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Summers End

There is light, we finally have power back on at home.  It was a tough few days, the humidity and sleeping were the worst for me, but all in all we just had a lot of clean up and no major damage.  It is funny the things that you miss, the iron.  I tried to keep busy and cut out fabric, but it usually needs to be ironed before, so I did a little planning and some new design ideas.

Busy the next few days, getting ready for teaching and all, funny it seems the storm kind of ended summer early.

Clouds JRB

Irene

James River and Bridge

Well, it is the calm before the storm here, and everyone is a little antsy.  That is one of the unique things about a Hurricane, you have a lot of time to prepare and discuss and wait.  We are ready, but you never know exactly what you need to be ready for.  We are near enough to the coast to get a big part of the storm but far enough away to not have to evacuate.  Our biggest issue is wind, we have a lot of trees.  Next will be the loss of power, not looking forward to many nights of sleeping in the Southern August humidity and trying to keep the food situation together, it is a good way to use up all the things in your freezer, on the grill.

I am trying to keep some work going as well, still have deadlines to meet, but it seems like a time to just be, a do have my book light all charged up.

Living/Working Spaces

In doing some research for a new shed in our back yard, I found some unique design ideas.  I wanted something interesting that would be functional as well as add to the landscape.  There are many local places that do the traditional barn or colonial type sheds.  I have always had a modern esthetic, so, as my family knew already, I could not find anything I liked.  So I started planning something the boys could build.  I came across a company site and I love their little “studio” type sheds.

These prefab sheds are environmentally friendly and can be finished inside.

This design from Studio Sheds

Since I am designing my own I can customize it for my use and I can use found/reclaimed materials, to keep cost down.  It is going to be for storage, but with the right windows and location in the yard, I could totally work on design in these little buildings.

Now I just need few more sales to meet my little studio budget.  I will be opening my on line store again in September, with some great handmade gift items for the fall/holiday season.

Trend or Not

I usually do not follow typical mainstream trends when it comes to my art work.  I do look at web sites and magazines, but when I try to but fabric, they usually do not have what I am looking for.  I print, applique, and embroidery on the fabric, but the base colors are what I need.  It is interesting that several trends I recently read about, are already in my group. “Green” reclaimed, rescued materials, which I use in my wood tiles as well as fabric embellishments, and mustard yellow, and polka dots.

Teaching Near and Far

by Tuckoo and MooCow

Planning for the new school year has been ongoing for several weeks.  I home school my son and also teach at a private art school.  My boys here at home are going to work in a journal format this year.  We will incorporate art, math, science, and writing lessons into a bound book format.  It is something I have used a little in my art classes I teach, and I think it will help keep a flow going and make our life moreportable for travel.

Journal

 

I you have noticed here on the blog J my youngest is now a contributor here and writing a post a week about color.

I love the beautiful book in these photos.  We will use a blank book, I was going to let them choose, but I think I will select something and present it to them with some new art supplies.

by Renovated Books

by Michael Rogers Press
by Jessi 081689

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Friday

I have been paint tiles for a couple of weeks now for a big order, I can finally see the end, so I am back to sewing a fashion.  A 40 piece order of bags and scarves, and since it will be fall/winter, a new color palette.  I am adding a Autumn Red, as well as the Dark Teal, Chocolate Brown, and a Golden Maize, to my base color group.

I do love the Chambray/Denim Blues with the Reds in this photo, and I do have a group of blue fabrics, maybe a new addition.

alabama trunk show, iiiiAlabama Chanin Collection

Quilting and Teaching

In preparing for my teen sewing workshops this week, I realized I am using several quilting techniques to teach the sewing skills.  I have more of a beginner group this session and I have noticed that cutting and sewing straight and seam allowance can be tricky to get right and can make all the difference in fitting and putting final projects together.  We are going to piece together some fabric and turn it into a large tote.

I am also putting together some pattern/templates to offer here.  I have some fun ideas and hope you will enjoy.

This photo is and in process shot from a joint project I did with my friend Anne Baxter a while back.  The final art quilt was damaged in the studio fire, but some good friends still purchased it for their baby room.

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