My favorite time of the day is morning. Morning brings hope...hope for new inspiration and a fresh start.
I started my day browsing through the latest issue of Stampington's Artful Blogging magazine. I came upon an article by two friends who have undertaken a year-long project in journaling. They are documenting the project with their blog, A Year To Inspire. If their aim is to inspire, then they are succeeding in a very big way. I began reading their blog while feeling rather uninspired and more than a little discouraged. I came away with an entirely new mindset. Both of these women have suffered either tragedy, heartbreaking loss, or cruel mistreatment, yet they approach life with hope, creativity and gratitude. If you would like to find kindred spirits with a gift for creating something beautiful, please visit Stephanie and Annetta and tell them I sent you.
I spent yesterday working on a Zentangle-inspired mandala.
I haven't done one of these in awhile and it was nice to spend a few serene hours drawing. Serenity is usually in short supply around here!
8" x 8"
Pigma Micron Pen on Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
I had promised to show you some of the projects that have been keeping me from you. I am so happy to have finished them. My Brother Dreamweaver and I have been very productive.
This is the 12" x 12" mini Halloween quilt. It is a Lori Smith pattern. You can find all of Lori's patterns at From My Heart To Your Hands.
The next in line was the Delectable Mountains Quilt. I made it from a pattern in the book, The Blue And The Gray, by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene. I have long had a love affair with Civil War style quilts and reproduction fabrics.
Most importantly, I wanted to finish the Christmas wall quilt in time for Christmas, this year! It is from a wonderful book of seasonal quilts by Debbie Roberts, Baskets, Blossoms and Boughs. I used the Kansas Troubles collection of fabrics, Icicle Kisses, plus a few others. Instead of cotton prints, I decided to use wool for the applique. I think it was more in character with these fabrics.
I'm running out of time now, so we'll have to meet again soon. Thank you so much for visiting me. I hope you enjoy our visits as much as I do.
Until next time,