Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gathering at The Prairie


n. noun
1. The action of one that gathers.
2. That which is gathered or amassed; a collection or accumulation. 
3. An assembly of persons; a meeting.
Art Retreat at the Prairie was all of these.

Barb Solem of ViviMagoo Presents chose the perfect place to host an art retreat.  Rachel Ashwell's Prairie consists of the main lodge, several small cabins, a barn, and the main house where the shop and kitchen/dining room are.  All have been decorated in Rachel's shabby chic style and are so comfortable and homey.  The secluded, intimate setting lends itself to introspection, creativity, and coming together with friends, new and old.

I stayed in the Liliput Lodge or as it was being called, "The Big House" (not the one that Johnny Cash sings about though).  Here is a picture of my bedroom and the bathroom.

 Sweet little amenities

My teaching space the first day for botanical dye printing was on this lovely screened in porch that you see Rachel Ashwell sitting on the steps in front of.

It was the perfect place for dyeing but the second day of class the rain had set in and it was too chilly and damp to be out on the porch so we moved inside.

These rooms were transformed with extra tables, botanicals that had been collected, and all sorts of rusty items along with fabrics and ribbons to dye.  I not very good at documenting with photos.  I get busy and distracted and forget all about taking them so you only get to see the pristine setting before we converged with all our "stuff".

Students work

After two days of botanical and rust dyeing the scene changed. Students arrived to reconstructed unloved shirts into a new garment.  Again I only have pics of one student's work and I'm sorry because there were some great garments being created and I have nothing to show.  Perhaps the students will send me some pics?

Here's Stevie in her upcycled art shirt.

At the end of the day the table looked like this as wine was brought out to toast our wonderful time to"gather".

At dinner there was a bit of shenanigans going on with lots of fun and laughter.

Thank you Barb, The Prairie and all my students and friends!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Autumn in Missouri

October is a wonderful time of year to visit Missouri.  The weather is still warm and sunshiny and the leaves turn incredible colors.

As the days go by I see more changes.  

A big oak tree on Main Street in Poplar Bluff branches upward and outward dwarfing the two story house it shelters.

Leaves turn even more intense color, 

some begin to brown

the wind comes up and scatters leaves whirling and twirling everywhere

bare trees begin to silhouette the sky

the weather becomes chilly and shadows seem longer

October ends and November looms ahead with more travel.
I've been in Missouri for 10 days and will be leaving tomorrow to fly to Texas.  Art Retreat at the Prairie here I come with some wrist wrap cuffs my sister Jan and I have been working on all week.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Home from Europe (briefly)

Bonjour and Bonjuorno!  Had a fabulous trip and was gone long enough to feel almost European.

I have hopes to post about my trip to France and Italy but I am finding little time as I need to prepare to leave again on Oct. 22 to go to St. Louis for the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis annual show.  Then to Poplar Bluff to visit my folks.  My brother and sister will also be visiting!  After a week in PB I travel to Round Top to teach at Art Retreat at the Prairie and then visit friends in Austin a few days and back home on Nov. 10th.

Au Revoir and Arrivederci!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Going to Europe

In just a few hours my friend Wendy and her husband Steve will be picking me up to head for SFO and off to Paris.  Wendy and I will spend four days in an apartment overlooking the Seine and Notre Dame.  This will be our view.

We'll be able to walk to a lot of places we want to see, Luxembourg Gardens area, The Tuileries Garden (FrenchJardin des Tuileries), a public garden created by Catherine de Medicis as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, the Musée de l'Orangerie where Claude Monet's water lily paintings are, St. Chapelle for the stained glass and I'm sure we'll visit Berthillon for ice cream too!

After Paris we will fly down to Montpellier and take a taxi over to Sommieres to meet Riki and her friends where we'll stay in a villa for the week, visiting flea markets, walking the town and seeing historical sites.

At weeks end I fly back to Paris to meet my husband Michael and we are off on a journey to Italy.  A few days in Rome, then to Naples and doing a five day walking tour of the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri.

We'll take a train from Naples to Florence for a couple of days and then back to Rome and Home.

It's going to be a long trip for me but a wonderful adventure!  I may not be online much, I'm not taking my computer to haul around and hope I don't regret that or have withdrawals.  I will have my iPhone but not sure how much I'll use it except to take some photos that may not get posted until I return home in Oct.

I didn't expound on my packing experience!  I tried to pare down how much I'm taking but I am an awful packer, of the mind to take more than I need and have it than not.  So it was a challenge but I think I can handle my one suitcase and a small backpack. 

Bonjour and Bongiorno!