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Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I have added another round of stitching to this mandala.  I think the purple flower sequins work well but there needed to be something in between them.  I decided on a green straight stitch.  I gathered my supplies and went to stitch on the deck.  As I was about to start stitching it dawned on me that this would be the perfect time to add a blending filament to the green cotton I had chosen.  This is something I have been meaning to do and never had.  Such a simple way to add just a big of shimmer.  I usually go for full on shimmer!  You may have to enlarge the photo to be able to see it clearly.   The circle in the centre is a piece of experimental needle felting.  Which I love but now thanks to sweet hubby is bothering me a bit.  When I showed him the piece he stared at it with a furrowed brow.  When I asked him what was the problem he explained he was trying to figure out what the centre is.  He needs things to be representational and should know better that I do not.  All of that

Another Finish

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 After reworking some of the seams on this piece I realized the centre was lacking.  The small doily appeared perfect at first.  I love hunting through my stash to find the right thing.  I found a piece of vintage jewelry that was broken.  Well, missing a part.  I added a faux gem to the centre and then stitched it down.  I am much happier with it now.  It feels pretty great to another mandala finished.  I look forward to seeing all my mandalas hanging together in one show. I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

I like

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 I like messing around in my art journals.  I like painting with pretty colours and exploring.  I like that my art journals are a safe place to let loose.  I like that I can shut down the inner critic and just play.  I like to play and think that adults need to do more of that.   I like long weekends in the summer.  My sweet hubby goes camping.  I stay home and eat chips and dip for supper!  And maybe some takeout but no cooking for me!  Oh, and I watch chick flicks.  Any good recommendations? I am linking with Lee Anna at  Not Afraid of Color

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 Ah, so satisfying to have 7 yes, 7 mandalas completed.  These mandalas only required a hanging device to be finished.  I sat outside on my deck and got them all stitched yesterday.  My progress feels great!  I love seeing the to-do pile dwindle!  It makes me feel on top of things and I have no doubt I will have a large body of work for my upcoming solo show.  I was pleased to see that I had signed and dated some of these on the back.  How clever of me, too bad I don't do that for all of them!

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I was pretty excited when I found these dragonfly charms.  I love dragonflies!  I knew the charms would work well on a mandala, of course.  I do get a little concerned that people will get bored with my mandalas but that is not enough to stop me from creating them.  I just keep thinking of more and more ways to make a mandala.  And it feels really good creating them.   I also added some interesting brass charms.  I would like to add more bugs.  Maybe butterflies would work well on this.  It is weird to me that the colour of the dragonflies is pretty accurate but the fabric looks more pink than purple in this photograph.   I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/

Word of the Month

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 I finally got my word of the month finished.  I decided on a completely different background.  The letters got lost in my original choice.  This little mini quilt was created ages ago and the word works quite well on it.  At least I think it does.  This textile journal will be so interesting to look through once it is completed.  I will now start considering my word for July.  I am challenging myself to come up with a different way to do the letters each month.  Certainly a challenge but I do like a good challenge. I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

I Like

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  I like that I have a solo show of my mandalas at the end of the year.  I like that there is a goal for me to work towards.  When first discussing this show I was expecting to be using a smaller space and therefore thinking that I would only be showing my stitched mandala.  I like that they are open to me including my paper mandalas now that I have been offered such a large space. I have been considering how I would make that work.  The lower image is how I am envisioning the installation.  I like that my son Jeremy was able to create that image for me.  He is so talented and clever.  It will be approximately 10 feet by 10 feet. I like creating mandalas and have close to 400 that will go into this installation.  That number is just the loose mandalas and doesn't include the ones done in journals and altered books!  That's a lot of mandalas!  I guess my need for meditation and peace is pretty strong! I like creating period end of sentence.  It is an essential part of my thrivin