And Spokane had the dubious distinction of having the worst air quality in the entire nation yesterday with an index reading of over 300 which is hazardous for everyone. It is because of all the fires. All outdoor activities were cancelled and everyone was urged to stay indoors. It is really bothering my eyes, I have a sore throat and a terrible headache and the fires continue to explode. This was taken yesterday... not too far from us. All my hummingbirds have left and I know it is because of the terrible air.
I have the next six blocks all prepped which for me is putting it on a foundation, adding knit fusible interfacing, basting in the size of the block and basting in a red "stop" line to keep me from adding beads I'll eventually have to cut off. Then I also put fusible knit interfacing on the back of the images to help them sit smoothly on the block. This took some time but now I have all six blocks read to go and here are the images I have chosen to finish this project...
I did the final touches on April, May and June and started prepping the last 6 blocks last night... I should be caught up by the end of Sept. especially since fall is coming and I just got Sling TV. I love rehab shows and I could never get them before because we have never had cable or satellite TV...
Also in this vein of getting organized I think I have finally solved the problem of keeping track of my buttons that I paint. I have used baggies, envelopes, and various containers but all have been so inconvenient when an order comes in. I needed something I could find buttons quickly and have handy when I needed it.
Since my inventory of hand painted buttons is so low at this time, I figured that now was the ideal time to come up with a solution.. hopefully the final solution and I think I have.
Years ago I bought this wall thingy with 100 pouches for earrings but I never really used it and even tried to give it away once on this blog. But now I'm so glad I kept it... I alphabetized the list of buttons I usually paint and made labels for the pockets.
Then I went to my magic barn and found this vintage rolling rack that I vaguely remember women used when they ironed. I have two and used to use them for display in booths at shows...of course I never get rid of anything and this project proves why.
I hung the pockets (shortened a bit) on one side and on the back side I hung a shoe holder in which I keep shipping supplies... labels, envelopes, tapes, etc. I can roll it next to the desk when I need it and out of the way when its not needed. I have been using it now for about a month and it is going to be the best solution.. There are a few little things to tweek but I'm happy with it.... plus I've been able to "upcyle" three things to make them useful again and that is always a plus in my book.
Note: this is just for my hand painted buttons... All the CQ buttons are in bags, drawers, and jars...
I just finished a few more birds in the series of American song birds put out on advertising cards by Singer Sewing Machines around the turn of the century. There were 14 birds in the series and some I will probably not do again as I tend to only paint birds from my garden...
More than twenty years ago we belonged to a very large gourmet dinner group. Names were drawn every six months and dinners were exchanged in groups of 4 couples. We belonged for years and enjoyed it thoroughly. We were all like minded in that we loved to cook and use all our "good stuff" (the good stuff being china, silver and crystal) We were also all of an age when we had received "good stuff" for weddings presents. Although no longer members of the group, we have kept up dinner exchanges with some of the friends and last night we had them over... (Can you identify the flowers in the bouquets)
The menu was:
prosciutto and melon
goat cheese and crackers
soup: chilled cucumber soup with tomato sorbet
salad: citrus salad with bibb lettuce and avocado, oranges, and almonds with poppy seed citrus dressing
main: Seafood thermidor (halibut, cod and scallops)
Madagascar pink rice and red quinoa
Sauteed Bok Choy
dessert: Towers of layers of dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse
My favorite on the menu was the chilled cucumber soup with the savory tomato sorbet which I served in china cups. Also at our age we try to keep the portions smaller.
And a good time was had by all...
And could you name the flowers? Sylphium (yellow daisy-like flowers), tansy, limonium, perovskia, and oregano "Herrenhausen" one of my all time favorite fall perennials.
It is hard to see details so below are two close up shots.
It all folds up nicely for storage and I think I will make a nice bag for it with gold scraps. I did a tutorial on this project and it will be in the winter issue of Pam Kellogg's CQ magazine.
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