Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Agita

I have been vibrating with anxiety, far from my new year's resolve to "enjoy." Cloth making has been adversely affected as I spend far too much time feverishly following Facebook.

Still, I did manage to stitch two plain pillows for our new couch ...


They were made from thrifted cotton/linen shirts and I'm now considering how they might be embellished ...


so they can better fit in with the Triangulation pillow that was my first Jude-inspired cloth-weaving adventure.

Some of my anxiety has been assuaged by activity. In addition to calling members of congress to voice our concerns, Don and I attended a kick-off meeting of a local Indivisible group (https://www.indivisibleguide.com/), thanks to Marti's comment on one of my initial political posts. I counted more than 85 people, many new to political activism  ...


some of whom went on to hold a town hall of their own since their U.S. congressman refused to show up ...

Meantime, Don and I were otherwise occupied as our daughter (who is expecting in April) brought G to our house for a sleepover ...


In spite of a tornado warning in the middle of the night, we got enough rest to find the energy for a trip to a new-to-us playground where G learned the gentle arts of swinging ...


pole-sliding ...



and public art appreciation ...



Which inspired a little home-grown creativity ...


Love the colors ...



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love child

Happy Birthday to the girl who stole our hearts 31 years ago today ...

3 year old Meg with new baby sister Melissa (1986)


Melissa Reid (14 months old)




Monday, February 13, 2017

Ashes of roses

Here's the result of yesterday's dye trial where I was hoping to achieve a pale blush color ...


Madder dye extract at 3% WOF (weight of fiber) with an overdye of Himalayan rhubarb extract dye bath that had already been used to dye another batch of cloth (called an exhaust bath maybe?)

Just for grins, I laid the spiraled petals on top of yesterday's handkerchief blossom ...


Hmmm. Well, I'll see what my daughter thinks before I start stitching anything down.

Meantime, my phone calls to Members of Congress were actually answered by staff today (unlike last week when the calls about Betsy DeVos brought voice mails systems to their figurative knees). I particularly liked this piece from the Houston Chronicle, which gave me a chuckle or two ...

The more I read, the more I'm convinced that phone calls are the most effective means of lobbying, short of a face-to-face meeting or town hall setting. So I'm determined to keep calling as often as possible. 

Ending on a positive note, today is the last day of this old shed ...


It looks okay in this picture, but the wood was rotting and everything in it was moldy, rusty, or both due to humidity. So we paid Junk Dogs to break it down and haul it away to recycling ...


leaving us with a much better view ...


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Showing up

Cloth first. I'm in the process of auditioning cloth blossoms for a baby quilt. The most recent effort (which does not yet have a center to conceal the gathering), was made from vintage handkerchiefs ...


Close up ...


and back ...


Now I'm auditioning some possible dye colors to pull everything together, so stay tuned for more.

Meanwhile, we continue to ramp up our political activity. The College Democrats at Texas State University planned a coffeehouse meeting with Joaquin Castro, the U.S. Representative to Texas District 20, which is not our district, unfortunately ...


Fortunately for us, word got out and a few extra folks showed up (ourselves included). This was my Facebook post afterwards ...


I also took Marti's advice and found the local chapter of Indivisible for our congressional district, added them to my KINDRED SPIRITS list (TX21 Indivisible), then printed a copy of this guide (https://www.indivisibleguide.com/) ...


which has very common sense suggestions written by former congressional staffers who witnessed the impact of the Tea Party firsthand ... and took notes.

Last, but not least. I previously mentioned signing up for Facebook posts by my members of Congress, the GOP, and my local state representatives. It's been an eye-opening experience to say the least.

Today the Republican National Committee posted this on Facebook ...


Unfortunately for them, one person commented ...


So I looked it up and found ...


Here's the Quote Investigator link if you're interested in learning more: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/07/14/life-years-count/

I also posted an alternate quote  suggestion to the RNC ...


Last I checked, they hadn't taken me up on it.