May 23, 2017
Apologies. Try as I might, I can’t seem to get to my blog. It’s not that I don’t want to, but obviously, it’s not enough of a priority for me to do it. The most I can manage digitally is posting on Instagram (@timetobeinspired) and the odd share on Facebook. How sad is that?
2017 has been a year of change and so far a year of travel. In January and February, I spent 5 weeks in East Africa, visiting Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The trip included 2 outstanding overland safaris plus a week of relaxation in Zanzibar. In April I visited Prague in the Czech Republic for 2 weeks as well as spending a week in Budapest, Hungary. All of these destinations were new to me and for the most part, I have one thing to say. WOW! Seriously. I took thousands of photos and found amazing inspiration and soon I plan on getting down to work to use some of that inspiration. My travels will be shared in posts to follow.
I am writing this from 37,000 feet on a flight from Calgary, Alberta to Halifax, Nova Scotia. My oldest son is getting married later this week and it is time for a celebration! This is a week-long trip. Immediately after my arrival back in Calgary my residency at ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design) begins. I hope that means that I’ll be nose to the grindstone for 3 months. We shall see.
In the following months, I plan on making a concerted effort to revive my blog. Perhaps my format will include minimal text and lots of photos. Maybe I won’t be able to contain myself sometimes and there will be something to read. Only time will tell. My goal is to post every 2 weeks. In the past, I enjoyed documenting my work, my travels, some cooking adventures and various miscellany. That varied and vague approach will probably continue. Thanks to anyone who took the time to read this. I hope to reacquaint with some of my online pals. I have missed you.
Here are a few photos of fun things I’ve spotted on my trip so far.
I just returned from a trip to “Art Quilt Tahoe“. This conference takes place at a stunning setting – the Zephyr Point Conference Centre – located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. It was hard to stop taking photos of the lake and gorgeous surroundings. This was my outstanding view. No complaints here. I spent 4 days working with Jane Dunnewold, an accomplished fibre artist I met last year at the Surface Design Association conference in San Antonio, Texas. I fell in love with Jane’s work immediately, and when an opportunity presented itself to take one of her classes, I jumped at it. The class was called ” Improvisational Design for Digital Printing”. It was everything I expected and more. I have been totally consumed with designing fabrics on the computer and on Sunday night I placed an order. My head was busting with ideas and it was tough to decide what to order first. I ordered from Spoonflower, an online service that does terrific work. I am really excited to see how my fabrics turn out, and I’ll post photos once they arrive.
Here is a piece of Jane’s work, titled “It’s All About Proportion”.
The conference classes were small so teachers were able to give lots attention to all their students. Every lunch and dinner featured a speaker, with established art quilters giving terrific presentations. There were amazing quilts on display to stimulate and amaze, and what fun to spend time with so many like-minded individuals! I met some terrific people, including a quilter whose work I have admired for many, many years – Theresa May. I might have even stalked her a bit after we met, but I couldn’t help myself. She is talented and totally unassuming and I was just so thrilled to meet her. Here is one of Theresa’s quilts titled “San José Beauty”. Totally amazing to see up close!Must get moving now. I’m working on things for a craft sale and I’m a little behind. Where would I be without a deadline?
Here’s my submission for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo challenge. I’m desperately trying to put together some photos to order a book. I purchased it about a year ago and of course the offer will expire soon. Apparently I don’t always work better with a deadline! I’ve decided to print a book with photos from my most recent visit to Turkey, so that’s where I looked for the challenge photos.
Okay – I’m throwing in my 2 cents worth. I tried the new editor and so far am not impressed. I don’t have time to play with this and learn the nuances necessary to use a new system now! WordPress – why don’t you ask first?