Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008!

Well, it's 10:30... I'll be going to bed soon. Harley and I are heading up to see Mary Ann in Savannah tomorrow.

Here is a 2008 memorial golf picture of Dale on Royal hole #7 today. (It was a great shot)

And here is a parade of Ibis that were annoyed by my attention on the course. This is what I like about playing golf in Florida - it's like being IN a zoo.

Last day...

Well today is the last day of 2008, and although there are a few things that I really want to remember (swimming with the dolphins, Lido Beach, Albuquerque half-marathon, Sun Valley) mostly I'll be glad to have it behind me. We are celebrating by playing golf this morning. Tonight we are going to the movies and having our last ICE CREAM!! Yum!
This is another quilt I finished for Project Linus. The pattern is called Disappearing Nine Patch - although as usual I take a few liberties...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas photos

Don't I have the most handsome husband and most beautiful daughter. I took this picture in the club on the way to an all you can eat brunch - of course I am the only one who's fat! Gotta change that. I read an article last night where a woman became successful by exercising THREE HOURS A DAY! Whoa! If I did that I'd sleep the other 21 hours a day so I bet I'd lose 20 pounds really quick!

Paper Painting

If you haven't heard of Elizabeht St. Hilaire-Nelson, you should check out her blog. She does a form of art she calls 'paper painting'. I think her things are gorgeous and, lucky me, she lives in Florida and is putting on a couple of workshops in the next couple of months. I am going to the one in February in New Smyrna Beach and can't wait. I first heard of Elizabeth in Cloth, Paper, Scissors, my new favorite magazine. She gives some directions in the article and I thought I better try it a few times before going to the workshop since I am not exactly a gifted artist. SO..

This is my first attempt.. It was a lot of fun, although I am still rubbing glue off of my fingertips. I didn't do this completely correctly - I used a heavy watercolor paper instead of wood for a base, since I new it was just a throwaway project. I used magazine pages for paper (mostly) and a couple of Christmas cards. If I had it to do over, I would make the blue background much paler to make the bird, the subject, pop a lot more. I learned how to tear the paper so I would get so many white edges, I learned that I like texture with my color, and this was probably to complex of a picture to start with, even though it seemed simple when I chose it. I didn't worry too much about the drawing I started with, again because it was a throwaway, but it didn't occur to me until later that I could put the paper wherever I wanted, regardless of what I had drawn or painted... duh!

Christmas projects

Yvonne (in California) and I have gotten into the habit of exchanging Christmas gifts. This year, in honor of the lousy economy, they had to be handmade. I ran into a book in the library on 'Paper Mosaics'. Where you make little tiles from paper and posterboard, and then apply them to various surfaces. These were my attempts, I hope Yvonne is enjoying them...
This is one of the quilts I finished for Project Linus. If you haven't heard of it, people provide handmade quilts that are given to children who are suffering and need something to call their own. I made this out of scraps I had laying around from my 'dog clothes' projects...

A whole new year

It's not the first of January yet, but I am very anxious for the new year! Last year was full of highs and lows, but overall it winds up in the negative column. The business opened and closed and we were forced to file bankruptcy. Now I'm unemployed in a perfectly horrible job market, and all I really want to do is play with various arts and crafts! I need to change my food and exercise life and I am ready!