Yes, my eyes are a couple of happy viewers thanks to an RV trip to South Texas this past weekend. First, we (hubby, my sister and I) anchored in an RV park in New Braunfels where we met up with two friends. Then, we spent time exploring the San Antonio Riverwalk and Gruene (pronounced Green). My eyes discovered some splendid inspiration along the way and I thought I'd share it.
I have posted this first one in the past but saw it again this trip. It's so wonderfully colorful and cool that I thought it was worthy of a repost.
A trail of oversized, painted, quilt blocks are dotting the sides of barns, silos, and corn cribs throughout Gibson County, Indiana to celebrate their bicentennial and draw in tourists and visitors. If you like quilts and can enlarge this picture big enough to read it, I think you'll find the articles interesting.
We just got back from a trip to Indiana where we visited both sides of the family. While we were in Evansville, I remembered that there's a Dick Blick Art Materials store there. I looked up the exact location on their website, and it was less than two miles so off we went to check it out. It's an awesome store with lots of goodies!
Since I didn't have time to grab any art supplies before we left, I decided to get some for the ride home. Here's my selections.
On our last evening in Indiana, we went 4-wheelin' with my sister Sue, her hubby, and other friends. With a little water and my new art supplies, I decided to draw a RZR Side-by-Side similar to this one on the way home.
That's my hubby George driving Joanie and Bryan's RZR with Joanie riding along.
Here's my interpretation.
I spent about half the trip playing with it, and I found out that time really does fly when you're having fun!
I made the quilt below back in 2004 when I was new to quilting and even sewing! I eventually took it down to paint the wall, and it stayed down. While it was up, I always felt like it needed something more. I'm still far from the best quilter/sewer (like way, way far) but I am much braver at trying new things these days. Since I'm ready to hang it again (in a different room this time), I decided to spruce 'er up a bit.
I wanted more distinction between the background and the birdhouses so I couched black yarn down to achieve it. I also added some fuzzy variegated brown yarn to the trees' edges.
You may have noticed (or not) that I am taking a bit of a blog break. I'm working on my procrastination list which includes painting the utility room and kitchen, tending to things that need to be done around that house, catching up on some business stuff and more.
Oh, and look at this mess
on and around my sewing table!
I'll be cleaning too.
I don't create well in messes.
We've also been RVing some with several more trips scheduled. The RVing can be followed on my other blog Smiles for Many Miles if you're interested.
This week is National Nursing Home week, and it is being celebrated at Mom's nursing home. The wonderful activities director has a different theme going for each day of the week, and tomorrow is pink day. I made these pink fabric necklaces for some of the ladies. I hope they like them!
I used fabric, styrofoam balls to keep them lightweight, and ribbon which will be used to tie them on.
I bought it several years ago in Fredericksburg, TX, a quaint, little town in the Texas Hill country with lots of cool little shops, restaurants and more on the Main Street.
We recently planned an RV trip down that way, and as far as I'm concerned, a little F'burg shopping is necessary, mandatory and appropriate! It's just the right thing to do!
My mission (which I chose to accept because it was my idea) was to find more buttons like this lovely pinky. I didn't remember which store in particular pinky was purchased in, however, I knew that as soon as I saw the store, I would know that was the place!
After foraging through one side of the street without success, we started on the other side. I was becoming more and more focused on my Mission with every step.
Where was this store?
Why wasn't I finding it?
What if I didn't remember?
Why am I talking to myself?
I finally asked a store clerk, and she suggested that it might be a store in the next block called Things in a Room. As soon as we approached the front of it, I knew I hit pay dirt! Yes indeed!
It turned out to be right in front of where we parked too! In fact, when we parked, I commented that it could be in this area but we hopped out and headed for food.
We bought a new washer and dryer which has led to a complete laundry room makeover! We're talking paint, new floors, adding cabinets, new sink, and new doggy door. We've cleared the space out and guess where everything is that was in the laundry room? Yes, it's piled up in the studio! Ugh!
In the meantime, here's a recent journal page.
They look a bit like daisies too, don't they? Supplies: watercolors, colored pencils and Sharpies
While we're at this remodel thing, I may do some spring cleaning when hubby doesn't need my help. Right now, we're tearing the floor up.
I will be painting the kitchen soon, and I bought these two fabrics to make curtains for the windows. As it stands now, they'll be cafe curtains with the checkered fabric for the valance. The curtain style is subject to change though.
I love to make frequent trips to the magazine section at Barnes & Noble. There are so many fabulous art magazines. I read some of them at B&N and buy some to read at home. Today I discovered a new magazine.
I love the cover!
Yummy colors and cool hearts!
I immediately noticed the spelling of the word color/colour at the top, and sure enough, the sticker at the bottom reads, "UK." It's the very first issue of the magazine and a February/March issue.