I wanted to use up things in my holiday decorations this year. This is a funky tree SA made for me to decorate. We played with leftover wood scraps. A little something different for the front porch entry.
With the shopping season coming fast, I hope everyone will think about shopping a little different and support local and independent business. It is very inportant to help keep these places going, they are you friends and neighbors and Hampton Roads has much to offer. My work as well as many other creative gift ideas can be found at the following places.
I have been painting away, and we will be painting in my classes this coming week. Hope to have some new workshops in direct silk painting, screen printing collage in Smithfield at the Art Center @319. I will have my Etsy shop open again next week for all the scarves and shirts.
I have been trying to get “more” fit. I can’t believe it becomes so hard as I get older. Finding a plan to stay with in a hectic, is a challenge as well as eating well. I don’t mind working out, it is just tough to fine the motivation and do enough to make a difference. I have some physical limitations so that is another issue.
I read Heidi Klum (watching Project Runway this season?) and her fitesss guru, wouldn’t that be great to have a fitness guru to keep you going and make all the food and workout plans.
Before the red thread fire, I was able to workout with the help my friends a personal trainer and a yoga instructor (we had a fitness studio upstairs) and it really made all the difference. But things have changed and people are gone from the area, so I have new focus to do things on my own and hopefully get enough movement back to be able to workout in a class or gym.
Fashion for working out is always hard, you don’t want to look like you just got out of bed when walking around your neighbor at 7:30am. I like the layers of this look, and of course Heidi Klum looks great no matter. I think I need to restyle a couple of my big baggy tees for a update.
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.
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.
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.