This is what my trading cards for this month looked like:
The theme was Brown, and I had a bit of trouble coming up with any inspiration. So, I made Brown Everything Bagels. They have french knots and an assortment of beads...but still rather boring. Yawn. I think they need more of everything.
Check out this video I was sent via the blog Door Sixteen: We had a rabbit for quite a while back when the kids were little. I was always surprised that she liked to hop up on the sofa and then up onto the window sill to stretch out and take naps. I guess it figures that the parrots we have now like to burrow under furniture and hide in the smallest, darkest places they can get into. Just the opposite I would expect from both creatures.
Ever wish you could get inside someone else's head? I do. Generally it is my husband's head... I just think it might be a huge help to be able to see the world through your spouse's eyes. Maybe it would lead to world peace and harmony. Maybe not. Anyway, here is another creature that I wish I could do a Star Trek mind-meld with..Bower Birds.
Male Bower Birds build fantastic sculptural nests and decorate them with carefully arranged displays of flowers or rocks or shells or bottle caps. Whatever is available and potentially beautiful. Some of these birds even mash up berries and paint the insides of their creations. All to attract the ladies. The best nest gets the most ladies. Then these girls go off to build un-fabulous serviceable nests and raise the babies by themselves. I'm not sure if their priorities are quite right, but it works for them. Thanks to You-Tube and the internet, I can watch these birds and see their work. It makes me wish I had gone into Bower Bird studies when I was in school! Seriously, what are these creatures thinking?
Ok, it is probably just sleeping... But look at the size of this thing! This photo popped up on Craftzine.com this morning, and even they don't know who made it. Gosh, the things that come up on the internet.
This weekend is the last weekend to see the "Discovering the Wetlands" exhibit at the Lawrence Percolator. There is a wide assortment of artwork in this exhibit, from photographs to 3D recycled representations of wetland plants. I entered this piece, which I call Shuttered View of the Wetlands:
Quite a while back, I was invited to be part of a quilt exhibit that has one quilt for each holiday celebrated in the USA. I was assigned Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah translates literally as "head of the year". Sources claim that Rosh Hashanah as the day the world was created, others say it is the day that man was created. Unlike the wild celebration that the secular New Year's Day brings, it is a day of repentance and introspection. The ram's horn, or Shofar, is blown to alert followers that they are being judged and that their fate for the upcoming year is being inscribed in the book of life. Traditional foods eated on Rosh Hashanah are apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year.
This exhibit will start in Longmont Colorado early next year and then hopefully travel around for a bit. An additional exciting thing for this exhibit is that C&T publishing is planning on doing a book about it! So, pretty cool...
Here is my textile representation of Rosh Hashanah: