Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Mary, my sister, and I enjoyed a weekend together. We exercised, ate well, travelled around a bit during the ice storm (just to get out) and visited with Doug, Katie, and Maggie. She bought some new buttons for a lovely shearling coat she was given as a present and they look smashing!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Yeah! I finally got these pictures to load. Some of the Hoosier Stitchers got together last Saturday and enjoyed stitching, laughing, and eating at Jean's house in Huntington! In the top picture, in order from the left are Jean, Annette, Cici, Rhonda, Ana, and Debbie. In the next picture, we have Jean, Annette, Cici, Anne, Ana (with the dog "Useless"), and Debbie.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
One of my co-workers, Ted Nitza, is spending a year with his family in Garborone, Botswana, while Ted's wife completes a Fulbright scholarship program. Recently, Ted came back to the US for a visit and presented me with a lovely crocheted mat, which I have displayed in my office. It was crocheted by the woman in this picture, Esther. She crochets and sells enough of her work to support her family, which includes her son, Neva, who is also shown in the picture. Ted knew I would espcailly appreciate her handwork because of my interest in needlework. It was a very special gift that I will cherish.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Here are our stats - much room for improvement!
4-Mile Run / Walk
4-Mile Run / Walk
September 27, 2008 - Ft. Wayne, IN
number of finishers: 972
number of females: 742
number of males: 230
average time: 54:15
bib number: 5259
location: Fort Wayne, IN
overall place: 868 out of 972
division place: 71 out of 81
gender place: 659 out of 742
bib number: 5814
location: Yardley, PA
overall place: 837 out of 972
division place: 84 out of 94
gender place: 636 out of 742
bib number: 5260
location: Fort Wayne, IN
overall place: 737 out of 972
division place: 20 out of 23
gender place: 187 out of 230
On September 13, 2008, there was a block party in our neighborhood, celebrating the electronics makeover given to the home of our neighbors, The Royers. Here is me at the party and the website - telling more of the story - is here:
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Matthew and Polly participated in the Skylands Triathalon A half mile swim, 13.5 mile bike ride and a 5k run. Reports were of a very muggy day but the water was a nice temp and it did not rain.
The challenge has been launched for next year. Matthew has his sights on Philly in June and perhaps a San Francisco swim from Alcatraz - yikes!
Polly got second in her age group - 55 and alive!!!
Monday, September 08, 2008
Some of you may know that I am teaching hardanger - through the use of Janice Love's Basics and Beyond book - to several of my co-workers. I have taught this technique before but, this time, I decided to experiment on my daughter, Katie, first to see if I could teach her and then use that experience to teach my co-workers. Katie capably mastered the first part of the series, kloster blocks. This is a picture of Katie working on the second lesson, blanket stitches. She seemed to master that section quite well, too. Next she will work on petite blanket stitches and then algerian eyelets.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
The EGA's 50th year was celebrated in style, as heralded by this elegant musician, who played while the attendees entered the opening banquet!
The Monday-Tuesday class was taught by Canadian designer, Deanna Bartell and you can see my progress on "Molly's Mouse below. I loved the class as it was on stump work, a technique I knew little about and found it to be very interesting and fun.
This is the end of the story - Cici at Linn's Paradise Cafe - funky restaurant with great food and fun gifts!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A (Somewhat) Brief History of Monona Terrace, A Public Place by Frank Lloyd Wright
On July 18, 1997, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened its doors after nearly 60 years of controversy. First proposed in 1938, the lakefront facility is a testament to the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright and the controversy both he and his design created. Of his plans, Wright said the building would be “the long awaited wedding between the city and beautiful Lake Monona.” It was a long wait.
By 1938, Wright’s reputation soared with the success and positive publicity that surrounded Fallingwater, Johnson Wax and the Usonian houses. Featured on the cover of Time magazine, the author praised the architect and said that he had rebounded from setbacks to become the “greatest architect of the twentieth century.” Despite his international acclaim, however, he had not yet been celebrated in his own hometown with a large public commission. It is within this context that Wright approached the City of Madison to build Monona Terrace. The project intended to fulfill the City’s need for an auditorium, armory, boat harbor, train station and city-county building. Wright envisioned the space to be an inspirational lake-view locale where great minds would gather to recreate and discuss the issues of the day. The city and county did not approve a joint office building project in 1938, so Wright’s plans were not required.
Another opportunity to build Monona Terrace arose in 1952 when the City decided to move forward with an auditorium. Wright altered his earlier plans and presented them to the city council and public forums. A referendum passed and Wright was voted as the architect. But the vote was close, and Wright’s arrogance and extravagant lifestyle earned him several enemies. In 1957, the Terrace project suffered a tremendous setback when one member of the Wisconsin assembly leader introduced a bill prohibiting any building construction on the lakefront higher than 20 feet. The bill passed, though it was later repealed in March 1959.
In April 1959, twenty-one years and eight designs after the original proposal, Frank Lloyd Wright died. In the process he devoted countless hours preparing drawings, renderings, and models, while simultaneously trying to convince the City that the project had merit. The proposal created a heated controversy resulting in five referenda, ten lawsuits, ten pieces of state legislation, and over four thousand newspaper articles. The fact that Wright returned repeatedly to a project for which he was paid a meager $250 attests to his commitment to the Terrace project.
Throughout the next few decades, the City considered multiple plans and debated what would best fulfill the interests of the City, County and State. The interior spaces were repeatedly reconfigured to fulfill the City’s immediate goals.
In the 1990s, as Wright’s plans were revisited again, Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam was hired to work with the City planning committee. The resulting structure was built on the same site, and still has the lecture hall, community center, meeting rooms, exhibition hall and rooftop garden Wright proposed in the 1950s. However, it now fulfills the City’s need for a convention center to serve as an ecoomic catalyst for the downtown area, to be a community center, and tourism destination.
The design of Monona Terrace centers on the circular form. The dramatic cylindrical parking ramps that flank the east and west ends of the building reflect the circular forms with which Wright was experimenting. And the connecting spaces, both internal and external flow continuously in a curvilinear form that is echoed in the buildings decorative details including lighting fixtures, carpeting, furnishings and signage.
Completed in 1997 at the cost of $67.1 million, the building and its utilization have exceeded expectations as Madison residents and visitors have attended meetings, banquets, concerts, conventions and myriad other community events. Wright’s beloved hometown finally celebrated its local architect by building his working piece of art.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
One of the lovely ladies who works outside of the Mayor's office had asked me to hang an exhibit of my needlework and, surprisingly, it has gotten a lot of attention. My sweet daughter, Katie, and I had lunch together last Thursday and I dragged her to the exhibit so I could show off a bit (show off Katie, that is). One of the neighborhood advocates happened by and took this photo, which I think turned out pretty well!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I recently attended the Indianapolis EGA's Spring retreat at McCormick's Creek State Park, where Janice Love had been hired to teach a hardanger project. This was Janice's swan song - her last teaching engagement of her career. As many know, Janice has been teaching for a long time and she authored what many consider to be the bibles of hardanger, Basics and Beyond and Fundamentals Made Fancy. And there I am - sitting next to her, learning how to make perfect picots!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
These two designs are freebies from Mary Garry that I made into pinkeeps. I had seen them done by another stitching friend and could not wait to stitch them. It took me a good part of today to make the pinkeeps as these were my first attempts. I used up a bit of bead stash to make the "pins", by poking a pin through the bead and then into the sides.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Yesterday I spent a lovey day at Sew Biz in Marion, IN, making a beautiful pin cushion. The designer and teacher was an old friend from Blackford County, IN. Her name is Paulette and I originally met her through the garden club as she is a talented gardener. She is equally talented with a needle and thread. The pincushion class she taught - making a pincushion from 2 CDs - was very fun. She even showed us how to make decorative hat pins! I used my quiet time this morning embellishing the pin cushion and now my mind is overflowing with ideas on how to use many other embellishments on more pincushions!
Friday, February 01, 2008
I have seen the model and it depicts a lovable little mouse and her dragonfly companion with raised gossamer wings, enhanced with beads and gold thread worked in DMC cotton on silk Dupioni. The class description says students will perfect random long and short stitches and bullion knots and will learn an innovative padding technique.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Apparently, a version of this class was taught before as I saw several samples in the shop when I visited some weeks ago. It is made on a CD and you can embellish the top of the pin cushion fabric in any way that you desire. I think I will love this class and, as a bonus, the teacher will be bringing beads for us to make some beautiful long decorative pins to stick in the cushion. This would make a great gift for any woman, and gives me many ways to use up some stitching ideas and embellishments. Check out the other classes - which are very reasonable - by accessing the shop's blog site from the shop's website @ www.sewbizmarion.com.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Turns out I am taking Diane Clements' Strawberry Lace at the GLR in April. Hope I get my lovely kit soon so I can start the pre-stitching!
This colorful, multi-stitch sampler is done in a 17th century style sampler in a book style sewing case. A wool-stuffed pin cushion, needle book with reversible stitching, scissors pocket, and fob complete the ensemble. The Punto in Aria design on the front cover features a petite, five petal strawberry blossom of cloth stitch surrounded by berries filled with knotted buttonhole stitch and accented by needlewoven lozenge leaves. The lace bits are supported by buttonhole and wrapped bars and a few Venetian picots add more detail to the design. Case is 3 1/2”x 5 1/2” x 1”.