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Saturday, March 26, 2005
Straight & Narrow
Ok...I have done as much as I can on the challenge piece today. I can't see the TV with the design board up on the table and I need it that way so I can work. But, Michigan is playing Colorado College in the Midwest Regional final of NCAA Hockey and I don't want to miss that. Hockey is my one big sports addiction and, with the whiney pros not playing this year because the millions they are making isn't enough (sorry- but, in hockey, players have no risk involved. Unlike other pro sports, if a hockey player is injured and can't play he still collects his salary. But, I think ALL pro athletes are grossly overpaid as are actors and other entertainers....let's pay the REALLY important people, like police and firefighters the big bucks...ok, end of this political rant) I have completely enjoyed watching the college and junior players....the guys who still play for the RIGHT of the game. Was sorry to see my alma mater, Wisconsin, lose to Michigan and was kind of sorry to see Maine lose to Minnesota (I say kinda because I like the Gophers too). Hope to see New Hampshire advance....

And how about those Michigan State Spartans, eh?? By 10 they beat Duke!! Who'd a thunk it?????

Have a lovely Easter all!

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Ok....the main blocks of color have been trimmed and fused. No, the piece is NOT within the prescribed ratio of 1:5 however, I have a lot I can trim from top and bottom but still have a lot of detail to add in fused fabric and then thread painting. Since the thread painting causes shrinkage, I will not do any trimming until the very end. However, I will make a freezer paper *frame* to define where I want to work as far as adding detail. Posted by Hello
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Well, since I am fusing, the Janome is idle. With my very limited studio space, well, stuff ends up everywhere. Especially with having to keep the small ironing space and cutting space clear...... Posted by Hello
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Friday, March 25, 2005
My Fellow Bloggers and Artists
I have found that I have become *addicted* to reading the other blogs in the Artful Quilters ring on an almost daily basis. It's like catching up with good friends and it can be a good way to wake my muse up. I find myself SO disappointed when I click on a blog and find it hasn't been updated....some in a LONG time (you know who you are). Now, I admit that I don't update my blog daily. Sometimes I will go a week or so without finding the time. But I really do try to update daily.

Another thing that disappoints me is how few comments I get. Sometimes I feel like no one is reading my blog so why bother. As a result, I have made the effort to post positive comments on blogs where there are few other comments posted. To me, there isn't much point in doing the blog if I'm not going to get any feedback..... to the studio.

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The Dance
I received this from a good friend. It is so true in many ways and on many levels. It also made me think of Garth Brooks' song "The Dance."

Dancing With God

When I meditate on the word Guidance, I keep seeing "dance" at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with the music and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another, it's as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw "G", I thought of God, followed by "U" and "I". "God", "u" and "i" dance." God, You and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead. My prayer for you today is that God's blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday. May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life. This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.

If God has done anything for you in your life, please share this message with someone else, for prayer is one of the best gifts we can receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards; so let's continue to pray for one another, ...and I hope you Dance!
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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Initial cutting of fabrics and laying them out to see how they look. Still have a lot of trimming to do and much detail to add but, it's a good start. Any bets on whether I'll get this done by the deadline?? Posted by Hello
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Monument Valley- some fabrics have been trimmed and fused down to the base. Unfortunately the fabric I wanted for the sky and water was not large enough to allow me to cut just one piece. However, the divisions should not be as obvious once the shading pieces and thread painting has been added. Posted by Hello
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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Here they drinking buddies. Great group of guys. Jamie (my 21 year old) would have fit right in. Come to think of it, 30 years ago, so would have I! Posted by Hello
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Ben and Joey taking a lunch break at Marquette Mountain today. Posted by Hello
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Hello Out
Hello must be out again because I have been unable to upload pictures of Ben & Joey and those great guys from Northern....Jamie would have fit right animals every one of them! Boys after my own heart.....

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Spring Festival at Marquette Mountain
Spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Marquette Mountain (in Marquette, MI on the shores of Lake Superior) with youngest son, Joey and his buddy, Ben so they could go snowboarding. Marquette still has PLENTY of snow (and it has continued to snow the entire time we have been here, including an expected 1-3 more inches tonight) and the mountain has a great Terrain Park the kids wanted to try. Well, they were impressed. Ended up spending probably 20+ hours there in the 3 days.

Today was Spring Festival (we have to miss day two as it's an 8 hour drive back to Delton) and there was a heck of a crowd. They were having races (Midwest Junior Alpine, NMU Alpine team) and some type of certification for ski instructors. On top of that were the usual weekend skiiers including many from downstate. Joey and Ben managed to have plenty of fun inside and out.

Tomorrow is the 8 (or more, depending on how bad the roads are) drive home.....oh joy. Considering the battle over sulfide mining rages on, I don't think there's any danger the land in Big Bay will sell soon so, the Nomad stays and we will have someplace to sleep for several (if not more) years to come.....just have to find someone to keep it plowed way to get in there now with 4 feet of snow on the ground.

Now watching the U of M vs Ohio State hockey game.....U of M is up 1-0. I don't see U of M winning the NCAA but I am pretty sure they can beat Ohio with Montoya in goal. Too bad it isn't NMU playing.....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Ack- Brainstorm and I Am Going Out of Town!!
Wouldn't you know it....I get a great idea for making my Straight and Narrow piece (thanks to, among others, Melody) and I am leaving for 4 days tomorrow!!! ARGGHHHH!!! Anyway, I got the fabric scoured in Synthrapol (commercial fabrics and I want to fuse because there are SO many little pieces in this....) and have ironed some of them but finally gave it up for the night. Once I get everything ready for the trip tomorrow IF I have any time I will iron some more. I ordered a bolt of Wonderunder that will, hopefully, arrive shortly after I get home. I MAY get this thing done on time yet!!

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Monday, March 14, 2005
Wonderful Day
Spent the day running and sitting and waiting.....Had to get the car in for servicing before our trip to the UP for snowboarding. Then, off to my favorite computer shop to get my younger son's new laptop setup for our home wireless network. Off to Best Buy for an inverter for the car so Joey and his friend can play the X-Box on the way up (it's 5 hours to Mackinac City, where we will spend the night Wednesday) and then 2 1/2 hours to Marquette. Last time we made this trip we had a Navigator. This trip is in my Subaru with the 12 volt TV bungee strapped to the console and the X-box on the floor. Should be interesting.

Ok...then to Applebee's for a Weightwatcher's lunch (only 8 points for a wonderful shrimp salad entree and a to-die-for chocolate cake with raspberry sauce) then to the hospital. I brought my computer with me and my "Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book" to keep me busy since my mammogram and breast ultrasounds weren't scheduled until 2 PM and 2:30 PM respectively. Got there before 1 PM and was out before 2:30. Needless to say, never did get to work on the lessons. Anyway, the Radiologist said everything looked good. Just some tiny cysts on the left and one mid-sized one on the right. Nothing to worry about. Pelvic US last week was, likewise, unremarkable. The 30th is the colonoscopy (getting it ALL done this month) which is appropriate given this is Colon Cancer Screening Month. Wish my blood work had been as good. Per my doc, I have too many platelets so now I am on an aspirin a day. And, for the first time in my life, my cholesterol is high. So, back to the doctor on the 24th.

As an RN, I should have been better about keeping on top of my health but, with my mother's illness (she died of Ovarian cancer Christmas Day night, 2003) and taking care of her, I let my own health slide. But, I have a 13 year old son to think about and a 21 year old (on March 22nd) and I want to have the pleasure of being a grandma!! So, I am on a weightloss program my doctor approved, to lose 70-80 pounds. I have trouble exercising due to my weight and bad knees and's a vicious cycle....need to ecercise to lose weight but I can't exercise much because the excess weight damages my back and knees. There is not an indoor pool nearby; besides, chlorine sets off my asthma. Walking is what I do best and, as soon as the weather improves, out I go. I am trying to talk my dad into getting me an Elliptical as it doesn't bother my knees.....

Ok everyone.....take care of your health!!

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Sunday, March 13, 2005
Wow...finished the Title Challenge piece today with 2 days to spare!! It isn't very big, about 18" x 24" but it is HEAVY!!! I am not posting a picture of it finished just yet because I believe the pieces will be posted on the QuiltArt website. Now I need to finish up what I need to do to Kay's progressive and then the Straight and Narrow challenge piece that will NOT be done by the deadline but, it is perfect for my best friend's house so I am going to carry on anyway.....

Oh, and I have a TON of postcards to make!!!

Have you ever gone to another fiber artist's website, looked at their work and, seeing "Sold", "Sold", "Sold" and then prices and wondered "what the heck is this person doing that I am NOT? Because my work is at LEAST as good." ???? That happened to me today. I came across a site (no names here) where the work was ok but, IMNSHO, nothing special...ok, it was cute but not something I'd put in my house. Maybe at the office. There were multiple pieces listed as sold and I found myself scrolling thru to see what the prices were. Now, these were fairly small pieces (less than 12" x 12"), matted and framed or mounted. And they were OVER $300 each!!!! I was blown away!! This is not some nationally recognized name (ok, maybe this person is nationally known but I have never heard of him/her......Either these pieces are priced high or I am pricing too low....

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Thursday, March 10, 2005
Busy, Busy
Did minimal work on my Title piece today. I have been busily putting pictures on paper and then into the notebook I am putting together for the architech and builder for our new house. I have a meeting scheduled with the builder for April 6th (I HOPE we can get back to the building site....we may need to use the ATV's). The architech I wanted to use my husband and dad did not want...not because she isn't good but because she's expensive (well, you gotta PAY for good) and mostly because she's in Minnesota and we are in Michigan. Okay...legitimate reason. So, I called a local architech recommended by friends (actually, by my best friend and her husband- who is a builder) but he has not yet called back (ok, I just called today and the local building show is this week so he may have been busy there). So, in the meantime, I will keep working on the home notebook and put in time on the Title piece (which has to be done by the 15th....ok, I had better get it done.....).

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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Started the morning playing with some of the *gee-gaws and doo-dads* I want to put on my challenge piece..... Posted by Hello
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So....I turned to my sewing machine....... Posted by Hello
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Tried to get to work this noon...Lilo had other ideas....she just wanted to play!! Posted by Hello
posted by Teri Springer @ 7:53 PM   0 comments the batting and backing and am now adding more thread work. Posted by Hello
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Sunday, March 06, 2005
Sunday Morning
I continue to work on the "Defend Your Title" challenge. Truthfully, this is all background since what really will defend my title will be the *stuff* I attach. I am debating whether to do any detailing on the bottom of the treasure chest since most of it will be hidden by the treasures spilling out. I am thinking I will add any needed detail with thread and/or paint after all the treasures are on it.

Ok...blame Deb Roby for the following. And yes, it is a good description of me. There was one question that I could have answered two ways.....I went with the blanket, tea and roaring fire rather than the walk along the shore although it would depend on my mood and the weather which I would choose as I love both. Oh, and the "ideal place to live" could be either the Keys or Martha's vineyard with the tropical retreat....changing both of those answers made no difference in the results so I guess I am just a prickly old woman....

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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Friday, March 04, 2005
Hard at Work
Despite the cold that won't let go and a constant headache (??cold, sinuses, or do I need new glasses??) I have managed to start a new series of postcards...including cutting into some absolutely beautiful (not to mention expensive) fabric I got at QSDS last summer from Cherie St. Cyr.

Also have the pattern for my "Straight and Narrow" quilt done. Now I need to pull fabrics (not enough time left to dye any). First I have to finish the "Defend Your Title" Challenge.....I have long claimed to be the "Queen of Procrastination." Well, I want to shake that title and thought the best place to start was to stop calling myself that. So, considering how much *stuff* I collect....I have redubbed myself "Queen of Gee-gaws and Doo-dads." I originally thought we were supposed to do a self-portrait of sorts but Liz the Elder advised otherwise so....tossed the horrible pic of myself and started over.....A treasure chest overflowing with MY version of treasures......

Going to be a busy weekend.

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A new series of postcards..... Posted by Hello
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Straight and Narrow challenge.....Monument Valley....from a riding/camping trip Posted by Hello
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Too dark..... Posted by Hello
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Yuck....definately NOT this one! Posted by Hello
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Another.....originally was looking for a light blue but this looks *rich* and this IS a treasure chest. But, it doesn't feel quite right. Posted by Hello
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Yet another choice.... Posted by Hello
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Another possible background. Posted by Hello
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Looking for the *right* background fabric....this is #1, Posted by Hello
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Posterized picture of the basket....blown up using "Big Picture" Posted by Hello
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Here is the original picture of one of my baskets that holds some of my beading stuff. It is sitting on top of the cat's condo. Posted by Hello
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What I finally decided on.....Defending my title of "Queen of Gee-gaws and Doo-dads"; my treasure chest (still empty) Posted by Hello
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About Me

Name: Teri Springer
Home: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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