the week in review: 20 -24 may 2019 …

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sometimes mondays … are spent attending a quilt exhibition of Mimi Dietrich’s Baltimore Album Quilts, on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. The Baltimore Album Quilt -aka as BAQ – is a Maryland grown quilt, created primarily by women’s church groups in the 1840s & 50s in Baltimore City; and so called an album because each (of the 6, 9, or 12 and sometimes 15) block is called an album. Traditionally, the quilt block’s main colors are red and green. Mimi, widely acclaimed for her BAQs, is a hometown – as in Baltimore –  girl and teaches a year’s long class that ends if one stays on task with a BAQ! Monday afternoon, about 25 of us from my quilting association carpooled to Baltimore for a tour of the exhibit, led by Mimi – whom we all know and love! Besides being an accomplished quilter, excellent teacher, she’s tremendously funny and inspiring!  The exhibit was just delightful and so much fun to see so many of Mimi’s quilts on display in one spot. I do not exaggerate: we were all inspired and my enthusiasm for making a BAQ rekindled. Prior to going to the exhibit, I’d decided to push the restart button – to begin again for the first time – later this year

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unraveled wednesdays … I’m not sure what happened with the day ~ it just went! The day was comprised of

  • counting the many joys of my life, shared in the photo above, the first side of a two-sided scrapbook layout for LOAD;
  • making a quilt block ;
  • reading: I started Stephen King’s memoir:  On Writing and am finding it deliciously fun and quick, as in flow, and
  • knitting a few more  rows on my forever lap blanket. Simple garter  stitch and excellent practice…

Chris and Kayla Prom smile

(this photo was taken in Oct 2009 for Chris’ Homecoming dance; Kayla was 9)

today! thank goodness it is Friday … and the day of Kayla’s senior prom! She has been waiting for this day, since she was 10, 8 years ago.  Then Chris, her older sister, was prom bound. Kayla thought seeing all the girls in their dresses and guys in tuxedos and couples driven in stretch limousines was just magic. We gather this evening about 6:45 pm at the prom site. The day is lovely and I imagine/trust the evening will be also…

and that’s a wrap for this week. Enjoy your weekend!

Cheers~

 

TGIF | 5.17.17 …

Today, this little girl, aka Kayla, then 4 years old and now, a high school senior, attended her last day at school. This picture was taken when she first started preK, 14 years ago. Time flies…

Goal – less: I’ve spent the entire day drifting from one thing to another… my “plan” was abandoned early. I’d signed up for a free online journaling “class” and left after about 10 minutes. Not my cuppa tea. The day turned out to be lovely, weather wise : low 80s sunshine. And no humidity! A perfect opportunity for a leisurely walk…

Inspired by my mid afternoon walk, I spent about an hour making a layout for today’s LOAD (layout a day); the challenge : a surprise and a 4-word title…

Feeling a bit tired – probably bored is a better descriptor – so I’ll end this post, have a glass of wine and knit a bit…

Wishing all a delightful weekend…

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday|someday maybe…

 

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I love gardens. Especially the English garden kind. I am not a gardener… at least not yet. I am at best, a wanna-be gardener…and every year, I think, perhaps this year? Spring has been especially lush this year. The gardens – both kept and unkept- spectacular. I suppose in many ways, quilting might be considered a form of gardening…and that’s probably a big stretch…

Right before the quilt show, the above book arrived on my doorstep: I’d ordered it; I don’t recall how it came to my attention. Perhaps a siren call. I’m not even sure I’d ever heard of the author. She is one of  America’s best known garden writers, has a blog/garden weekly podcast, away to garden.com

I am delighted  the book is in my possession: I’m not only learning but also enjoying reading about gardening year round…and the photos are superb. I’ve toyed with the idea of garden as my word for the year. Perhaps 2020.  In the meantime, I will continue to savor the book , listen to the podcast and contemplate future options.

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Knitting, stitching needles and sewing machine have all been quite idle ~ I’m still recuperating  (from the quilt show).  I am also gathering new creative toys and ideas. One new toy: a circular weaving loom. I now have three types of weaving looms to play with over the summer.

Actually, as I think about it, my creative garden list is growing by leaps and bounds…but as with a garden, one has to be vigilant and ever tending or else wind up with weeds. Guess I’d better get busy…

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday!

Cheers~

 

sometimes mondays| 5.13.19 …

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are for catching up…

The 2019 quilt show, May 2 -4: Our work actually began May 1 when we set everything up. The show featured a display of more than 200 member-made quilts;  the infamous peddlers’ table; the raffle quilt and two raffle baskets – each filled with all sorts of quilting supplies and Sew Unique – a colorful array of quilted gifts and novelty items for sale, ranging from fabric postcards to tea wallets, matching hot pad/mitts, etc. New this year, in a room all alone: Quilts for Sale – over 30 such, ranging from early ’40s to 2018! We sold about 95% of inventory!  The quilt show was a little later than usual due to Easter. Also happening that weekend: the International Sheep & Wool Festival and as we expected, some of the Festival goers also came to our event… especially since there was rain Saturday morning (the S & W Festival is an outside event). All in all, I’d say quilters, knitters, spinners, weavers had a nirvana weekend.  I was plumb worn out come Saturday at 4 pm.  I arrived home in time to watch the Kentucky Derby with barely enough energy to cheer the horses on! Not that I really cared. But. the Excitement. You. Know! I spent all day Sunday in a semi-vegetative state …

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Monday, back to Columbia for the quilt show wrap up and awarding of Viewers’ Choice ribbons. My friend Betsy won two first place ribbons; one for this bargello quilt. It’s quite dynamic … and large!

 

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Last week, I also documented the Week in My Life and began a long deferred project: purging excess stuff in my creative spaces. I’m really pleased with efforts thus far. And, I’ve been smitten by a new quilting technique and I’m eager to explore it plus I’ve a list of 13 -15 quilting/stitching projects I plan to finish by summer’s end …

May  is also another LOAD – Layout A Day – month; each day, we have a prompt that is designed to stir our creative juices and help us get our personal memories documented. So far, I’ve been on track…so far. As I type this, I’ve not a clue about what memory I’m going to document for today; the prompt is superstition, such as throwing salt over your shoulder, crossing your index and 2nd finger, etc…If the prompt doesn’t produce a memory, not a problem – we can tell any story we choose! Works for me …

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Kayla’s high school life will soon be over : Prom, May 24 and Graduation, May 29. How can that be? Seems it was just yesterday she was three years old, sitting on the arm of my chair, listening to me read “Wide Mouthed Frog …

It’s good to be back! And guess I’d best get a moveon with today’s layout!

Cheers~

 

sometimes mondays | 5.6.19 …

awake @ 5 am

finish putting laundry away; straighten workspace in craft room; empty dishwasher; make tea, light candle…

sit @ 6am

relax, take first sip o’ tea, a deep breath, think …

“I’ve done a day’s work, already! in an hour” …

the sky is grey; rush hour traffic is still light. It is quiet. the tea soothes, feels good as it travels down my throat, warms my insides, enough so I think a long sip o’ iced H2O is in order…Ahhh!

catch a whiff of the candle’s lavender scent – hmmm, heavenly. I remind myself how.very.much I love the smell of lavender. grow a bit? for sure, buy some dried. remember I have some!

fix another cup o’ tea; walk a bit in the kitchen; think about today’s agenda; update May calendar; plan this week’s blog posts, create today’s and hit publish!

7:45 am

time to get a move on … the sun just broke through! Have a great day!

Cheers ~

my word |4.30.19 …

 

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(Dogwood @ Franciscan Monastery, 4. 24.19)

Spring 2019 has been exceptionally lovely, albeit a tad cool, but colorful and delightful, nevertheless. My April was filled with lots of lovely time spent outdoors…

Habits are interesting: hard to both make and break. Habits challenge and reward. I am the sum total of my habits :

  • I am creating and/or refining habits, activities that contribute to a healthier and  happpier ME – happier is not to say that I am unhappy ’cause I definitely am not;
  • I am creating a new daily groove…spending my time and energy engaged in activities and habits that spark joy, fill me up, and move me closer to reaching my  creative goals;
  • I am creating habits that contribute to a happier/better life for me, family, friends, and those who I encounter on any given day.

I am ready to continue my journey. But now,  @ 2:30 pm, I’m going to take a lovely walk outside on this 81°F day!

Joining Juliann and others for a One Little Word update.

sometimes mondays | 4.29.19 …

…are a quiet and restful and early start to a busy week:

  • Yesterday, my monthly Friendstitching gathering. We had a delicious meal of grilled salmon, homemade cheese chive biscuits, salad and for afters : coconut cake. In the background, that little white blur is Coconut, a pup… and I am finally adding a new color to my log cabin!

  • The highlight of the day: we got to meet Margaret and Ed’s newest addition to the family: Wilkie, a Havenese rescue pup. A bit shy in a new environment but so adorable…

  • Saturday, the weather was lovely; my walk through the neighborhood was filled with the colorful glory of spring: the trees and flowers are in full bloom as is allergy season. I totally plumb forgot I was planning to listen to Met Opera’s Gotterdamerung … durn it! It will probably be another 5+ years before it’s broadcast “live” again…

  • Friday, fully intended to post and the day got away… I looked up at the clock and realized it was almost time for PM news.

And now, it’s the end of the month – just days before we open the doors Thurs for the quilt show. Off to attend the last committee meeting and the beginning of five trips this week.

Have a great Monday!

Cheers~

unraveled wednesday | 4.24.19…

I awoke this morning to the sight of a magnificent sunrise, a gentle pink glow in the sky, on rooftops…and quickly gathered my iPhone and donned my robe so that I could step out on the deck and snap a photo or two, bask in the gentle glow. Mornings, mine, are always off to a slow, gentle start, regardless of “when “ I must leave the house …I sip my tea, read, write, sometimes draw/sketch, remember, plan, contemplate, let the morning/day unfold gently…

On this day, next week, we will be in the throes of setting up the quilt show – the doors will open at 10 am, promptly on Thursday…to a crowd of quilters rushing into buy our castoffs: tools; fabrics; patterns; novelty items; etc...”one quilter’s trash another quilter’s treasure…” Three of my four quilts are ready; I finish stitching the binding on the fourth, today!

I have any number of books – new/old; audio/print – in various stages; I’m rather drifting in/out of them. In my ongoing dostadning efforts, I ran across these three titles and decided I might revisit them over the next few days.

The weather forecast for today: sunshine and lovely temps. I plan/hope to take a walk to the Franciscan Monastery early afternoon to view the grounds. I’ve not been at all this season. Who cares about spring allergies?

Joining Kat and others for Unraveled Wednesday here!

weekending and today

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The weekend started with a quiet bang. Saturday was lovely ~ an invitation to walk to Zeke’s, sit outside and enjoy a new-to-me latté  (made with lavender spice and honey). After one sip, a gust of wind, caused my drink to spill the minute I sat it down! The barrista was kind enough to make me another and I switched to a caramel latté  – I found the first drink a tad too sweet.

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Easter Sunday we joined friends for a delightful, delicious potluck dinner. The evening sunset was spectacular. I am so delighted that today’s smart phone technology makes taking such dramatic  photos as easy as can be!

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Today beckoned me outside once again:  Come. Take a long leisurely walk to the park. I enjoyed not only the weather and sight of the sky, folk reading, kids playing, flowers, azaleas and trees blooming, and also the sidewalk art, always a delight to see.

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Lovely memories of a lovely weekend. Ah! Spring!