I’m Back!

My computer was in the shop (sounds like an excuse, but it is totally true!) for a whole month and I haven’t had the chance to blog until now.  I’ve done so much work around the house and on my machine that I don’t know where to begin …. 

For now I guess the highlight of this past month has been turning 40.  I know, sounds like it must have been a bad month if the highlight was becoming middle-aged, right?  But honestly, Terry made the day very special by having the kids weed out my gardens and turn and fertilize the soil.  It may sound like a strange gift, but I am totally excited!  The one spring chore I hate the most is prepping the gardens for planting.  So with that done, the next month is looking pretty rosy for me!  They also got me a movable greenhouse; which is perfect this time of year (yesterday it was in the 80’s and today I don’t think it has gotten out of the 40’s).

HERSHEY'S Natural Unsweetened CocoaPlus, this is the first year I didn’t have to make my own birthday cake!  Eddie, my oldest, made it using our favorite “Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake.   The cake came out great, BUT didn’t come out of the pan well.  We have the perfect solution for that … Paula Dean’s Dummy Fudge Recipe.  It is 2 cups of chocolate chips melted with 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.  Allow to cool a bit, then spread over the lumpy cake.  It spreads beautifully, giving an eveness to the sides and top that some of our cakes lack.  Plus it tastes AMAZING!!!

One more note about my birthday — did anyone add up the number on the candles on my cake?  My darling children made sure that the 40 would be properly represented.  So,

 plus plus plus plus  equals

Aren’t my kids sweet?

 
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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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One comment on “I’m Back!
  1. Dori Batavick says:

    Mary,
    I need to get in touch with you. Do you have a regular email address?
    I just want to get things ready for the Home and Garden tour and need a brief write-up about you telling all about your work.
    Could you write to me @ Doribata@gmail.com

    Thanks and Happy 40th!

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