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… irons in the fire, balls in the air, things to do!
Along with getting ready for the new Studio Collection’s Spring Sale 2015 (April 25 at Harmony Hall in Spring Grove Village), I have been prepping for the Western Wildlife Corridor’s Wildflower Show this coming Friday (tomorrow!) evening at Mt. St. Joseph University. Naturally dyed clothing and silk scarves are ready to transport.
Rack of naturally dyed clothing ready for Wildflower Show.
And the deadline for submitting work to the Cincinnati Book Arts Association’s annual members’ exhibit at the downtown public library is coming fast, so I’ve been working on a new book. Used the accordion fold of a hot tub filter as the pages…
Side view of the pages of the tub filter book.
Closer look at one section. Marks made with shoe polish, inks, markers, embroidery threads.
It’s been fun to do! Now, back to Spring Sale work…
Oh, it has been a long time since posting… Mostly busy with life and grandkids (who are so wonderfully adept at sharing their colds!). Lately, though, I have been gearing up for a new spring sale that the Studio Collection group decided to do. Saturday, April 25, 10-4pm at Harmony Hall (same place as usual, just a new day/time to see all the artists).
Since winter in my neck of the woods is not very conducive to outdoor dyeing with plant materials, I decided to show some of the other artwork I like to do besides natural dyeing and sewn clothing. Sooooo…..
…. Just finished a bunch of blank bound books to go along with the smaller ones using handmade papers and dyed papers. The studio still shows my activity…
Of course, I will have baskets on hand, too. And since I have gotten into sewing again, I played with making coiled vessels on the sewing machine. Pretty happy with them!
Come by and see all my new work as well as the new invited artists to the show. Should be quite an exciting event!
… and my body is sorta back in this time zone. Although, after a sleepless night last night, I’m less sure.
Unpacking, laundry and putting away has happened. The pile of mail is down to just a few items that need attention. Samples for two upcoming bookmaking classes have been created. Family contacted. Hot tub turned higher and enjoyed.
And…… the tire cozy that was finished before I left in April is now installed on the back of my car! Didn’t want to put it on earlier as I really wanted my love to use the car while I was gone. He has this thing about cozies…
…are with me. I scored an aisle seat of a threesome with no other seat mates! I’m thinking that the flight snafu has worked out positively.
Late Saturday I went online to check for my seat assignment for the Virgin International flight out of Brisbane to LAX. Turned put the initial flight was moved up an hour early (good thing i checked!) and my direct flight from LA to Indy was now a choice of two flights to Atlanta with a late flight to Indy from there.totally unexpected! All my eleven flights up to this point have been spot on with nary a whisper of a problem. This looked like it would make up for all the rest.
No one was at help desks late Saturday night, so I went in for the Sunday flight hoping I could make something positive happen. It is bad enough to have a long wait between flights after the 12 hour one, but to have to deal with an extra flight plus waits was more than I wanted to handle.
The helpful women at the Virgin service desk were able to find me a direct flight to Cinti plus get me the aisle seat. Not sure how I lucked out with the empty row, tho! I wound up with four pillows, four blankets, three waters and long flight packs and seats that I could almost comfortably stretch out on. What would have been absolutely heavenly is actually getting some sleep! Oh well, I did see the Mr. Peabody movie along with two Australian flicks: the Rabbit Fence and Tracks (about an Australian lass who trekked across the Aussie desert with three adult camels, one baby camel, a trusty dog and a National Geo photographer in tow). Both movies based on real life – and pretty incredible.
Customs and Immigration went smoothly and then… The boarding pass for the newest flight to CVG wouldn’t print. An hour later, Nancy at the Delta service desk finally found me in the system, realized the problem was in how Virgin Air classified me, and got me a new boarding pass for the CVG flight. Waiting a bit longer, but in the long run, this gets me in to CVG the earliest.
Now I am fighting to stay awake in the gate lounge area so I don’t miss the flight.
Morning clouds over the ocean off the coast of California looked like cobbler in the dawn light. Lovely. Looking forward to seeing the sunset over Ohio.
[p.s. Sunset happened later than my flight. Dozed the whole way. Safely home. Initial unpacking and sorting of mail. My own bed felt great!]
Three months and it is time to go home. The time really went fast, was fun and exciting, saw lots of new places, met lots of new people, reconnected with lots of earlier-made friends, enjoyed many different degrees of winter in Australia. Back to hot and muggy tomorrow – can’t wait!!!
I promise to report on Wrapt In Rocky, the fiber conference held in Rockhampton, once I am back on home soil. Lots to report and pics to show. A class act!
But, I need to deal with an unexpected change of flights and extra legs of the journey, so please excuse the silence for a bit as I stumble through airports and time zones
… has welcomed me again, for just a few short days this time. After a last look at Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Janet and I spent the better part of Thursday making our way from Uluru thru Sydney to Brisbane. Extra baggage was a bit interesting, but otherwise very safe and nondescript travel.
Repacking is the order of the day here! I had previously posted a box to Janet that ultimately goes home with me. And I am determined to take all I need for the Wrapt in Rocky conference in my smaller suitcase. Sooooo … everything came out of all the bags, backpack, carry-on to be reshuffled and restuffed. Quite suprised to pull out a silk scarf that travelled with me to New Zealand within its plastic sleeve that was still very wet from all the moisture there. And this was after being in desert air in Alice Springs and Uluru!
Taking time today to visit GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) on the Southbank of city centre Brisbane to see the opening of a new exhibit. Should be good!