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12/31/09
Full Moon Dreamboard
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Mixed Media, Creativity, Inspiration
Posted by: Mary @ 9:54 pm

After reading about vision boards and dream boards yesterday, I decided to put together a dream board of my own to celebrate the New Year. Jamie Ridler Studios shows  Full Moon Dreamboards which resonated with me and are on the wavelength of what I had envisioned last night. There is great info about creating vision boards on Christine Kane’s Blog. My word for 2010 is create, with the intent of creating new work in mixed media, quilting, drawing, painting, photography, scrapbooking, book arts, and anything else that inspires me. The following words are important to me and are listed on an index card on the dream board:

Create
Organize
Play
Learn
Grow
Live
Love
Be Yourself
Connect
Visualize

There are photos of family members including the cat who is trying to catch a mouse, and miscellaneous images that inspire me. Sponge Bob Squarepants is my favorite animated character - he has a sunny, positive attitude and always has fun no matter what he is doing. A favorite Sponge Bob song in my house is “It’s the best day ever, best day ever…” The background is a map of Connecticut and parts of surrounding states, with scrapbook papers filling out the edges of the 20 inch square foam core  board. Yes, I ironed the map on low heat and cut it out along Long Island Sound to fit inside the board. New York City is in the lower left corner.

Here is what tihe dining room table looked like when I was getting ready to prep the board. Looks like I have some cleaning up to do around here later as stuff seems to have spread out everywhere. This was a very empowering exercise and helped me to focus on what is important to me in the coming year.

Happy New Year!
Mary



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12/26/09
Photo Memory Quilt
Filed under: General, Quilt Art, Family and Friends, Quilting
Posted by: Mary @ 4:12 pm

Here is the photo memory wall quilt that I gave my daughter Marianne for Christmas. It was started in a workshop at the quilt retreat and finished at home. Printed Treasures inkjet printable fabric sheets are washable and colorfast and were used to print these photos with excellent results. A few years ago I made a photo bed quilt for her brother Joe with computer and monitor blocks that I had designed. Screen shots of video game scenes were printed using a different brand of inkjet printable fabric sheets and the colors washed out when I washed the quilt. It was very upsetting to have this happen but now I am going to redo the screen shots for his quilt with Printed Treasures brand fabric sheets and applique the retangles down over the washed out scenes.


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12/24/09
Happy Holidays
Filed under: General, Family and Friends
Posted by: Mary @ 5:25 pm

Later on tonight I will be going to an early midnight mass with my daughter. After a flurry of activity in the kitchen it is quiet in the house at the moment and I just wanted to take the time to express thanks for all the good things in my life. I am thankful for my children, my family, and my friends old and new for just being there. I am thankful for the roof over my head, good food to eat, my health, and a job to occupy my days well and pay the bills. I am thankful for the technology that makes it easy to keep in touch with people and expand your social network. And I am grateful for the creative community that exists and is growing here, spreading beyond geographic limitations and boundaries to inspire all to create, share and connect with one another. It’s awesome! Happy Holidays to all and may the spirit of the peace of Christmas be with you even if you don’t observe this particular holiday. Happy New Year and joy in creating.


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12/22/09
Aunt Ethel’s Quilt
Filed under: General, Family and Friends, Quilting
Posted by: Mary @ 10:01 pm

It has been a busy month and I am behind in posting to my blog. Here is the quilt I made for my Aunt Ethel for Christmas. I decided to bring it to her a few weeks early for her birthday and she just loved it. It is a lap quilt approximately 45″ by 60″ which is the perfect size for living in a convalescent type situation. It was started at the quilt retreat in a Quilt Bus class with Kris Driessen from a pattern by Phoebe Moon called Stars in My Window. The design was square so I added strips on either end to make it rectangular. The fabrics are mostly florals and vintage late eighties and early nineties from stash.



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