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Blogging 101

I attended a Blogging 101 workshop on Saturday through the Village Writing School (Eureka Springs) with speaker Jacqueline Wolven. We were actually at the Whole Hog Café in Bentonville where we entered into a heavenly aroma of roasting pork. I have seven pages of word processed notes and a lot of useful information that I can start incorporating, some immediately, some with a little time. My biggest take away was defining myself (I came up with 12 things that define me) and that I need to put some time and effort into my About statement. Here is a direct quote: Most About pages are crap. I can honestly say that mine is and my search for better modeling shows that I am not alone. Another technique I would like to learn is placing a tutorial as a Page on my blog. Of course there are a lot of things I would like to learn, specifically about wordpress, such as linking my blog to Facebook and Pinterest. In my world, you would just press a button; in the real world, it’s more complicated than that, at least according to the wordpress forum. I even tried inserting computer code one day, to no avail. When Alison Taylor-Brown (director of VWS) asked if I had been writing, I answered, no, just writing my blog. She reminded me that that is writing. Well, yes it is. I will share some insights and what works for me in future posts after I have had a chance to digest it all and make some changes. One change I will try to incorporate right away is posting at the same time of day every time. I usually just get on and write my post, edit it at least 10 times and then publish. Today I am using Word to write my post and will upload it to wordpress when I am ready to add photos and publish. This is probably a better way to do this anyway. Sometimes editing in wordpress can be really slow and tedious (especially on the weekend). Do not ask me why. The internet is sometimes artificial intelligence gone bad or there are gremlins or—make up your own reason.  Check out the Village Writing School, http://www.villagewritingschool.com/ and Jacqueline Wolven, http://jacquelinewolven.com/.

Last night I went to Northwest Arkansas Modern Quilt Guild. We had a fantastic guest who had quite the trunk show. She was entertaining and talented. She is currently using a quilt-as-you-go technique totally on her longarm. It’s pretty amazing. Check out Tia Curtis yourself, tiacurtisquilts.blogspot.com/.

Back to last night’s meeting—it was the big reveal for the Cotton+Steel fabric challenge. We each had purchased a baggie of scraps which our leader had brought back from the Cotton+Steel booth at QuiltCon in Austin in February. QuiltCon is an annual modern quilting venue. The only parameters were to use any or all of the scraps and to only add Cotton+Steel fabrics or solids. Because I did not have time to go to Joplin or to mail order, I decided to add solids. The only solids I had that would coordinate with the scraps I was using were blue and white polyester. There are no quilt police in my world so I went with it. Here is my final quilt.

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Cotton+Steel+Poly

Here is a detail photo of “+ Poly” and the two-fabric binding.

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Cotton+Steel+Poly

and the two-fabric binding.

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Cotton+Steel+Poly

and the reverse.  There were some wonderful projects–we have a very talented group of quilters.  If you are on Facebook, you can see some of the entries on the NWA Modern Quilt page.

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Cotton_Steel+Poly

That’s it for now. I am over the suggested word count is 400-600, so I rolled over my last paragraph to another post. Till next time, stay dry if you’re in the area and find enjoyment in at least some part of your busy day.

Art from 21c Hotel

As promised, here are photographs of some of the art from the latest collection at the 21c Hotel in Bentonville.

Cutup (British) 2007. Reordered bus shelter advertising poster in light box by a collaborative group of European activists-artists.  Anti-Social Behavior Orders (started in 1998) were issued to juveniles for such infractions as begging, abandoning cars, noise pollution, littering and fare evasion.

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Sea of Galilee (2008), Rina Castelnuovo (Israeli), color photograph.  Israeli men on the Israeli-Palestine border praying for rain and possibly, eternal peace.  Unintended selfie.

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Strude #1, #16 and #17 (2008-09).  Trine Sondergaard (Danish).  Chromogenic prints on Dibond.  Girls in traditional costumes.  Headcoverings allude to both indigenous rituals and global debates about religious garb.

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All Souls (Bielawa) 2006. Jane Hammond (American).  Gouache, acrylic, organza, mica, metal leaf, handmade paper, digital prints.

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La Vatrina Cloud Collection (Venice) 2012.  Leandro Erlich (Argentinian).  Wood, glass, acrylic.  The second photograph shows a side view.

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Malverk af malverki (2007-08). Hubert Noi Johannesson (Icelandic).  oil on canvas.  (Painting of a painting)

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So there is today’s mini-tour of the 21c Hotel/Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.  If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, or Cincinnati, Ohio, you can visit your own local 21c.  The art is always interesting.  Till next week, enjoy life.

How do you feel when you run out of coffee?

Depresso.  And I am depressed.  Winter is hanging on.  The bronchitis is gone but I have no energy.  I am overwhelmed by everything I need to do.  Okay.  I have a solution.  Let me know if there is anyone out there who delivers chocolate with a maid/chef/personal trainer attached.  That’s a start!

I should have read my last post to see where I was but we’ll just start fresh by finishing up that black heart.

I wanted to add some small heart beads to the end of the streamers but even the 1/8-inch ribbon was too wide.  I cut the ribbon tail in half, threaded half in the bead, and then just moved the heart up and tied a knot in the end.

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Next I glued rocaille beads around the edge using Beacon 527 Multi-Use Glue.  This worked well but you have to hold each bead for a little bit until it’s ready to adhere on its own.  I used the same glue to insert the I-pin.  I was surprised at how well this held–I yanked on it with my pliers when my daughter mentioned using this as a purse ornament.  Well I didn’t get it done in time for her Black Hearts Ball but it will indeed hold up as a hanging ornament.  Next I knotted some more ribbon and twisted it around the doily, gluing the knots with the old handy-dandy glue gun.  To finish, I threaded on a ribbon hanger and added a mushroom hummingbird for a little color.  One of my daughter’s nicknames is Humminbird and I always glue something to the bird mouths in my projects.  Here it is, all finished and delivered.

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So on one of the days when I thought I was better, I ventured out with my daughter for art and lunch.  While she was at the chiropractor, I went over to the 21c Hotel in Bentonville.  21c is no ordinary hotel–it also houses art from all over the world–the owners have three hotels and rotate items from their extensive art collection about every four months or so.  Alexx mentioned that one exhibit we had really enjoyed was back.  I have some photos from a previous visit with my point/click camera and they are not very good in the dim light but you’ll get the idea.  Unfortunately, this particular exhibit was closed for a private party so I need to get back there next week for better photos.  There are four trees, covered in fabric and flowers representing the four seasons.

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The “ground” at the base of each tree is comprised of miscellaneous pieces of clothing and textiles.  I did manage to get some photos of other art and I’ll include those in my next post.  I’ll leave you with a photo of one of the mascots.  These are scattered around the hotel; you can request one in your room if you stay there, and sometimes you’ll find one outside your door in the morning.  And lunch?  Comfort food and tea at the Crumpet Tea Room.  Have a wonderful weekend.  I would really like to take off for Aruba or Tenerife where there is heat and sun but that’s not happening so I’ll look at my photos from Puerto Rico from a few years ago and turn all the lights on for awhile.  Be safe and healthy till next time.

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