22 November 2009
A Flurry of Snowflakes
When Rita's beautiful blue, silver and white round robin blocks arrived and I read her request for a winter theme, I knew immediately that I wanted to cover a block in snowflakes for her!
The center fabric on the block is a wonderful textured silver grey silk, folded and pleated to form the basketweave texure. I love the added dimension it gives to the block.
In addition to the frosty snowflake buttons scattered on the block, I added a large snowflake of embroidery and narrow silk ribbon.
A tatted snowflake was given a little extra sparkle with irredescent beads. The embroidered silver snowflake below it has a thread of irredescent blue blending filament added to the silver floss. It doesn't show up in the photos, but in person, it makes the snowflake sparkle with a delightful sheen and adds a hint of color!
I want to thank Kirsten of our wonderful local scrapbooking store, "About Memories and More" for a blog award she gave me! I'm supposed to list 7 interesting things about me and pass the award on to 7 other bloggers. Because so many of the bloggers I visit regularly have already received this award, I'd like to pass it on to all of you who haven't yet received it!
Here's 7 things about me that will hopefully be interesting!
1 - In college, I DJ'd the morning show of our college radio station and had my radio broadcaster's license!
2 - I worked for many years as a Drafter/Structural Engineering Technician designing floor and roof systems using heavy timbers, glulam beams and other engineered wood products.
3 - While growing up, I wanted to be a naturalist studying wildlife and eco-systems. I was afraid of the mathematics involved in getting a science degree so instead turned to anthopology and art. When I returned to school in my mid 30's for architectural drafting training, I discovered math wasn't so bad if I had something to apply it to!
4 - While growing up, I also wanted to be an author/illustrator like Beatrix Potter or a naturalist/author/illustrator like Ernest Thompson Seton. I'd still love to write and illustrate children's books someday!
5 - I was a certified Childbirth Educator for many years and taught childbirth/breastfeeding/parenting classes to over 4,000 families and labor coached many families through childbirth. I loved it so much that I made it my emphasis when I became an RN in my late 40's!
6 - I love to teach and can talk long and passionately about topics I'm interested in and find that public speaking doesn't really bother me much. But I'm really a very quiet, rather shy person when not teaching or speaking or if I'm with people I don't know well. I have never been able to figure out the art of small talk and never seem to be able to think of something to say until long after... it's something I work at all the time!
7 - More than anything, I want to travel to the British Isles someday! So many places I want to see and experience there! The Highlands and Islands of Scotland, to hike the West Highland Way, see the Lake District, Exmoor, Cornwall, the Yorkshire Dales, and the places King Arthur might have been, the west coast of Ireland, Glendalough Abbey, Iona... the list goes on!
White Sands National Monument has one of the prettiest visitor centers. An old adobe building with lovely wooden vigas and timbers. Afte...