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Sunday, January 29, 2006
Rainy Sunday
Like DebR, I am not feeling too ambitious or energetic today. So, I followed her lead and took this quiz.

You Are a Traveler Soul

You're a thrill seeker who loves to be active and on the move
You love to wander: between places, ideas, and people.
A good communicator, you're a nonconformist and interested in the world.
You are an explorer, a good storyteller, and a true dreamer.

Because you're always on the move, you can be a bit fickle.
It's difficult for you to make personal commitments.
Don't be so quick to ignore emotional issues and problems.
You're much more intuitive and psychic than you think.

Souls you are most compatible with: Retrospective Soul and Dreaming Soul

It's a yucky, gray, drizzly day and I am going to go fuse some fabric and fold laundry while the DH and sonlet are gone to a family (his) reunion....I wasn't feeling particularly social (as usual) so I got to stay home.....

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Thursday, January 26, 2006
Beautiful Morning
What a beautiful morning! Went out at 6:30 with the dog. Oh the sky was SOOOOOOOO beautiful. Completely clear and the stars so bright and crisp looking! Crunchy-snow cold (but not nostril-stick-together cold). And the moon must have risen late (I forgot to check the paper last night) because it was low in the east. New moon in the old moon's arms (ok, the crescent was *holding* the dark moon which could just barely be seen- but I think it's actually a waning moon.

Well, time to jump in the shower and get ready to head out to weaving class.

Oh, and we are going to close on the condo next week! I can start moving my studio over there this weekend!!!! Whooppppeeeeeeeeeee!!

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Friday, January 20, 2006

The new condo/studio/girl's retreat. This belonged to my best friend's (of 36+ years) mom, Rose, who passed away last June. Now it will be my studio and a place for my dad to stay when he visits (he stayed there when Rose was still alive) and a place for Tara and I to *get away.* Tara runs a horse-boarding/training/riding facility at her home so it's nice to go where you aren't constantly thinking about what needs to be done (because she's one who just HAS to go do it). So, we will have our little overnight escapes here from time-to-time. The basement takes up the entire footprint of the condo so there is LOTS of room down there for my *wet* studio where I won't ruin anything.
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The living room from the front door. The chair to the left will be moved and the TV will be in the far corner. Most of the furniture is staying but the coffee table was custom made YEARS ago and Rose's son wants it. Not a problem as I have one stored in my garage that I go from my parents that I want to use if it isn't too big. And my large piece by Phil Jones will go perfectly over the fireplace.
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The dining room from the kitchen. The table and chairs are going to Tara's daughter who is in medical school at Stritch (Loyola). We will move a chair from the living room and the one in the sun room back out here to make a parlor- which is what Tara's mom used it for. Rose liked to sit next to the window on the left and read so she could see what was going on in the neighborhood.
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Looking into the kitchen/breakfast nook from the living room. The door to the right of the fridge goes out into the garage. The door to the right in the pic is a pantry. Out of the picture to the right is the front door and there is a coat closet behind the pantry.
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The sun room. That chair will be moved to the dining room. Bookcases will go along the wall to the right. Not sure what else will go in there yet.
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Bad shot of the TV room. My Koala cabinet will go in the top, right corner (I think) so I can see out the windows (which look out on pine trees and a farmer's field).
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Inside the TV room/sewing studio. The TV and recliners will go out in the living room. The alcove where the TV is will have a custom cabinet built to store fabric and thread.
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View of the living room, dining room and breakfast bar from the TV room (soon to be sewing studio).
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The stairway to the basement. The bar across was put in at my sugggestion because my friend's mother had an acoustic neuroma- a slow-growing, nonmalignant tumor of the acoustic nerve on the left- so she had balance problems and walked with her left arm out. I was always afraid she would fall down the stairs so Tara's father-in-law (who is a finish-work carpenter) installed the bar. The wall with the two portraits (Tara and her brother, Tim) will eventually be the site of a LARGE, 3D picture of a peacock done in semi-precious stones that my parents bought in Singapore. I will have to hire a carpenter to hang it as it is so heavy it's going to need a reinforced hanging technique. The far wall of the stairwell is begging for an oriental wall hanging just right to use some of my kimono silks!
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Guest bedroom. It's not very big but big enough for a full-sized bed.
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The master bedroom. The 2 dressers are going to the former owner's son. The curtains, bed, bedspread, etc, are all staying.

Another view. It's a nice size room. The queen-size bed actually looks small.
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Door to L is the master bath (with a HUGE tub) and closed door to the left of it is the walk-in closet.
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Tiny laundry room and no sink. That's ok tho as I will have my *wet* studio downstairs where I don't have to worry about dripping or spilled dye.
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Going downstairs- you would never know there is an unfinished full basement down there.
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Lots of space!!! My dyeing studio and a table for printing will be set up down here. Also, I need to add lights with full-spectrum bulbs.
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When you come down the stairs, to your left is what is set up to be finished as a bedroom. There is a window behind me with a ladder up to ground level. Directly ahead of me is where the bathroom would be and the doorway behind the stairway is to what would be a walkin closet.
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This area would be finished as a TV/Recreation room
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Off to Weaving at the KIA

My loom. This is as far as I got the first week. It took me 2 1/2 hours to measure out my warp and set up the loom. My back was screaming at me by the time I got home! Thankfully, yesterday all I had to do was attach the warp threads (seen here, knotted in front of the reed to that skinny little wooden rail hanging below the white bar there (yes, I need to work on my vocabulary), get the tension even and get started. Oh, and get the foot pedals you see near the floor, attached to the correct frame thingy. Since this is my first attempt, it was set up for one pedal hooked to one frame thingy. When you step on one pedal, it lifts one frame thing thus opening up a space between threads to put the shuttle holding the weft thru. I promise to work on the vocab but I am in a hurry this morning and don't want to take the time to run in the other room and get my book.
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Backside of my loom. I sit with my back to the shelves containing the studio thread. yes, that my Grande Chai Latte....
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My first attempt. Tabby weave using the same thread in the weft as I used in the warp. I really don't like it but I sure wouldn't want to waste nice thread on this early learning experience.
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Tabby weave with thick and thin threads. For some reason, I get a better edge tension on the right (going left) than I do on the left (going right).
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I wish this shot had come out better. I really like the weft thread. It's actually two threads and the colors make me think of a desert sunrise. I think I will use this thread again. Thankfully, there is a pretty good sized cone of it left.
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Bottom 2 are basketweave; top is using two different threads- different colors; one thick and one thin. Between the 2 color BW and the top, is a "bubble" technique basketweave that is supposed to completely cover the warp...I was finally getting the hang of it as far as coverage but I really need to work on the tension on the edges.
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Turned off the's not as bright but a little more true.
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Monday, January 16, 2006

Leaf sketch done while at the Fabrications Retreat back in October. If you can possibly make it to northern Michigan next year, you HAVE to come to this. We have a great time. Laura Cater-Woods taught our class and I understand she has signed on for 2006 also. It will be interesting to see who else Cathy Arnett gets. You can bet it will be someone excellent. And the food that Desi (Vaughn) brought. Oh my. And wine.
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Was sketching from memory....catalpa pods. When I got home I picked one up and broke it open...the seeds actually are more like the twirlies from maple trees but straight across rather than ^....
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Doorway sketch....reminds me too much of the other Teri.....Teri Austin. I love her work but I don't want people looking at something I've done and say: "Oh, you must have made that in a Teri Austin workshop." I say that because no one in their right mind would mistake my work for hers. She is a genius.
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I am not 100% sure of the plant that inspired this. I believe it's called sea grapes. The leaves are thick and plastic/leathery. They grow everywhere along the beach in Florida.
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Leaves from a plant in Florida....
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Date Palm.....
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Training men young is so very important. I want my future daughters-in-law to think *yep, she brought them up right.* Now, Joey KNOWS I want the toothpaste tube IN the glass with the toothbrushes. He was running late this morning tho.....

As much as I hate to do it (because it doesn't teach Joey anything) I put the toothpaste away.
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For our ring mom, Diane. I found these at Lowes. Now, if I could just train the guys to actually get the towels ON the hooks AND get the towels to stay!
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Theoretically, this is where the towels hang. Amazingly, my 14y/o son manages to get the towel to stay there most mornings.
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This is what it was like this morning when I walked the dog. I just love cold, crisp, clear nights and mornings when I can enjoy the moon and stars.
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One of the pair of socks I made from the DK weight yarn I bought from ColorJoy using the Wisconsin winter socks patterns. Very comfy, warm and love the color!
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The sun!! It's actually visible!!
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View to the west....why do I have the feeling the sunshine isn't going to last (come on,'s MICHIGAN...of course it isn't going to last).
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These are a pair of postcard sized quiltlets I bought in the auction for the ACS. I want to mount them but can't decide on the color of the mat board. Well????
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Kaiser, now a year old. Snuggling on the couch with his stuffed fox. He has totally taken over the house. And he has a stubborn streak a mile wide!!
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Saturday, January 14, 2006
Sigh...yet another quiz
Ok, this one is Alan's fault. It's funny, because, until I got married, I never was able to be monogamous. But, even tho I have had a number of opportunities and temptations, in nearly 23 years I have been.....

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.

In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.

You'd like to your lover to think you are optimistic and happy.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was insecure and in constant need of reassurance.

Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything... no secrets.

Your risk of cheating is 100%. You are not suited for a monogamous relationship.

You think of marriage as something precious. You'll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.

In this moment, you think of love as something you don't need. You just feel like flirting around and playing right now.
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Friday, January 13, 2006
Can you tell I am wasting time? Actually, I am catching up on blogs I haven't read recently and finding stuff to have fun with.....

Lord of the rings
J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings. You are
entertaining and imaginative, creating whole
new worlds around yourself. Well loved, you
have a whole league of imitators, none of which
is quite as profound as you are. Stories and
songs give a spark of joy in the middle of your
eternal battle with the forces of evil.

Which literature classic are you?
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My, My....Chatty today
Ok, borrowed this from Julie ZS's blog who borrowed it from Jen at Bayou Quilts:

Remember, write it down, make it happen, make it real.

In the new year...

1. List one person you've lost touch with that you will look up.

Boy, I try to stay in touch with all my friends. Ok, my dad's cousin Peggy in Western Australia

2. List two places you want to go.

Lake Tahoe (for AQT), back to Saco, Maine

3. List three habits you want to change or to develop.

Stop procrastinating
Exercise daily
Keep the house somewhat cleaner....declutter

4. List four things you hope to learn.

Better photography
Better use of Photoshop and PSP
Using Quickbooks for my business accounts

5. List five goals you would like to achieve

Complete at least 6 pieces of art worthy of showing, either in a show or at a gallery
Keep better records of items made, materials used (and approximate cost) and where they are
Send in at least 2 entries to shows this year
Finish photoalbums for dad
Organize all the photos I have into family and business use; sort all photos I took for other people and get them to them!!

Whew.....well, I have started learning weaving. Had my first class yesterday and I am here to tell you, I have a whole lot more respect for weavers after that! I got as far as threading my warp through the reed but I had to leave. Next week I will actually get to start on my sampler. My back was absolutely killing me by the time I was done! I am quite tall (5'9") and the loom I was assigned is rather short so I spent a lot of time hunched over, threading the warp thru the heddles and then through the reed (I will take pictures next week so you non-weavers can follow along- I remembered the camera but forgot the battery). My color choice for the warp is, well, yuck but there wasn't a big selection that appealed to me and the instructor said it was better to choose something that would give big contrast to the weft threads so I could see what I did. Hey, it's a learning experience.

There is one other woman in the class who is a complete beginner. She drives all the way to Kalamazoo from Holland. I was amazed to discover that the KIA is the only place in west Michigan to take weaving classes except for a shop in Grand Rapids. That shop only has room for like 5 or 6 students and the lady who teaches it will only take one beginner at a time. The really good news is, once I get rolling, I can go in any time the KIA is open and get the key to the studio (assuming there isn't someone already there) and work. Also, there is an evening class on Thurdays (I'm in the morning class) and a lot of the students come in the morning and stay all day and into the night! There is a fridge and freezer and a microwave so you can bring lunch or go out and they order out for dinner (and there are a bunch of ladies who LOVE Lebanese food and so do I!!). Now, if I can just figure out a way to walk the dog long distance......

Anyway, we'll see if I get hooked or not....In March we will be hand-dying warps and I ordered 2 pounds of custom dyed Tencil from Mystical Creations Yarn so I guess I will have to at least sign up for one more session....if my back holds out.

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Well, hopefully. I have been sketching at least. I have a couple of designs I want to work with more extensively. I wish I could do it today but, between grandma's (Mike's grandma) funeral and running Joey to Battle Creek after school, I am not sure when I am going to find time. Tomorrow is Little League try-outs. Hopefully Joey will go to a friend's house after and I can get into the *studio.* In between I am packing up stuff I don't use daily so I can get it organized and ready to move to the new studio as soon as we close on it. Lowe's has chrome-plated shelving units on sale which which will be perfect for the dyeing studio (ie: basement) and some really cool track lighting for the sewing studio. Gee, Lowe's is right across the street from the mall where Best Buy is (where Joey needs to go)......well, we can all see where THIS is going!

Ok...I DID promise the folks in my sock knitters group that I would finally post pictures of my socks (for what it's worth.....)

Currently, this is sock #1 of a pair being made for the SocknittersSAM (sock a month) group. It's a toe-up (my first attempt). I had trouble starting them and ended up using a technique from Lynn Hershberger of "ColorJoy" that she sent me with some beautiful blue yarn I bought from her. Now, toe-up is suposed to make it easier to get perfect fitting socks. This one is too big. I took it literally when told to knit to the instep...I kept going to where the top of my foot turns north so they are a little long in the foot. No matter, I have this really good friend whose feet are a size larger than mine.....The cool yarn is from Astrid in the Netherlands. I have ordered a LOT of yarn from her in the last 6 weeks.

This is the pair I forgot in my list of socks made in 2005. I do NOT know how I could have forgotton (ok, other than they are awaiting washing and my memory is less than stellar). Regia yarn. I can't remember the name. Pattern is a cuff-down in a moss-stitch ribbing. I know, I need to tighten up my knitting. They probably won't last long but I am enjoying them while they do.

This is the second pair I have made. This yarn was purchased at Halcyon (aka weaver's/knitter's Heaven) Yarns in Bath, Maine. I saw it worked up into a pair of socks and fell in love. They are very comfy. Too bad it isn't colder here so I could wear them (it's 47 degrees out and the sun isn't even up yet). This is just a plain ribbing stitch on the leg carried on down to the toes on the top of the sock. I figured anything else would get lost in the colors of the yarn.

This is my third pair....Lorna's Laces Shepherd in Jungle. Done in a basketweave stitch.

Joey's ankle socks in maroon alpaca. Needs washing. Also need to make another one as Kaiser ate the mate....

There are more, including the first pair. I need to take more pictures.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

My blog is worth $6,209.94.
How much is your blog worth?

Hmmmm.....wonder how they come up with this??? Verbosity?

Socks to be posted later today.....

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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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