My first reaction was "wow, cool photo!" My second reaction was to count the eggs, and wonder how this occurred. Seriously, out of curiosity! Look at the eggs at the bottom left, one of those might be intact. Something about human nature to try to put things together and find solutions. What if the solution to these broken eggs is to take the photo and capture the moment? Seems of late, that if there is no photo or video, there is no proof--and if anything occurred before the invention of technology, well forget about that! Although I like me some humor, I'm not writing fiction. Life is funny enough, and stories, well--stories are tools. Blab, blab, blab, and so on Are you still reading? Good, cause I'm sharing one of my first Mom Moments. Laugh if you like, cause I'm not your typical mom. A long time ago, in a universe that seemed like science fiction, but was oh so real--the Kid, broke a glass--not a mug or a cup, but a glass. Shards everywhere, the look on his face of OH-NO was severe. He turned to me expecting words or frustration. Instead, I gated off the kitchen (doggie gates) said to the Kid, "I'm not mad [it was clearly a mistake] but I'm also not going to clean it up for you." I was pretty proud of my Mom Moment, laugh if you like. Yes, cleaning up glass off of ceramic tile, when there are 200 pounds of dog in the house was not a minor activity. Yes, I probably did give it a good inspection before letting puppy paws venture near. I really wasn't mad about the glass, I got mad about an April fools joke--I'll tell you that later. Yes, we would all love to have everything magically cleaned up for us. Ironically, my sister's blog had words of an apron that mom made her. I have no memory of that, and it just doesn't register in my mind as something my mom would make. Funny thing is we all have such different memories of the same experiences. I wonder what Deborah Boschert was thinking when she snapped the cracked eggs photo? I wonder if I would have written this sooner if she was the lone culprit in this egg-sperience? Sometimes a little bit of distance from an event is needed for us to appreciate the yolk of it all.
- Kirk (spark that ignites a group, and an emotional mind)
- Spock (logic mind, tempering Kirk's humanity)
- McCoy (reasoning mind, caring for others, being asked to do more than what he as a doctor can do)
- Scotty (problem solving mind,making things happen for others, in the background)
Boldly Sewing!Well, this week--I did just boldly sew! Yes, stitching together the fabric of our universe--human beings, connections, humor and wisdom. My lecture Warp Speed Ahead, Sew FUN, So Fast and my class Math of Art, Art of Math were out of this world awesome. I'm humbled at the Live Long and Prosper (LLAP) salute I was given at end of Warp Speed Ahead. My attempted at a panoramic photo, was um, not successful, but showed just is a bit of a very packed room. Yes, indeed. My maiden voyage into what I am calling out in the Universe teaching. I've taught before, but not to the International World. Yes, Original Sewing and Quilt Expo doesn't have the word, International in it, like the teaching I'll be doing next month in Houston. But like TOS, it's got the word ORIGINAL. I like to think I am Original, but I'm just me being genuine, kind, curious, open and well, me. Thanks for being open to the me. If you don't know Star Trek, it's worth a bit of your time to investigate it. Not because Sci-Fi is cool or whatever but because... Sci-Fi is a common language that allows you to communicate with alien beings, I mean family members or other cross-generational persons you meet. The human being. That's what I am, a human being. Born of Aliens, a first generation American. So I feel a connection with Spock. I know that's highly illogical, but I have a heart, mind and soul.
I am all the characters, aren't we all?LLAP!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-psychology-fiction/201011/how-stories-influence-us Be You and Be Awesome! AtoZ
PS, the title of this post Eleven Eleven HBCB is a secret message, much the Carol Burnett's tugging of her ear.
I don't want any ill-gotten-booty.How often on Talk Like a Pirate Day do you get to say ill-gotten-booty? On my bucket list--meeting Kerry Goulder IRL, maybe at IQF or IQM this year? What will be her answer? How does she sew? Can KidGiddy Cacti? Does she dare? Will You? Is Class 106 still open 10/31? When will the questions end? Oh, and yes to Sizzix, thanks! Feel free to send mail and treats to me at
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Ya know I manipulate time so that I get more than just 1 day for a birthday. Feel free to do the same yourself. My birthday month starts September 15 and ends on November 15 - yep, bonus - cause birthday month is 2 months long!So this year during birthday month (lots of circular stuff):
- Both of my hometown teams still played baseball into October
- Bloodmoon Lunar Eclipse
- New Handrail by Steve Baker of Whollyterra
- "Guitar" quilt came home
- Sisterly Reunion birthday gathering!
- Watermelon Cake - WATERMELON, fruit with homemade whipped cream icing - best birthday cake!
- Saw my mommy and daddy two separate visits
- Wore a tiara - with BLUE hair (wig, not my real hair)
- Got asymmetric haircut (my real hair)
- Big deal day job twice yearly meeting presented the data on data to lunar scientists
- Big deal art job yearly event, where astronaut who quilted in space, Karen Nyberg gave a keynote
- Rode a scooter (while in blue hair and tiara)
- laughed so hard I was crying (this is a good thing) - not while on the scooter, but that was pretty fun
- Smiled at an old pup that reminded me of Lucky
- Watched video of Lucky singing happy birthday earlier this year
- Demonstrated techniques for not so traditional quilt I designed as part of a traditional shop-hop (featuring a moon)
- Got on the twitter... love that I am calling it "the twitter"...
- Had a logo designed so I can get a superhero costume made (slightly kidding)
- Held various 70's dance party studio retreats
- Watched the sunset - remembering to look outside office window in the evening!
Eh, that's kinda impressive huh? Oh, that's just the beginning... I'm keeping one of my birthday month adventures a secret for now...
Can't wait to share!
A first - my very first ever entry to a SAQA exhibit - and my first ever portfolio entry - they select based on views of artist's work, then artists make something specifically for that exhibit...
AND (happy geek artist dance)...
the theme is the Elements of the Periodic Table - how could I not enter this exhibit!
I love numbers, order and humor - and some things we get honestly.
Yesterday my Dad celebrated the 71st anniversary of his birth. Always good to acknowledge the numbers in order to maintain your sense of humor.
A recent email from a friend included: "I love that you see and respect his amazing personhood even though he's just five." Wow, without even knowing my Abuela, she paid me the greatest compliment, in letting me know I am carrying on her trait of connecting with people young and old with a respect of their wholeness.
Can you see I've been having fun? Imagine yourself skiing thru the fall colored trees and looking up to see the clouds forming shapes? Perhaps you should keep your eyes on the ski slope while skiing!
So started looking at the fabric, where the blades open there is a very nice triangle. and there is a second triangle in the opening area near the handles. So glad I decided to open the cutting tools - the largest one is actually a tin snip from the garage.
First I wanted to be able to practice some outline sewing - for the 3 scissors left to right- running stitch balanced, running stitch with longer thread than gaps, and backstitch. I liked the backstitch best so repeated it for the top scissors. Added triangles at bottom, at first my thoughts went to "cutting the grass" so laid them out in a grass-like, organic order. And did some free-motion applique with YLI thread.
Did I mention that I love quilting... Not piecing, not applique, but taking a needle and thread and scribbling all over fabric at high speeds... At quilt shows I absolutely love running the longarms and just playing! Yesterday, an energetic vendor was talking to me while I sewed some spiky flame shapes... She asked "what are your thoughts?" in a kinda getting me to open up about my intentions to purchase (it wasn't overtly pushy, but still doing her job).. but I heard a question about what thoughts I was having - and I answered honestly - "I'm not thinking". There is a methodical, meditative groove I get into when machine quilting (I know, it's drudgery to some). If I could only do one of the steps of either piecing, applique or quilting - I choose quilting!
So thanks to one friend I had time to sew in the car, thanks to my other buddy, I was given the vision of skiing thru trees and seeing shapes in the clouds... She insisted I see these stuffed koi fish in one of the vendor booths. AND - I do love making me some three-dee objects, and fun to see what others are doing. In the booth I was chatting up the sales person and behold, the topic of quilting came up - shocking, huh! She had this steering wheel - but kinda square and shaped like a very blocky capital C. And she was no sales person, she was the Gypsy Quilter herself, Lanette Edens. Liked her right off - even when I thought she was just a sales person.
Love. LOVE, L-O-V-E the tool, it' really does live up to it's name "The Fabulous Fabric Glide", the feel and motion is really close to that of the long arm and the control is amazing. Before this tool, I would wear the white Micheal Jackson like grippy gloves - better than barehanded - but not that comfortable. I was able to do some ridiculously tight quilting - see in a nice turquoise Robison-Anton thread "Marine Aqua" - I do love the 40 weight Super Brite Polyester - one beacuse I have it - two cause it has a nice shine and the poly is stronger than rayon so can also be used in come construction. Note to garment sewers - never ever never never use rayon to seam a garment - top stitching is fine, but seam construction in rayon can lead to unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions.
Thanks for letting me go off on a quilting and thread tangent! Back to the project at hand! Here is a needle-eye view of my Fabulous Fabric Glide - hanging right behind the machine I quilt on.
Before I did that quilting I fused on some appliques. The second shape in the scissor was the oval handle loop - so instead of circles, I cut ovals to and cut "triangles" out of the oval flower-cog...
My goal for this project was not to make art - but to experiment - so tried different stitching on the flogs - no two the same. I can use this as a reference for adding handstiching to flowers. And if it was for a project I thing I would have done the same stitching inside each one - I think some variety is nice, now that I see it. Maybe in future do a few styles of stitching - on purpose!
I love the bottom one with the V's and the single french knot... Never would have come up with this stitching pattern if I had not done the others. And I didn't undo or go back - in the left of this photo the one with the single bar on each pedal is not my favorite, but that's the one I did that led my to the V's.
Here you see it hanging in our powder room, the walls are the same mossy green as the flogs, not yellowish as it looks here.
And that raises two questions
Question number one
- Should I be providing "powder" if I insist on calling it a "powder room"? Or it it BYOP?
Question number two
- What is "a scissor", singular? The 2 handled tool is called "a pair of scissors" or a scissors, plural...
Just saw this in Wikipedia. It's a bit odd...
"In New Orleans, some believed that putting an open pair of scissors underneath your pillow at night was a sound method for sleeping well, even if one might be cursed."
I don't recommend sleeping with scissor open or closed under your pillow!