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Hello everyone:  I had to take a little break from some social media. And I'm back, with a few good things as of late:

Denise and I went to see Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the Cleveland Museum of Art two Sundays ago.  It was absolutely fantastic. I never got to see his work in person back in the '80s.  Gosh he was (we were) so young then!


I stopped by the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse on the way - what a serene and sweet place:


A few years ago, I promised myself that I would either use up a bunch of fabric I have sitting around, or donate it. So I started my first scrap quilt.  I am going to make a few minor changes to the layout, and I am a bit nervous about sewing it - I am not at all precise so we'll see how it turns out. I also promised myself that I wouldn't buy any new fabric, and I did keep that promise.  All I bought was spray basting and batting.  Once it's done, I'll post the finished quilt.  It's quite small - only 9 - 5" blocks by 10 - 5" blocks - it (will hopefully) fit on a piece of fabric I have had for years that I'm using as backing:




Another thing I have wanted to learn for a long time was fair isle/color work/stranded knitting. So I am knitting this hat - the pattern is here and yarn by Candice at The Farmers Daughter Fibers who I happen to follow on Instagram. It's quite fun and I'm happy how it's turning out!  Since it's my first time, I am really twisting my yarn a lot so I'm knitting very slow. Between the quilt and the knitting, I am checking the news less often, which is good for my mental health. (I'm still making phone calls, writing letter, etc, though)


And last but not least!! Happy Valentine's Day (early) to us!! A darling new flock of chicks!!!  It's so good to have chicks again - been too long (I think it's been over two years since we have had chickens   Robert reminded me that it has been three and a half years since we have had chickens! Wow).  We named them (and this is not in the order of the photo) Bettie, Hettie, Lettie, Nettie -  and Myrtle!  (I cannot stop laughing when I say "...and Myrtle!").  Beware that I'll be boring the pants off of you all by posting lots of photos of them in upcoming blog entries :)


EDIT:  If you have never seen a baby chick fall over falling asleep - well, you have to!! When we first had chickens, and saw that happening, I thought the chick had died.  Now I am laughing all the time when I see them do it.  Ahhh good things :)

#tbt and lost/found!



#tbt and lost/found!
#tbt - me in October 1961 - two years old as my birthday is in October
I have been going through all the plastic bins of holiday decorations, which have been stored in the basement. Picking out what I want to decorate with this year. Making sure everything is in the correctly labeled bin "holiday lights" or "nutcrackers/stocking" or whatever. 

#tbt and lost/found!

I was able to fill two boxes of extra holiday decorations I'll never use and will donate to charity. In the meantime, I found a un-labeled bin tucked away among the holiday bins, and inside was a treasure-trove of things I have been looking for for years!!!! Most importantly, I was looking for some low fire glaze recipes, and glaze notebooks and sketchbooks, and found not only the majolica recipe I used thirty years ago, but also the clay recipe, too. I am so incredibly excited about this!

#tbt and lost/found!
I tried to do an artsy-fartsy video on my phone of me flipping through my notebook,
but it just didn't work.
This photo is a mistake as I hit 'photo" instead of "video" and didn't realize it until later.
Looking forward to mixing up that majolica recipe and trying it out again. I believe that all the ingredients are still available. I'll post about this process. 

date night

Wednesday night, the husband and I had an unexpected date night in Cleveland. It was unexpected because mid-afternoon we were asked to drive my daughter-in-law in Cleveland for a work-related meeting, and both my son and daughter-in-law don't drive.  We jumped at the chance (especially since it had been, errr, years since we had a real date night)!

Husband hadn't been to the Cleveland Museum of Art in awhile, so that is where we went while waiting for DiL.

Now back when I lived in Cleveland proper, I spent many many hours there. My son was just a few months old the first time he visited - when he was a wee one, he liked the Modern Art galleries the best.  The CMA is free, so you can just stop in for a moment, walk up to your favorite piece of art and enjoy.  Museums are like church to me. Quiet and beautiful, and a place to reflect. I would also go when I was blue, and it always lifted my mood.  I knew the Museum like the back of my hand, I was there so often.

I was very upset, though, when the Museum started a huge renovation project because they 'updated' the gorgeous Garden Room.  I actually boycotted going there for a couple of years.  Isn't that the silliest thing ever!?  Boycotting a free museum because I was upset and like anyone would really care.  I'm an idiot sometimes.  (I broke my boycott in October when daughter-in-law's parents were in town, and we went there with my Mom, too, but the husband was unable to attend at that time.  The Museum had a wonderful cultural festival happening that day which we just stumbled into! I fell back in love with it.)

date night
A photograph of a vintage print of the Garden Court that my son found on-line and bought for me.
date night
Garden Court now, from cleveland.com, as a gallery, view opposite of above vintage photo.
The husband and I treated ourselves to dinner at their cafe.  And then spent a few hours, leisurely wandering around the newly renovated Museum.  Because of the renovations and reconfigurations, it was like being in a totally new museum, and I was constantly surprised to see paintings and sculptures that I didn't know, and galleries that were new.  Delightful!

The cameras on our cell phones aren't that great, but I wanted to share this photo of me overlooking the atrium because you can see the magnificent Ai Weiwei's Animals/Zodiac Heads in the background.

date night

If ever you're in Cleveland, do check out the Cleveland Museum of Art - you will not be disappointed!

Where did the week go?

I cannot believe it is Thursday night already.  Wow.

Here's a photo of the apple-pineapple-brown sugar zucchini candy. As you can see, the color is much richer.  The taste is just about the same as the other batches I have made (i.e., delicious).  I gave most of this to my friend who donated the zucchini.  She was very happy!

Where did the week go?

Another friend took me along with her yesterday to go to thrift stores and orchards.  I picked up some seconds of apples, some not-quite-ripe pears, and some plums.  Right now I have a bunch of apple slices and two plums in the dehydrator.  Cannot wait to see how they come out!

I'm marinating another batch of eggplant for jerky.  This time I was able to find "Liquid Smoke" and added some to the marinade.  Will put eggplant in the dehydrator once the fruit comes out.

Here's a little card I made for my nephew.  It was late because I couldn't think of something boy-ish. But I think this is okay.  Permanent marker and watercolors.

Where did the week go?



art journals

Probably 7 years ago, a dear friend told me about her art journal, so I started one.  It consisted of two pages.

I was confused as to what to do with an art journal.  You see, I have a journal (a hand-written one that I must admit doesn't have a lot of entries in it since the digital age).  I also journal at LiveJournal (which kind of took the place of my hand-written journal) which I have been posting in since 2005. ( At that time, I was doing a LOT of ATCs so I didn't pursue the art journal) .  I also blog about perfume and have been doing that for nearly three years.  And I just started this blog.

So, what do I do in my art journal?

It has been two days of HOT here in Ohio.  I have been ruminating on the art journal thing.  Because I'm involved with DaisyYellow's ICAD project, I'm lightly playing in the AJ.  Very lightly.  I'm sure I'll be more attentive to it once the ICAD project is over.

In the meantime, I'm taking my white paint pen and decorating hair clips.

art journals

easy bookmarks

Just laminate art and there you go!

These are from a print swap I was in.

easy bookmarks

easy bookmarks

This one was a print done on a tea bag!  So I laminated the print, punched a hole at the top, and strung the tea bag string along with some fun string.  Voila!

Oh re: the laminating - I have an old Xyron that has been sitting around for ever.  I knew it would come in handy one of these years.

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