I just returned from my granddaughter’s birthday party that was held in one of those bouncing house gyms. Whew!
The energy in that gym was powerful! The children stopped only to refuel on cake and snacks. Then, the energy level really rose to the ceiling.
It was so enjoyable to see the children having such a great time. I was able to spend time with my two youngest grandchildren.
This morning, before I left for the party, I managed to make four mug rugs.
I am beginning to build up some stash again, so I thought I would put it to good use.

The next birthday is in September.
This will give me some time to work off all the cake and ice cream from this month of birthday celebrations.
Who am I kidding?
There is always something to celebrate, right?

Pokemon Gramma

About three years ago, I was with my son as he was house hunting. I tagged along to help with my grandson, who was two at the time. I knew we had found the house they would call home, when my grandson started dancing in the large, empty front room.
This room has since become the Rumpus room, full of fun and family.
It made me smile to see the quilts and fleece blankets I made being used in this room.
On my visit last week, my grandson introduced me to Pokemon Go. He enjoys the scavenger activity of finding these characters as he walks around parks with his dad. I tried my best to keep up with him, but this is a bit beyond me.
For his August pillow cases, I ordered some Pokemon fabric from eQuilter. I found one fabric with a lot of the characters, so I made an 18 inch pillow cover. He can add this pillow to the Rumpus room. I made some mug rugs with the remaining scraps.

 Big and Small Pillowcases

Pokemon Go Pillow with the cast of many characters.

Mug Rugs

Like I said, this game is beyond me. So, I thought these products would at least help me look like a Pokemon Gramma.

Next on the agenda:
1. My friend is looking for Christmas fabric, so we are taking a trip to Valli and Kim’s in Dripping Springs.
I have given myself a budget.
2. I need to prepare for a craft day with my granddaughter and daughter-in-law.
3. I have a pattern for making a unicorn pillow cover for my granddaughter. I need to purchase some fabric.

Painting and Printing

For the past two days, I have been painting and printing. I am working on the journal idea that I heard about from my sister’s friend, Patrice Barton at the Girllustrators meeting. It is a time consuming process since I have to allow time for the paint to dry. During the drying time, I work on other paint projects, make prints, and write short poems or thoughts. I will be putting the paint away for a few days, since I need to work on some binding, and small fabric projects.

These rocks still need to be varnished.

The large book is a Fabiano notebook.
The small book is a mixed media notebook.
I plan to make a fabric cover for each one.
Large notebook
Small mixed media notebook

Now, I need to clean up the mess in my studio.

Block #27~ Friday, July 6

On July 4, 1978, I experienced fireworks in the form of contractions.
Two days later, I was blessed with the birth of my two sons. They were born, a minute apart.
One weighed 6 1/2 pounds; the other weighed 6 3/4 pounds.
Frank and Ed are the stars that light up my life.
I am so proud of them.
Since I was out celebrating their birthdays, I was not able to make the block for my journal until today.

Stars Bright, Stars Light

Background: Patriotic star fabric; red and white star fabric for backing
Technique: Applique

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

For this past week, I have been living out of my travel bags. Celebrating birthdays,time with my grand kids, and visiting my sister…what a great week!
I am home until it is time to celebrate the last July birthday at the end of the month. I will have a craft day with my granddaughter on that day.
Needless to say, I have not produced anything lately. I have, however, done the next best thing. I have benefited by meeting with creative people. My sister, Emma, invited me to go to her Girllustrators meeting. What a treat! These women are a group of very talented, creative, and inspirational artists. I learned so much just by listening to their conversation and seeing the work they shared. They included me in their share time, and they gave me such positive feedback on my work. Be sure to check the Girllustrator site and learn more about each of these women.
Alicia Traveria was also present at the meeting. You can check out her flickr site.
Patrice Barton was the host for this month’s meeting. She shared a journal that she made when she attended a workshop. My sister and I went to Jerry’s Artarama the next day to get the supplies we needed to make our own journal.

We found these cute artist trading cards by Bristol. I cannot wait to start on these trading cards.
Today, I went out and purchased more supplies for my art projects.
My sister made a video to explain how she started her journal.

I also purchased some other goodies for my projects.

Emma told me about a group of poets, Typewriter Rodeo, who attend events and write custom poems about real people.
They use old typewriters to write their custom poems. They have published a book, Typewriter Rodeo.

On pages 154-155, there is a poem written about my sister. Emma had attended the Texas Book Festival, wearing her red wig. She was in total Pig in a Wig character. The poem is entitled, Spare Hair. I love the concept of traveling poets.
Since I am planning to try new things with paint and pen, I had to reorganize my work room and storage. I spent the morning emptying bins, rearranging furniture, and dumping old paint and pens that were no longer working.
I hope to get started on some projects soon.
It was hard leaving my sons, grand kids, and sister; but it sure felt good to sleep in my own bed again…without a cat sleeping at my feet.

I miss these family pets.

Peace in the Kingdom…my youngest son’s pets.

Emma’s sweet dog.

Young Artist

I have spent some special days with my grandson. Our days were filled with scavenger hunts, play time, conversation, and creating.  My grandson loves to create things using wood, cardboard, twigs… anything in his environment that catches his interest.

Today, we took a neighborhood walk with my iPad. He took pictures of things he thought his dad would like. Then, I showed him how to use Movie Maker. He made the movie with very little help from me.
He was very proud of his work. And I am super proud of him.

One of the activities I had planned for him was printing with the Gelli- art plates. I had become frustrated with my own attempt to use Gelli-art plates. I didn’t know if my 4 year old grandson would like to print, but I decided to give it a go. I am SO glad I did. I learned so much from watching him. He enjoyed the process of adding texture with different items. I realized that I was doing too much second guessing and hesitating when I was printing. My grandson just did it, and had fun! I will follow his lead and do some printing of my own.😊

I made this video of the young artist at work.

It was hard to say goodbye today.
I will see him soon, when we gather to celebrate my granddaughter’s birthday.


Still Celebrating

This past week was the beginning of birthday celebrations. I am not in my sewing room.
I am visiting quilt shops as I celebrate in the cities where my son’s live. 
This week, the celebration continues as I visit with family and friends.
I will be back soon…with lots of projects to start!

Just for Fun

The city workers are working on repaving my segment of the street, so I am inside for the day. I decided to look up some easy to do crafts. I found this origami market bag video and tutorial that sounded very interesting.  Alanda Craft gives great directions and provides a video for making this origami bag.

There was a bin of patriotic fabric that survived my reorganization purge of fabrics.  I also always have denim fabric handy. There was enough denim to make the large bag on the video, but I did not have enough of the patriotic fabric. The tutorial includes directions on how to adjust the size of the bag, so I was able to come up with a small origami bag.

I intended for the denim to be the outer part of the bag, but I reversed the folding directions.
The patriotic fabric is on the outer part of the bag…very Fourth of July!

Tomorrow, I will be able to leave the house and celebrate the Fourth of July with family.

Fat Quarter Quilt

The City of San Antonio handed the neighbors on my street some good news/ bad news. Our street will be repaved…good. But they chose this holiday week to re-paveour street…bad. This means that on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, no cars can be parked or be driven on the street from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. And during the hours that we are able to drive on the street, our cars will get splattered with tar and asphalt.
Great! Now I am stuck indoors!
I do feel sorry for the workers who are dealing with hot tar and asphalt on this scorcher of a day.
After muttering and complaining to myself, I decided to finish piecing the bird quilt that I started in the last week.