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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Is It Spring Yet?
It has been so warm out- 78 yesterday. Now the cooler air (I hesitate to say cold as it is above freezing) has moved back in. Had some thundershowers last night so, yes, this sounds like spring in the Great Lakes.

My house is still in a state of disruption. This morning I lost it with an electrician. She had parked her truck in the middle of my driveway so I couldn't get out, the truck from Lowe's with my carpet and padding was sitting in the middle of the street waiting to unload and my son needed to be taken to school. I ran downstairs to ask her to move and she was talking to someone on her cell. I told her I needed to talk to her and she waved me off and turned and walked away. I then said "I need you to...." and she turns around and says "I heard you the first time." If she had been my kid her cell phone would have gone airborne and she would have been sporting a red handprint on her cheek for the tone and attitude. Instead I just told her "NO, I need you to move your truck NOW." Oy.

Anyway, it IS almost done. The tile guys are here right now doing the bathroom floor and bar area backsplash. Hopefully another week to a week & a half. This really isn't bad considering my dad and stepmom's condo has just a little more square footage than my basement and their remodel STILL isn't done and it's been going on since early last summer!

And now....more flowers from the sunroom:

Blossoms on the Meyers Lemon: they smell as good as the orange blossoms did

A Perfect Single Tulip

The Bouquet of Tulips I just HAD to have!

Largest of the Blood Oranges; some of the smaller ones fell off; I suspect I forgot to pollinate them

Finally, some quilting. This is the large piece I started in Laura Cater-Woods' class at Fabrications last October. I have been so out of it all winter I hadn't touched it until this week when the painter who came to do the specialty finishes in my basement started commenting on how much he liked my work...and he is a muralist with a good rep here in west MI. Fired me right up! Altho I am sure the nice weather helped get me out of my slump too. Then a posting by Thelma Smith in the Alternative Quilts Group really gave me a good push too. So, I am off to round up paperwork to send to my dad, my accountant and then I will be in the studio! DO NOT DISTURB!! Yee Haaaaa!
posted by Teri Springer @ 10:47 AM   4 comments
Friday, March 16, 2007
Artist's Self-Promotion Workshop in Florida
Alyson B. Stanfield of is flying in from
Colorado to share self-promotion secrets with artists in
Central Florida.

Artists should make plans to attend the Shameless
Self-Promotion for Artists workshop on March 25 from 9:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Art Center Manatee in Bradenton.
If you roll out of bed early that Sunday, you'll learn:

--Nine things every artist needs for promoting their work.
--Why the process of writing your artist statement is
critical to your marketing (and how to make it pain-free).
--How to build a network of people who are essential to
your success.
--Creative ideas for marketing your art.
--What promotional materials you'll need and the rules to
follow when creating them.

The workshop is $75 and includes lunch. Get registration
details at or by calling 941-746-2862.

Workshop leader Alyson B. Stanfield has been advising
artists since the early 1990s. Read more about Alyson at and
posted by Teri Springer @ 1:03 PM   1 comments
Saturday, March 10, 2007
The Art of Quilting & A Correction/Apology
I was flipping thru the guide on my satellite to find the music I wanted to listen to while fighting with Quickbooks and just happened to come across our PBS station listing and, oh looky, The Art of Quilting is on at 10:30!! Well, of course I had to take a break (well, not really as I hadn't gotten started yet) and watch. What fun to see Laura, and Frieda, and Melody and Emily (yes, Emily of "Sophie's Toes" sock yarn fame). Being a graduate of the Chicago School of Fusing I just had to watch. Was also great to see George in the flesh!

So, of course I had to pledge and get the DVD.....

While I was watching I was also straightening out my knitting holder (a cool hat box from Tuesday Morning) and I came across the label for the yarn that faded. I owe Zen Yarn Garden an apology. I haven't knitted up their yarn yet. The yarn that faded so significantly on the first wash was from Seacoast Handpainted Yarns. Still, it does feel wonderful and the colors are still pretty, just not what I had expected. I have another skein from them that I will knit up and hope it doesn't fade quite as much....

Ok, now I HAVE to get to work....

teri...queen of procrastination among other things.....
posted by Teri Springer @ 10:56 AM   3 comments
On A Roll
Must have something to do with the sun being out and the temp, at 9:40am is already 55!! So, today's agenda includes trying to figure out a problem I am having with Quickbooks, taking down the rest of my outdoor Christmas decorations (I am scared to death of heights so I refused to get up on the ladder to take the lights down until the weather got nice), finish measureing out the warp for my kitchen towels, winding warp length bundles of some wool and silk for the acid dyeing class on the 17th and FINALLYgetting into the studio!!

Anyway, here is some of what I have been up to:

Socks made with yarn from Zen Yarn Garden- when the yarn arrived I was disappointed as it seemed thin but it knitted up really nice and very soft. Disappointment returned when the previously bright color washed out significanly the first time I washed them

Socks made with beautiful yarn from Sophie's Toes, this pair is made with a color called "Christmas Lights". I get lots of attention at my son's physical therapy appointments as I sit there and knit for the 1-2 hours we are there.

Latest pair of socks I am working on, again in a yarn from Sophie's Toes; this yarn is different from the yarn Emily is now selling but I like it, maybe not quite as much as her current yarn; but this color is perfect for me. Oh, and her yarn doesn't fade with the first wash.

Winding my warp on my warping board. It should be firmly attached to a wall but it's just as well I never got around to that as my studio is not accessible right now so....I wind warps in the living room.

Finally, some of the already wound warp. I don't have enough of the yellow to use it in the weft as well (as I had planned)and the color-way was back ordered at Halcyon so I have a lighter yellow and a yellow-orange that I will use.

And now I must post this so I can shut everything else on this computer and open up my Quickbooks. Maybe I should go take the Excedrin now.....
posted by Teri Springer @ 9:38 AM   1 comments
Friday, March 09, 2007
I have been a very bad blogger. Sorry- there is just so much going on here that it's really hard for me to keep up.

The basement is coming along...I will take pictures tomorrow. The drywall is all up, taped and mudded. Next week they sand (oh goody). Still, it's exciting to see the progess. I'll be happy when they get it done. First, because it will mean getting Joey into his own room downstairs, second, because it will mean having the TV downstairs and the living room will be cozy and last BECAUSE I WILL HAVE MY DYE STUDIO BACK!!!!

Anyway, here are a few pictures to make you think of spring:

Tulips from me to me

Meyer Lemon Tree

Perspective on my Blood Oranges
posted by Teri Springer @ 7:51 PM   0 comments
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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