Thursday, December 14, 2017

I Like Thursday # 67 inspiration to laugh

I tend to clip things out of magazines, newspapers, menus, wherever there is an inspiration I want.

I also love to laugh. One of my early memories is being a first grader, just able to read, and clipping comics out of the Tampa Tribune to make my own humor book! I became allergic to hydrocarbons so I can't really get the paper anymore but I looked through a pile of clippings before the move.

Some of them for paintings, or art quilts. The above is four clippings.
Top left was saved for a valentine quilt one day
Top right was for the humor of a wild woman in a martini glass.
Bottom left was another couple gesture, for a possible art work.
Bottom Right is a shot of a church in Annapolis in the snow. So well composed, it spoke to me.

I love to keep images of faces, or gestures. When you want to convey an emotion, it's sometimes hard to come up with one out of the blue when the time comes. I look back thru my files for proportion, tilt of a head, gesture.

I really liked the almost full face of this woman, the tilt of her head, the eyes, chin angle. I would love to be all dewy faced again like her!
this made me laugh... you'll have to click on it to read it.
I liked the love image of hearts floating around, the very graphic cropped face with only red lips for color, and the comic at the bottom which you'll have to enlarge to read, sorry about my camera
I liked this strong graphic of a building.

Nice perspective, obvious planes and angles, all done with two colors.

That's a lot to convey in one graphic.

I could try it with fabric, or write a story about it.

can you tell I'm a romantic???

I do a valentine quilt each year we've been married.

I like the artistic tension, the energy between the two people... they are caught almost but not touching... creating a palpable tension. Awesome photo, an ad for a movie. I could do something artistic,  using a man and woman, caught in that moment.

I've drawn so many women's faces but drawing a male is more challenging.

So I'm inspired by images, and humor, words and music, and good treats like these

how very civilized to keep purse mints! In anise, or violet.

And seeing this in a neighbor's yard combined sculpture, humor and the holidays... ho ho ho...

Milo has loved the cold weather. Prancing around, wrestling with us and the leash, hardly able to contain himself, knowing a big shift is coming... we're on the road again...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

milo's meanderings... shopping trip and leaf-ing!

Christmas Crackers at Anthropogie
Milo here to tell you about two recent walkabouts!

It all started with the words I love to hear, "wanna go for a rideinnacar?
Yes I do!

After my people put on extra skins on their feets and on their heads and on their arms, we went to Annapolis to Parole Plaza a cool shopping and walking place what also respects a poodle who likes to walk and shop.

We rode up the elevator, which is like magic to me. We three get in by the car, and suddenly the door opens and we're somewhere else!

This time we were above the cars driving under us.
 Wowza, I had a few barks to say about that!
 I watched down at cars for a long time on the bridge to shopping.

Humans are just amazing at what they come up with!

 I walked up to a glass door and watched people on machines working out.
All they need to do to stay fit is walk a poodle! I barked my snotty comments at them through the door and do you know? Not a one looked at me!
Ignore the poodle at your own risk.

We walked along the sidewalks and I made sure to practice my leg lifting skills at every tree.

I'm not that steady, and I admit I still pee on my front legs if I get distracted. Mainly I just do my best to wet everything around the tree so's the other dogs know I've been here.

We saw lots of people who waved at me, and petted me, and in general bowed down to pet me.

You're welcome.
I went with Mama into her favorite store, Anthropologie...

 and a sales woman made a major fuss over me, knowing just how to pet a poodle puppy since she also has an 8 month old poodle puppy. We're the same size she says! And she told mama he wets his front legs and bites at people too. So there. I'm normal, heh heh.
Mama here, look what I saw... embroidered and beaded jeans with frayed hems... reminds me of my teen years. And this
Yep, pom pom and fringe on hems. #seventies are back.

When Daddy found us, we went for another walk where he went inside to get food for us (gosh I hope they remembered this time to get a plate for me too... those shrimp and vege smell great)

Mama here... I want to tell you how funny Milo was. Everything is new when you're this young. He was mesmerized by the speakers next to the trees playing Christmas music... cocked his head, stared down at them, trying to figure them out!
 Reminded me that on a recent walk we had to stop and watch a plastic bag drift along in the breeze like a tumbleweed. He was possibly scared as he nervously jumped each time it moved, and we HAD to stop and watch it til it was out of sight.

Then we saw some people inside the optician's store, and the toddler ran to the glass door, Milo ran to the outside of the glass door and they played. So stinking cute, and me without a video! The baby slapped her hands on the glass, Milo slapped his front paws on the ground, then spun around in a tight circle a few times wagging his tail like crazy! Over and over. Baby laughing, Milo laughing, me laughing.

It's all fun and games til the Mama gets slammed in the knees by her 55 lb puppy!
Mama: I still have a gooseegg sized bruise beneath my left knee

Milo here
Oh my dog. That baby was so cute and I wanted to play with her. Her sister held her hand out to me and I licked it through the door, but that baby! She was my kind of human! I love human puppies!

We walked back to the car and along the way we visited with a lot of humans who recognized me from being a celebrity. Well I must be because they all petted me and said I was beautiful and how pretty I walked and all. They must know me!

On another neighborhood walkabout we saw the last hurrah of fall leaves... it's like saying goodbye to Maryland...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Jack Frost and Milo's first snowfall

We don't usually have snow before Christmas in the Mid-Atlantic but it's snowing today. 2"-4"
We went out for our morning walk as it started, and I saw some "cool" sights I want to share with you!

A snowy poodle
The snow started as tiny pellets. Millions of little pellets that made a fabulous sound.
We tried to put it in words, sort of a faint rattle, a shhhhhh like wind through leaves...
faint, but distinctive, indescribable but maybe you know it??? How would you describe it?
Definitely peaceful. Quiet. One needed to be still to hear, be still and listen.

The marina was being covered with it...
Milo says, let's look over there! Or jump in the water!
Mama says, let's don't! It's so cold!!
Even the boats are wearing a coat...
and the houses are being covered
I thought this dried grass looked great... my quilter, and painter's eyes saw the white on cream colors. If you click to enlarge the picture for details, it looks really interesting.
Then something caught my eye with snow on a wind shield of a car...
I called Drew over... LOOK! The flakes are little stars! Little snowflake shapes!
I've lived in Edmonton Canada, gone to the mountains of NC each winter as a child to our lodge, lived through several major blizzards and Drew grew up in Cleveland Ohio. We've seen lots of snow and neither of us has ever seen snowflakes this shape!

If we'd gone out a half hour later we'd have missed this as the quality changed and it piled up. These are like quilting stars! Like painted ideal snowflakes!
You have to look closely but there are hundreds of stars on this windshield

A few thousand on this poodle
Some on this snowman scene
a few on this display
This family has a golden, can you tell???

And these gleeful geese are saying
yea! It's snowing!

I liked these leaves, imagining them saying...
I "heart" snow!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

I Like Thursday # 66 ---- moons X 3, race cars, and a poodle

from one of my art quilts, "at night the ferns danced"
Welcome to this week's list of likes! 
since I wanted a picture of the full moon this week, but didn't get one because of the haze, I put in a close up of one of my art quilts. I painted the leaves and appliqued them to the top. I painted the face, covering it in layers of sheers. Heavily quilted and beaded. One day I might show the whole quilt... it's one I share in lectures. 
On to the list of likes... 

Starting with the brilliant full moon this week!!! It was like an enormous friend in the sky. 
This picture is one I took at dusk, of a sliver of a moon. For some reason the picture made it look like a half moon, but it was a crisp cool evening, the kind that makes you look up!

On the same evening we saw this lonely little pumpkin, kicked to the curb.
sorry little fellow... your time is gone, it's time for Christmas lights now. Sad little chap.

We often drive to another neighborhood to see new things on a walk. On this afternoon-walk last weekend we saw three very tall young men fiddling with the car one of them built.
heehee! The young man is going to university studying engineering. He built this for a project.
I loved it for the creativity and the fact that he took a vehicle down to the basic elements.
And he made it from found objects. Patio chair is cool. We laughed at the extreme bolting... that's an engineer for you, it will never, NEVER fall apart.
Steering mechanism, the headlights (flash lights)
the brake, a handle as a lever. Can you see the light switch? It is how the engine is turned on and off.
Obviously I was taken with these men and their project. I am not mechanical but I am always interested in chatting with a creative person, and asking about their process. He said he learned some things at school, came home and scavenged for possible components, requiring him to think of new uses for parts. He had to know how each part functioned, and how to make them into something new with a new use.
Then he folded up his long legs, sat down and took a ride. I liked the idea that a young person is using his intelligence to create, and not just looking down at a devise. Yea! There's hope!

Seasonal scents are back at Bath and Body works! I hoard candy apple and twisted peppermint. They did not bring back the balsam I liked last year. How to move the extra bottles I got? I don't know but I wanted to feel normal so I got some.

I found my jewelry, put in a "SAFE PLACE" which means I lost it in the basement.
Look at two special pieces here...
Long before I met my handsome husband, I was engaged to a man who promoted high end art shows in Tampa. I was his assistant and often purchased special pieces during the run of the show.

These are so lovely....I know the images don't do them justice but the carnelian and  the moonstone in the giraffe, and the opal on the moon piece are astounding in person.

I'm so glad to find them again.

I hate the thought of losing things, not these which will be in my hands but other special items, in a move.

Really it's become my overwhelming fear along with all the other fears. 

I unearthed this wool sweater last week.
I lost a lot of weight once, it was too big, so I washed it in hot water to turn it into boiled wool. That worked, it shrunk and now it fits. Of course I gained some of the weight back... never mind...

We had a discussion on QuiltArt (an online group) this week, when someone mentioned the adage, "if you haven't used it in a year, you don't need it" 

Not in my experience! After one woman wrote of taking all her clothes one at a time, deciding to keep or discard it, with a friend there telling her the background story of special garments.
I wrote back:

 I had the hardest time with clothes, and you made a ritual of it, which was honoring the feelings about them. Great concept Margaret.

Certain things were easier.
 I found giving up all my cookbooks to be really easy, til it came to about four of them. I would happily live a rich life of having a chef these days, if we were rich that is. Now I eat to live and would be content with whatever is filling and healthy. 

You remind me our tastes change, and that is when it's best to get rid of something. When it no longer gives you what you wanted from it.

I tend to just keep things, long after they have given their all to me.

  ...Stuff that I spent good money on but never worked for me, the books on how to diet I'll never read, the size 10 jeans that I wore once before they became too tight again, the cookbooks from Thailand I'll never find the ingredients for because I don't want to, the pretty shoes that somehow I just never find a reason to wear. All that make up. The gifts well meaning family gave to me because they had to give me something. The half chewed up dog leash because the new one is nicer but the old one could be used as back up except it never is. The fabric someone gave me for a quilt back, that I never choose for the back of a quilt. Tools bought that never get used.

There are people in the military for instance who move every two years, so they keep only the necessities.

 I am not that person.

 I'm the magpie nester who drags shiny things back to my place just in case.And then stores them.
moving supplies? I'll help tear off a chunk!

Milo had a lot to like this week starting with the surgeon. Dr. Leisure asked to see Milo walk...
I said, well, he'll more likely run, buck, bite, jump, dart, and grab the Daddy's arm but I'll give it a go.

He laughed when Milo did all of the above, finally prancing around the ring like a show poodle.

He said Milo is about as healed as he'll be. The muscles need strengthening, stretching, and use. No more braces. Let him play! Yikes! Are you kidding me? I'm terrified he'll re-injure it right away.

Still, Milo senses what the Doctor said, and reminds me daily, let's play! Doctor's orders!

He spins, and runs, and grabs and jumps. He darts at other dogs. He pretends to stalk me. He constantly exercises his vocal chords. He mostly eats at night like a lion, ready to play all day. He only eats if he's hungry, so we keep a bowl of kibble for him, and he nibbles during the day, but eats more at night. We're aware of bloat so he gets small meals at a time.
Look at that face... he's saying WALK TIME!

He is tall and skinny with impossibly long legs. All the neighbors comment on those legs.
He turned 9 months old, weighs 55 lbs, and as Diane in Texas says, waves his teeth around. He seems to be turning grayish, so he may end up being a blue poodle.
He's ready for a ride in the car to our new residence.

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http://sky watch Fridays
Thankful Thursdays pet parade
willy nilly Friday (random images)
habbyartboutique fridays