Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Small Graces and a Positive Post

The first of the year I started writing a positive post, everyday, on my church Facebook page. I made it through May. Somehow, I seemed to have lost my spirit. I was struggling within myself thinking it wasn't making a difference, no one cared, so why do it? I found this wonderful book titled "Small Graces" by Kent Nerburn. This was on the inside cover. "Small Graces reminds us to chart a course each day that nourishes the soul, honors the body, and engages the mind".

I realized that I was the one missing out. I needed the positive posts to get my day going and my prayer is that someone else may be touched by reading them. Yesterday, I started them again. Today, I want to share it with you.

On my patio this morning, reading this passage.  "A thin shaft of lavender has creased the horizon, setting the edges of the trees on fire with morning light.  I pause and bow my head.  For this brief moment, I am held in the hand of God, and I am sent forth into the morning with poetry of possibility beating in my heart."

Taken from Small Graces by Ken Nerburn

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Surfing and Squirrels

I have just spent the morning surfing the blogs I read.  I didn't want to get into a lot this morning so I took the time to catch up on some reading while Scruffy took a nap.

All at once I saw the bluebirds diving at the yard.  I looked out the window and found this little guy under the tree.  He's either trying to get the suet or he was trying to get the mealy worms I put out for the birds this morning.

He wasn't to bothered about my being at the door.  I opened it up to let Scruffy out, thinking a chase would commence but that didn't happen.

Scruffy just walked out and laid on the walkway.   The squirrel scampered up one of the pecan trees.  I hope he makes it back to his safe place so our bigger dogs can't get him.  May you have sunshine in your day.

"Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring." Lorrin Lee

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Studio Pictures!

Finally,  I have my studio back together.  It has been a challenge for me but I have finished and I can now get back to doing what I love to do, quilting and art.  A few days ago I posted about the color and all the moving that was going on.  Here are the new pictures showing what I have completed.

I went from this 

To this....now when I am sewing I can see my fabrics and dream of new quilts that need to get done.  This shelving unit had all my art supplies on it along with other "stuff".  When I cleaned it off I realized I had too much "stuff" and I had to do something with it.

 I have moved my machine table to the center of the room, facing the door and window.  Now I can see outside as well as my fabric and threads.  I also like the fact that my design wall is behind me.

 This table now holds my serger, embellisher and extra sewing machine. I was using it for my desk.

I did put the baskets back on the wall and now they hold my stabilizers, yarns, canvas pieces and space for non-quilting fabrics.

I found this hutch at a thrift store for $20. 
 After some sanding, a quart of paint and a little inspiration I ended up with this....
A new cabinet for all of my art supplies
The small drawers were missing as well as the glass from the top doors.  Tossed the doors and used some template film, a little acrylic paint and stencils to make covers for the holes.  I may add a couple of baskets later but right now I'm lovin' this.

I have my other supplies beside my art table.

Last but not least, I have my desk back.  I was using it to do my mixed media on.  The only thing left is to paint it.  Yes, I'm leaning toward lime green.  I think it will look great and go so well with the rest of the room.  I also want to add some curtains and then it will be complete. 

I would love to hear your comments about my changes and if you have pictures of your space I would love to see them.

"Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring." Lorrin Lee

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bloglovin' and paint color

I'm trying to get my blog set up on bloglovin'.  I hope this works.

Yea!! It worked.  I have added a button so you can follow me through bloglovin'. 

I'm taking a break from days of painting, moving, cleaning, moving and moving again.  It's still not complete but here is a pic of the color I choose.

This is the back wall.  I have painted the rest of the walls a shade lighter.  More photos to come later.  Have a wonderful day or evening!

"Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring." Lorrin Lee

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Quilt Survey

I read on Dragon Threads blog the other day about a quilt survey.  Normally I don't fool with surveys but this time I decided to do it.  It didn't take that long and at the end I was directed to The Quilt Show where I was able to watch some of the shows for free. 

I don't know how I have missed out on this website for so long.  I found the shows very well put together and quite interesting.  I watch them on my Ipad with my ear plugs while Ricky watches TV.  I could not help myself but I had to sign up as a member.

The main reason was to get to watch Sharon Shamber videos that are available through June.  I love her machine quilting and I'm always amazed at the ability she has to handle her long arm as well as her domestic machine. 

If you are a member of her network please let me know.  I am very interested in joining her network, I would like to know what you think about her style of teaching.

"Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring." Lorrin Lee

Foundation Papers

Good morning,  I have steadily been working on cleaning my studio and it's hard to believe that I have accumulated "stuff".  I was going through one of my sewing drawers and found this.

Two rolls of this paper.  One was three inch and the other was two inch.  I can't remember when I purchased them.  I think I was at the quilt show in Paducah Ky. and saw a quilt made from the papers.  I don't have a pattern of any kind or any instructions so I guess I'll hit the Internet to see if I can find the best way to put them to use.  If you have any ideas I would love to hear from you. 

"Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring." Lorrin Lee