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Thoughtful Thursday

thought ful  adj. 1. engrossed in thought; contemplative. 2. exhibiting or marked by careful thought.
3. having or showing heed for the happiness of others and a propensity for anticipating their needs or wishes.
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I figured it was time to show off my gifts that my daughter brought home from her trip to Africa.
I wasn't sure she would have time to shop or would even find anything to buy since she was going on safari and camping most of the time.
Fortunately for me, she had time and she was thoughtful enough to bring home all the things that I love!
Here's a piece of batiked fabric that I fully intend to frame. It's a work of art.

This piece still had quite a bit of waxy residue left on it when she brought it home. I ironed it between 2 sheets of brown paper to remove it. The colors are so intense, I just LOVE it!











There's even the artist's name at the bottom. Very hard to tell what letters they are but I believ…

wordless wednesday

happy hump day ~ cathy linking up with Alicia @

Texture Tuesday {Dream edition}

Today's Texture Tuesday prompt was 'DREAM'.  The very first photo I thought of was one of my sunsets in Grand Cayman. If there is ever a cause to dream, that's the place to dream about.  layered the original photo with Kim's 'golden hour'  & 'dream' textures. Then I added my own text--Dream.
My next thoughts on dreaming were of my daughter's African photos. I would love to go someday.
An African adventure is on my 'bucket list'. My daughter was kind enough to allow me to use her photos for the TT challenge this week.  Here's the first one I altered. A gorgeous sunset.










I used Kim's 'golden hour' texture again and added the text. It was almost too gorgeous a photo to alter. I tried to just enhance it a bit. Make it a bit painterly.
The next 2 sunset shots have NOT been altered in any way. My daughter took some amazing pictures.
I love how the sun looks as though it is sitting on top of the little tree.

















Just love the si…

Catching My Breath

I'm finally getting a chance to photograph some fabric that I dyed with rust about a month ago. Also some silk ribbons that I dyed with procion dyes back in May.
Our summer has been so full of outings with friends & family, coming & going--nonstop it seems as though I haven't had a moment to relax.
Soooo... this past weekend hubby & I spent it pretending to be couch potatoes. We did do a teensy bit of yard work on Saturday, but other than that we chilled out big time. Better than great, it was FANTASTIC!
Seems as though it recharged my batteries. I was kind of running on empty in regards to creativity. Felt drained of all artsy ideas. Haven't been able to even think about going into the studio to do anything all summer except rust dye that muslin & linen.
Now...after lounging & drooling over all my fiber art, jewelry art & mixed media magazines & books, I feel like I'm ready to jump back into the game of making some art.
I haven't been …

Wabi Sabi & Texture Tuesday

"Wabi Sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent & incomplete".
Characteristics of the wabi sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness or irregularity, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes."


I tend to adhere to a wabi sabi kind of aesthetic in that I am completely in awe of the imperfections in nature. I love rough, gnarly tree bark, crinkly old leaves and seed pods. I even find the strings of algae in the pond quite beautiful even if it's a bit smelly at times. Nature is a thing of beauty in all seasons whether it's in the spring when everything appears to spring to life or even in the dead of winter when trees are bare and look like sculptures against the sunsets. 
With a wabi sabi mindset, I have been photographing t…

Texture Tuesday

I was a bit of a slacker last week and didn't participate in TT. My daughter came home from Africa last Monday and we spent hours looking at all the photos & videos she took. The photos are AMAZING!
Very close shots of some of the animals.
My first 2 photos for TT are actually photos my daughter took in Africa. She took them because she knows how much I love pink flamingos! So I can't take credit for the photos just the alteration of them.

By the way, this week's TT theme is 'PINK'. Perfect for my pretty pink birds don't ya think?
This one is layered with Kim Klassen's
'canvasback' texture, with hue & saturation altered.




This next photo is also layered with Kim's 'canvasback' texture. More pink birds!!
And again, I played with hue & saturation since these birds were more of a salmon color.
I used a layer mask to mask the 2 brightest birds in the center.















Maybe for next week's TT my daughter will allow me to use more of her f…