Giving Thanks

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I am thankful for the way too many chunks of cheese I’m about to shove in my mouth, the few too many glasses of Proseco I am about to drink and the amazing family I am going to share it with!

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Palatial Platypus Estate

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My daughter finally got her platypus bedroom.

Here is a past post about designing the fabric:

https://becreativemary.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/the-platypus-invasion/

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So I must admit I am the queen of cheaters!  In the olden days I stitched many a quilt by hand taking many months…but that was way before kids!

I needed to make a platypus quilt for my daughter’s bed and I had about three hours to do it!

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I sewed the two lengths of my Spoonflower fabric to  create a giant center panel…and then… and then…I STITCHED IT TO A READY MADE COMFORTER!!!!  Yeah I did! and wow was that so much easier than buying batting and stitching the whole darn thing together!

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I did the same thing with the curtains too.  The hand-designed Spoonflower fabric is quite expensive, so I opted to add a platypus panel to pre-made white curtains.  Botta-Bing Botta-Boom four sets of curtains completed in three hours!

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Plat and Fluffy like their new digs, which makes my daughter happy, which in turn makes me happy.

And thus concludes the very long platypus adventure!

PS. If there are any other “unique” individuals out there with a platypus fetish, I published the platypus fabric designs on Spoonflower :  http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3399179

I’m sure there’s at least one more freak out there right?

Flipped to Acrylic

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Two weeks.

For two weeks I’ve been flat-out on my bum.

  Week one:  Flu. Soar throat, runny nose, muscle aches, joint pain and lethargy.  Week two: In all of my weakness I threw out my lower back.  Now I can barely put my socks on!

I’m pretty sure that’s called a one-two punch.

I’m feeling it.

So anyways, that’s what I’ve been up to… and you?

I scraped myself up, dusted myself off and started painting again yesterday.  I had been working in gouache the past month and decided it was time to switch over to acrylic.  I forget how forgiving acrylic is.  You can add layer upon layer whereas gouache is like watercolors, it’s more of a one-shot deal.

Here’s yesterdays progression:

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I started by painting the entire canvas an orange-red.

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Then I moved into the sea and sky…

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I left off with the underlying landscape.  Next I will add some foreground interest and a beautiful home by the sea. Stay tuned…

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I’ve also been busy at the pottery studio.  There is a local craft fair in early December and I’ve decided to sell my tea mugs.  They are my favorite creation thus far.  I enjoy my mugs every morning and thought others might enjoy them too.

Here’s their progression:

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I’ve also designed over 75 jewelry pendants to sell at the craft show.  I forgot to take photos though. I’ll try to remember next week.

Well I’m off to a VERY gentle yoga class to see if I can try to stand up straight.

I hope you all are in better shape than me!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

M