Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Spring is such a grand time!!!

... it turns out, Olive. Olive you (with a heart- can't post emoticons) is a winner!!!!

Yes, she won an Honorable Mention in the Quilt Alliance members choice awards and I also won a Judge's Choice Award!!!!!

So very exciting!!!!

My online friend Lisa (check out her wonderful blog!!! and here too!)
spotted Olive in person last night and posted a photo 
(even more exciting!)

Apparently, as a sponsor of the Quilt Alliance "Animals We Love" contest,  
Handi Quilter  currently is displaying the quilts at their quilt gallery!

Now that homeschooling is over 
(except the final report to the school district, pending results of exams),
I am starting to get back into the swing of the art thing....

I heard this stated by someone I know last week
and just had to whip it up in fabric....

Nothing like some improv piecing to soothe the soul!!!!

And if that isn't enough,
nature is displaying its many fine colors...

 and specimens....

I love NOT winter!!!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Growing up in Ontario in the 1970's, a group of some possibly deranged people thought that it would be best to prolong the agony of high school for just ONE more year and so, in order to graduate from high school in Ontario and go to university, it was imperative that one have six (6) grade THIRTEEN credits. Yes, I endured 5 years of high school!!!! 

(By the way, if you had more than 6 grade 13 credits, like 7, you could drop your lowest mark... which in my case was physics, 
much to the chagrin of my father with a PhD in physics).

Why am I telling you this???

Because, I now have NINE years of high school under my belt!!!

Today, after FIVE years at Nepean High School,  graduating in 1981 (yes, I am getting old too!), I have now graduated from another FOUR (4) years of high school along with Nature Boy! 

and since my math is as good as it is going to get right now, 
FIVE plus FOUR = NINE!!!

Today, Nature Boy and I officially finished our homeschooling career together. 

Remember how I cried a couple of months ago?  Well, I might have shed a tear or two today... in fact, today, I let the tears flow right in front of Nature Boy. I told him that I have no regrets pulling him from public school 6 years ago to homeschool and I would do it again if I had to. In fact, if I could do it again, I would have done it sooner. But we are done!!!!

Nature Boy decided to avoid the dreaded "Speech" course until the bitter end. Ironically, on his last exam (which is now in the mail), he had to right a short graduation address. He and I found a quote to include in his short "pep talk".....

"Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on  until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference." ~Arie Pencovici

So what does the graduate have planned???? 

Well, I am hoping to get some serious mess making done in the near future
 in my sewing room....
(I have already got one going!)

in my studio and hopefully take some art classes around the world. I am hoping to travel and have some short jaunts planned for the near future. I plan to continue getting up each weekday morning to meet up with my 5:30 AM gym rats. I hope to do some more reading (and only from the kind of books I want to read). 

As for Nature Boy, who knows... each day he will graduate from something... just hope it is big whatever he does!

In the meantime, today we had a celebratory lunch at a local outdoor grille...

no pomp, no ceremony and just a few tears.  

Friday, May 29, 2015

Getting antsy... or just bug eyed!

The last week or so of homeschooling (EVER!) is upon us
and I can hardly wait!!!

One course left to finish up!!!

We are both very anxious to be done-
and I am positively ...


adjective ant·sy \ˈant-sē\
: impatient and unable to keep still
: nervous about what might happen

 (from Merriam-Webster)

In the meantime, I am also having lots of fun with my easy macro lens.

It's a bit of a challenge to get so in-your-face close up...

and have the insect stay still long enough...

to click the shutter on my phone...

but sometimes, 

I get pretty close!

 Looking forward to all my free time for sewing/quilting/arting
in the very near future!!!!

Stay tuned....

Saturday, May 23, 2015

My week in a nutshell...

My oldest child, formerly known as the Teen with Lots of Stuff, now "College Student with Good Grades!" and I went to visit family in Ottawa for a few days before said college student starts a summer accounting internship near home.
Of course, we went to see family but the fact that there was an exhibit of paintings of my favorite Canadian artist 

at the National Gallery of Canada clinched the deal. 

I love the architecture of the gallery building...

the views....

the light....

the art...

I did not take any photos in the special exhibit which was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

but I snapped one of my favorite Georgia O'Keeffe's
Lake George with Crows

 (that is our local Lake George)

and a Gustave Klimt 
for my fiber art group friends back home...

Besides art and family, I did enjoy some delicious vegan food too!!!

As for my own art,
I have been trying to draw every day...

I am afraid to mess up my studio...

well not really, but I do like to photograph it
and the windows of the building...

I dabbled with a marbling kit I bought on my recent trip to NYC...

I took a free expression drawing class with some fiber art friends...

 I played with some iPhone apps...

and did some reading...

All very exciting says Olive!

And you can see Olive immortalized in fabric 
at the Quilt Alliance "Animals We Love" contest 

Better yet! You can vote if you are a member!!!
It is not a very expensive membership,
Quilt Alliance is a wonderful organization
and you can meet me and Olive in NYC in September!!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Up Close and Personal....

I've got a new toy...
Nothing fancy or expensive,
just a little lens on an elastic band

My friend Alex told me about it
when I remarked on some of her photos on instagram.

So naturally,
I had to try it out...

Some photos are better than others...

You have to get your lens on the phone 
right up close to the subject matter...

and try not to wiggle.

Some times you have to wait for the wind to die down.

Other times, you have to crouch down really low.

All the time,
I have to wear my reading glasses...

and I still get a lot of blurry shots.

Some times, you have to creep up on your subject

and hope that they stay long enough...

Some times,

 the subject matter just appears..

other times, it has been staring at you for months...

Any way you look at it, I see some art pieces in the future!