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How I Look to my Granddaughters 

Weekly photo challenge: FACEMaura and Anna drew their grandmother’s face- mine!

Drawn on dry erase board. Maura -7


Drawn on the other half of the board with dry erase marker. By Anna-12


First Visit to Children’s Museum 

Monday May 2, 2016.

Charles, Laura and I went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

When you’re ten months old there are so many “firsts” to experience.

I am so glad I bought a family membership last summer when Mark and Erika’s children came to visit.

Today the waterplay at the end of our visit was his favorite but I didn’t get any photos of his splashing. So much more to explore next visit!

26717338741_85f8b02c2a_kChecking out Henrietta Pussycat puppet from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

 

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img_4006Lunch in the café.  Mom brought a pouch for Charles. We ordered a slice of cheese pizza. Laura ran into a friend Stephanie and her son Joe in the cafeteria so that was nice.

Making the lights move onto the wall as Laura pushed the stroller through the light.

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IMG_6558The Wooden Mirror is amazing.  I am still trying to figure it out, how it works.

 

One of our favorite parts was the helpful woman in the Museum Gift Shop.

We found a little “first car” and a baby beaver Folkmanis puppet for Charles’ first birthday coming in June. (shhhhh, it’s a surprise!)

 


Acquiring Art from Art All Night

To say Art All Night in Lawrenceville is a happening, would be an understatement.  Over a thousand pieces of art are hung and displayed for 24 hours.

No jury, any medium- just ONE piece per artist. No exceptions.

It takes a ton of volunteers to organize, create and support this community event.   Check all the art in, check all the art out.  Make sure the artists get back their artwork.

There’s lots of music, comedy, yoga, mosaic making, live art, children’s activities and T-shirts for sale to wear until next year which will be the twentieth year.

Here’s the great part- thousands of people attend the show.  This year Steve and I went on the peaceful Sunday morning instead of the wild and crazy and heavily populated Saturday night.  An artist friend had taken in my Mill at Night photograph along with his painting. He’d encouraged me to participate again this year.

When I saw the piece below on one of the panels, it spoke to me.  I got the contact information off the tag and called the artist right away.   This afternoon we met at the bookstore in the Waterfront and check out how she packaged her art.

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Thanks Jill.  I am thrilled to have your “Corona” in my home.

IMG_3903We exchanged email and contact information and hope to knit together sometime soon.

 

A gallery from Art All Night so you can get the feel for the event.   Remember my visit was early Sunday morning so it was sparse as far as viewers go but there were plenty of volunteers.

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Yep I Impressed My Mom’s Quilting Group by Wendy Coester

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Painting by Bill Pfahl

 

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What we saw when we left the exhibit

 

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“All You Knit is Love” Sign

You know how I love to photograph signage (and knit)

Joanne spotted this one!26280461321_f47dd5220e_kat the Hill Country Weavers yarn store on South Congress Austin Texas

 

and a familiar Pittsburgh icon found in at Home Slice Pizza in Austin

OUR very own Mr. Rogers

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Complete with surveillance cameras.


Abstract: Weekly Photo Challenge 

Abstract gallery from archives

 
I don’t shoot many intentional abstracts 
my photographic style more literal. 

   
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1- freight train,chain link fence, building by East Liberty busway 

2- Raeffetto’s wild mushroom ravioli NYC

3- Lincoln Logs in the toy drawer Ohio

4-Twister  Heinz History Center Pittsburgh

5-Philadelphia shadows 


Meet Malka- A Stitch in Dye

Austin, Texas is noted for live music and creative artists.

And stunning hand-dyed, uniquely-patterned fabrics, by Malka Dubrawsky. Touring her studio, I was reminded of my color theory class, studying Josef Albers.

In between wedding and celebrations, Colleen, who hails from Nova Scotia, made arrangements to meet Malka at her studio, A Stitch in Dye.

Colleen is an avid quilter and follows Malka’s blog.

The four of us piled in Joanne’s car and her son Chris, ferried us to A Stitch in Dye where Malka welcomed us and generously gave a tour of her studio.

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Malka Dubrawsky – Fiber Artist

26074255430_c07b8adf97_kMalka explained the dye process. We learned about the addition of soda ash.

Lengths of fabric soak in dye. Wax in electric frying pans for making the designs on the fabric

 

26321167766_3db3fc7cff_kWax design drying, ready for a dye bath

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Button jar

25741790244_61ef3cd42e_kJoanne spotted these gloves on a shelf.  Thanks J.

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Custom designs available and international shipping! Click for her Etsy Store to see samples of her vibrant hand dyed fabrics. She has written two books.

Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric and Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration.

26347120015_67c1d4d60d_oLeft Handed Appliqué Scissors.

26321137986_7e4f2f7d75_kStacks of fabric to be sewn into quilt designs

26074218620_1663b13e6f_kThanks for a wonderful tour.  Malka saw us out to the parking lot.

Glad Colleen had such a cool connection in Austin.   The fabrics she bought were richly colored and fabulous designs. Can’t wait to see your quilt creation, Colleen. Send photos for upcoming blog post!


#creativesprint day 1

From #Creativesprint

“Whenever you embark on a new journey, it is important to remember that it is the individual steps that get you to your destination. This is why we always start a CreativeSprint the same way.

Day 1

Make something that fits in the palm of your hand, using only materials from your immediate environment.”

Immediate environment? I did not have to leave my bed this morning to make Rudolph the Red Nosed Rodent. The jiggly eyes leftovers from the art room, in a clear ziploc.

Would you believe I had a plastic egg of erasure compound that cleans mats, right on my night table?  (like gummy art erasers)

A ball head pin from my zippered knitting notions case for the nose, a pen made the Swiss  cheese  wedge.

Photographed, tagged, shared. So this is what the #creativesprint challenge is about.

I bet there are lots of mice in the palms of hands but none with a red nose.


#Creativesprint Warm-up at Voodoo Brewery- Homestead

Ellie Valentine* is one of the nicest people I know, so when she invited me to attend this event I said if I’m in town, I’d go –#Creativesprint what it’s all about.  Check out the link and anyone can sign up. Free.

She thinks I’m perfect for this 30 day challenge. That it will be easy for me. 

Hope so. (The last challenge I signed up in the new year,  I abandoned the effort early on, uh-oh)

 Voodoo Brewery is located in the old firehouse in Homestead on Ninth Avenue

   I had Pierogies and onions on greens, hummus and pita and veggies. A bold brown ale. They are into Brewology at Voodoo. 

  

  Pallets are the tabletops 

  The old fire bell 

  

  

 Voodoo Brewery in the old Firehouse 
Met some other nice people who came together tonight -warming up -before taking this creative challenge. 

I’ve posted about *Tin Front Cafe in Homestead PA. And her church is the one with the 24 foot statue of St Joseph in Church Parking Lot


Missing Degas by a Day

Dance Dance Dance
The Dancers. All those ballerinas. I had a framed print on my childhood wall.
I’m visiting my sister but Wednesday we’re headed to family in Ohio.
On Monday at MOMA, I read signs of the Edgar Degas exhibit which previews the day we leave the city-glimpses of what I’d miss were represented in the gift shop.

Degas dancers on bookmarks,stationery, prints to be framed, journals, magnets, a children’s book. Not a mug in sight! 

  The entrance to the exhibit, cordoned off until tomorrow for members.


  


Seasons on a Kitchen Wall

Or the wooden side of an open cupboard is more accurate.

I bought these when we lived in Germany

Decorative plates. Villeroy and Boch Naïf pattern

The order of the seasons is what I notice, how I put them up- perhaps in order of preference?

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Next I’ll be in the basement digging around for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons album I think is down there. Jen H has inspired us to post our seasons.

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trying to show the detail without the glare.


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