I entered my Cherry Blossoms Weaving and Crochet into the 2017 Challenge held by the International Freeform Fiberart Guild and it was published and went live online today.
This year’s theme was titled “Pattern in Nature”
I took and old picture frame I bought at the Goodwill for $5 and threw out the picture. I had my Hubby drill holes in the top and the bottom of the frame for my warp threads to weave in, so the frame became my weaving loom.
Here are some close up pics:
I repainted the brown frame black and the wove my background mat and sky. The clouds are poly fiber fill woven into the sky.
I then crocheted the tree branches and stitched them onto the weaving. I brought craft wire from the back of the weaving and stuck it through and crocheted around it for more branches to give it the three dimensional effect.
I then crocheted lots of the cherry blossom flowers, leaves and buds and attached them to the branches. All the crochet is freeform (no pattern).
And here is a link to the online book, you can actually flip the pages of the book and look at all the entries: http://www.blurb.com/b/8001924-pattern-in-nature
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It has been a crazy busy month. I haven’t posted in quite a while. So much has happened.
First, we had our house tented for termites. It is a Florida thing you have to do every few years if you live in Florida.
It was a ton of work to prep for the tenting the whole week before. We had to double bag up all the food in the pantry, in the fridge and the freezer; all the spices, teas, and coffees, all the box goods, all the medicines in both bathrooms. We have a very large pantry full of stuff. The above pic only shows a few bags. Anything that was not factory sealed had to be double bagged. Then after getting the house bagged up we had to leave for two and a half days. So we took our laptops and a bunch of files and went to a Motel and worked. We had 4 days back home trying to un-bag all that stuff and put it away after the tenting. What a mess we had to undo, and of course keep working at our day job, our law practice, and pack for our trip. We did not get the un-bagging finished before leaving, so we took off and still left a mess in the house. Such is life sometimes.
Then it was off to South Carolina to our see our Daughter and Son-in-Love to spend Mother’s Day. Yay, time for some fun and a much-needed short break.
Above is a pic of my beautiful baby girl, Beckie, and I having fun, our first Mother’s Day together in 20 years!
Above is Beckie and Richard’s lovely wooded 3 1/2 acres in South Carolina. Such a wonderful place they have, out in the country.
On Saturday the day before Mother’s day, we went to Cooley Farms, Strawberry Hills, which was just a few miles up the road from the kids house. Oh my, what yummy stuff they had there.
Love this shirt, just had to click a pic of it.
We bought some strawberries and fresh produce, some peach cider and blueberry bread. Beckie cooked the fresh veggies for dinner and we drank the cider, it was sooo good. Munched on the blueberry bread for a couple of days.
See the big buckets of Strawberries (above), they were having a special, buy 1 bucket, get 1 free. They were literally fresh picked from the farm. People were lining up waiting for the tractors to bring the fresh berries in from the strawberry fields on the rolling hills. They were soooo very yummy!!!
Then we made jam on Saturday evening. Beckie did most of the work, I helped.
Above, cooked jam going in the jars, below putting the jars in the water bath.
Below the canned strawberry jam. We had about a full case of jam when we got done.
We got a nice surprise Mother’s Day morning. My wonderful Granddaughters sent my Daughter and I Shari’s Berries for Mother’s Day. Sooo very yummy, and we so enjoyed them!!
Then we went to Spartanburg, where we picked up my Grandson, Devin, and the 5 of us all headed for Greenville to the Artisphere Art Festival. It was a beautiful day for it and we walked and walked seeing all the fantastic artists.
Which included the street performers. Love those socks.
All in all it was a wonderful extended weekend, but all good things must come to an end and Monday morn we were on the road again for the return trip to Florida. We drove a different route than normal as we had to stop in Marianna, Florida for a court hearing (our day job, law practice). On the way to Marianna we went through downtown Atlanta during the evening rush hour, not good at all!!!
The blue tent of my truck window made the sky look a bit bluer. Two and a half hours later we finally got out of Atlanta. Oh my, it was awful!!!
We finally made it to Marianna about 10 pm and found our motel and crashed. We were very tired to say the least. My Hubby got up and headed to the Courthouse Tues morn and took care of his Client’s legal matter, and came back to the motel to get me. We were loaded by 11 am and on the road for home. Arrived home about 8:30 pm to the messy house we had left behind, back to reality and the rest of the un-bagging, the putting stuff back in the pantry, and cleaning the house. It was a fun trip, but we could have done without the Atlanta traffic.
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This is so nice!! Backyard Getaway came and created me a flagstone walkway from the front patio around the side of the house and out back to the New Art Studio.
Dave and Lisa did an awesome job and if you need landscaping done, I highly recommend Backyard Getaway!! Below they laid out the walk, put the landscape timbers in and laid the fiber cloth.
Heading past the living room windows and past my Hubby, Rick’s Hydroponic garden out to the New Art Studio.
This is a pic looking from the New Art Studio back towards the house.
Again looking the opposite direction, from the New Art Studio to the house, the deck, and the river. You can see the kayaks in the background. (That is where I take the awesome pics of the river, from the deck.)
Here we are, day two, the completed flagstone walkway, the stones are surrounded by shell.
This is going to be so nice during the rainy season. It will also help to keep some of the sand from being tracked into the house.
The rest of the walk and Rick’s Hydroponic garden. As you can see, we still have a lot of construction clean up we are doing in they yard, but we are getting there.
So very happy with my new walkway!!!! Cannot thank Dave and Lisa enough.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Here we have it: (Drum roll please), a tour of the New Art Studio!!!
Lee Shore Studio:
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This post is a deviation from my regular posts, it has a little to do with the new art studio. I thought I would show you our fresh paint on our house, after we stuccoed it.
Here is a shot of the stucco going on, which gives you a before image. It is an old house which was built in 1925, which has been the never-ending remodeling project for years now. We painted it white with the teal trim 20 years ago. It definitely needed a face lift. My Hubby says we are going to restore it to the spender it never had. LOL
Here is the front of the house now. This is the north and west sides. (Obviously we have some construction debris to clean up, but I just had to share pics.)
A bit closer pic of the front. They still have some soffit work to finish up.
Close up of the west side.
Another view of the west side from the back yard. This is the kitchen/dinning room side and our bedroom above it.
The back of the house, south side.
This it the living room door facing the north, with the river view.
The main door facing the north, which enters into the dining room/kitchen area. Both doors enter from the front patio.
This is the east side, the living room, and above it on the north-east corner (the right side) is my old art studio which will be the new fiber art studio (sewing, yarn, spinning, all things fiber related) and on the upper south-east corner (the left side) is my office. Here is a before pic of the stucco going on. We also replaced 5 windows on the second story a few years ago as you can see.
And here is the east side now.
Another view of the east side, living room, fiber art studio and office.
We also had the painters paint the patio wall. This is the view of the river from our living room and front patio. You can also see our deck in the right hand side of the pic among my hubby’s potted plants (Pineapples and hot peppers).
Out in the back yard on the south side of the house we have my new art studio, and…
Rick’s wood shop.
My, how some stucco and a fresh coat of paint can change a place! Still a lot of construction clean up to do, but we are getting there!! I love it.
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I am down to all the finishing touches on the new art studio.
Here you can see I finally got all my sheets of stained glass out of the house and back into the cabinet where they belong safe and sound! Yay!! Only chipped the corner of one piece. I thought that was a pretty good accomplishment. It took me months and months of carrying a few sheets out at a time every time I went out back. As you can see I have a lot of beautiful stained glass to work with. I have it all organized by brand and by fusible and non-fusible, and have one cubby for my glass rods for lampwork or flamework glass bead making. This will make everything very easy to access when I want to create!!
I started grouting the tile on the new counter top, messy, but a necessity. My wonderful Hubby, Rick, got the trim board mounted on the front of the counter top.
Finally all the grouting mess is done and the tile cleaned!!! Yay!!!
My two 110 Kilns and my microwave are now reposing on the new counter top in their new home.
Now I am back to finishing the painting of the floor! You can also see I put spray foam in the crack in the floor between the two units to seal it up.
Prepping the next section of the floor for paint, under the window on the South side.
In between waiting on paint, grout and caulk to dry, and while cleaning out the old art studio upstairs in the house, I found this old Dave’s Insanity hot sauce bottle rack. I stuck it away some years ago on a shelf and forgot I had it, thinking I could use it for something.
I flipped it upside down, and got my wonderful Hubby to cut a dowel and drill holes in it for the dowel.
I put a couple of coats of some pretty blue paint on it and, presto change o, I now have a new “upcycled”/”recycled” rack for my spools of bead stringing wire and my small pliers, cutters and crimping tools!!! I love my little rack!!
Things are progressing nicely!!
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Here is the latest update on the New Art Studio. It is almost done.
I have been continuing to bring all my stained glass out of the house a few sheets at a time and putting them back in the cabinet. I have been organizing it by brands of glass, and fusible and non-fusible glass. I also had a cubby for my glass rods for lampwork bead making. Everything will be real easy to access for ease of creating.
Just had to show you this pretty piece of my stained glass. I have so many pieces of beautiful glass. I was very fortunate to buy a lot of beautiful glass some years ago from a lady who was moving out of state for a very reasonable price.
We brought my stainless steel table out of storage with help of my grandson, Devin. Forgot how heavy the thing was!! It will be the prefect work surface for my torches for lampwork, also called flamework, bead making! This is not it’s final resting place, but we got it into the studio. I will move it after the rest of the floor is painted.
Final coat of paint on the last wall on the north side by the door, except for that upper corner and the door trim on the right hand side. My Hubby, Rick, is installing a motion detector light on the outside of the building, and then that panel will be put up and painted, and the door trim painted. It is dark at night walking in and out of the house into the back yard, so the light is much needed.
Hubby put the trim board on the front edge of the counter top and I started grouting the tile.
Removing the blue painter’s tape from around the window on the north side.
Next work to be done: finish grouting the tiles, finish painting the floors, also have some touch up spots of paint here and there, and paint the trim boards on both counter tops. Almost done!!
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Just wanted to share a few family pics of Rick’s Mom’s 90th birthday celebration.
These were taken by photographer Tim Warner, of Katy, Texas. He did a great job!!
Here is the whole gang, Mom in the middle, her children, most of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. We were missing a our daughter, her children and their children, we had 32 family members here for the celebration.
Mom and the youngest great grandson who was there, baby Colton. She has one great great granddaughter, Saddie, 19 months and great great grandson, Easton, 2 months, who could not be there.
Mom and her 3 children, Rick, Nancy and Bob.
Rick and I.
Our Son, Robert, Daughter-in-Love, Stephanie, and two grandsons, Devin and Matthew.
Rick and I with our Son, and family (see pic above).
We had a wonderful visit to Texas, and a fun time celebrating Rick’s Mom’s Birthday.
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Sorry I have not posted in a while. It got crazy, busy around here over the Holidays and we were out of town a lot, as you saw by some of my posts.
Here is the latest update on the New Art Studio progress.
Doing lots of tedious stuff the past few weeks, such as removing blue painters tape around the windows and a/c units.
More tedious stuff, such as caulking all the cracks in the ceiling before the final coat of paint.
Putting the final top coat of paint on the cased opening.
(Sorry about the glare from the lights.)
Every time I come out from the house I bring some of my stained glass with me to put in the cabinet. Here is a couple of my beautiful pieces. These are original Wasser Glass I acquired from Chad Wasser himself, from his private stash, which is no longer made. You can still get Wasser Glass, but they just don’t make the colors like this anymore!!
Another piece of my beautiful original Wasser Glass from Chad.
Scored some beautiful porcelain tile at Habitat Restore for my counter top on the south side of the art studio for $25.00. Yes!! Score of the day!!
Hubby, Rick, got the title installed, now I have to grout it.
I just love how all my Sterilite drawers fit under the counter top neatly. I planned it like this. Makes it so easy to access my tools and supplies. Love it!!
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Wow, my entries at the Manatee Co Fair won awards!!
My Free-Form Crochet Shawl (without a pattern).
They did not display it very well, but you can see the Red Rosette Second Place Ribbon on the Shawl at the Fair.
My handmade (lampwork) bead necklace hung on my handmade sterling silver neck wire won First Place.
Excited and happy!!
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Wow, I have not posted in a few weeks. Time to catch you up on my progress report. As you all know it is a very busy time of year. In between painting in the Studio, working in the Law Office, holiday events, we got to take a week’s vacation (pics later in the post about that).
My Grandson, Matthew, came over several times and assisted in the painting. In this pic he is putting primer on the walls. We had fun painting together. He is a very talented, award winning, artist in his own right and he is excited about coming to play with his Nana in the New Art Studio when it is done. We always have fun being creative together.
I got part of the floor painted and the large kilns moved into their new spot where they will live.
We got two coats of primer finished around the window and a/c.
My hubby built my second counter top under the south side cabinets. The clamps on the edges and weights on the top are to hold it all together until the glue dries.
Here is the Counter top without the weights and clamps. I think I am going to tile it, as my two small table top 110 kilns will live on it.
Here you can see all the rest of the wood getting two coats of primer around the cased opening.
And finally started the primer around the last bit of raw wood around the smaller window and door on the north side!!!
The tediousness of taping off around the window so I can paint around it.
Now more about our Vacation. We were blessed, so very blessed!!! We were given one week’s free stay in a timeshare near Disney. Yes I said free!!! A very dear friend, Chris, so totally blessed us!!! We lounged at the pool, the hot tub and the Lazy River, which floats around part of the resort. We sleep in, we did nothing but rest and relax for a week!!! It was so wonderful and such a blessing!!
More pics of the Lazy River. Sorry about the sun glare on this one.
The waterfall at the Lazy River.
A pic of the resort, Holiday Inn Resort, Orange Lake, such a wonderful place.
A shot of the Christmas Tree. Gotta love living in paradise. Only in Florida can you go swimming in December!!! I just love the shadow over the Christmas Tree, look closely, it is in the shadow of a palm tree, with another palm tree behind it!
The vacation was truly wonderful!!! The rest and relaxation we much needed!!!
And now you know why I have not posted in a while.
I am back at my painting and caulking in the new art studio, so more pics to come in the next post.
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