Monday, June 27, 2011

Grandson Art

It's getting harder to entertain my grandsons with art projects, but they enjoyed altering some old pop bottles into vases for their moms.

Bubble Snippet

This is how I altered a yard of Tami's beautifully hand-dyed muslin (?) for the second step of the second installment of the surface design round robin I joined in May. A little bit short on time this summer, I had to get it mailed on quickly. The dyed fabric made me think of crystal clear water, so I added some bubbles that had been intended to be a long ago lady's yo-yo quilt (shoebox-full given to me by a good friend). I liked the time and texture contrast. Also added some scarf snippets for wave affect. It will be fun to see what the next person does to it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Getting Gavin

My third grandson lives in Texas. His dad lives in Iowa. We're building a twice-a-year visit tradition where we meet in the middle of Kansas. Special times.

Remembering Doris

On June 7, we buried my mother-in-law. The two days we were together were filled with love and mutual support. Pictures include two of her grandchildren and two of her great grandchildren. I'm sorry I didn't get pictures of her two sons who were by her side when she died peacefully at the age of 92.

Scottsbluff NE Sister Trip

Feeling compelled to record the blessings surrounding my recent trip with 3 sisters to visit our 5th sister who has moved this past year to assisted living because of numerous health issues. We worried that we might overwhelm or confuse her. Instead she blessed us with her love, sweetness and funny remarks.

My sisters and I have traveled together annually for many years (25?) and this one feels like the best. Each time we share gifts. This time I gave them all hand knitted socks!

RaBbiT ArT

With Tami, Marti and Judi, I've joined a surface design round robin. My piece, Leaping Rabbits, was created with spray water color over rabbit masks and metallic paint with rabbit stencil. I sent it to Marti. To see what she did with it, see

This is the Year of the Rabbit.

Rabbit Medicine: Little Sister Rabbit teaches us through her timidity to be gentle with ourselves and others, begs us to study her movements so that we may learn to move in concert and harmony with our environment and the Creator. She has excellent observation skills and sensitive reflexes to help her survive in a world surrounded by danger. She can disappear in an instant and always knows which direction to go. The times that rabbits are most often seen is during early dawn hours or at evening dusk. These are times when the visible becomes invisible and the invisible becomes visible, reminding us that things are not always as they appear and helping us to discern reality from fantasy.