Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pin It Weekly #75

Kate Smith is a color expert with a fabulous Pinterest site.  If you have not checked out one of her boards, you should. Here are a few examples from some of my favorite boards.

Blue-Green | Color Meaning, Symbolism, & Psychology

Blue green containers

Turquoise - attracts love, protects from harm & gives the wearer the ability to see into the future

Robin's nest

Sensational Color | Purple

Color Study of Lavender and Purple Roses.

I wonder if there is color symbolism to the purple of this temple in Thailand. #purple

Luscious purple figs looks so ripe and yummy. #purple

Interior Color | Green

I love this green curtain combo from Veranda

Kitchen, designer Gideon Mendelson created a green gingham ceiling that was first painted on canvas by Silvère Boureau. Mendelson says, "It gives a classic white kitchen personality, and it brings extremely high ceilings down to a more comfortable place."

Love the ceramic plate art! The breakfast area’s Mike & Maaike table, Eero Saarinen chairs, Tim Fishlock chandelier, and ceramic-plate installation by Viñas.

A shocking bright green palate was used for the living room of this New York apartment by designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta.
As you can probably tell from the titles, she has more than one board for each color.  They are well sorted and finding inspiration is just so much fun.  I like looking through a particular board or going back and forth between two boards to compare and contrast how things work together. 

I found Kate Smith's boards through Country Living Magazine, which I followed on Facebook here.  They are also on Pinteres, but with 114 boards and over 9,000 pins, it would be difficult to tell you what you'll find.  Just trust me their Pinterest board is big and interesting.  And filled with inspiration.
Beautiful Brand New Low Cost Deck for Summer ? Easy- Build one out of Pallets !

No-Bake Muddy Buddy Cookies

The family stenciled numbers on plywood, which they nailed to their stair risers (painted Black Suede by Behr).

J.W. Hulme Co. by David Prince. All rights reserved.

Motawi Tileworks (Made in Ann Arbor, Michigan) #madeinusa #madeinamerica

Spray-painted yellow and topped with plywood, three Goodwill filing cabinets—bought for $25 total—morph into a bright storage space.

While putting together this post, it's occurred to me that my other favorite magazines may also be on Pinterest.  I'll get back to you on that, in the meantime these two sites should keep you well inspired for a while anyway.  Go follow or like or heart or whatever it is that you use to show your appreciation.  Leaving a comment here would be one way.  :-)

A Texas-sized Thicket

Have you ever seen the news and there's a hurt someone who obviously has no clue how to survive?  You know, someone mauled by a bear because he was there?  Or someone with frostbite or heatstroke because he wasn't dressed for the place? Do you ask yourself how can someone be so stupid?  Who does such a thing?  Don't people have at least a little common sense?  How does someone put himself in such a predicament? Well, I think I know.

Richard and I had to go to Shreveport so I could attend a workshop.  We decided early on that our trip would include a side trip to Dallas for a day or two of shopping and relaxing.  Now, both Dallas and Shreveport are cities built of metal and concrete and asphalt.  Both are hot.  We're talking 100 degree in July, so tees, shorts, and sandals are absolutely the way to go.  We packed, we left. An hour into the drive we made a quick stop at a book store where the trouble began. Rich found a book that looked especially interesting, The Most Scenic Drives in America.  

He drove.  I read.  Only I read his book, not mine.  My book was homework.  His book was interesting.  Hey, check it out: the East Texas Ramble; we'll be right there.  San Augustine is where Sam Houston lived for a while. Oh, this Ezekiel Cullen place looks interesting, built in 1838; that's old. Wait, there's a place with pitcher plants and orchids; wild orchids.  You'd like this lake; no it's a reservoir; looks bigger than Toledo Bend.  Wow, three rivers feed into it; you know it has to be big.  

And like that we were going on a ramble.  Love that word, ramble, sounds adventurous and fun.  To ramble around.  Just take a little ramble through this place--Big Thicket. 

The only problem, of course, is that we left packed for shopping. That meant no sunscreen, no hiking shoes, no bug spray, no long other words, no preparations for wild woods. 

But there are pitcher plants, and a huge reservoir and other stuff to see and do.  So south it was, unprepared though we were. We agreed poison ivy was out of the question and as much as was possible, so were red bugs (chiggers) and all other rash-inducing things.  Of course--we realized much too late--we were planning to go see some insect-inviting carnivorous plants. That would mean the plants trick the bugs to come to them!  

Oh, so there might be bugs.  Forget that there were big trees, lots of weeds, bogs, and other mosquito infested places. You'd think Louisianans would be able to see this sort of thing coming.  Oh no, not the Louisianans who want to see something else.  You know, can't see the forest for the trees sort of thing.  

So we made a big circle westward and planned the trip so that we'd see as much as possible of the places on the list that we've not see before.  A stop at the Ezekiel Cullen House was a loss because it was closed.  Well, not a total loss...but more on that later in the week.  Then south to the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in the Angelina National Forest-- lots of beautiful area here!

And on to the orchids and bug-eating plants.  First stop: the visitor's center to find out where, exactly, we can find the plants that lure the bugs that bite the people who want to see the plants.  

We gained lots of info, just not the you're-crazy-if-you-go-in-the-woods-dressed-like-dorks info.  

She tried, bless her heart.  She said, "There's lots of bugs right now."  She warned, "The bugs are real bad this time of year."  We marched on like the good soldiers we think we are.  I mean, really!, the pictures and the dioramas ALL showed bugs, snakes, nettles, sticks, stones, and....pretty flowers.  I saw pretty flowers.  Rich saw a break from driving.  We went.

Now, in Louisiana when we find ourselves on a dirt road, we know we've gone too far.  Things begin happening too fast.  Bad things. 

We turn around.  We go home.  We think.

But in Texas, we throw caution to the wind.  And we plow on. Forward. 

Sp we went.      And we went.

And we went some more.  There was no stopping.  Nope.  Can't stop; the bugs swarmed.  Keep going and, if you slow down, you gotta swat.  Swatting takes energy, better to walk fast.

And we went some more.  We made the whole circle, but honestly there's not much choice.  The pretty flowers lure you in.  The bugs keep you moving.  And the heat drinks your sweat.  So you go some more.  And at some point just before the phone dies so you can't call for help, you see a green roof...oh, thank God, it's the outhouse.  Never thought I'd be so happy to see a park outhouse.  The car--the ONLY car--near the outhouse is ours and it's air conditioned and there are no bugs inside.  

Well, not until we sit down in it, anyway.  The creepy crawlies that are too small to see (they are called no see ums for a reason) piggyback on you all the way to the car.  There's only one thing to do: you have to beat them back Clorox.  Oh, I am so glad we had sense enough to pick up a canister of wipes before coming!  Our preparations paid off, after all!  And we lived to tell about it.  

Which is the only reason we are not on the local news tonight!

Sidebar: The website for Big Thicket National Wildlife Preserve notes "Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature."

Do I recommend the trip?  Absolutely!  Just use some common sense and prepare.  And maybe go in a cooler season.  And be sure to buy some Clorox wipes....they are heaven-sent when the chiggers and critters are biting and stinging.  The bleach is strong enough to kill of the bugs but mild enough for a quick wipe or two on feet, legs, and hands.   Or where ever the littlest insects have crawled.  And crawl they will.  And bite.  And sting.  And...well you get the idea.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shreveport Boardwalk

Richard and I spent a couple of nights in Shreveport so that I could attend a workshop.  Of course, everyone said--and I quote-- "You HAVE to go to the Boardwalk!"  Although we aren't much into malls and shopping, we decided that we needed to at least check it out.

It's big.  No, it's really, really big.  We spent a couple of hours there and didn't get to very many stores. 

One store we did enter was Bass Pro Shop.  Richard doesn't ask to do things he enjoys very often, so when there's a chance, I try to accommodate.  I also try to be patient and kind.  It's oh-so-hard sometimes, but I do try.

To that end I walked around looking at the trophies.  Then sat with the fish.  (Those pictures are worse than my usual bad.)  Rode up and down the elevator. Facebooked with my sisters.  I even asked for help finding something one of my sisters mentioned--they didn't have it. Finally Richard was done looking at boats he couldn't afford, guns he didn't need, and hunting gear he already has, and he was ready to go.

Back outside we walked over to the river and enjoyed the views. The Red River is very wide here and the bridges are beautiful old metal structures.  

We then popped into a kitchen shop and I picked up a few items that have needed replacing for a while: ice cream scoop, bag closures, and a one-piece, high-temp rubber scraper. 

Dinner at Cheesecake Bistro was absolutely delicious.  Then back to the hotel for phone calls to check on the grands and the puppies and some rest.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: T I M E

'Waste It Wisely' Wall Art | Nordstrom - I love weekends.  That is when I am at my wisest :-)Time is a big concern for me right now.  I'm late posting this; I'm racing to workshops; I have school work screaming at me; and several quilts whispering sweet nothings.  Well, they were whispering....since I'm not home at the moment, I have no idea what they're doing. They could be crying for all I know.  

I've almost convinced myself that if I make a couple of tops, I'll be able to load one on the long-arm and get a little bit of a "stitchin' fix" in the afternoons.  

kate spade new york 'metro grand' round leather strap watch, 38mm available at #Nordstrom

replace "things" with "quilts"
Good things take time...
Whatever I'm late anyway clock by jennimo on Etsy. so fitting. could probably make this

Ornate Vintage Clock by happydayvintage on Etsy

Craft room clock

Great ideas for creative Wall clocks! This would be so sweet in a child's room with light walls and white frames! Looks pretty simple to make too!

Cute clock quilt

Just do it! We were just discussing this  subject. We are a little behind. We try to  do something different or chance our way of doing something . It has been a little harder to do since we dont have a car or money to enjoy ourselves.

Love this!  Quilted Clock for the kitchen after refresh- just need to pick colors.

quilt room clock

Quilted Clock - inspiration only, no pattern ... want to make one for my sewing room

Vintage 40's Child's Crib Applique Quilt w Mammy Doll Clock Animals | eBay

pillow quilting patterns clock

taking time to live will only inspire your work - how true, it's so important to enjoy life, and it will shine through in your work!

Storybook Lane - Cuckoo Clocks - Silver Grey fabric

It’s About Time, Kim Frisk, Green Bay, WI  This small quilt won first place in the Art Quilt division. It’s totally packed with watch parts, gears, clock faces, and phrases about time. My photos don’t do the quilt justice. It’s really amazing.

45 Incredible Quotes Designed To Stimulate Your Brain ALEX WAIN APRIL 8, 2013 1   We’ve looked high and low around the interwebs to bring you these 45 quotes, designed to light that creative spark and give that added smack of inspiration – because we all need a bit of a lift occasionally don’t we?

To add to the time crunch I feel, there are the important things: my husband, my children, the grands, friends, puppies, house, garden.  They all deserve my time and attention to varying degrees.  And like everyone else, I cannot forget myself--a nap, a movie, a good book, a trip, a quilt.