Inspiration Amid Fragility

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2:34 PM

In searching for examples of collage quilts on Pinterest, I stumbled upon the inspirational Australian artist named Louise Saxton.   She creates works of art using only scraps of sewing material, such as colored lines, cuffs and ruffles. She fixes each piece of fabric on an almost transparent tulle using pins.


According to the artist, the fragility of the pieces are designed to point out the vulnerability of the
of the traditional techniques of embroidery and the exotic animals they portray. Both threaten to disappear with time. For Louise Saxton, the feeling of loss of this legacy is imminent.

Personal Learning Network

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9:30 AM

Click on Personal Learning Network to see my diagram.

My PLN is different than other plans reviewed because I have been teaching in a Portuguese Dual-Immersion classroom and am concentrating on improving my portuguese right now.

Coats and Coverings

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8:21 PM
      I was surprised to learn that a majority of people really don't care if most things around the house have a label slapped on it.    I am one of those odd people that notices things like that.  I will be happily washing my hands and my eyes will inadvertently wander to the DIAL label on the plastic soap bottle.    I want to stash the little bottle under the sink so I don't have to stare at it!
Not only that, sometimes you have to live with a color that you would never choose.  Purple, orange  and yellow are not colors that I have ever decorated with.   Yet those are the colors that seem to crop up on tissue boxes and even vacuum cleaners.  
I love the look of glass jars filled with rice, flour or even laundry detergent.  It brings me genuine pleasure to pour honey or maple syrup into a shiny glider bottle.  Some things are easy to decant but others are easier, just to cover.  
 So next, enters the lure of the donning of coats on various items.   Tumblers are an easy fit.  The fussy cutting is fun and a little quilting makes them sort of puffy. These below are 1 inch tumbler paper pieces sewn into strips.  Four strips cover a tissue box rather nicely.

   Watch out though, because donning coats on things can get pretty addictive!   There is the added portability benefit of grabbing this project for a trip in the car, too.   Friends seem to like them for presents - so it's all good.   For now, I will keep my needle, thread and tumbler handy and ready to grab and go.