are offering a wonderful fabric giveaway!
If you've been reading some of my past posts then you know that The Printed Fabric Bee is a group of 10 surface design enthusiasts! We all just love getting into the studio and painting, dyeing and printing fabric. Each month, one member of the Hive becomes the Queen. As Queen she requests fabrics in her choice of color and motif. The rest of the Hive gets to work and produces some pretty awesome fabric!

The best part is that we want all of you to join in the fun. So, the members of the Bee make 6" squares of the fabric of the month. Each month we'll be offering a fabric cool is that!?

This month I was the Queen, requesting blue spirals. Above is a photo of this month's giveaway fabrics.

Here's what you have to do to win...

Post a comment here (this blog post) or visit The Printed Fabric Bee and post a comment under the same photo of this month's giveaway fabrics. I'll be drawing names from a hat on Sunday, January 12. Then, before you know it, this packet of inspiring fabrics will be on its way to the lucky winner!

So comment away.....