Monday, March 30, 2015

Jessica Sorensen I Gos


Florida Fun With Friends, Family, Fun And Food

image

Yesterday my friend Sally and some of her family came over. It was the first time she had seen Greg since he was 3 weeks old!

image

Jared is riding the I Go Robot. Nick and Jessica also enjoyed riding it. I took mostly videos of them so this is the only picture I have to share. I have not figured out how to add a video from my phone to my blog but I’ll keep trying!

image

It was a lot of fun just watching them all try it and mastering it in minutes.

We also did a lot of eating… no food pictures! We had appetizers, a spaghetti dinner made from Andy’[s secret recipe and finished off the party with a birthday  cake for Drew along with ice cream.

It was a great day with friends and family in Florida.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Debbie’s Departure

You are thinking I never shared her arrival!
We were so busy talking, eating and spending time with friends I hardly took any pictures. Sorry.
image
My friend Debbie Jones spent a month in Florida teaching her fiber art techniques to many different groups. She is one of the most in demand teachers you will find today. What she has to share is something no one else does anything similar too.
She arrived Tuesday evening and we went directly to Eaton’s Beach for dinner. The wait was an hour (actually I think it was really less). We waited downstairs with a glass of wine from the Beach Bar and enjoyed the lake view sitting right next to the sandy beach…spectacular.
Our dinners were wonderful as they always are at Eatons Beach and we actually we able to get a table right outside, although they did have the clear windows closed to protect us from the wind.

Soon after we arrived home we finished the last two slices of the Key Lime pie I had been saving for us. We talked until the wee hours.
Wednesday we were invited to Beth Sherman’s lovely home for lunch. My “separated at birth twin” Carol Gordhamer also was there.
We had a lovely lunch and we chattered non stop and enjoyed seeing all of Beth’s wonderful new Santa’s and dolls.
From there we went up to the Horizon Center where I was giving a presentation on a very simple way to create a tessellation to the Quilters and Needle Artists group.

These are some of the Tessellations Debbie made. I am quite anxious to see what she does with them. I know I’ll be excited to see the results.
We came home and relaxed a while before heading up to our clubhouse for dinner. The weather was perfect for us to enjoy our dinner outside.
Soon after arriving home I got a text from Drew wanting to come over as he “hadn’t had anything to eat for 3 days”!  Of course it probably had only been 3 hours but he and Andy arrived and I fed them and Drew had his butter pecan ice cream.
Andy was too busy naming and pricing Debbie’s quilts she brought in to show me to even have desert! He’s actually getting pretty spot on with prices after having a bit of experience.
After they left Debbi and I again talked for hours. Knowing Debbie had to get on her way early we did turn in before midnight.
It was hard to let her go this morning as we have so much to talk about and share.
Next year we plan on her spending more time here.
Safe travels, Debbie.
I do want to share her website with you. I know you’ll love her work. If you have a guild in Florida that is looking for a really great class/classes get in touch with here quickly before her schedule for March 2016 fills up.
http://www.debbiejones.com/Home.html
You will find that her classes are really special as is Debbie herself.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It’s All About Color- My Closet That Is!

I have recently done some reorganizing in my closet.
image
I did my best to take pictures in the closet which doesn’t have a lot of light. This is one of the sections where we lowered the shelf and hanging bar considerably. It makes it so much easier to reach things. I did eliminate a long hanging space where I kept slacks under this section.
image
In this section I hang “suits”! Suits to me mean a matching casual jacket or top and a pair of slacks or a skirt.
You can see you I hang everything in color flow order. It makes it so much easier to find what I am looking for and also to put things away.
It also is more pleasing to my eye!
image
This section is a full length hanging area. Here clothes are arranged more by purpose than color which allows me to see if I have something appropriate to wear for special occasions or just plain relaxing.
Basically I have paired my closet down to only the clothes I wear. To some it may look like I have a lot of clothes. I have clothes here for a variety of seasons. I did not buy all these clothes recently. Some of them are teenagers and some might be even older than that. I have favorite brands and when I buy something from one of those companies they generally stay in my wardrobe for a long long time as I know they work for me.
I have two bags of still great clothes ready for donating. I actually have some empty shelves in the closet…the result of the rearranging of the shelves, the reorganizing of the clothes and the fact I am getting rid of quite a bit. A few special clothes will eventually make their way to eBay.
I find the Elfa closet systems perfect for me as I have rearranged this closet several times to better accommodate my needs as I figure what works best for me.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Latest On My Florida Ice Journey

image

I had an idea in mind when I dyed this but the result was far from what I envisioned.

You would think by now I would be able to create similar works on demand?

Wrong.

There is nothing wrong with the result.

It is just not what I thought would happen.

And that my friends is why I find this so intriguing and why it is holding my interest as I continue to work with it and it works it’s own magic.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A New Twist With Florida Ice

image

I continue to try new ideas when creating my Florida Ice.

This one used two new ideas.

I learned a lot from doing this one.

I will use what I learned in subsequent work.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

My Sewing Cart Is Proving It’s Worth

image
This is an almost straight on side view of the sewing cart. It is a perfect place to keep my cutting matts and rulers handy. It the past they were either in the former studio/office/second guest room closet or on the kitchen counter.
I thought the idea of storing the rulers upright where one might store bottles of wine was genius on my part!
That round white item next to my rulers is a lint roller and it fits perfectly into an aluminum vase I found in a cupboard.
image
This slightly angled view from the top shows bobbins, my sewing glasses, fabrics that I will be using to finish the quilts I have layered and some projects.
I am using assorted trays I found in the house to keep items contained, yet accessible.
image
The drawer is the perfect place for scissors, sewing implements, thread and other assorted small items.
This by no means holds all my sewing supplies. It is just meant to have the things I use often or will be using soon close at hand.
Tonight we will have a celebratory dinner for Andy's birthday and he and Drew's picking up the cart, delivering it and unpacking it on Andy's actual birthday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Florida Ice Variation

image
This variation is something new in my arsenal of design folds.
It was a hard one to photograph for it doesn’t show as lovely as it really is.
It’s another one that is about 44 inches square.
Not only did I try a different fold idea, but I tried some colors and color combinations I had not used before.
It is like a gift each time I open the package of ice dyed fabric as I never know what to expect.
It is like I have a ghost designer helping me with these serendipitous results.