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Spring Has Sprung!


Yippy! Yee Hah! Woo Hoo! It's officially spring. This was my first winter in northern Illinois and I will have to say I wasn't sure I'd survive. There is nothing about me that loves winter except maybe watching the first snowfall safely indoors with a
roaring fire and a cup of hot tea. I don't like cold weather and I really hate it when the temperature dips below ZERO!
So even though the thermometer doesn't actually register anywhere near spring temperatures today, my calendar SAYS it's SPRING! That's good enough for me--for now.
I know that in a few months I'll probably be complaining of the heat. I was VERY surprised to learn last summer when we moved that the summers are MUCH hotter than I was expecting. So I know in my heart that warmer weather is definitely coming.
Since daffodils don't bloom as early here as when I lived in GA (they were usually in full bloom if not already done blooming by first day of spring)I just had to go out and buy a spring-y looking plant to brighten up my spirit.
Today is certainly a day to celebrate. It's spring AND my daughter is coming home from college today. She is starting her spring break and she's spending it here with dear old mom & dad rather than taking off for FL or the Caribbean. Poor thing...
She's not too bummed about it. We have some shopping trips planned and lots of chatting and watching movies. We'll be having so much fun that I may not post very much next week AND I probably won't spend alot of time in my studio.
Yesterday was a productive day though. I made some ATC's for an exchange at Creative Souls. I did my daily tag (which I forgot to photograph). I finished an abstract painting and started another painting. And the piece I've posted below is one that I've been working on at night. I think I'm done with the beading and embroidery, now it just needs fabric borders and backing. I love the center photo. I took a vintage cabinet
card photo and changed the coloring in printshop, then printed it on fabric.
From there I chose some fabrics that coordinated with the colors in the photo.
Not exactly your grandma's crazy quilting but I like it.
This is a close-up of the central part-will photograph the entire thing when it's bordered and backed.

Have a wonderfully creative weekend!
Cathy

Comments

Terri Kahrs said…
Happy, Happy, Spring, Cathy! I can hear the happiness in your voice now that spring has arrived. OMG, Woman!!!!

For someone who says she has "no patience", to me you have the patience of Jobe!!!! Your latest project is exquisite, I'm in absolute awe of your beading and embroidery skills!

My sainted Grandma taught me how to embroider when I was nine. 'Til this day, I still manage to tangle everything. And don't even mention beads! I just look at a dish of them and they spill. You have such a wonderful gift! I've always loved crazy quilts, and this goes well beyond gorgeous and it isn't even finished!!!!

Enjoy your daughter and your week together! I can hear the joy in your voice when you talk about her coming home. Have a super, weekend and a wonderful week! HUGE Hugs, Terri xoxoxo
Cathy Mendola said…
Thank you to my new cyber 'sister'!!
Terri Kahrs said…
Just read your post on my page and smiled all the way through it! BIG Cyber-Sister Hugs Back! Terri xoxoxo
~Vintage Nina~ said…
Hi Cathy! Thanks for following my blog. I LOVE your blog. The quilt is wonderful! I can not believe you have a daughter in college!?!?!?! You look so young! Have a blast with your daughter, and I will stop by often!
Happy Spring!!!
~Nina
Cathy Mendola said…
thank you nina! what lovely comments. I look forward to getting to know you and your blog.
cheers to springtime!
Happy Spring! Hope you enjoy your daughter (not that you wouldn't so I'm not sure what I just wrote means) and it sounds like you will. Can I be your daughter? I want to go shopping and have long talks and watch movies and stuff! Your quilt piece is just stunning! Have fun this week!
marsha
vintagepix said…
Happy Spring! I moved to WI from NC so I completely understand -after 9 years, I still think Spring should start in Feb! - on the plus side there are a lot fewer hot, humid days than down south. Gorgeous crazy quilting!
:)
Carolyn
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Marsha! Thank you Carolyn- WI by way of NC, huh? So you know exactly where I'm coming from. I'll have to drop in frequently on your blog. We're neighbors practically so we should stay in touch!

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