Fun From Troy

Thursday, 21. August 2014 20:53 | Author:

My husband sends pet photos with captions to me and our friends every day. I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

If Carrie were a cat
Ready for pick up
I love bubbles

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Hunts Mushrooms

Monday, 18. August 2014 20:12 | Author:

Another mushroom hunter. I like the hair on this girl and the basket was fun to put together with it’s interior and exterior.
She hunts mushrooms for food and fun (8” x 10”)

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Sketching – Unfinished Randomness

Sunday, 17. August 2014 21:02 | Author:

I loved this girl as she is – the scarf is perfect to me. I’m a bit fearful of messing her up, but now that she is scanned like this, maybe my pencil can add a bit more to flush out a scene for her.wpid-Random4-2014-08-17-21-02.jpg
Sometimes I can sketch a girl or two, but i don’t quite know what she is doing or saying. They will sit on my desk for a while until I am inspired to add to them.

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Saturday, 16. August 2014 21:02 | Author:

Another version of the girl holding a mushroom.
It’s the first time that ‘fungus’ has ever seemed okay to add to a quilt. I like this jacket look on a girl, but I’m not certain, I have the look of a turtle neck captured right.
She grew up to be mycologist (13” x 10”)

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Sketching – Book Lover

Friday, 15. August 2014 20:12 | Author:

I have been devouring fiction lately, so I drew a book lover. See below for a list of books I’ve been enjoying.
Practicing faces, birds and a moose!

What have I been reading this year?

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life) When the final book released, I reread the first two again – it is wonderfully rich story and I loved it. I will likely reread this every few years.

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, she is one my favorite authors

The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen (loved this story)

The Language of Spells and The Secret of Ghosts by Sarah Painter

Skin Game by Jim Butcher (A Dresden Files novel – the series of these is excellent, I always look forward to the new ones)

The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri – cute quick read

The Selection series by Kiera Cass (The Selection, The Elite and The One) – I’m a sucker for a young adult romance novels

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy, Frost Bite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound) – this was a fun read and movie adaptation of the first book was really funny

Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson – silly romance but quick

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Foraging for Fungus

Thursday, 14. August 2014 20:12 | Author:

This girl is kneeling with a basket of her freshly picked mushrooms.
It is far from chilly here, but I somehow see mushrooms as cooler weather activity, thus the sweater and hat.
She enjoys foraging for fungus (8” x 10”)

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Sketching – Free Pie

Wednesday, 13. August 2014 20:12 | Author:

Not only is it Wednesday, where you get free pie at Village Inn with your dinner, it is my anniversary.
These sketches seemed perfect to celebrate today!

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Excited to Pick Mushroom

Tuesday, 12. August 2014 20:12 | Author:

August in Alaska is also mushroom time. We have a fungus fair at the end of the month, so made a few mushroom themed quilts to celebrate.
This girl is proudly holding up her first picked mushroom. ‘Mushroom’ is stitched into this happy green background.
She was excited to pick her first mushroom (13” x 10”)

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Scrap Quilt – Part 2

Monday, 11. August 2014 19:15 | Author:

Over a year ago, I started a scrap quilt. I planned to post more progress photos, but there wasn’t any progress until last week. The basket that housed the started scrap quilt was overflowing with even more scraps. I dumped it and got to work randomly piecing fabrics together to make 13” squares that I trimmed down to be 12” blocks (12.5” unfinished).
I kept piecing, sewing and sorting fabrics until the basket was empty. After 2 days, I have:
- 36 happy scrappy blocks
- a pile of larger scraps that will likely be pieced into a scrappy backing for this scrap quilt
- a pile of gray fabrics for what I hope will be fun modern quilt someday
- 12 scrappy blocks of cream, green, red and brown fabrics for a charity quilt
There was little thought in putting these together. It was all about finding like sized pieces to stitch together to form a block. I love the randomness and I’m planning to embrace that as I piece the blocks together in rows.

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Sketching – Designing Joy

Saturday, 9. August 2014 21:11 | Author:

This is what I doodled during an episode of Project Runway!
More random sketches. I started creating one that described how I was feeling that day or moment. I’ve been a little tired and run down thanks to my allergies and a change in medication. Cannot wait to have everything sort of back to normal.

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