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February Wrap Up

February is done.

I can't believe how fast it went by. Even with an extra day. But the month is in the history books. Here's what I did:

2 Books read15 days of Writing- down by 6 days4 business quilts longarmed3 personal quilts done2 art shows, attended19 World of Wendy Lu blog posts3 Wendy B Quilts blog posts13 Netflix movies/series29 Faces challenge- drew, painted 29 faces2 projects done- bat ornaments, bunner door hangs I started a huge project today. I was busy designing patterns. I hadn't done that in a long time and at one point got a little frustrated but I continued to work at it. Will be at it again tomorrow. Etsy shop opening has been delayed until this new project is well underway. Sorry about that but I want things to be very nice.
Not bad. But there is always room for improvement. I feel fine. I'm ready to get back to creating many things. I missed creating things. Now I've got a brand new month to see what I can do.

Done

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29 of 29 Faces. I did it. I finished an online challenge. I didn't get to use new or other media but that's okay. I stuck it out and finished. Ahead of time because I did this one last night. I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking it out.


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29 Faces

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Faces 27 and 28 of 29.


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Snail Mail Art with Faces

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I finally finished a project that I had started some time ago. I asked friends if they would like to receive a piece of art in a letter. Eleven responded and I finally got the last three pieces done. Two are faces so I used them as part of my 29 Faces. I really like doing small pieces. I may have to do more. My friends seem to like them.


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Art Show

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Last week I delivered my bats and bunners to a local shop, The Fiber Company. Usually when I go downtown, I visit people who are in the general are. A friend who owns a bead shop, Studio 2. Haven't seen her in awhile and we're going to plan a play date. Work with some polymer clay, metallic paint, and make some molds. Then I went to Earthbound Arts and talked to another friend I haven't seen in a month of Sundays and we got a chance to laugh and talk shop. I had fun. They both told me that they enjoyed seeing my posts on Facebook, what I was working on. I was a little shocked because I didn't think anyone was paying attention. It was nice to know that someone was. Now I'm going to have to step up on the creating thing.

That Friday evening I went to my first art opening in, well, I don't know when the last time it was that I went to one. A friend was having I guess her first real art exhibit. I followed her through grad school. She started out in clay and is now…

29 Faces - Home Stretch

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I'm keeping up with this challenge. And it's almost over. Here are the latest ones. Still channeling Amedeo Modigliani.



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My Work Table

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It's been awhile since my work table looked like this. It was scary and exhilarating and fun at the same time. I hadn't felt that in a long time. How long? Three years long. Eek! Yep, I looked back. Way back. I'm grateful for my blog because I was able to go back and see when I was the most productive. What did I do differently? The time when I had a regular job, I got home, ate, and got busy. I designed and made things. Cool things and for whatever reason I lost that. Well now, I'm working my butt off to get it back.


I've made these critters before and I thought it would be the best small project to do to get back into the groove of things. Bad Wendy and the monkey were trying to poo poo my efforts. I told them to find a corner and be quiet. Sometimes you can't rush the really cool things you want to do after being away from it for so long. When I found out how long it had been, I cried. Three years gone; not creating anything. I mourned. Creating is like brea…

More Faces!

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Who knew. I may just finish this challenge after all. I decided to channel Amedeo Modigliani, one of my favorite artists.



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The Battle Continues

This past weekend wasn't a good one at all. Along with the crazy weather, I just couldn't get anything done. I did work on bat ornaments but that was it. No writing, no artwork, no dolls, no quilting... Zippo. I don't know if it's because things are going in a different direction or if I just needed to rest. Or because of all the rotten news I've been getting. The wife of my last uncle was buried this past week; my mom's last good neighbor passed away (she and her husband were the first people my mom and I met when we moved into our house, they were great neighbors); and my last aunt is in the hospital. My mom came from a large family. She is number thirteen of fourteen. The last girl in the family. I guess it hit me. They're gone.

I grew up in a wonder and wacky and talented extended family. Now that I look back, I am so grateful for having been a part of that. That huge thing. From the problems, hang ups, marriages good and bad, being there for each other…

Bat Ornaments

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Last week I got some bat ornaments started for St. Patrick's Day. I'm a bit ahead of schedule. Better not smile too much.


Somehow I ended up with more heads than bodies. Oh well.


29 Faces

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I caught up with my 29 Faces. Sort of. I'm back to being down two. The challenge continues. These were done with a fountain pen.




I also like adding little stories to go with them.

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29 Faces

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Finally got a chance to catch up on my faces. Not really working in a challenging medium. Maybe over the weekend I can paint one.




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Hump Day

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I don't know if that's good or bad. This week has been challenging and I've wanted to just go back to bed each day. A breakdown did occur and it's taken a few to get back to being normal. Somewhat. But I did rally myself to actually work on something. I put away fabric and scraps that someone gave to me. I put together a preemie quilt top. And just about caught up on my 29 Faces.



Enough fabric to start seven more preemie quilts.


It finally got cold. Way cold. We'll be hitting teens soon. For us it's a big deal. I don't mind the cold. I love layers of clothes and a good load of blankets. I can finally wear pullover sweaters and sweatshirts that I normally wouldn't be able to wear during winter.

I'm still working on those bats.

29 Faces

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I am behind. What else is new? I may be down but I am not out. Here's 3 and 4. Number 3 is Buckey who likes ducks. Yellow ones. And Number 4 is Dovey who has a dilemma, to shave or not to shave. Probably not. Both are done with mechanical pencil.



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Patterns

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Oh my gosh! I got these patterns that were on sale. I love Downton Abby, the Regency Era, and costumes, period clothing in general. On my list for the year is to start making me some items to wear. I didn't really play dress up when I was a kid but I want to do it now.


Getting Into It

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February, that is.

Last week was busy with quilts. This week, I get a little reprieve from longarming. Doesn't mean that I won't be working on quilts and other projects. I looking for ways to bring some color into the studio, so I set up my thread tree.


I started going through the bags of fabric my friend Lisa gave me and I've been finding some really cool pieces of fabric. Enough to make two preemie quilt tops and start six more. That helps me out a lot. I like doing them and it's my way of giving back to my community. It also gives me an opportunity to practice some custom longarming.

Today is bat ornament day. I will be cutting them out, turning the heads for stuffing and get ready to do some bunny ornaments for St. Patrick's Day. Those items will go into a local shop. The writing is on schedule. I work on things when I can but still working on doing it five days out of the week. I'm going to make the most of this little lull. Will have more pics soon.

Almost Forgot

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My second batch of snail mail art. Things are starting to arrive at their destination and so far, everyone seems very happy. A mash up of St. Patrick's, voodoo doll, and aliens.


29 Faces

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Being a glutton for punishment, I'm attempting the 29 Faces challenge. A face a day in February using new media or familiar. Here are my first two. Both are done with mechanical pencil.



One Down, Eleven To Go

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I'm late on a post. Lots of things going on. Good things. January was slow in the longarming department but it has picked up right now. Finished a quilt today and got another one on the frame.


I went to my first quilt show of the year and had a blast. Bought some things; patterns, a book on fancy stitches, specialty thread. I've got a few projects in the works. A friend cleared out her sewing room and gave me lots of fabric and scraps. Amazing. Two boxes, 2 bolts of a few yards of fabric each, 6 full bags, and a pretzel container full of scraps. I also got a half-done Hawaiian applique wall hanging. Yep, I'm weird enough to attempt to finish it.


Last month was okay. Here's what I accomplished,

2 books read17 days writing8 business quilts done5 quilts for me done1 Sashiko piece done1 day trip to a friends bookstore1 pair of knitted socks donewatched Netflix 9 times (caught up on several series and watched movies over those times)progress on 1 doll Not the greatest but I …