Sunday, May 5, 2019

Spring Is Everywhere At Last

Even Wisconsin has finally welcomed spring! Kola and I are very happy to be able to hang out on the screened porch. 
 Last Sunday I noted that there were 31 days of school left, which means we are now down to 26 days -- 25 for me. I'll be eating Jello for dinner and undergoing everyone's favorite intestinal screening procedure tomorrow.  Yesterday a teacher went public on the state of the profession in the Miami Herald. I love my school, my colleagues, my students -- but no one is exempt from the budget cuts, testing culture, lack of respect. Those have become national problems. 

But, getting back to spring, I have started another set of mitts in Zauberball Crazy, and this ball is very cheerful and seasonal:
My quilting project also features flowers:
I like this project, but again, I feel like I'm following the commercial fabric's direction. I fell in love with the flowered fabric and then chose others to contrast with it. 

The projects I really love are more original. I've started working seriously on a piece for an exhibit that my fiber group is having in the fall, and I like this one so far. The show is at the Arboretum so all the artwork has to include Wisconsin wildlife.
I have four Wisconsin birds and a handful of native wildflowers. When I finish the design, I'll transfer it onto cotton twill and embroider it with perl cotton. I think it will be a fun one to embroider.

I've been taking it easy this weekend. I am exhausted following a week of student crises at school and an injury. A student came flying out of a bathroom and banged into my wrist, leaving me with a sprained arm. I spent the whole day dealing with Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine. Still, I did go out for Gallery Night on Friday. There's a new store that focuses on arts and crafts from Tibet, India, etc., and it is furnished with this completely beaded chair:
Really. That is all beads, see:
Five more weeks. I can do it, right?

15 comments:

  1. Kola is such a pretty girl. Don't tell Giroux, but I am VERY partial to ginger kitties. ;-) (It will be our little secret.)

    Hope your arm is feeling better soon. You CAN make it to the end of the semester. Then just think ......a summer of stitching and relaxation.

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  2. you get hurt at work a lot....at least once a year it seems! I pray your procedure goes well and is extremely uneventful. I hated the prep (bleh).

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  3. You can do it!!! Once that countdown begins it's all downhill.

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  4. Oh man You did NOT need an injury! Im so sorry. I love the beaded chair. I am so sad to see fighting in Israel today. Our neighbors are there for the month and i worry for them.

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  5. Teaching can be a hazardous profession: I hope your arm/wrist is not badly injured. Love your new design for the upcoming exhibition and know it will be beautiful with your amazing embroidery skills.

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  6. I'm cheering you on to the finish, Deborah! I love seeing your creative pursuits, and am so sorry you were injured. I pray your test [and mine on the 10th] go well. xx

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  7. You CAN do it! I think the time flies toward the end of the year . . . but maybe not when you're counting the days. ;-) I'm sorry about your wrist, and hope you heal quickly. And, oh my goodness THAT CHAIR!!!

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  8. Oh what a beautiful kitten!! Whau!, hope your wrist is better now. Ouchy! Praying for speedy recovery! The project for the exhibition sounds fantastic. Wishing you the best. I had a chance to see a few things made in the Tibet when we visited India a few years ago. They are talented! That chair is beautiful and incredible!!

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  9. You CAN do it!! And sorry about your arm - hope it heals quickly.

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  10. You can make it to the end of the year-and an embroidery like the one you have drawn is good material for daydreaming until then!

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  11. Your yarn is very pretty and your cat is gorgeous. Wow what a chair and in beads! Sorry to hear you've been injured at school, I hope your wrist heals quickly, Cathy x

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  12. Oh gosh - hope your arm is healing rapidly. Another injury is NOT what you needed! Your project for the exhibit at the Arboretum looks fabulous. Can't wait to see your embroidery on it. Kola is so pretty (and she looks so much bigger!!).

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  13. I'm very jealous of your screened porch! My yard is very small, and if property management would let, me, I'd turn the whole thing into a giant Catio for me and the cats!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your projects develop - especially the girl with the birds!

    That chair is AMAZING! Imagine the hours that went into that!

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  14. Yes - you can do it. I'm sorry about your arm, I hope it heals well and rather quickly. Your new project is very intriguing. Keep us posted.

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  15. You can do it! I think those are international problems by the way, we have exactly the same here. Hope your arm heals quickly.

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