After the last big storm here, my friend Suzanne spied this broken magnolia branch on her running trail and carted it home. Luckily for her friends (but not the poor tree), it was big enough to share. Placed in a vase of warm water, mine is just beginning to open. I have to remember to stop and look at it every day, take in the lovely changes and think about the miracles of spring. I'm excited to see that it's the same color as the one we used to have in St. Louis. Which brings me to these bits of news.
I'm heading back there to my old neighborhood in a little less than a month for the Home Companion Workshops. (This famous candy maker - Lauren Bacall and Lyons family's favorite! - is located next door to the event hotel.) I think there are still some spaces available at the event.
In June I'm also thrilled to be teaching at Squam Art Workshops in New Hampshire. I'll be posting more about my class prep for that event very soon.
When I'm in St. Louis, I'll get the chance to finally meet Matthew Mead. He has just released a beautiful, richly styled and photographed magazine called Flea Market Style and is on his way to another issue called Matthew Mead Holiday. He welcomes your visits to his blog where you can pre-order your copy and also enter a contest to have your blog included in the pages of his new venture.
And last, but not least, Silver Bella 2010 is gearing up. The teachers were just announced and our workshop descriptions will be going up soon. From the looks of it, this promises to be another fabulous year in Omaha!
Yesterday was the Make and Mingle Sew Along with Jennifer Paganelli held in Fairfield, CT. Close enough to go, I am so glad I did! What a perfect getaway on a gray, gloomy Sunday. Like falling down a rabbit hole and landing in a colorful wonderland where there were old and new friends, piles of quilting fabrics, the cutest shop ever and a collaborative cause, Tammy Gilley's Quilt Haiti Project.
With some starter tips from Nancy (sewing on the right),
we all chose fabrics from Jennifer's generous stash.
Natalie (on the right) and her sister, Karen made sure everyone had whatever they needed to make a 12" square for the quilt.
Even the stenciled floor is darling at Make and Mingle.
Our terrible winter appears to be leaving town. During a brief intermission of sunshine and warmth on one of those days that makes promises and actually keeps them, Mo, Maggie and I wandered the barns, stages and roads at Stone Barns.
My tea towels for Natural Life are here at my house and in the stores too. Aren't they sweet? The company says they are doing really well, so I've been asked to design another set. Always love a good reason to have more fun with fabric and trim.
Let me know if you see them out and around. Wishing you a happy day!
Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Workshops is the next date on my teaching calendar. I'm excited to go- for a number of reasons. One of them is being in the classroom with all the talented and adventurous students.
Thinking about my class projects, I decided to get out the beginnings of the materials for class kits. In the cuckoo clock class, we'll be making our own stamps for patterns and painting. One of my very favorite techniques! Couldn't resist the opportunity and decided to practice-play.
I like the unintended blobs. Can't stop now.
Grabbed my little paint brush and the black paint. Fooling around with the blobs, the brush and more leafy flourishes. Some of it is cool. Some of it- not so much. Paint over it. Let it dry. While I made some more coffee, I flipped through a magazine.
Everything in this photo speaks to me this morning. The patterns, colors, shapes, mood. It stirred the next step.
Turn the page a little more. Look away. Come back. Close it.
Other than flowers and simple graphics, I like to make letters and numbers. Some of them more than others. S, O, M, E, 8, 9, 6, 3. They come off the brush like vines, leaves, petals.
Just an exercise in paint play. Kits still need to be built, but I have a new feel for the project. And lots more inspiration for the day.
I believe there are still spaces available at the event. It's going to be a wonderful weekend! Come to St.Louis and join us!
For awhile I collected Made in Japan trios. Like all my other collections, this one has expanded to include extras.
These little guys were .10 for all three in a church sale box somewhere. So much character and personality with just a few twists and dabs of color. Made from vintage pipe cleaners by an unknown genius. About an inch tall.