Eggs and arrows…

April. One quarter of the year gone by – happily in a blur of creative time. New tile designs, new ideas, new projects. One project I am on track with is the monthly beaded tapestry. Last year – goddesses, fully beaded. This year – hands – with fibers/felt/silk. January was felt – there are a few things to work out there. February and March are showcased here:

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February was inspired by the Irish goddess Brigid, whose name means “Fiery Arrow”. She is tied to Imbolc ( aka Candlemas February 2) in the Celtic calendar – marking the midpoint of winter. Lambs are born, snowdrops emerge through the dustings of snow.

I have incorporated a scrap of hand dyed silk from my friends at Foxglove Reyen Designs, as well as some curly locks from Sarafina Fibers. I love the colors and he texture these elements add. The colors of the swirls are a bit more subtle than I had intended – as you can see in this detail.

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Feb. Brigid detail

March also features a scrap of Reyen silk – I mean those colors!!!! The March hand alludes to the Spring Equinox – or pagan Ostara. Although recent scholarly articles debunk some of the mythic/folkloric ties between Easter/Eostre/Ostara – the spring is life, newness, freshness, and rebirth! The egg is seen as a symbol of rebirth and new life in myriad cultures all over the world. The green shoots of leaves and grass – the scattering of pinks like buds… springtime is upon us!

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Now on to April… and since I post this on April 16th I better start beading! 

A glimpse of Austin. (Time Flew – continued.)

As promised – the catching up. Let me entertain you with a few snapshots from my recent trip to Austin. I had a wonderful time hanging out with family and did get to hit one or two of my favorite spots on South Congress…

Allen's boots

Jackalope cowboy?

Uncommon Objects. Mecca. Antiques, found objects, downright junk. If I had a wish – it would be to have permission to take pix inside. 

Uncommon window

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cactus blossom

S. Congress

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My loot. Enameled watch faces, a buckle to cast, a watch free of insides, full of possibilities…

And a tiny late 1800’s pocket dictionary…

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Tomorrow – I will show you what I have been frantically working on since I got back…

 

Time Flew. Had fun.

Oh heavens a week ago today I was home from Austin. Home late Wednesday night actually. Since i got home – its been a frenzy. Spoutwood May Day Faerie Festival is right around the corner. I need new collage/mixed media work for a local show, to hang on April 30th. The tax man was insisting we file his papers on time. Class to teach, chores…So I endeavor to catch up, and present a slide show of scenes and cuteness from Austin, Easter, and my lil nephew…

Above the clouds…

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Underfoot in Dallas…

Dallas mosaic

Good Morning! I am introduced to bunny and Gabba. ( Yo Gabba Gabba for you old fogies.)

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Walking Pablo. 

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Easter Flowers…

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Easter eggs!

eggs!

Drawing…

drawing

More drawing… on the iPad…

more drawing

Cars!

cars!

Alright – guilty as charged. I took adorable pictures of my nephew Jack and very little else. I did leave the house, see flora and fauna, hit a few favorite stores. Let me save those for tomorrow. 

sad Lucy

I know Lucy – I am sad I live so far away too!