My favorite holiday is the 4th of July or Independence Day. When I was a kid it meant cap guns and charcoal snakes with my cousins at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It was grandma’s fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon and chocolate cake with ice cream. It also was hot so we would run through the sprinklers in our shorts and tank tops. In the evening we would settle down with the cooling temperatures and what the beautiful sparkling red, white and blue fireworks. There were other colors of course but my favorites were the patriotic colors. When I designed the latest penny rug I had previously used the pedal car in my spring bowl fillers but I really wanted to celebrate Independence Day and Freedom with my little pedal car. It is all decked out and ready to go down the parade route. I also couldn’t resist adding in the fireworks. I hope you find it as fun and I did.
Soooo…. Here we are into this Corona Covid 19 thing two weeks and the boredom is really setting in. Not for me. I have so many projects and ideas going I will never run out of them and be bored. However, I do want to go to the craft store or the quilt store or the bakery or buy specialty chocolates or see a movie in the theaters or go to a nice lunch with friends. But how joyous it will be when the virus passes and life can get back to normal and we can experience the things we miss in our lives. Right now, find the joy and special memories in the moment with your family, or in your home or with crafting and creating. Too soon we will be saying …. remember when we all had to isolate during the virus outbreak and life slowed down. It was nice.
I love to create my projects from beautiful things I see while traveling. My creativity can be sparked from things I see in a museum, or artifacts I have encountered while touring homes and estates or even architecture on a building. My most recent Penny Rug is called Rose Garden. I have been working on this project for about 3 years and was inspired while touring the Cottages in Newport Rhode Island. I loved Rose Cottage. It wasn’t the most ostentatious or beautiful but I loved the colors and it seemed comfortable and lived in. The gardens where filled with roses and smelled wonderful as the day heated. I hope this pattern will help your home feel warm, comfortable and lived in.
Another summer has past and cooler days are ahead. With the end of summer comes State and County Fairs as well as small town Carnivals. I enjoy going to the Fair and seeing all the prized animals, hearing the happy cries of the people on the rides, eating the high fat food (it is okay once a year) that you only find at the fair and tastes so good, and marveling at all the handmade items that people have created throughout the year. It is just simple fun. My latest creation is a quilt I call Grandma’s Farm. It reminds of the Fairs this time of year and all the things that my great-grandmother and grandmother did on the farm. Hanging out the laundry. Oh, that fresh smell of the clothes off the line. Skimming the cream off the milk to make the butter. And gathering eggs. I helped husk corn, shell peas and did plenty of dusting and ironing. Nobody sat idle and you couldn’t play until the chores where done. I miss those simple happy days. I hope you to will find happiness and good memories in my Grandma’s Farm Quilt.
It is getting warm again and I am having those feelings of long ago summers spent with my grandparents. For two summers I was dropped every weekday at my grandparents house while my parents went to work. It was a tiny house built in the 1920’s. It had no air-conditioning and the screen doors banged shut behind you. My grandmother had a beautiful flower garden and made me lunch everyday and sometimes breakfast. She taught me to iron, sew, and enjoy the birds in the backyard. When the house was hotter inside than the air temperature outside we would retreat to the shady patio in the back of the house and just talk and dream. At the time that is just what life was, as it often is when you are a child. You live in the moment. I so very much miss, and long for those long hot summer days with my grandparents.
Last month in Mid-March I had the opportunity to travel to McDowell State Park outside Mesa Arizona. It was so very nice to feel the warmth of the sun and see the green vegetation. It was as if Spring had come a week early for me. When I left my home if was cold and snowy and when I returned it was the same but I had been rejuvenated. I didn’t see all the things in Arizona that make me think of Spring like tulips, daffodils, pansies or dew on the grass in the morning. I didn’t smell fresh cut grass. I didn’t even feel that slight breeze with just a hint of warmth. I saw big beautiful cactus with glorious blooms. I saw the red Mesas stretched along the skyline. I saw the most beautiful sunsets of yellow, orange, pink and purple. I heard the coyotes howl at night. I felt that summer hot sun on my back and I got a sunburn. I was so inspired by my early and unusual Spring that I have created some new embroidery designs with a Southwest motif and lots of cactus. I have a confession to make….I live close to the mountains but I love the desert. My husband says that is because you always want what you don’t have. Maybe so. I hope you will enjoy making my new embroidery patterns.
As I was looking forward to the New Year I wanted to make some cute bowl fillers to place in my entry. I wanted them to bring a smile and happiness into the home. I also wanted them to smell like Winter. I wondered what does Winter smell like? My mind was in a whirl. There is the so cold and clear you can’t smell anything, then there is the all I can smell is the exhaust fumes and dirty air, if you like in a bowl like I do and you get winter inversions. Then there is the smell of warm soup and homemade bread or a fire in the fireplace. Maybe Vick’s Vapo Rug because you are sick. I guess like most seasons it isn’t just one smell it is many. I chose Wintergreen. It is fresh,cool and invigorating. Makes me think of happiness and energy. Just what one needs in the middle of Winter. Happy Stitching.
My mind is keeping up at night again with so many ideas I can’t keep them straight. I actually really love it when I do this. Am I tired in the morning? You bet, but I am happy because my brain is being creative and productive. I made a goal this year to find the positive in all things. I think that I have succeeded maybe 25% of the time but I am so much happier and more creative. Can you imagine the happiness and creativity I can have if I increase that percentage. I am so pleased with the designs I have created this year and can’t wait to design many more new and different things in the future. I hope that everyone finds Happiness during the Holiday Season.
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the cool crisp mornings, the beautiful colors, the crunch of the leaves and those wonderful smells. The caramel apples, candy corn, and warm soup with corn bread. Wearing a warm sweater and carving pumpkins. I love Fall. I have been traveling but working hard to get some new designs out. I created the Witches Potion Bottles from the Song of the Witches by William Shakespeare. I could hear Double, double toil and trouble in my head so I googled the words and found out it was written by Shakespeare, I had no idea. It is such a fun poem so creating the penny rug was easy. I hope you all have a wonderful Autumn and Happy Halloween.
Song of the Witches
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
I love to travel! Sometimes I have a hard time leaving home for the travel but once I get gone I’m good. I want to see just about everywhere there is to go and see. I can’t believe how many places I have been. My parents were not big travelers and so I didn’t go far growing up. My goal is to see all the continents and hit all 50 states. I am 15 states and 3 continents short but I still have time to get there. I have seen so many beautiful places and things that I ask why I live where I live, and the answer was family. I like where I live because it is where I grew up and where my family is. It is home and that is the best place of all. Now off to create my travel inspired art.