Today has been busy so far. I had a doctor's appointment this morning -- got my annual flu shot and made another date for a full physical in six weeks. Very discouraging to find that I have _gained_ five pounds since the last time I weighed in (in April?). :( I'm putting the ball in roll to pursue bariatric surgery -- no matter how much weight I lose, my body regains it and then some as soon as it possibly can. <sigh>
Since I have been feeling stressed by the homecoming busy-ness, I decided to take my lunch and sit on the boat dock at Centennial Park. This is one of my favorite meditation places (well, at out-of-season times, anyway:). I took the photo above of the big bumbler on a thistle there along with a number of others that I will post on my Flickr pool. I decided that taking photos once a week is a good focus activity for me -- I'm not a great photographer and I'm only using my simplistic digital camera; my purpose is to practice composition and to make a seasonal record of my near-world area. ;)
When I was in Wisconsin, I went to a great quilt shop in Waunakee called Mill House Quilts. From the perspective of a shop owner, I was impressed ... as a customer, I was delighted. :) Wonderful fabrics, samples everywhere ... lotsa great inspiration. :) One of the things I bought was a small packet of Paper Pieces for 1/2" sixty-degree diamonds. I made the little (notice the quarter for scale) diamond nine patch above in about an hour -- it only measures 1.5" on each side! You might be able to notice the basting stitches that are in the middle of each patch -- usually I don't have to baste my papers down, but these babies were so tiny, I kept dropping them. LOL
This is an antique diamond quilt that I greatly admire and have seriously thought about reproducing (as well as one _can_ reproduce from a photograph) ... and the thought did cross my mind that I _could_ do it in miniature. I"m pondering whether to sit still until that thought passes or not. LOL 'Course, it's made with tiny hexes, but the principle is the same -- it will take _time_. Do I want to spend my preciously rare hand work time on a reproduction or do I want to use it for making my _own_ designs? <scratching head>
Another thing I made while we were away was a pincushion which is a birthday gift for another of my staff members (Karen - I'm a little behind as her b'day was 9/1).
This shows the two sides of the cushion -- I did this with EPP methods, too. The 'petal' or 'kite' or 'jewel' shapes that make the flower are made from Michael Miller's Fairy Frost fabrics ... and the sides are made from diamonds of various green batiks. The little round flasher in the center of each flower is a clear button with aurora borealis finish (iridescent:).
Most of the hand work I did on vacation had to do with my leaf art piece ... I finished making the 'science scribbles' in the margins of each leaf and beaded a diagram for the center of the quilt that shows the cross section of a typical green leaf (more or less, given artistic license:) I can't get very good photos of the work (I think the flash is having fits with reflections from the beads) but here is what I snapped:
I've been thinking about the whole business of working on my art (as opposed to stuff I need to do for my store). Currently the store is closed on Wednesdays and that is the only day I take off -- I am at the store six days a week. For some time earlier this year and last I was taking Tuesdays at the store to sew for myself (gave myself permission to work on MY designs and not anything related to the store). I think I will go back to that and try like heck to live like a normal person -- work five days (even though those days tend to be solid work until 9 or 10 at night) and take two days 'off'. One at the store (Tuesdays) on my sewing (all my 'stuff' is at the store) and one at home (Wednesdays). We'll see how that works out.