So you wanna be an artist?

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Then start painting! I read that on FB last week or something like that and it struck my nerve. It was what a professor (or was it a recognized artist?) said to a guy who doubted his capability to paint great paintings. It’s so right – if you want to achieve something, you have to keep on doing it, you can’t just sit on your a-s dreaming, wishing. But honestly, I don’t aspire to be an artist, only to be the best I can.

So to be brave, I came to the conclusion that I can’t keep on auditioning stars of different colors over and over again and instead have to go with my gut feeling and take a stand , otherwise this will truly be an infinity project. So here is what I have come up with and will stick too: gold, silver, green and fuchsia: outer-starsMight ad some of the smaller stars along the bollywood bends. I did try the same colors as in the compass needles, but the dark blue didn’t show up in such tiny pieces.

So later on (or maybe tomorrow ) I will take a deep breath and be brave enough to iron the stars to the background and after that it’s definite.

He looking at the picture I see two starts along the upper compass needles, but they placed there temporarily, kind of storage and will not be in the design.

People are strange when you’re a stranger (hear the Doors)

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Back from the vets with Fiona. She has bumps and growth here and there on her body and we know that some are udder tumors and others are fatty. But she has one behind her left ear that has grown BIG (short of an inch in diameter) and since some weeks – on top of that another growth. So we decided to have a vet look at it and give an opinion on what to do. We where all alone in the waiting room  and after some minutes Fiona decided to try to climb my lap and to get upon a chair of her own. Now as you know Fiona isn’t a small dog (but weight way to little for being a Rhodesian Ridgeback) so for her to sit on my lap is kind of hilarious as is trying to squeeze herself into a chair. Surely wished I had had the pretense to take a pic. I assume that it had clicked for here where we where and wanted some comfort in that evil place. We have been going to the same vets for like 12 years so she is known, but that the vet who took out the first udder tumors should recognize her in the waiting room and great her  by name was unexpected. I mean – how many pets do that guy treat every day? And it is always a pleasure to get compliments on what a good and whell kept dog she is.

Well, we got a nice female vet this time (new to us) and happily it turned out that it is cyst filled with liquid and fat cells, so the vet managed to empty a 1/3 of it with a syringe. More wasn’t doable, the fatty cells clogged up the needles. We decided that nothing else should be done, if she don’t get worse or grow and infection in the puncture marks. After some claw clipping she got a lot of treats and was happy to come home. In one piece ;)

Here is the strange thing – the last 7-8 purchases I have made outside the EU, the Swedish Customs have left the parcels alone. Maybe they finally realized that even though EU have these protectionist import laws, there are other stuff they can use their time and money to catch. HA, until to day. They must have had so little to do over the weekend that they just had to grab my package from ToB and slap me with a 178SEK fine. I never understood this procedure, but even though you have paid postage from the seller to your door, if the customs take the package, you have to pay for shipping within Sweden too. And that sum is what the fine mostly consist of.

Well I went and paid the ransom and I said it before, even with this extra cost, the fabrics are still cheeper than here in Sweden. So here is my latest haul: tyg-1216A pack of Christmas FQ that was on sale and quite nice. The dotty fabric was a find since there is a gold ring round each dot. And the shell ones I couldn’t resist since it so reminded me of Fort Mayers – I can hear the surf and the palm leafs rattle in the wind ….ack. Even though I can’t fathom what to use it for….oh maybe I ought to get more and make new curtains for the RV??

Well, of to make new stars.

Change of season (hear Hall & Oates)

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Even though I absolutely totally would like the season to change, today to start with – windy, rainy and so dark that you can’t believe it’s soon 1pm. But it’s not the season I changed, but the scissors I use to cut out the stars with.  The Fiskars onebild 1-3has been my favorite for all day sewing and cutting out appliqué. But – cutting into the V of the stars it has this tendency not to cut all the way to the inner angle and some fraying occur. it me a while to understand that it was the scissors fault, not mine ;) Luckily I bought Karen Key Buckley smallest one

bild 2-2last year and whatdayaknow – even though it is quite small it cuts like a charm, specially in the tight V. All the way in.

Braved the weather and took little Diego out for our daily walk, don’t think any of us enjoyed it very much though, but with Diego being a male, it took round 30 min anyhow. And The DH is still down :o

 

First you see it, then you don’t

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Can anyone explain to me why men (at least some of them) act like they are dying when all that ails them are a mild case of tummy flu, a cold or something common like that? Gahhh, what is a hip replacement when compared? Bitchy bitchy me!

Still in the process of finding the ultimate way to sew the stars to the background and so far (I am so happy to have great, knowledgeable and talented friends) the monofilament thread works like a charm as do the (to me) new way of getting the interfacing in place and paper out. Also found a way (Yahoo group for Janome 7700/8800) on how to have invincible stitches. But (there is always a but, isn’t it), when sewing the stars they tend to fray a tiny bit appl-star1
and the monofilament thread from time to time, get all bird nest (on the back) on me. Have tried to change the thread tension, but I think I have to pay more attention on where I go.

Also, I do not have thin enough needles (but they will come tomorrow or the day after from eBay) so you see the “punch” marks. That is – if you look close enough. If you keep the piece 30cm away you can see the tiny “punch” marks but not the stitches, depending on if you are wearing glasses or not ;) This star is approx.2 inch wide and if I hold it 10-15cm away I could hardly see the stitches but the tiny fraying.appl-star2Well, more trials to come. Tonight will be pizza take out at sons request. The DH won’t anything but toast ;o

Life is like a box of chocolates

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There is this German low cost grocery chain named Lidl here and you can find all sorts of fun an affordable stuff. Like this bild 1-2 bild 2a box of small chocolate cookies (two layers). OK, maybe not French chocolate top notch quality, but they are nice with a cup of tea or coffee. and John happily ate some last night. And if you don’t like the biscuits, the box which os gorgeous is well worth the price – 79SEK (just over 10USD) where you can store your notions and such :)

Fun; In the fall 2013 the pop-up restaurant DILL opened in Stockholm and became the place to go for foodies, it was quickly sold out and people raved about the fine dining at affordable prices. After the first brouhaha had died down, it was official – all the ingredients used in the restaurant came from LIDL (throw the letters around and you get DILL) and people was caught with their pants down (that is what I think) since LIDL isn’t the epitome of high end quality to most, specially foodie snobs.

Edited: I came away with some sweets, a bottle of polish remover (gotta buy some more since they have this pump like top) and a packed of Serrano ham. Next time I go I’m going to buy french fresh butter, some cheeses, Greek Antipasti and some sorbets and – I might dare to venture out my prejudice zone and try some of their meat:)

Drop dead

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gorgeous I think these are:artisan-spirit-JRI love most of my fabrics but these from Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer that arrived in my mailbox today make me almost swoon since they look like jewels and I do love jewels.

I have decided (at least i think I do) that I will use these (not all of them) and the gold (and maybe silver) shimmers for the stars. Still have a bit of a problem (understatement) do nice appliqué stitches on the machine, no matter monofilament or not. I think the problem lies with my ability to concentrate enough for the stitches to stay where they are supposed to, but practice practice and I might get there…

Otherwise – a bit of sun, me and Diego saw one gigantic buck on our walk, John passed out in gym class :o but is well now – luckily he has wonderful and caring friends who walked him home (he plain out refused to be picked up), beef fajitas for dinner and that’s about it.

Nice evening all around!

 

Twinkle twinkle

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While waiting for the Artisan Spirit jelly rolls in Peacock and Sunglow and working on my sewing skills (as they are) the thought struck me (Ouch) – maybe this is too much color?star4considering the circles are about the same? So I dug out the bag of charmpacks again and used only gold and silver:star5So what do you think – color as a crayon box or more muted and elegant? star7Me I lean towards the elegant  – more shopping, yay :)

More about the stars

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As I said in the former post, I have tried all kind of ways to attach the stars to the background and at times thought I just chuck it and glue the danged pieces in their place. I know, that won’t work either and after trying this and that I think that I have come to the conclusion that a narrow zick-zack (not too narrow though) with YLI silk thread will work the best star3I have one problem, since the stars have such sharp points, the fabric easily fray and some strands of thread shows between the stitches. Maybe I ought to get some fray check?

I hava tried satin machine stitch:star1but since the stars is rather small, the stitches build up quite ugly (the beige ones). Have to think about this some more.

You know I do love my kitchen gadgets and a month or so ago my stick blender started to give up and I bought a new one  – amazingly good :) Then my electrical pepper grinder gave up and I ended up buying this

81VfcjVOkQL._SL1500_Isn’t it gorgeous? I have a pestle and mortar that is in this design area. Got a note from Amazon.UK on Friday that it has been shipped – yay.

Sunday morning and for once I could see the beginning of a sunrise behind the trees, but no – there was a sun no-show, just a glimpse behind the clouds. I am so totally envious for those who goes abroad to warmer places in this time of the year…

Infinity take ???

Found a pic on Pintrest that inspired me to take Infinity to the next level. At least toward being able to finish it and this is what I have got so far: outbe1
Not sure about which fabrics and which colors to use, but I think it will be almost like this. Got so inspired that I ordered two jelly of rolls of Artisan Spirit “Shimmer” collection and dug out some of the metallic ones (Hoffman Joy of Life) I used in the octagons. I made star templates (thanks to Beths’ generosity) and used some of my treasured roll of Floriani AppliKay Wonder Repositional Fusible Web on the back, that ways I can move the stars around. The BIG question is – how to I sew them to the background? Tried both hand blanket stitch, machine satin stitch and machine blanket stitch. With both Cosmo and DMC embroidery floss and metallic thread and nothing looked good up front. But if I took a step back, the stitching wasn’t that obvious….but then, I haven’t made any sample with the smallest stars – yet. Maybe I can glue them in place ;)

First day of my 4 week vacation and I have “allowed” myself to do nothing, exempt playing with the stars and take Diego out for a nice walk. We took our first one in ages yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic – Diego was so happy and I was too – being able to walk a longer distance without severe pain = YYYAAAAYYY.

bild-8My love child LOL.

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