Well, I got the message that Blogger has decided I need to switch to the new version- so I just bit the bullet and did it. I'm still playing with a Wordpress blog I've set up- but the learning curve on that one feels steeper to me than Blogger has been, and there are not many outside resources to help the process. So we'll see.
I have finished a total of 16 Valentine theme cards this week. Five I've already sent off to Karey Bresenhan's Heart 2 Heart project, 5 are for my Art2Mail group, and the rest are for family and friends. In my last post, Nellie commented about ways I can deal with the flatness I disliked about some of my hearts. I decided to do an experiment with one card. I'd already outlined the hearts with beads- and was not happy with the result. So even though I'd already backed the card, I ripped off the beads. I had some Bling Bling yarn in a color that went well with the card, so I couched it around the hearts. While I think I will avoid yard with intermittent blobs of fiber in the future, I am still happier with this. And, since this card doesn't
have to go in the mail, I just covered my threads with more hearts, fused on. Here's a picture of all three versions:
And, a selection of the other cards I finished:
I think I am done with hot pink and red for awhile.
I am now halfway through my six week drawing class. I wish the teacher had done more basics, but I am still pleased with my first drawing, one of my daughter. I've still got work to do on it- but for someone who's been convinced her entire life she can't draw, this is a major breakthrough. With some coaching from the teacher, I was amazed at how her eyes came to life under my pencil.
Like I said, still work to do on it- but Shannon is recognizable!
I'm in one of those "what next?" stages. I think it is time to move beyond the ideas floating in the brain, and start committing some of them to paper. And, I know what I want to do for the last year of the Journal Quilts- totally different from past work, and it will be a stretch for me. For that one, I'm signing up for Marilyn Belford's portrait class at Quilt University. You'll hear about my progress- or lack thereof, since I can't post pictures before the Houston show!