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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Philadephia Stop

The first day of my vacation and long deserved break from the studio was warm and sunnyu for driving and we hit the Philadephia Museum of Art, . I had wanted to see a small exhibition of 18th & 19th century dresses, corsets and accessories but when 'he who must be obeyed' (just kidding!) went off to view the Andrew Wyeth collection I went with. I'm so glad I did, what an experience and of course, with the self guieded tour headsets I learned a lot about the artist who's paintings really make you think and wonder what was going on in his head.

I managed to take a few pics (sans flash of course) of some of the pieces in the 'From Roccoco to Romance' room, above is a corset, and felt so glad that my 21st century attire doesn't dictate how I move, stand or whether I breathe or eat! The fabrics used in the dresses saw were beautiful: French brocade silk, roller printed cotton and cotton organza. The puffed sleeve supports must have been a pain on a hot day.

Finally I got to see Princess Grace's wedding dress and two of the dresses for the fower girls and bridesmades, all from her 1956 wedding. I had actually never seen an image of the back and didn't realize it was split with lace and bows as accent.

Now on to more mundane things.... driving to the beach!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Three Days and Counting....

Hooray!! Off on vacation soon, rest my aching joints from so much machine knitting over the past few months with shows in the offing but now are over.

Cape Hattaras National Seashore is a special place, when you look on a map of North Carolina it's way out into the Atlantic ocean. Off season there are no fancy places to spend all your money but all the windsurfers hang there and it's way fun.

Sharing a house with others is a great social week and you get to taste other's different cooking when we gather for our evening meal.

I'm hoping the bead store/internet cafe is open at this time of year so while my other half is blowing his brains out on the Pamlico sound on a board I can while away the hours mindlessly beading.... I get to do very little stuff mindlessly in my daily studio life and beading is physically stress free on my shoulders and other joints battered from going back and forth on my machines.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Two More Shows Under My Belt.

Back home again after what seems like ages on the road, far from my own bed and 'fridge. The first two shows of the season went well if a little strange when compared to past shows, however, each brings it's own surprises. The sun and warmth of the first day of the One of a Kind show would have kept me outside had I not paid an awful lot of money to sit in a dark building with my 'flag' (my work) up the flagpole awaiting that salute (sales!!)

The photo is of the 'after' during tear down, of the inside of the National Trade Centre, Toronto.

How wonderful it has been after the long Winter indoors, in the studio, to connect again with friends and colleagues and to reaffirm why I do what I do. To hear compliments from my clients (my critics) and colleagues on new designs, and to see the satisfaction when on of my knits leaves me for a new home with lovely lady who will wear it with joy (there is no other way to wear Fuschia!!).

Meals at odd time with unaccustomed B&B brekkies to kick start the long days. Thanks, Susan, for the libation! And wonderful home cooked dins at the 'outlaws' at the Ottawa show.... how long has it been since I had scalloped potatoes, yum, thanks R&B. And of course relatives make sure you tuck some cake in with your booth munchies to make the day just that much brighter.

Now it's back to the studio..... when I've shaken this 'show head cold'!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


I can't believe I ate the whole thing.... well, that's a bit of what I feel now that the first craft show of the year is over. One of the most fun parts was the Mango martinis and sushi we designers were offered after the opening night fashion show.

Here's a pic of three of us with Jeannie Becker, that's Line Dufour, Lynn Roberts Jeannie and me in the tangerine wrap.

Why am I always taller than everyone else....I know Jeannie was wearing heels?