I know I know….I retired so I’d have time to post more and do more art. But instead, I disappeared for a number of months! Not like I haven’t been doing things, but I’ve not been posting about them because, really, I’ve not been doing anything particularly interesting!
All those best laid plans – all the time in the world – got to be too much for me! My poor art table has spiders hanging around since I’ve really neglected it since September! But I have gotten a few things complete.
Two chairs, cleaned, repaired, repainted and foam cut for new cushions. Now I’m just trying to find someone who can sew those cushions for me – I don’t want to deal with them! But I look forward to using then this summer! Working on these inspired me to do some additional repair work to my old white wicker settee – but that will come this Spring. Really, ALL household projects don’t need to be completed immediately!
For a while, I was keeping you updated on the quilt I was making with my new Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Well, I finished that quilt top that included hand piecing as well as a lot of matching points. I actually just let the process move me, taking my time and willingly “un-sewing” places that just were not matching. It was a big undertaking, and the quilt ended up bigger than I expected, though as my husband pointed out, I should have known from the published directions. I got caught up in all the parts and just didn’t visualize the completed whole. Now it is rolled up and waiting too for spring, when I’ll find a quilter to finish it up so it will be ready for the outdoor lifestyle I hope to be living by summer!!!
Along the way other sundry household chores have gotten completed – and I’ve truly enjoyed reconnecting with fabric and sewing. But my mixed media art has suffered – and I haven’t picked up a pencil in WAY too long! I’m not sure why this is since I was so excited to have the time to devote to my art but I did promise myself that there was going to be no pressure for the first six months after retirement, so I’m just going with that for now. I have all of those great paint colors that I mixed up, yet haven’t dabbled with. Strange, but life is what it is!
Christmas is coming so for now I’m throwing myself into decorating and using different items throughout the house, trying to change up some things while also returning some old friends to places of honor in our home. I have some new ideas – isn’t this a pretty vignette? I photographed this at a store in Skagit Valley I like, and really like the use of older silver, leaving it tarnished a bit. I found some good deals at an antique store, and then remembered that I have my Mom’s old Oneida silver, so some of that will make an appearance in my home….if it looks good enough, I’ll share a photo here!
I hope that everyone has been well and enjoying all your endeavors, and if anyone has any great suggestions for getting BACK into the art groove, please pass them along – I think I need help!