Monday, February 28, 2011

Last Plant-a-day!

This is the last one.  Wow, I can't believe February has come and gone already.  
Tomorrow, thoughts on this whole process.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Plant-a-day #19 & #20

I'm just a little late with #19, but here it is. Yesterday, I went to a two hour Nia workshop and was also trying to finish up the quilting on a new artwork and didn't want to change the thread out to black until I had finished.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Fun

What did you do for Valentine's day?  Did you have a romantic dinner?

We did not.  What you see above is the after yoga wine and chocolate (plus some popcorn) party we had.  I usually go to yoga on Monday nights and had asked our teacher if she would be having the class on Valentine's day.   She said yes.  I asked if I should bring chocolate and she said yes again.  Later I received an email that said we were having a wine and chocolate party after class (bring stuff to share).  Apparently, she claims it was my idea.  Well, what a great idea I had!  

What a great yoga teacher I have.  Her class is fun and we joke around. She will say anything.  It's really a great community.  We've been known to have beer after class once in a while and she has set up pool parties for us in the summer.  It's no wonder I drive a little extra distance just to go to her class.  She is the one on the left in the picture below. (The room was dark so the pictures aren't great.)  There were more people in the class but these are the people that stayed for the party.

Plant-a-day #15

Can you believe we are already halfway through the month?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Plant-a-day #11

It's getting close to Valentine's day.  Doesn't this look a little heart shaped?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Plant-a-day #9

Usually I try to do my plant drawing in the morning before I head off to exercise or start work on something.  But the last few days, I've had to do them a bit later.  I'm working on another somewhat large piece and I find that having to switch the thread to black and then back again is a little annoying.  So today I finished all the quilting on my piece before switching to the black.  Now it will be ready in the morning, too.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Plant-a-day #8

I didn't forget.  These may look like feathers, or paddles, but they are leaves.


I don't usually discuss politics here, or much anywhere else for that matter, except with my husband.  I know I have strong opinions and feelings about certain issues and will get worked up about it.  I also realize that I am not very good about verbally expressing those opinions and the reasons for them, so I try not to get into a political discussion most of the time. 

Today is an exception.  Yesterday evening there was a rally at the capitol building to protest school superintendent Luna's education plan.  For those non-locals, I won't go into too many details. Mandatory online classes for high school students, firing many teachers so they can buy laptops to give to freshman (supposedly so they can take these online classes) are the main issues I'm against.  Just trust me that it is not a good plan.  Both Frank and I are strongly opposed to it, as well as Anna. 

Anna really wanted to go to this rally. So I bought some poster board, we made some signs and stood in the very cold wind for about an hour.  There were several different people that made speeches.  There was a BSU professor, a mother, a teacher, a lawmaker and two high school students,all of whom presented very good arguments in a clear manner with research and examples for support. I hope they speak at the hearings during the public testimony today and tomorrow because they had some really good points.

You can see some better pictures (including one of me) at the Idaho Statesman photo gallery.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Plant-a-day #4

This one took me forty five minutes to do. I am not the fastest at the sewing machine.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Plant-a-day #3

Bid On!

Last night, Anna and I attended the artist preview party for the Valentines for Aids auction at Flying M. I had only been once before because it is pretty much wall-to-wall people, as you can see.

There were lots of pieces, as usual. Although this year I noticed there were quite a few more fabric/quilt/embroidery/textile pieces, including this stuffed deer head below. Very interesting.

We really didn't get a good look at all the pieces because it was so crowded. But we got an overview. I did bid on a piece, but I'll have to go back if I seriously want it. I will go back again just so I can take some time to see everything.

Anna finally managed to finish her piece on the last turn-in day. She likes the thrill of the last minute! Her two cats are on the bottom, second from the right in the picture below.

I thought this silhouette picture was pretty cool. Sorry, I don't have the name of the artist. But you can go check it out for yourself if you are in town. Bidding ends Feb. 13.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The First of February

Here it is, February. I bet you are all sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see what I have chosen to do each day this month. Without further ado, I bring you Plant-a-day!

Plant-a-day #1       

I've decided to do one fabric drawing a day of some kind of plant or part of a plant.  And I will probably not have any idea what the name of the plant is, like this one above.  I have a pile of 6 x 6" fabric squares cut with some batting.  I'm using up scraps of fabrics but the background fabric will all be a neutral tan or cream with and without prints.  I will use black thread for the drawing.  At the end, I might add color and more background stitching to finish off the squares.  But for now, it's just the plant drawing a day.