Archive for September, 2013

Time for Empty Bowls

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Dennis and I are working together to make at least 40 bowls for the fundraiser on October 9th.   100% of the $20 admission goes to the food pantry at Tri-Lakes Cares.  Years ago, when I made pottery bowls, I wondered who needed public assistance in the Monument/Palmer Lake region.  Now I know that hunger is among us, no matter where we live.    The volunteer doctor for Tri-Lakes Cares, Dr. Bob Gibbs, is our woodturning friend, and he supplies most of the wood used to make the wooden bowls at the event.

Dennis often turns the bowls, and I add some decoration.   

Once in a while, the design is already in the bowl, as with the little bird.  A knot forms his eye.

Leaves are already perfect in nature.  It is difficult to choose an arrangement that doesn’t look natural!

All of the decoration is done with woodburning and acrylic colors.  The artwork is sealed with acrylic.  Acidic foods and washing will degrade the color.   Although it is non-toxic, the artwork and finish polyurethane will eventually wear off with use.  The bowls are not dishwasher safe!

Ready for Studio Tour!

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

I have over 30 quilts ready for the Studio Tour September 14th and 15th, ranging in price from $8 to $1200.    It’s a great way to see how our work has taken over the house!  All four of my sewing machines will be on display, but I promise to hide the ironing board.

Visitors will also find woodturnings that I have decorated with quilt designs, and a variety of wooden or sewn notions–the little things that make handwork pleasurable.  There are beaded pens, seam rippers, pincushions, necklaces with thread cutters, drop spindles, and needle cases.  I also made a variety of quilted potholders in traditional and Christmas fabrics.

I will have practice quilts set up for free motion quilting  [try it!] and pieces of fabric to texture.  For the first time, I will be selling some DIY kits.  Dennis and I will also share a bargain table with some leftovers from previous years.

Saturday 10-6 and Sunday Noon-6,  19930 W. Top O’ the Moor in Monument.  Call if your GPS fails you:  719-481-8754