Thursday, February 15, 2007

OK, here's the straight story

For the past two weeks I have been in Mexico. You probably thought I was shuffling around the house here, while the rain poured down outside, yammering on about my old chair and the stuff hanging on the walls. It was a ruse. Ray pointed out that one never really knows who is reading this blog and it may not be smart to post messages, saying in effect, "we're gone, the house is empty—come on over and help yourself to whatever you want." So I queued up some posts to post from afar whenever I was able to get access to the internet. It felt wierd, I have to tell you.

I am in the process of organizing my many, many photos and I'm sure a lot will make their way onto the blog in the coming weeks. Mexico was warm and sunny and oh, what a treat for the eyes. I have told you I love pattern and color. Mexico is all about pattern and color. But you must wait until I get my act together. Meanwhile, when I was looking on the internet for information about Mexico I found these fabulous vintage Mexico travel posters and snagged a few of the images from various sources. I just love them. Here's another.

Little Bird Update

Today I finished fusing the Douglas Fir needles and then used my pastel pencils to highlight and add dimension to the bird and branch. I sprayed the piece with fixative to keep the pastels from brushing off. The next step will be to trim away the dark gray fabric, leaving a dark outline around the figures. I need to find a suitable background to place the bird and branch on.


  1. Anonymous7:52 PM

    OMG, I'm laughing out loud, because I thought you were kidding in the whole first paragraph!! By paragraph 2 I realized you really WERE in Mexico--physically! I started reading, thinking that, like Barbara ("Thinking Out Loud", who fell in love with her Mexican fabric, you too had fallen in love with some beautiful Mexican fabrics that you posted pictures of in your blog. And that mentally you've "been in Mexico." How funny. Now I can't wait to see proof!

  2. Anonymous12:27 AM

    I've done the post-dated blog thing a few times when I have time to blog, but what I'm blogging about would be better suited to a different day (like an anniversary, or whatever). I love the mexican cowgirl! And the little bird. Oh, I'm excited now :-)

  3. You were right. I could tell.

  4. Thank you!

    I hesitated to ever do a blog exactly for the reasons Ray is thinking about.

    Using a particular public website, I have determined your address, not to scare you...but it's just not prudent to post where you're going, how long you'll be gone, and when you'll be back. That site gives me birth years and often phone numbers!

    I list my "region" rather than my city/state, and do not use my real name but a permutation of it. I do not post pictures of myself or family (unless they are publishing their own photos on their blogs already).

    Yeah, I'm still paranoid, but if I miss a sale because someone didn't know who I was, that sale was never meant to be.

    Love your work AND your blog!

    "Let's be careful out there!"

  5. Yes, I do that too - it's a good feature. I didn't realise you could do that with Blogger now - it's one reason I moved to Wordpress a year or so ago.

    Did you have a good time in Mexico?

  6. How do you queue up posts from blogger? I know it is possible in other blogging software. Inquiring minds want to know. Oh. And welcome back. The Junco is progressing nicely.

  7. To queue up posts for later posting on Blogger, you simply write the post and save as a draft, instead of publishing. Then when you are ready to publish, you go back to your list of posts and click on "edit". The post will come up. You need to go to the posting options at the bottom of the post and change the date and time, then publish. It's a little awkward, and I think other blogging programs have ways of setting the post to post automatically at a given time, but this method does work in blogger.

    For Quilting Fitzy, I agree it is wise to be careful. I don't go to the extent that you do in disguising my location and identity, but I know a lot of people do. I really have a hard time connecting to blogs that are so impersonal and anonymous. I like to think and hope there is a happy medium between safety and accessibility.

  8. Hmmmm...I've never thought about all this...interesting.

  9. Smart idea not to let people know when you are away. I don't tell people that, but I haven't queued up any posts either. Just disappear from time to time. Which is bad, because I generally try to post everyday. I also try not to list my name on the blog, although I think I have left enough identifying information that someone can put things together quite easily. I like the idea of queing up the posts. If you postdate a post, does that mean it won't show up until the time you post dated it for?

  10. Now I know why you were posting about chairs and walls when I was pretty sure you were still out of town. I thought I'd slipped a gear; I'm grateful for the explanation. And looking forward to posts about Mexico!