Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Construct, Compose, Conceive

Creativity is food for my soul.

Creativity relaxes me, makes me feel calm, makes me feel happy.

I have to create every day.


I concoct in the kitchen.


I brought into being a family. Together, we are 6.
I am creative in my parenting.
(detail of my t-shirt quilt)


I am imaginative when I teach because everyone learns in a different way.
(teaching a fabric painting class in Verona, Italy)

This week two people told me they did not like my work...(I am waiting for the third!).

So what!!!

I don't create for them. I create for me.

Antonym of create - ruin and destroy.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Walking to the Beach

Gianna and Camillo's house

Look what I found on the way to the beach while I was in southern Italy. A quilt! The colours compliment the flowers so well. Looks like a shot from a travel magazine!

I tried to do some hand sewing while I was in Italy but was too busy laughing, swimming, playing cards and eating!

Friday, August 26, 2011

I'm back

What a great summer break!

the sky and the sea in southern Italy

Today's jobs: unpack, laundry, groceries, sew, sew, sew.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Save me

Sometimes you create and the outcome is disastrous!

Take my husband's birthday cake, for instance.

It is a two layer chocolate cake made from scratch.

The top split down the middle and slid off the raspberry jam filling. I repaired it...somewhat... and when I poured the warm chocolate icing over it, the moist cake split apart again...I just kept pouring the icing... sometimes you have to go with the flow.

I saved it! I made it into a diamond mine (he's a geophysicist)!! Thanks for the idea, Mike.

He loved it!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

African Fabrics

When my husband returns from working in Africa he often brings me fabric.

These are from Senegal and were a gift from a friend
whose son was there working

I got this one at a garage sale in Toronto for $1.00.
This meter is from Zimbabwe. My daughter brought it back for me.
These pieces are 5.5 metres each.
I bought them in Toronto from a Chinese lady
who sells them out of Brampton!

My New Cups

My friend gave me some gorgeous tea cups made by an American artisan.

I love the colours.

Today's mini work.

raw edge applique, free-motion thread work

I will send it to her as a thank you.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Jump In

I find this african fabric refreshing! Like a pool of water sparkling in the sun.

I am still at the beach in southern Italy enjoying the sea.