Every year since kindergarten, I have made her five outfits in the fall for school. As she ages, the clothes she wants have become a bit more complicated, as have our lives. So I don't always get the tops and dresses and skirts completed in time for school. This year is no different. I have two of four things completed...and my sixth grader begins school the day after Labor Day. It's a work in progress.
I also decided to start a new mosaic project. I have been playing around with mosaics for a bit over a year now and have had lots of fun. Each project I did was small but different from the previous one. First one was with tiles. Second one was a 8x10 picture frame size. The third project I did three, all in 5x7 frames. This time I decided to do a window. When I went to the reuse store, I found TWO windows, six panels each, that had once been cabinet doors. Perfect.
Next was finding the image/scene I wanted to create. I found several I loved but one was seemingly great for this project. I wanted the scene to span the two doors/windows. Doug took it to work and increased the size so that it was split in quarters across and thirds down.
I decided to use glass and beads to create the scene. I like lots of sensual texture--visual and touch. When finished, this will hang outside from the porch. I want the sun to catch it as well as just giving me visual pleasure while I sew.
First day on the project, I was able to complete the flowers at the bottom of the panels. Except for the stems, I used beads. I love a simple flower, but these I wanted to make rich and complicated. So I made some simple, some complicated. I used buttons for one. And the large daisy will be made from glass. It's a work in progress.
When I returned home from southern California, I immediately completed two small quilts that only needed binding. They will be going to children in the Portland Community College Adopt-a-Family program. Each year some of my quilting friends and I make quilts for each child registered in the program. Last year we gave away nearly 60 quilts and pillowcases. So I try to start early in the year making quilts. It's a work in progress. The quilt on the left was made from blocks donated to me from my friend Myra. The quilt on the right was simple made from 9" blocks I wanted to play with and when I made enough, I put them together :)
Physically I have not been doing well. I have had multiple flair-ups of fibromyalgia. Perhaps someday I will find the perfect thing that will help when this happens. And my toes have had multiple flair-ups from the neuropathy. Perhaps someday I will find the perfect thing that will help when this happens. But I discovered rosewood essential oil and the scent of this makes me happy :) It's all just a work in progress.