Saturday, October 25, 2014

OLDIE BUT GOODIE



OLDIE BUT GOODIE...REMEMBER THAT PHRASE?   TODAY I JUST ENTERED THE NEW SHOW AT THE HQ GALLERY IN SURPRISE, AZ. I DECIDED TO ENTER A QUILT THAT HAS NEVER SEEN THE LIGHT OF DAY BEFORE.  THIS IS THE FIRST QUILT THAT I EVER DID FREE MOTION QUILTING ON.  I CAN NOW DO BETTER, BUT THOUGHT THAT THIS QUILT SHOULD GET ITS DAY IN THE SUN.

CLARITY,  I THINK I AM COMING CLOSER

This is a quilt that I created when I first learned how to discharge.  Discharging is when you remove the color from the fabric.  You can buy a chemical retail or you can use bleach.  Any product containing bleach can be used.  I used dishwasher gel.  The figures were all made using a sponge stamp that was dipped in the gel and then stamped onto black fabric.  This fabric discharged and turned a rust color.   I sprayed a deluted bleach liquid onto the fabric to make the streaks.

The half circles on the quilt was made by placing a wet used coffee filter on the fabric, and letting it dry in place.  When removed it left the stain.  Rolled up dictionary pages complete the quilt. 


WHEN I QUILTED THE COFFEE FILTER STAINS I ADDED SOME BROWN PAINT AND STONE BEADS.




I WAS JUST PLAYING WHEN I STAMPED THESE FIGURES, BUT REALIZED THAT 

      CLARITY,

IS HARD TO ACHIEVE IN LEARNING A NEW TECHNIQUE...


 IN QUILTING, AND ESPECIALLY

                                   IN LIFE... REDFOX
      



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BACK IN THE GAME




REMEMBER  THE SAYINGS..."GET BACK ON THE HORSE" AND "GET BACK IN THE GAME"?

I MADE SO MANY QUILTS BACK TO BACK FOR THE HOUSTON SHOW THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER WANT TO ENTER ANOTHER SHOW.  WRONG!
THE CALL CAME IN FOR THE SURPRISE CITY HALL EXHIBIT AND I WAS RIGHT BACK IN THE GAME.

For this exhibition you are allowed to enter five items.  The last time I entered three quilts and three quilts got in so I thought I would do that again.  

                        ENTRY #1  POEMFISH BLUE


   
YESTERDAY I WAS VISITING MOM AND I SAW ON HER WALL A QUILT THAT I HAD GIVEN HER A FEW YEARS AGO, AND THOUGHT...THAT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD.  SO I TOOK IT RIGHT OFF HER WALL AND TOOK A PHOTO AND ENTERED IT TODAY.  I DID ASK FIRST. 

THIS QUILT HAS A LOT OF MIXED MEDIA ON IT...PAPER, SHELLS, BEADS, ORGANZA, GLASS FISH, AND METAL PIECES THAT I MADE OUT OF COPPER.  

THIS WAS THE 3RD POEMFISH QUILT THAT I HAVE MADE BASED ON A POEM BY SUSAN WOOLDRIDGE.


I HAD FORGOTTEN THAT I USED MACHINE FELTING ON THIS PIECE.  LET ME TELL YOU A STORY...WHEN I FIRST STARTED MAKING ART QUILTS WITH MY ART QUILT GROUP, ONE OF THE LADIES WAS USING A FELTING MACHINE AND OF COURSE I JUST HAD TO HAVE ONE.   SO I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT ONE.  THIS IS THE ONLY QUILT I HAVE EVER USED IT ON.  IT SITS VERY PRETTILY ON THE SHELF IN MY STUDIO.  MAYBE IT IS TIME THAT I GET IT OUT AND USE IT.  WHILE I AM AT IT I SHOULD REJOIN THE SILVER GROUP AND MAKE MORE METAL PIECES TOO.  THIS PIECE REMINDED ME OF ALL THE MUST DO THINGS THAT I DON'T DO ANYMORE.

 I STILL USE PAPER ON MY QUILTS.  THIS IS THE POEM THAT I MENTIONED.  I STILL LIKE TO ROLL UP DICTIONARY PAGES AND USE THEM ON MY QUILTS. 

 

I THINK I WILL STOP WITH THIS ENTRY AND TELL YOU ABOUT THE OTHER TWO ANOTHER DAY.  I AM IN A BIT OF A HURRY. I AM WRITING THIS AT THE LIBRARY AND I CAN'T WAIT TO GET HOME AND          


    GET OUT THE FELTING MACHINE

                                             ....REDFOX

                                                      


 

 

 

             


  

 
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES...



GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES AND SHE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD...BETTE MIDLER

This is a quote that I use a lot when I do my altered books.  Tonite I want to tell you a story that reads like one of my books.

Tuesdays are fun days for Betty and I.  This week I knew Betty would be doing her taxes, so I e-mailed her and told her to meet me at GW  at 11:00 if she was done.  For those of you that are not familiar with code, GW stands for GoodWill, as in resale shop.

Betty didn't make it, so I took my time and really shopped,

I MEAN SHOPPED FOR HOURS SHOPPED!

First I found these really great shoes...MADE IN ITALY SHOES.

SHOES TO DIE FOR 
  These shoes are really divine.  Buttery leather. glass and metal beads, and wicker heels.  Very high, but very comfortable.

I SHOULD KNOW BECAUSE I WALKED AROUND FOR 4 HOURS IN THEM.

You have to try shoes out to see if they fit.  While I was walking I found a large white ceramic planter for me and an Easter
cat for Max.  He will love it because when you squeeze its paw it meows.  He will soon learn that trick.  Then I found a large grey
 leather purse and a Chico's sheer blouse...ORANGE. 

BUT I DIGRESS. THIS IS WHAT MADE IT THE HELL DAY

I checked out with my favorite cashier...SHE KNOWS MY NAME, and proudly pushed my cart to the car with my loot.

I FORGOT TO TELL YOU I ALSO BOUGHT TWO GREY AND GOLD LEOPARD PILLOWS.  I had quite a lot of LOOT.

I got to the car and reached for my keys........NO KEYS

NO KEYS, they had been in my pocket.
NO KEYS, I checked my purse again.
NO KEYS anywhere.

I forgot to tell you I bought a pair of white shorts too, AND I TOOK MY PANTS OFF TO TRY THEM ON, THE PANTS WITH THE KEYS IN THE POCKET.

I checked the fitting room...NO KEYS

HELP, I HAD TO CALL JERRY.  YOU KNOW JERRY, THE HUBBY THAT HATES ME TO GO TO GOODWILL.  His worst fear is that I might buy too much STUFF.  HE doesn't like too much STUFF, not that I would do that.

Anyway, I did call him and I had to wait in the parking lot with my very full cart of STUFF.

                 NOT A PRETTY PICTURE.

HE CAME AND SAVED ME AND MY STUFF.  I thought maybe I should put on my very pretty shoes for him after I got home...


WHAT TO WEAR WITH THEM? 


 I COULDN'T THINK OF A THING....
              SO I DIDN'T!


WHO SAID TUESDAYS ARN'T FUN...
                                          REDFOX

PS...when I took off my ankle pants to change into THE SHOES, guess what I found in the cuff?    KEYS   those little buggers were there all the time...GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS, YES, FUN TUESDAY.
 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

THE CALL

  EVERY YEAR MY QUILTING FRIENDS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE ARIZONA QUILTING GUILD QUILT SHOW.  It is fun to
compete on the state level and it has always been fun because I GET RIBBONS.

This year I am not feeling so confident.  I said that last year too and I got a blue ribbon in art innovative.  Why don't I feel good?  Well the competition is getting better  and better.  I am not going to say this outloud, but Betty saw Francie's piece and said it is really really good...outstanding quilting.  Well it should be...Betty was her teacher!  So we are wondering which one of us Frances will take as a guest.

Each year we hold our breath the day before the quilt show and wait for the phone to ring.   You see,  the award committee calls the day before the show and lets you know if you are winning an award.  They want you to be sure to be there for the award ceremony.  You can only go if you are a winner or the GUEST OF A WINNER.

THE CALL SHOULD COME TOMORROW.

SURVIVOR


This is my survivor quilt when it was still on the design wall.

Since the quilt is a cancer survivor quilt I dedicated it to my Sister Elaine and my Sister Mona...both SURVIVORS of breast cancer.

SURVIVOR DETAIL


The center panels with the figures are basic white fabric.  I used sequin waste and black paint to create the background.  I used some of the figures as a mask creating the white figures and inkjet printed the other figures.  The fabric figures were machine appliqued on to the panel.  The words were stamped on with black craft paint.

GOODWILL HUNTING 
This is my other quilt and I entered it in the GREEN category.  It had to be made of recyled material, so every thing, from fabric to goodies is from the Goodwill store.

SPEAKING OF THE GOODWILL STORE...
I went over to Betty's house this morning as Tues are our FUN DAY.  Betty wasn't feeling very good. 

            SHE WAS HAVING A BAD HAIR DAY.
She needed to color her hair and get it cut too, so I decided to get out of her way.  Thinking of hair color, I decided to go to GW...ARE YOU STILL WITH ME?  DID YOU MAKE THAT LEAP?

Well, after the fact, I decided I needed a new Jacket for the award ceremony. YES, WE ARE BACK TO THAT.  I decided it should be the color of my hair, or the color my hair was today anyway.  Here is what I found.

MY AWARD JACKET   
MAKE THAT LEAP NOW?  Well I hope I get that call now that I have this jacket.  It certainly can only be worn to a quilting show.

So if I get the CALL tomorrow, I will be wearing my new jacket to the ceremony, If I don't, you probably won't hear about it.





           I HOPE THEY HAND OUT ORANGE
        ROSES... REDFOX 






Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"WE SURE HAVE FUN WHEN BETTY VISITS"...Frances Murphy




BOY!     Frances Murphy, you said a mouthful.  
I realize that I am writing about this a couple of years late, but better late than never.  It was during the Chandler ART QUILTS XVI, November 2011 that BETTY came to town.

I'm talking about THE BETTY BUSBY.  She and her friend Holly Altman came to Sun City to play with us and in the quilting world, it doesn't get much better than that.

DIANE, MARGARET,SANDY, ELIZABETH, HOLLY, BETTY, AND FRANCES
Betty H and OUR Mom was there too, but must have been taking the pictures.  MOM is MOM to all of us kids and now to Betty B and Holly too.

Betty drove here from her home in New Mexico and brought all her STUFF here to give us a workshop on painting silk.  

HERE is Betty Hahns studio.  As Betty H has a lot of STUFF too, we were not short on STUFF.


WE HAD SO MUCH FUN USING ALL THAT STUFF.  IT WAS WONDERFUL AND WE ALL MADE MINI MASTERPIECES...

After we were done making masterpieces we changed into our party duds and we were off to dinner and then on to the ARTIST RECEPTION AT CHANDLER.  The theme of the show was  'SOMETHING TO SAY',  AND DID WE EVER....

BETTY AND HER QUILT 'MOURNING DOVES'
This quilt was on the front of the postcard invitation to the show.  Betty is all smiles in her
polka dot  jacket.  She is very very fond of polka dots and you  can almost bet that she will have polka dot socks too... polka dot underwear?  

I'M NOT THAT MUCH OF A BETTING WOMAN... but if I had to guess.  MAYBE.



MEMORY,THREADS AND BURSTS

Here is Betty next to her quilt.  Her Jacket is just as bright as her quilt.  As you can see, Betty is quite a colorful characterHer art is like her life..  FULL AND
ROBUST!  And Betty always has something to say.



LEFT BEHIND

Here I am with my quilt.  I was really worried about whether my quilt would be well received because it was so intensely personal.  It was  the second quilt in my ROSES FOR SANDY series.  The whole quilt is based on a picture taken right after my mother's funeral.  I didn't need to worry.  After the exhibition was over this quilt had been second in viewers choice.  The viewers had felt my emotion and that was very validating.  They heard what I said.


THOUGHT PROCESS I


This was Francie's first time in the Chandler show.  I really have to tell you that PPPPPPPPP PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPERSERVERANCE really works.  For the 2010 Chandler show Francie had entered and was rejected, but she entered the same quilt in 2011 and was IN.  It goes to show what a different juror  and a different theme, can do.

                THIS TIME FRANCIE HAD 
                 SOMETHING TO SAY.

So that is the story of BETTY and HOLLY coming to town.  Since then we have gotten to know both BETTY and HOLLY better.  I've now seen HOLLY'S work and know she deserves her name in capitol letters too.  In fact we all do.....................

                    BETTY BUSBY
                    HOLLY ALTMAN
                    BETTY HAHN
                    FRANCES MURPHY
                    ANNA MARIE PETERSON
                    MARGARET GORSK
                    DIANE KUCERA
                    ELIZABETH PFEIFFER
                    SANDRA BRANJORD

 I count myself lucky to be friends with all these women.  Each of them are fine artists in their own right.  And all of you are fine artists too,  even if you can't paint, or draw, or even sew, you are ARTISTS.

                 "ARTISTS OF THE EVERYDAY"
                   
                  CAN'T PAINT,
                  CAN'T DRAW,
                  CAN SEW A LITTLE.
                                  ...REDFOX 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

A TIGHT FIT



On my last blog I showed you a picture of the new rolling sewing machine carryall that I found at GW.  Now if I had been buying a new one and not one that I bought for $12.99, I would have bought a better fit.


A TIGHT FIT
As you can see, the machine just barely fit in the case.  That's what I get for having a machine with a DEEP THROAT.

                        NO PUN INTENDED

Now I am going to do something incredibly brave, or maybe just stupid.  Machine cases are not the only things that fit tight.  Sometimes our clothes do too.  At least mine do.

This is a self portrait of my middle.  That doesn't look too bad, right?

     RIGHT?








Do you want to see what is behind curtain #2?

Not too bad.....yet.

I think I must be holding my breath, or maybe these are just my roomy pants.  I keep reminding myself that I am not 21 anymore.

       HELL...I'M NOT 60 ANYMORE

Then I let out my breath and leaned over a bit,


OMG!

OMG...Where did that come from?

Well I know where it came from.  It came directly from that whole cake I ate.  It came from the ice cream treats with my friends and the popcorn that I have when there isn't even a movie to be seen.  IT CAME FROM LIFE.

EXAGGERATED A BIT?   Not really that much.  I think, I know we are all getting older and most of us are putting on a pound or two.  Or five, or ten, or twenty.

ME?
 If you believe that...there's a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to show you.   But really, whatever size we are NOW is just right.  Where ever we are right now is just the right place...and I'm not talking about size anymore.  Love yourself, ALL OF YOU .

        TRUTH?..... I WAS HOLDING MY BREATH, EVEN IN THE LAST ONE.
                                    ...REDFOX

Saturday, March 15, 2014

KICKING AND SCREAMING




KICKING AND SCREAMING... That was me when Betty was trying to get me to take her free motion quilting class and learn how to do it the RIGHT way.  I had been resisting for a long time.  It was because I didn't want any one to see that I was doing it the wrong way.

AND YES THERE IS A WRONG WAY.

KICKING AND SCREAMING
Actually we don't look all that put out in this picture.  We were kicking up our heels and having fun at this quilt show in New Mexico and I have to admit that we had a pretty good time at the quilting class....
                BUT DON'T TELL BETTY.

I tell everyone that I went to keep Betty from nagging me, but the truth is ...

                 I KNEW I NEEDED IT!

This is the kind of quilting I was doing.  It was perfectly fine, but since all I could do was straight lines...
STITCH REGULATOR.


       I could wander around a quilt pretty well, but it was pretty boring.


I did an awfully lot of quilt turning and starting and stopping.  It was good enough to win ribbons, but not good enough to make me feel good about it.  Feeling good about my work is very important to me.  I needed to do better...
NOT FOR BETTY, BUT FOR MYSELF.                     

I needed to empower myself...kinda ironic as
a great many of my quilts are about female empowerment.


I took the class today along with four other lovely women and we really did have fun.  I won't say the tracing and practicing is my favorite thing to do, but I did see my stitching improving.

I would advise anyone that wants to quilt to take Betty's class.  And I hope she reads my blog and that this gets me some brownie points.


Another weird thing happened today.  The first weird thing was that I actually enjoyed myself and the second was that as I was leaving the class I put my big machine on it's side in a suitcase and Betty said not to lay it down on it's side.  I joked that I had given away my old rolling sewing case and that if I was going to continue to bring my big machine, I had better go to Goodwill and find a new one.

                 I WENT,
                 I DID....
                 HAPPY QUILTING...REDFOX

Monday, March 10, 2014

WOO HOO!



Look at the adorable face on the NEW HOO that Betty bought me.


GUESS WHO GOT A NEW HOO FROM YOU KNOW WHO?

We stopped to shop at GW on the way home from doing a trunk show for a large group of quilters in Casa Grande.  The show was such a success that Betty wanted to celebrate and she bought me a gift for my white living room.  IT IS SO CUTE!

We really had a lot of fun with that group of quilters.  Before we started our show they had a meeting and had SHOW AND TELL.  I'm telling you, they are a really active and fun group.  

    IT WAS A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW...

We really put on a good show, A GREAT SHOW.  My arm hurts from patting myself on the back and Betty's head is really BIG again.  They gave us an hour and a half to do our song and dance.  I know they really liked it and we are already getting bookings from other clubs that have heard about it.

I was so excited about doing the show that I forgot to hand out my cards until everyone was leaving...NOT TOO BRIGHT!

ENTERTAINING BUT NOT BRIGHT!

Here are just a few of the quilts that I took to show.

 This is just a portion of the cancer quilt that I did for the AQG show.  The title of this quilt is survivor and it is dedicated to my two sisters, Mona and Elaine who are both cancer survivors.



This quilt is an example of using black paint on white fabric to do surface design.  The figures were appliqued.

GOODWILL HUNTING
   This quilt was one that they really liked.  No one had ever seen so much JUNK on one quilt.
The ladies had fun picking out the various garments that I had used and were amazed that it all came from the Goodwill.

I THINK THAT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES SHOULD HIRE BETTY AND I AS AMBASSADORS.  HEAR THAT GOODWILL?

BECOMING


  Talking with the women after the show I discovered that the almost all liked the three panel quilts the best.  That was the very first style I did.  I try to do other types to be more main stream, but
it seems that more of these get in the shows too.  I know why they like them...

   THEY ARE THREE TIMES THE WORK!

ANY WAY, IT WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL SHOW . 

             WHAT A HOOT!
                                        ...REDFOX 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

LET THEM EAT CAKE





YOU KNOW THE HISTORY BEHIND THE QUOTATION

                                                    LET THEM EAT CAKE.

Let me tell you a story about the quotation " HAVING MY CAKE AND EATING IT TOO."

Once upon a time I made a cake.  It was a very good cake.  It was a oatmeal cake with penuche frosting.   The once upon a time was YESTERDAY...

ONCE UPON A TIME CAKE  
YESTERDAY THIS WAS A WHOLE CAKE.  It was a big cake.
It was a 9 X 13 cake.  It was a very tasty cake.  My husband really liked the two pieces he had of it.  I really liked almost the whole rest of it.  TODAY THIS IS WHAT IS LEFT.

Last nite I wasn't feeling too good.  I had an upset stomach.  Jerry said it was because I ate too much cake and licked the frosting bowl while it was half full.

 
I did feel kinda guilty licking that bowl while max watched me.   So I let him lick the spoon.   He didn't get sick, so that is just proof that I....

MUST OF HAD THE FLU. 

I felt fine when I got up this morning, so I know it wasn't the cake.


Just to make sure, this morning I had a piece for breakfast.  I knew that was all right...
                   AFTER ALL IT WAS OATMEAL.

I felt fine so I had another piece for lunch...
                    IT WAS FULL OF NUTS AND EVERYONE KNOWS NUTS ARE GOOD FOR YOU.

This afternoon I felt like a little snack...but first...you know how everyone can tell when there is a piece of cake missing from the pan?

                      BOTH JERRY AND I COUNT THE PIECES, YOU KNOW WE KINDA KEEP TRACK WHERE THE CAKE IS GOING.

Well I decided I should take the cake out of the pan...you know, so it wouldn't taste like the metal pan.  At least that's what I told Jerry.

                       I HAD MY SNACK.

It is really hard to see if one is missing from a pile.

Max was looking at me again with those green eyes that see everything.

THANK GOODNESS HE CAN'T COUNT.

I gave him a bite.  I told him that cake wasn't really good for dogs and that Dad didn't want him to have any.

By then you know what time it was... DINNER TIME.
I made waffles for dinner as I always do on Sunday nite.  I wasn't feeling too hungry so I skipped the waffles with fresh blueberries and just had another piece of cake.

That is four pieces of cake for me today and I feel just fine.  I feel something else too.  My tummy seems flatter tonite.   It just proves what I always say...

TO LOSE WEIGHT YOU NEED TO CONTROL YOUR INTAKE.  

You see I ate four small meals and no eating between meals.  I feel much better tonite than I did last nite.  


I MUST HAVE HAD THE FLU LAST NITE AND HE WILL NEVER MISS ANOTHER PIECE... REDFOX   










                    

Friday, February 28, 2014

TIT FOR TAT



Today I had a really fun day.  Today I played all day with a new friend.  My new friend's name is Joyce and I met her at the artist's reception for the Botanical show at the West Valley Art Council.  I was riding high because I had just won second place, had a glass of wine, and I was very talkable.  Is that a word?  I don't think so but that's alright.

Joyce was there with a friend and she told me she wanted to learn art quilting.  She is a web designer and since you know how much I know about computers, it seemed like a match made in Heaven.  So we made date.  I'd show her how to make a quilt and she would help me design a web page...

                           TIT FOR TAT

Today was her first lesson.  She brought a notebook to take notes and I decided she should just jump in and I provided her with some fabric.

SHE JUMPED IN
  She learned many new things:

1.   HOW TO CUT PERFECTLY GOOD FABRIC INTO 
       LITTLE BITS.

2.   HOW TO CUT 1IN STRIPS FOR INSERTS.

3.   HOW TO SEW ALL THE LITTLE BITS BACK
       TOGETHER.

4.   HOW TO MAKE CIRCLES, AND

5.   WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CLOSE YOUR ROTERY
       CUTTER WHEN NOT IN USE.

OH, SHE LEARNED A 6TH THING TOO...

         HOW TO BANDAGE A FINGER SO YOU DON'T GET BLOOD ON YOUR QUILT.


POPPY JOY 




This is the quilt that I had in the show and we decided to do one using all the techniques that I had used in this one.


She did a really great job, and it's not easy to use someone else's sewing machine.


     

We were so excited that we forgot to take a picture.  She is coming back next week with all the embellishments done.  That is really what makes a quilt come to life.

So if everything goes well, Joyce will have a beautiful art quilt and I will have a beautiful art quilt web page.                                                   
  

AND REALLY, SHE DIDN'T REALLY NEED THAT TENTH FINGER ANYWAY.
                                            ... REDFOX  
  

                      TIT FOR TAT.     

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ALL IN A DAY'S WORK.


Today I Put this photo of my red yarn up on Facebook.  I was really scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as adventures to GW go.  This is that picture.



It is a rather nice picture, but nothing to get excited about...
           UNTIL YOU NOTICE THE CHAIR.

DIVORCE CHAIR?
  This is the chair that almost got me a divorce.  I mentioned in my last blog that I hid it from my husband in my sewing room.....

The chair was in my sewing room, not my husband.

IT TURNS OUT THAT SOMETIMES MY HUSBAND DOES READ MY BLOG...BUSTED!


I can't understand why Husbands don't want us going to Goodwill.  Betty's hubby Jerry doesn't love it either.  With him it's not chairs, it's PURSES.  Right Betty?

I try to tell my Jerry that it is my job to go to GW.  It is a tough job, but somebody has to do it.  He's not buying.
         (oh, but he is, he just doesn't know it.  I'm thinking the reading the blog thing was just a fluke.)

 This chair that I dragged home was a real steal...$2.99

I used a rather pricy finish on it.  I used Silver leaf. but it looked great.  The fabric was not cheap either.  It was $49.00 a yard, but it was well worth it.  It is silver leaf on a burlap-like linen.

Jerry didn't like the fabric either, so I really hope he doesn't read this. 


 
 I found another chair, but I paid a high price...$4.99.

I got another yard of the fabric and more silver leaf.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
MY CHAIRS.

I use both of them in my living room and my Jerry doesn't go in there...NO TV.


2's COMPANY, 3's A CROWD


 I wonder what you call it when there's five?

I HOPE IT'S NOT DIVORCE...Redfox

Oh well, it's all in a day's work.


 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A CHAIR IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO CHAIRS IN THE BUSH, OR AM I CONFUSED?



                  CONFUSED?  ME TOO.

I didn't need another chair.  I don't have room for another chair.  And my husband really hates that I have another chair.

                         BUT IT SEEMS THAT I HAVE ANOTHER CHAIR.....CONFUSED?

A CHAIR IN PARTS
   I didn't go to Goodwill looking for a chair.  I never go to GW looking for anything in particular.  But there it was... a swivel chair in dirty white fake leather.  I forgot to take a picture when it was dirty and in one piece.  I was too excited to get working on it, you see I thought it had POTENTIAL. 

I didn't see the potential on that first trip to GW.  In fact I left that dirty chair there in the store and only went home with two purses and a hot pink jacket.  But I kept thinking about that chair.  You see it had a very heavy cast aluminum frame and I knew it had been a happy chair in its better days.


 So the next morning I drove back to the store, marched in, heels clicking, and pulled out my card...

     CHARGE

GW does not take checks.  That $4.99 went right on my card.   THE CHAIR WAS MINE.

I stripped it down and just look at those beautiful bones.

Now I needed just the right fabric to bring it into its new age.  I could barely contain my excitement as I hid it in my studio so Jerry wouldn't know there was another chair.

  Have you ever seen such perfect fabric?  The only problem is that it was $39.00 a yard.

If you know me, you know I would never pay $39.00 for fabric, but      
         WAIT.

I never pay full price, I must have a coupon somewhere.  Yes, I had 50% off.  I think I can, I THINK I CAN, I CAN.


I  CAN
  Now isn't that the cutest chair you have ever seen?  What did Jerry say?, you ask.

  " WHERE DID THAT #!!@%$^*# CHAIR COME FROM?"

        
        YOU ASKED.
                                                         ...REDFOX

Saturday, February 22, 2014

WE CAN'T ALL BE STARS, BUT WE CAN ALL TWINKLE



I KNOW, I KNOW.....IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME.  And yes, I know I have used this title before...  I'm sure that I was bragging about something or other the last time I wrote, but lately I've really been tooting my own horn.

MOM, BETTY, AND I HAVE BEEN DOING A REGULAR SONG AND DANCE.

We have been doing trunk shows.  We really didn't sing, but I think we might have danced a little.  And I know we did twinkle
           ..............................A LOT!

Thursday night Mom, Betty, and I drove a very long ways and arrived to put on a trunk show for the PRICKLY PIECERS.  It was a lovely time and they were not a bit prickly....Yes Lynnita, I am talking to you.  It was a great group and I think we all enjoyed each other. 


Mom enjoyed showing off the felting pictures that she has had shown at the WEST VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL shows.

Perhaps that is where Betty and I get the urge to twinkle.  When you are 97 years young and you still have that twinkle in your eye, that is a very strong trait.

                     THANK YOU MOM.

WORDS IN THE FOREST
 
   WORDS IN THE FOREST is one of the many pieces that Betty had to twinkle about.  She had just gotten that piece back from the AQS show in Phoenix and she couldn't wait to tell the ladies that she got two pieces in and YOURS TRULY got one in.  Part of our trunk show is the back and forth that Betty and I have in our little sibling rivalry.  I couldn't resist telling about the time I got two ribbons at state and she didn't get any.  That only happened once, but .......

          I TWINKLED BIG TIME.

FRECKLES

 When it was Mom's turn to show another piece she had a story to twinkle about herself.  She told about the Phoenix Airport exhibit that she got two pieces in and Betty and I both got 
          REJECT LETTERS.   We were properly put in our places.  At least we didn't have to sit in the corner....THIS TIME!

LA FETE
 
 I had to show you the ONE piece I had in the AQS show.  This piece traveled for two years in the SAQA show SENSE OF ADVENTURE.  When I talk about this piece I don't just twinkle,  I SHINE.





I think we put on a pretty good show for the PRICKLY PIECERS.  I got a very nice thankyou letter from Lynnita Knoch, past chair.

She also paid a visit to my blog and said very nice things.  She said she felt like I was talking right to her.  I was, I am.

                                                                            


I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE I AM TALKING WITH THE FRIENDS THAT DO ME THE HONOR OF READING THIS BLOG.  WITHOUT YOU READING THIS, THERE WOULD BE NO BLOG.

SO WE MAY NOT BE STARS, BUT WE SURE HAVE FUN TWINKLING...REDFOX