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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bull, Blogger / Picasa

Ok, this is how I feel.  Bull.  For many years I have been posting my photos on my Blog through Picasa. They had a fantastic little button and now a new button "blog this". but neither work any more.  And have been Off and On, for many months.  No notices on what to do. Have spent more time then I want to say and was about to change locations for my blog and learn to blog on an other service.

I even contacted many quilting techy blogging friends and to my surprise everyone had a different way.  And some of the bloggers were frustrated also, because they had to find a creative way to get their photos up. Or just have not continued to blog hoping that the problem would solve itself.

Yesterday I got together with Anita Stoll fantastic artist,  friend and blogger.
We sat down and she showed me her innovative way of getting her photos up. Not the easy 1,2,3, way I had been doing it, but through her Pictures, PhotoShop, Dashboard etc.  Yes, it is sort of around the block for me... but this is my test run. She has not had any problems her way. I learned several things, how to crop in Photos shop Elements, and how to skip Picasa all together.

So give me an email, and I will tell you how I am now getting my photos to show.
I enjoy sending out blogs, I enjoy seeing everyone else's blogs, and the system had been easy.

 Maybe it is a lesson, a lesson in patience, practice, relearning. Taking a deep breath, and keeping my fingers crossed that this system keeps working.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Give", completed and shipped.


"Give" is completed and shipped.  As you can see a few more flowers were added and quilting completed. 

When attending a gathering of ladies the other day, someone asked how do my inspirations appear and how much of the artist is in their art.
I had to think about that for a moment.  Artists have their emotions in their art and that comes through with style, design, color and a multitude of ways.
 I am a pretty simple person, not complex, pretty easy to read. But on occasion am surprised by the finished piece. It took a direction different from where I started.

Looking at "Give" before it was shipped.  I was stunned on what it suddenly said to me..

Years ago when my mother was ill and in a convalescent home, I brought her a bouquet of flowers, thinking that she would enjoy them. I was shocked and hurt when she threw the flowers at me.
Her thinking was that she would be laying there watching the flowers crumble as she felt she was.
I am over this incident to some degree, other than to tell my family never to give me cut flowers. A plant, or anything else would do for any occasion.

Upon looking further at this piece, it brought out another incident. My parents were from Holland, and every afternoon, they had Tea or Coffee with a cookie. I did not like either beverage and had a soda.
"That is not sociable", even if I tried to hide it in a cup.

Recently, I have come to enjoy Green Tea, mostly with Chinese food, but still it is Tea.
Notice the inside of the cup is green.  The Spoon is from her collection and so is the doily.

So you see my thoughts, memories did come out in this piece, even if I did not know it when I was working on it.

By the way I did add a little something under the doily for those that must have a peek. 
Happy Valentines Day

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Give" with Love

Excited to see if this blog goes through and is posted. Keeping my fingers crossed.
  I started with my hand dyes.Yes, I had an idea. To tell the truth I had several ideas, but one kept at me.
I am not always sure of my direction. It could change mid stream.

  I decided to quilt the back ground first using a plate for a template.

 I could use my walking foot as I went around, this gave me near perfect stitches.

Then the piece went on the design wall, and I drew the cup and Tea pot on freezer paper. I could  place them where I wanted, and see if the size was right, then decide on the fabrics to be used for each item. I used Misty fuse to iron on each flower and the other fabrics.

This is not the finished piece, but the start of the placement of the flowers.

The little teaspoon is a rubbing with oil paints over one of my mothers Dutch Tea spoons.
I still have the quilting to do. And since the doily is loose, maybe something under it so when someone peeks they will not be disappointed.
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