Thursday, July 29, 2010

All My Children


Tomatoes













watermelons













cantaloupes
corn
knocked over by some heavy rain, it did come back to upright.

I shall raise all these children,

and eat them!!!

It sounds a little bad but tastes delicious.
We have eaten 2 tomatoes and feasted on corn from the farms around us.
Canned 26 pints of peaches.


And started another piece that may be     Quilt National worthy. We shall see.
                                                                                                No idle hands here!



Saturday, July 24, 2010

Retired

OK I did it.
I am now officially retired. I signed up for Social Security. I wanted to wait till 65 or 66, but in this economy I have decided to quit fighting it.
I will be home to take care of mom, garden, mow lawn, volunteer for various things like the TAA, church and QSDS newsletter.
And there is art! I have lots of ideas for a new series of deconstructed photo quilts. And best do them while they are fresh in my mind.
Oh, I will be freelancing to earn extra money, anyone that needs a hand with print production or graphic design call me. But I am not going to stress over finding a job, or even one to apply to anymore.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Transfer Class

I gave a talk Tuesday to The Northcoast Needlers. A great group. I had to follow their Show-and-Tell.  Gulp. Lots of great work. They were a fun group and I got to show a little of what I do. I seriously need a lap top. You need PowerPoint to do talks. Everyone loves a photo and I did a Power Point but had nothing to plug in to the projector.
I now own a MacBook. Yay!
It's a cute little bugger. I think I have to name him. Probably something like Max. He is a male. That way if he doesn't work I can yell and call him a bad boy.
Saturday I taught a class in image transfer to a hard working bunch of women from the Northcoast Needlers. I learned a lot and next time I think I can be better prepared. And more focused. But they did a lot of work. We did gel medium transfers from ink jet photo paper and transparencies which we ran thru my printer. Lots of different  effects. We also did Xylene transfers from toner prints and ran fabric thru the printer.
We were so busy I forgot to pull the camera out till everyone but one person had packed up. But here are the great results.
I hope everyone had a good time and learned a lot. And I  will be joining the Northcoast Needlers. They are a very large group, 194 members spread out over several counties in Northern Ohio.
Garden is weeded. I picked 2 tomatoes tonight. And I have several watermelons going, the size of a large softball. I am so excited over those watermelons. It's like I have discovered children under a cabbage leaf. Silly! But that is the magic of a garden. The proud mother will have to take baby pictures.
The studio assistant like to lay nearby guarding them.