Monday, October 29, 2018

Travelling vicariously and DrEAMi!

Wandering Camera

I did my end-of-the-month post before thinking of the Wandering Camera photo linkup and my DrEAMi!. I don't want to miss it but I don't have much to post, so I've decided to travel vicariously through my daughter who is presently studying Art History in Venice (how cools is that 😊)

She has given me permission to share a few pictures that she's posted on Facebook or Instagram, so here they are!

This is one of the first pictures she took. I think that it's one of my favourites.
Venice - strolling along the canal
The gondolas are for the tourists. Many residents have small boats that they use to get around.
Boats moored along the canal
This image, so evocative of Venice, was taken on her way to the Biennale.
Venice in all its splendor

You may have noticed that the photos I chose were all around water. She has taken some great images of architecture and art - but for me, it's the water that makes Venice so special.

My daughter has given me permission to use her pictures in my art and on my blog. I am planning on making at least one art quilt from these....eventually 😊

While I'm travelling vicariously at this time, I am meeting her in Venice at the beginning of December. I'm sure that I'll have my own photos to post after that trip.

DrEAMi!

When I was younger, I used to love to give cards on special holidays or moments. I've grown out of that, probably because I've ended up throwing out too many of them. This year, as the birthday season in my family approaches (September to November is crazy!), I've decided to make minis to give instead of cards. I just think that they are more useful since they can be used as decoration, rug mugs, etc.

Deciding what to make was a bit of a challenge since I didn't want to make traditional blocks. Finally since I also promised to make a small quilt for the Charitable Campaign auction at work, I thought that a nature theme would be popular since I work for Parks Canada. So I recently bought a few "Made by Marney" foundation paper pieced patterns through Craftsy. There's a bear, fox, moose, mallard duck and loon.

I'm already behind since I got the idea after my second brother's birthday and my niece, sister-in-law and husband's birthdays are coming up quickly. Oh well, hopefully I can catch up soon. I'll post this one along with the finished ones in November some time.

What I learned
  • So many ideas and projects and so little time :-( 
  • I enjoy making these foundation paper piecing blocks but I ended up spending what little time I had this weekend finishing up my Art With Fabric piece. The reveal is November 7th but I needed to have my photo ready by October 31st. For the first time in age, the piece is done, not only on time but ahead of time! Hopefully is will stop raining here long enough to take some outside shots. They're always the best.
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Linking parties
I will be linking this post to Wandering Camera, DrEAMi! at Sandra's mmm! Quilts, as well as many other cool parties. Go check them out :-) Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, Moving It Forward, What I Made Monday, Tuesday Colour Linky Party, Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers, Silly Mama Quilts WIPsNeedle & Thread Thursday, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Oh Scrap!, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?,




23 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, and I love the birthday gift!

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    1. Merci Frédérique, I'm really hoping to make one of these photos into an art quilt - and the birthday gift is done!

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  2. Yes, it’s all about the water—and the angled perspective of the buildings. And then that pop of blue color in the first photo! What a fun idea for greetings instead cards. I’m really drawn to the first one you made. I’ll definitely check out Marnie’s site.

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    1. Thanks Janine Marie, you're right about the water, the angles and the pop of colour. Do check out Marney's site. She has some really great patterns. Many are cute and whimsical :-)

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  3. I love the second photo and I love the mini idea instead of cards...I just may use that one going forward. The paper pieced bird is gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. The idea of minis instead of cards is great - but I'll have to start earlier if I want to give them on time :-)

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  4. The loon mini is beautiful. I like the idea of minis istead of cards. Thanks for linking with Design Wall Monday, it is so much fun to see what everyone is working on.

    Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy. The loon is really gorgeous. I will be making quite a few of them soon. They are all really wonderful.

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  5. Andree, Thanks so much for giving me "salute" in your blog post for designing the paper pieced loon. You are a sweet heart! Love, Made By Marney

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    1. Hi Mary, it's my pleasure to help promote your amazing patterns. There are so many of them that I want to make but I'm starting with these cuties. I'm now on the bear - that one will be for my hubby :-)

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  6. oh wow!
    the pictures in your post are so inspiring!!

    thanks so much for linking up!

    brooke@sillymamaquilts.com

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    1. Thanks Brooke. I wish I was the one taking the pictures :-) It'll be my turn soon!

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  7. Gorgeous photos, she is so lucky! I love the paper pieced duck. I've often thought of making a quilt with an animal scene instead of blocks. However I would have to find the time to draw something up and that will require not working on my other must do projects.

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    1. Thanks Denise. It sounds like you're just going to have to make a DrEAMi! (Drop Everything And Make it!) I know how you feel - so many ideas and not enough time.

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  8. Good looking loon - they've always been one of my favorite birds!

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    1. Thanks Susan. The loon is one of my favourite birds also. They are so special and not easily found.

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  9. Minis instead of cards sounds like a great plan. And thanks for sharing your daughter's photos. Looking forward to the quilt made from one of them.

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    1. Thanks Claire. Minis instead of cards are a good plan but planning needs to happen - they're not as simple as going to the store to buy one :-) I'm really looking forward to making that Venice quilt too!

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  10. Beautiful photos; loved the loon and thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

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  11. I think minis are a much better idea than cards if you can find the time. And Venice is way up on my list of places to see one day :)

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  12. Hi Dione, you're right about the time factor. I ended up giving my other brother and my niece minis that I had already made. That means that I only have two more to make!
    Venice is beautiful - and so is the rest of Italy :-) Hope you get there some day!

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