Sunday, July 25, 2010

New Waterlily

The second posting of today (no new quote) - I jsut discovered our brand new waterlily is blooming!!!   It's called Georgia Peach!

Mandevilla Privacy Screen

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. ~John Ruskin

I have a mandevilla at the end of my porch - trained with twine to climb high!!!! It creates that much needed privacy screen between me and my "crude" neighbors! Take a look!!!

Side View of Mandevilla at edge of porch

Mandevilla climbing High         

First Hisbiscus of the Season - a deeper red than shown here - a little more than 6 inches in diameter!!                                          

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Sun Printing

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. ..................Paul Cezanne------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I'm still fascinated with the sunprinting process. I've done nothing more than printing a few objects on the small 8.5 inch squares, I must get to actually putting them together or in some sort of quilt. Undoubtedly I will use the leaves first. Here are a few more of the ones I did the other day!!! Two are fern leaves from my HUGE hanging fern on my deck, the other is a geometric graphic vortex print. Not sure what to do with this last one.....but I'll think of something.

Vortex Graphic

Monday, July 19, 2010

Griffis Sculpture Park

Last weekend my husband and I visited and stayed in the southern tier for a few days to take in some different sites & parks etc.   One such place was Griffis Sculpture Park.   It required a lot of hiking and it was hilly and it was HOT, but it was MORE than worth it.   Here are a pics of my a few of my favorites:

Simply titled...."Ten"

On the right - "Pineapple"

A Giant Mosquito

Love the Giraffe eating from the tall trees.

Mask - this was open so you could get inside
(assuming you were agile enough and could
stand the heat!!!)

A whole bevy of "sunbathing ladies"!

The Dancer

Abstract Landscape (on the right)

My husband getting in on the fun!!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I should live here!

I found this house in Ellicottville, NY.   For those who know me well, don't you think I should live here?   (Hint:   Think purple!)
Or down the street, perhaps I should own this business!!!     See more pics of this neat business below!

I just love their logo/sign;   and
it is decorated so nicely with flowers.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Quilt Show

Today I went to a quilt show in Skaneateles.   It seemed like a smaller show than our guild show and definitely a smaller boutique and silent auction, but the vendors had a whole HUGE area and there were a ton of them - all kinds of them - in a huge room, known as the Vendor Mall........and it was Air-Conditioned!!!!
I find fewer and fewer quilts now that give me the real WOW factor, but I am posting some of my favorites here!   (Actually, some of my real favorites were the "Do Not Touch" Quilts made by their guild in place of Do Not Touch Signs!   What a great idea!    I'll post a couple of my favorites of those also.

This is probably my favorite
done by Nancy Bales.....
you could believe you were
actually there.   Cheesecloth
denotes the waterfall.

To the right is an example of wonderful thread

A really neat "town" scene.

To the right, this one probably had
the most viewers, trying to actually
see the woman's face in the shape
of the applique.   Truly a work of
art as everyone had a different opinion
as to how it should look.   It was titled
"Lady" and done by Barbara Ackley.  

Leaf Collage by Kitsie Demmerie
LOVED this!!!!

A batik with a large flower on the left
hand side.......all done in french knots.  

More Detail below.

Some of my favorites of the "Do Not Touch Quilts"

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Commissioned Garden Flags

These are 2 Garden Flags which were commissioned pieces that will travel to Italy for a Garden Wedding.    The  parents of the bride are friends of ours and their daughter who is currently residing, performing & recording in Nashville is being married in Italy later this month.   Her  only requests were 2 butterflies on each with a rainbow in the corner.  One flag is totally painted - rainbow and stenciled butterflies, the other is appliqued butterflies and the rainbow is a commercial rainbow patterned fabric that was tucked to create smaller streaks of color.   Details can be seen below!   Congratulations to Marc & Krista!

Painted butterflies

Appliqued Butterflies
  Painted and pieced rainbows!

What I learned from this???????   I HATE pricing my work!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


We did sunprinting today at RAFA.   These are 2 images I printed onto transparencies.   The first, obviously is a butterfly and the second is the "Eye of Horus".........backwards!   Who knew!!!!   Oh well, I still like it's "graphicness".   This was so cool - the specially-coated fabric and the transparencies were placed under glass for 15 minutes, then rinses.   VOILA - the result!!!   So cool and so "non-messy".   You can read more at:   Be sure to check out the gallery!!!