16 March 2007

Kat's Art Show

My friend Kathy Campau has a show of all her artwork at the 212 Arts Center in Saline. It opened last weekend and I was excited to go out and see it with my friends Leann and Mary. We got a little lost on the way there but it was worth the little goof we made with the directions!

I'm a bit bummed because some of the photos I took were a little shaky and not worth posting. And of course one of them is the photo I took of Kat in front of one of her quilts. *sigh* I have to work on steadier hands when I photograph things. Kat gave me permission to take some photos of her work to post on my blog so here goes.

Kat does everything - and does it VERY well!!! She had such a variety of work on display, it was fantastic to see everything in one place! I first got aquainted with Kat's work through her flower quilts. Here is a photo of one that really caught my eye, its a giant red lily.

Another thing that blows me away about Kat's quilts is her free motion quilting. Here is a close up of another flower quilt showing her quilting. I just love it!!

And here is another quilt from Kat that I just love, she does these most awesome mask quilts. I took a class from her on it and it was so liberating. I'm one of those people that has a hard time wrapping my mind around using lots of patterns together and have always been impressed by Kat's ability to make everything work together. Of course, my quilt from that class isn't finished yet (shhhh....don't tell Kat!) but I learned a lot from her and it has made me braver with patterns. I particularly like this mask quilt.

Kat also had her art dolls and her mixed media work, including this shrine, on display.

Kat also had an amazing display of felted purses that she made. Of course that photo didn't work out well so I don't have one to post but take my word for it, its fantastic!!

I find it so inspiring to go to fiber art shows but I have to admit that it is so much more fun when you are friends with the artist being featured! :) I'm so happy for Kat to have this show, its much deserved and just wonderful!!!

01 March 2007

Useless Trivia

Okay, so I'm looking up weird and useless trivia for a new project that I'm starting. I'll post pictures of it when it is finished.

I've spent lots of time looking up useless trivia, there are tons of sites for it online. And I have to admit that it get addictive. Some of these things are gross but some are kind of interesting. I'm pretty easily amused. :)

Here are some of the ones that caught my eye:

-The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.

-Cats have more then one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have about ten.

-Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.

-All polar bears are left handed.

-Powdered non-dairy creamer is flammable.

-A cockroach can live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (I have no desire to find out how someone figured this one out...)

D-onald Duck was banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

T-here are more plastic flamingos in the U.S. than there are real ones.

-Slugs have 4 noses.

-A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100mph.

-Months that begin on Sunday always have a Friday the 13th. (This is true! April and July this year are the only two months starting on a sunday and they are the only ones that have a Friday the 13th. Never noticed that one before!)

Okay, I'm done now. I'll have pictures soon of the project I gathered all this stuff for. At least it was fun to research! :)