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Before I officially call it a night tonight I thought I would post a quick update about today.

I mailed my Imbolc Art Card Exchange earlier this afternoon.  I will post more about this in the next few days.  I also began the TwitKAL.  It took me a few tries to get the start of it to come out to my liking.  I got about halfway done with the first section.  As you can see in this photograph, I had a helper beside me the entire time.

So many exciting things happening and I look forward to sharing them here, in due time.  Ah, patience is such a virtue.

Sweet dreams….

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Over two weeks into January…..what have I been doing? Well after a bit of a hiatus in my yoga practice I am back.  My biggest challenge right now is to allow my practice to be integrated with my daily life.   Once again the theme of balance arises. On average it works out to about an hour or two of yoga/ meditation/ practice a day.  It might sound like quite a bit but when you are in the moment of it, it seems like just that, only a moment.  That is not to say that every day is exactly two hours, it depends on the day.   Today was quite a bit less, but nonetheless I find my mind returning back to the place of practice.  Again this returns to my thoughts of the New Year, no set New Year’s resolutions.  If I skip a day entirely that is okay.  I will know when I need to practice and will honor that feeling…..the feeling is my own intuition.

I am blessed to have wonderful people in my life, some I have physically met while others I have not.  Many wonderful people helped me complete this quilt as a gift for my husband.  Thank you all for this gift! I have been able to combine most of the fabrics I received through the Ravelry RAK(Random Acts of Kindness) group. I have some different weights of material that I received that I am using to make pillows.  I also received some lace swatches that I will be using on the pillowsOriginally my plan was to use the lace to make my outfit for the art show I was in last October but that did not work out.  I let those know in my request that if I was not able to use the lace for the dress then I would be using them in the quilt.  My original vision for the quilt was more of a crazy quilt with lots of surface embellishment but as the material began to arrive in the mail the vision of the quilt evolved before my eyes.

The back of the quilt is made from a full size top(flat) sheet that a friend had given us quite some time ago.  It had worked its  way to the back of our hall closet and had not seen the light of day for many, many months.  Now it has a new life and is being used in our home everyday.  Using the sheet helped me finish this quilt as it gave me a perfect template for the size and the squared edges that I SO needed after improvising the design.  I do not foresee any more large quilts in my future, but lap size or crib size are highly probable.  Possibly a large one assembled from smaller ones…but first I have pillows to make! I hope to have the first pillow done by the end of this month.

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The halloween themed quilt I have been making for my husband is almost done.  I was really shooting to have it finished today but since midnight is fast approaching and my eyes are tired, I am ready to call it a night. Before I head off to catch some zz’s, I will leave you with some pictures.

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The holidays here were quiet, which I don’t mind at all. Just the three of us. The cat was very excited because she had been very good all year hoping that Santa would give her some great presents. Which he did! You can see the much anticipated Turbo Track that she had asked for last month.

She also managed to get a brand new stash of sparkly mice and balls that make a rattle noise. SO exciting!

Two years ago I started to make a scarf for my niece. I am proud to say that I finished it this year in time for the holidays. I am also thrilled that she received the package on Christmas Eve! What perfect timing! She had told me that her favorite color was black and her second favorite was blue. I had a vision of what I had wanted the scarf to look like two years ago. I had wanted to finish off the ends with metal shark teeth beads. I have been looking for the last two years and have not been able to find what I was looking for anywhere. With time ticking away I decided to put skull beads on the ends. Why skull beads? I like skulls, doesn’t everyone? Ha! Turned out to be a good choice because she loves skulls too!

This year I also made a whole bunch of cozies. The cozies were modeled after a pattern I found in Ravelry. If you are part of the Ravelry Group you can access it here. I did my best to follow the pattern but I am still learning to follow patterns and to be honest I tend to like to wing-it. I plan on January being dedicated to finishing my first lace piece so I am prepared for the challenge of buckling down and following a pattern to the letter!

The ones that I sent to my sis-in-law & brother-in-law worked great for their beer bottles! Here is a link to see one modeled on her beer….looks like a perfect fit! Love! She is a super talented gal that creates Handspun Art Yarn. You can check out Velma’s(my sis-in-law) Etsy site here.

With only a few days left in this year, I am anticipating this being my last post for this year. Perhaps I will have something pressing to announce but if I don’t, I want to Wish you all a Happy & Wonderful New Year!

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It is December 10th and I am a crazy crafting fool! I have WIP( works in progress) projects taking over my kitchen, living room and garage! Ha Ha! Move over Santa! Thankfully my husband likes seeing the progress I make so he indulges my craftiness! Yes craftiness, not messiness. Here is my most recently finished project.


I first found the pattern on Ravelry. The pattern is called Jiji by Anne Gee White. I knew I recognized this cat as the one from Kiki’s Delivery Service. I loved the cat in that animation! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern for free via Ravelry. I deviated just a tad from your original pattern but I am very happy with the results.
Okay, back to crafting!

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I got this idea in my head that I wanted to make Varuna a Halloween themed quilt for Christmas. I participate in an on-line forum for Random Acts of Kindness. People in the group can post a wishlist or just respond to someone’s wishlist. I had requested scraps or fat quarters of Halloween fabrics or any scraps that I might be able to use in my quilt. I received a great assortment of fabrics.
With NaNOWriMo over and my word goal met I am working on holiday gifts for the remainder of the month. I cleared the kitchen table and spread out all the fabrics that I had generously received and the few that I had purchased. I ironed them all then began the painstaking task of trying to figure out how I was going to approach this quilt. I have started several quilts in the past but just realized today that I have never actually finished a full quilt! I thought for awhile about how I wanted to make this piece. Did I want to follow a pattern? Did I want to created a repeat design? Did I want to make a crazy quilt? I’ll be honest I have always had a fascination with crazy quilts. I would love to assemble a quilt from velvet, corduroy, lace satins and all types of materials but I was staring at a table full of 99.2% cotton material that quilters normally use. So I decided to just cut up a few pieces and begin to sew. Half of the material is in irregular shapes already as what I had asked for were just scrapes of materials that people might have leftover from their projects. You know the kind of scrap too good to toss even though you probably will never use it again? Well people were generous and shared these with me as well as some fat quarters. So I took out my scissors and began to cut. I stopped. Then I found another pair of scissors and began to cut again. I stopped again. Hmmm, I found out all my scissors are shot, but that did not deter me. I used the best pair of what I could find in the house and though my fabric edges are choppy, no one will see those when the quilt is finished. So if you see my jaggedly cut edges, I really can cut…..the scissors are just not sharp. Here are a few pictures. I am unable to make the image files smaller at the moment so be forewarned if you click on them they will take a minute or so to load.

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What do johnny cakes and buddha have in common?  That is how I started my morning!  As I think everyone realizes, in the States especially, it is 9-11-09.  Yes, I know where I was when I first heard the news. On this day especially, I am focusing on joy, contemplation and remembering to honor each of us those living and those passed.  Sometimes it takes a specific occasion for us to pause in our lives and give a moment for gratitude, reflection, and remembrance.  

I started my morning thinking of the red, white and blue and my roots…which stem from New England.  I dug out my Kenyon’s Johnny Cake Cornmeal and then remembered that I had some Kenyon’s Red Cornmeal.  I used the recipe off the back of the Johnny Cake bag and made Red, well more pink, johnny cakes.  They sell white, red, and blue cornmeal so if you are looking for a patriotic meal I suggest red, white, and blue johnny cakes. Make each batter separately and you can mix the finished johnny cakes on a plate….YUM!!!!!  Unfortunately we used up all of the Strawberry Rhubarb Jam from my last trip to Kenyon’s. As I was only making breakfast for two, I just made red ones today but I have made the white ones and blue ones too! ***NOTE to my Gluten-free friends, Kenyon’s has a disclaimer on their website regarding those with food allergies. As those with food allergies know, always read the fine print. ***

I personally LOVE Johnny Cakes made from KENYON’S Cornmeal and make them often…I might be  a little biased  because I grew up in R.I.  All I can say is Yummy!

Here are a few pictures:

So that was breakfast, where are the buddhas?  I sent out a new e-letter for my on-line gallery.  Here is the heart of the letter:

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keep breathing

Keep Breathing…Summer has provided me with a wonderful amount of contemplation time. Contemplation of where I am and where I am going, while staying in the present moment. Buddha

I am extremely grateful for all of you in my life and the wonderful blessings that come my way on a daily basis. Several of you have inquired about the series of contemporary Buddha heads that I made this spring….wait no longer! This month I am featuring those paintings. In the future I will also be including additional images based on Buddhist imagery; some contemporary, some traditional.

Thank you for all the support and feedback during my on-line gallery launch. It was a huge success and that was accomplished through all of you! 

I will continue to include new images in my on-line gallery between these email announcements I send out. So please feel free to view all my artwork by selecting the various gallery tabs on my FAA (Fine Art America)home page. 

OTHER NEWS: 
Come Celebrate the Spirit of October with an adventurous group of artists in San Clemente, CA. The Green Flash Gallery hosts THE NETHERWORLD SHOW. You can go to the link provided below for updates, more info, and to sign up for announcements regarding this fun-filled event. 
October 16th, 2009 from 6PM-11PM Artist Reception for the Netherworld Show. Costumes encouraged. 

**If you can not make the opening, watch your email in mid October for the latest release of prints available through FAA of my pieces from the show! ** you must sign-up for these emails 🙂

http://netherworldshow.wordpress.com/ 

I am excited to say that The Sydney Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Show debuted at the Powerhouse Museum in Australia. I contributed 3 pieces of coral to the exhibit but was unable to physically attend the show. There is a slideshow that was lovingly composed by Kaz. She was another artist that contributed to the coral reef exhibit.
The Sydney Slideshow is available for viewing through my weekly blog on my website below. 

If you are receiving this email letter, it means our paths have crossed during my journey. I maintain my own mailing list so if you would prefer to not receive these updates, just reply to this message and ask to be removed. I do appreciate hearing from all of you and welcome feedback. 
Of course if you know someone that you would like to share this email with you have my permission to forward this along to them. 

Thank you for joining me on my artist journey! 
Blessings, 
Michelle

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