Archive for December 30th, 2006

M is for Museum

I started writing a really sappy letter reflecting on the past year, but decided that it was really too silly to publish.  Instead, I’m going to show you a picture of what we did this week.  The main event was a trip to the Field Museum so that we could see the real Sue.  We were able to see the replica and the accompanying exhibit last year when it was in Cedar Falls, IA.  I’m not sure how impressed the boys were by the real thing.  The crowds were a little overwhelming, so that may have factored into their impression of the experience.  So, here is proof that we actually did see Sue (along with a gazillion other people…)


The part that I think they liked the best was the Underground Adventure exhibit — visitors are "shrunk" to 1/100th of their original size and get to go underground and experience dirt and bugs from that point of view.  They had some really amazing creatures in the exhibit.   I won’t post any here, because they are really kind of gross when viewed at that scale.

To get a sense of it, though, here is a picture of the boys with an acorn that has sprouted — the shoot going up, the root going down.


Only one thing in particular caught my eye in terms of wanting to a photo to remember it for future art ideas — I wish, though, that I had written down where exactly I was in the museum.  I think it was somewhere in the Evolving Planet exhibit, somewhere back before the time of the dinosaurs.  Something about these leaves really grabbed me.  I think the photo is pretty good, too.  I love my  new camera….


Well, it has taken me nearly all afternoon to get these last 2 pictures to upload.  Don’t know what’s wrong with the connection.    And now it is time for me to go — my in-laws are coming to play games with the boys while the DH and I go see the new 007 movie!  Can’t wait!  Just got back — it was wonderful — I thought I published this, but apparently I just saved it as a draft.  Oops! 



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I have decided to challenge myself to participate in the 12x12x12 Portfolio Challenge that is being sponsored by the Quilt Studio Webring.

My theme is going to be the Alphabet.  Other than the size and the general theme, I don’t think I’m going to give myself any other guidelines or rules or whatever to try to follow.  Well, maybe one, I think I might try to stick to a certain layout, but other than that — I’ll see where the ideas take me as far as technique or goals or whatever.  This also means that I’m going to pick whichever letter of the alphabet I feel like working on, and not worry about any kind of order. 

While in the car and hotel this past week, I did some drawings in my altered book that are explorations for my first page. 

I want to do a stylized tree for my first project.  I started with the idea that I would just do part of the tree, but I’m not sure if that’s how it’ll end up or not.  And yes, I’m showing you pages out of my book that I said I was probably going to keep to myself.  I haven’t told you what the book actually is, and I don’t think you can tell from these pictures, so I’m just not going to worry about it right now. 

The lower branches of the first tree are OK, but then my tree started getting all blobby and misshapen.  I didn’t pencil it in first, and would have been happier if I had done so.  Also, I didn’t count the sections for the red squares around the outside and didn’t realize I couldn’t finish the pattern until I turned the last corner.  Oops! LOL!


The second tree is better, but still not quite making me happy.  I was playing with the layout idea on this one, and the layout for all of the months will be something similar.


The third tree — now this is making me happy!  I did pencil this one in.  I like the shape of the overall tree, and way the branches turned out.  I am envisioning using buttons for the  fruit and leaves.   


I played with CorelDraw for a little to work on the layout.  I think it might be something like this.  My thought is that all of the 12×12 quilts will have the same black borders and sashing (1/2 inch and 1/4 inch respectively) in order to tie them together.  But I’m not writing anything in stone….

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