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Wednesday, December 14, 2005
A Mess is Upon Us
The remodel of our downstairs bathroom continues.....This morning I got up and painted. Well, I primed. First coat is on but it's going to require at least two since I am dealing with partially new drywall (to replace the stuff that got wet from a leak on the main floor) and old, oil based, paint. I left the wall with the door and the ceiling for my elder son, Jamie. He is a painter in the summer when he is out of school and can "cut in" around the wood trim much better than I can. Also, since he is 6'5" he can do the ceiling much easier than I can. So, he can finish up and do the second coat (if he ever gets here) and then the color (a lovely golden called "Toasted Croissant"). He owes me $$ for his cell phone bills and car insurance so I am making him work it off.

In the meantime, I came across these great bathroom fans that have a humidistat in them. You turn them on when you go to take a shower and, when you turn them off, they continue to run until the humidity level drops to a set level. They will also go on automatically if there is a rise in humidity to a certain level. So, instead of just buying one for the new bathroom, I bought 3 so all the bathrooms would have good fans. I did NOT know this would require cutting holes in walls and getting into the attic.

Now, see, THIS was a challenge. Our attic access is through a 16" square "door" in the ceiling of one of my bedroom closests. I had intended to had a door cut in the wall over the door from the garage into the house and add pull-down stairs. Well, that was 22+ years ago. We never had a need to get into the attic so it never got done. SOOOOOO......I had turned the closet in which this access is, into my fabric storage on the main floor so it was close to my studio. I have a five shelf, restaurant-grade, metal unit in there, stuffed with, well, stuff! So, at the moment, I don't have a bed!

Oh well, they should be done soon.

posted by Teri Springer @ 11:07 AM   0 comments
Monday, December 12, 2005
Yep, It's Really WInter
Not much creating going on around here. I am not feeling well and have absolutely NO energy. No decorations up yet and, I am SO disguisted by the broughhaha over "Christmas" vs "Holiday" that I am tempted to skip the entire thing.

Ok, it IS my blog so I feel compelled to give MY not so humble opinion.

Just who the heck do (some) Christians think they are, hollering about *people* trying to take *Christ* out of *Christmas*???? Hey, do NOT have the monopoly on the season. Christmas is NOT the only HOLY day (from whence the word *holiday* arises) to take place at this time of year. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Chanukah (Dec. 25- January 1) predates Christmas by just a titch. And Yule/Solstice also predates Christmas by, oh, a couple thousand years or so. The first mention of December 25 as the birth date of Jesus occurred in A.D. 336 in an early Roman calendar. The celebration of this day as Jesus's birth date was probably influenced by pagan (unchristian) festivals held at that time. The ancient Romans held year-end celebrations to honor Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light. Various peoples in northern Europe held festivals in mid-December to celebrate the end of the harvest season. As part of all these celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorated their homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. These customs gradually became part of the Christmas celebration.

In the late 300's, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. By 1100, Christmas had become the most important religious festival in Europe, and Saint Nicholas was a symbol of gift giving in many European countries. During the 1400's and 1500's, many artists painted scenes of the Nativity, the birth of Jesus.

So....PLEASE quit complaining if someone wishes you a happy holiday! They are wishing you a happy Holy Day, which is appropriate no matter WHICH holiday you are celebrating!

We had a VERY cold night a few nights ago. It was, according to my digital indoor/outdoor weather station, -0.8 degrees F (tropical compared to some mornings in the UP when I would be standing at the gas station in Gladstone and the thermometer would read -40- and that's NOT including the windchill!). It was great!! horefrost everywhere!! Crunchy snow and SO quiet. This is one the deer missed (but, judging from the tracks in the snow, they will get to it shortly).
posted by Teri Springer @ 12:42 PM   2 comments

And to think, SOME people call this a weed! I think Queen Anne's Lace is beautiful even in winter!
posted by Teri Springer @ 12:39 PM   0 comments

Another pair of socks done. These were made using DK weight yarn from They are very comfy.
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Finally, couldn't resist another shot of the new dog. You know a dog really feels secure when he/she will sleep on their back, fully exposed to danger. I think Kaiser is feeling secure! (and yes, that IS laundry waiting to be folded in the chair).
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Art Quilt Tahoe did it to me again. Since I got a different answer than you, I am posting it....

Hey, anyone else already signed up for AQT??? I had to cancel out of QSDS for 2006 because it conflicts with Convergence, which is in Grand Rapids, MI. So, after reading the adventures of the many in the Artful quilters ring who went to AQT 2005 I have signed up for 2006, session I, with GABRIELLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I TRIED to book my flight using my frequent flyer miles but I have to wait until January as United won't let me book that far in advance! Going to need a Valium tho as the airport at Reno was my uncle Dan's LEAST favorite airport to fly into (San Diego was a close second) because of the approach thru the mountains (he was a United pilot before United WAS United).....still, I'm going!!

The Magic
You reflect the magic of the spirit. You are a
mystical person who values the magic in life.
You enjoy the beauty in almost everything;
every sound, smell, touch, taste. Although you
find yourself pulled back to reality by the
pollution of earth, this a very lovely quality
to have, for there isn't much magic left.

Please rate high ;-)

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posted by Teri Springer @ 9:23 PM   2 comments
Thursday, December 01, 2005
New Work
Ok, I have had this photo of a house on the Hillsboro Channel in Boca Raton since we took my mother's ashes out to sea. The house was really cool. Later, I noticed the windows had a very "empty" feeling to them and it very well reflected (no pun intended) my mood of the day. So, I played with the picture in Photoshop; cropped and did a posterized version and then a line drawing version. I took it to the local blue print shop and had a couple of blow-up prints made. Then it sat. I just wasn't ready to work on it yet.

Then, for whatever reason, I took the drawing along with me to the Fabrications retreat in northern Michigan. There I was taking a class with Laura Cater-Woods. She and I discussed the piece and both agreed- it was time to make it.

So, here we go......

Detail shot of the sky and upper level.
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Top half with the main structure and windows. I did this level with fusible (very light) interfacing. I think I may have to redo it.....well, at least the windows. The sky is pieced from some of Mickey Lawlor's beautiful sky fabric....
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Bottom half of the house is lightly sketched on the fabric.
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Ok....this time I'm fusing.....
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We Have Photos!!!

Ok, since I FINALLY found my card reader (helps to clean up the studio now and then) I can finally post some pictures. For those of you who have never seen a Catalpa tree, this is a leaf from one of ours. Yes, that leaf is 12" across. I love these trees even though they are messy. They have masses of beautiful, orchid-like blossoms in the spring (and they smell good too), these big, beautiful leaves in the summer and cool seed pods in the fall. Of course, picking all this stuff up in the fall is work but I don't's worth it for the 6 months of beauty. Oh, and the naked tree looks pretty cool in the winter!! So, make that 12 months. Now if I could just figure out how to get the honey out of the particular tree this leaf came from! Part of the tree is hollow (another drawback of this tree; the wood is soft and termites love it)and there was a hive in there for 2 years.

Anyway, I am VERY happy to have found the card reader as I have several photo albums to reproduce in book format for my dad for Christmas (I wanted to find a more portable format for him so, when he has to bug-out when the hurricane season is on, he can take them with him). So, have to take the neighbor to the West Michigan Cancer Center this morning for follow-up testing (she had lymphoma and is in her 80's- the roads are a little slick and she is afraid to drive so the Tribeca and I are off to do our good deed for the day).

posted by Teri Springer @ 8:34 AM   0 comments

As you can see, Kaiser (aka: Houdini, Shredder, and the Artful Dodger) is right at home on the couch. He is laying on a large piece of berber fleece I bought to make him a car blanket out of. The bunny is one of the kid's old stuffed toys (how old?? Well, Jamie will be 22 in March and Joey is 14).
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:33 AM   0 comments

Kaiser's Close-up. He has effectively taken over the house.
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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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