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Della Robia Fruits

I have been having great fun creating some felted fruit to add to the Wooly Magnolia Wreath that I started in December.  The pictures below show the fruit.  The next step will be to add them to the inner ring of the wreath, after which I will post a final picture.  The really hard work will begin then, as I want to create a pattern and another wreath with a bit less beading…. probably in muted grays and pastels.

Pommegranates
Grapes
Magnolias – just three around which to group the other fruits, randomly
Pears
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Wooly Wreath

Good progress is being made on the wool felted wreath.  All three layers of the magnolia leaves are attached.  Now I need to complete the della robia fruit and the magnolia embellishments.

I’ve also completed the four pears, and next will work on the pomegranates.
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Reverse Resolutions and a Word

I’ve decided that my one word for the year 2012 will be “persistence”.  There are many things in my life that will need dedication, courage and tenacity to accomplish, so persistence will come in handy.

This year, there were many resolutions reached… if never designated:
1. In August, we moved our household goods to our new home in North Carolina.
2. In September, we rented our home in MN, and now have decided to become landlords for the longer term with the house off the market.
3. Earlier in the year, I designed 3 purses and created patterns for them.  I’ve given talks, sold almost 30 patterns, and now am scheduled to teach a class based on those patterns.
4.  I’ve joined the local quilt guild, Durham-Orange Quilters and become their secretary, beginning this month.
5. I’ve joined a social quilting bee and an art quilt bee and begun to meet more people.
6. We each chose classes to take through the Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  I’m writing the memoir / stories that I started to write back in the 90s and I’ve made some new friends through the writing class.
7.  We are feeling more settled in our new location and hope to soon move into a more permanent and larger home.
8.  The Wooly Wreath will be another design I created last year and I hope to write a pattern and teach a class based on this wreath also.
9.  I attended Southeast Animal Fiber Fest with my daughter in October and received much inspiration.  Sure hope to go again.
10. I’ve tried using my felting machine and also taken a class in nuno felting and needle punch felting, adding this new technique to my artist’s reservoir.

Goals:
Reconnect with my faith by finding a spiritual home.
Being persistent in following my own artist’s pathway.
Get settled into a roomier abode.
Set up a workable “studio”.
Try more new techniques to add to my artist’s arsenal.
Pursue publishing…. patterns et al.
Complete the M’Unique web page, with Pay Pal connected, so I can sell my artistic creations online from my own site.

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Reverse Resolutions…

This great idea came from Lyric Kinard‘s blog this week.  SOON… I will post my reverse resolutions as it is a wonderful way to look back and appreciate the year just completed, as well as to anticipate the future without feeling the need to lock in specific targets just yet!  First, am wanting to complete my Felted Wool Wreath, so I must get cracking at that.

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Happy New Year!

Our family of four gathered last night and this morning to celebrate the end of 2011 and rejoice at the beginning of a new year with all sorts of possibilities and adventures ahead of us. We watched “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and then enjoyed some Pei Wei takeout dinners before waiting for the ball to drop across the globe. Only advice… be sure to read the book first and to see the Swedish movie version. The American version ties up the mystery rather quickly, not only leaving out some pertinent details, but replacing them with less exciting and less endearing details! Loved the book and the Swedish, sub-titled film.

Today, New Year’s Day, we celebrated with breakfast together: mimosas for the New Year’s toast, North Carolina Apple and Caramel Cinnamon Rolls, and Macaroni and Cheese Butternut Squash casserole. Our new home state of NC chose the cinnamon roll recipe as a favorite at the state fair, so I just had to try it. It was simple and delicious ~ plus there are leftovers. Macaroni and cheese is frequently found on the menus as a side dish in the south. Having never made it in any form, I got this recipe from The Chew, and it was good enough to make again. I would make half a recipe unless feeding a crowd, and would choose at least one of the cheeses to be a bit sharper. It was creamy and delicious! Added some fresh avocados (for our California years), some pineapple (for our Hawaii years), some clementines (tangerines) and tomatoes (for our WI, KS, IL, TX, MN, UT years), and it was a great celebratory New Year’s Day brunch ~ plus it was simple to make.
PS: Be sure to read the next post below which details the felted wreath project I have been working on and will continue to stitch this afternoon.

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Wool Felted, Beaded Wreath

As former Californians, we were disappointed to discover that the NFL has pushed the Rose Bowl off for one more day.  What is New Year’s Day without the Rose Bowl, we asked!!!!

I will work to complete my holiday project today.  If you read earlier posts in December, you will see the beginnings of this wreath.  I have completed the first two layers of machine felted leaves with beading.

This shows the straw wreath which has been wrapped in green satin blanket binding.  My stated purpose earlier was to use “mostly” fabric and embellishments from my stash, without purchasing new supplies.  So I completed about 1/5 of the wreath with a purple ribbon.  It will only show on the back anyway.  This is much like the quilters who use fabric from their stash for the back of the quilt.
This view shows the wreath with the second layer of leaves sewn in place.  I whip stitched, by hand, the lower third of each leaf in the first two layers.  This will keep them secure, but will allow a certain amount of movement to the wreath.
This shows the first of the 3rd layer and final layer of leaves.  Today, I will hand stitch and bead the third layer of leaves and add it to the wreath.  Then, I will still need to felt fabric to make pears, persimmons and magnolia blossoms to place along the inner edge.  I am going to take some time to walk over to the gym and complete my new year obligation of getting more exercise at some point today.  Onward….. and happy new year, once again.

           
Leaf 3a alternates with Leaf b
Can’t wait to complete this project and then design a pattern for it.  Lots of ideas swimming around for the new year.