This week I have to start with some vacation news from a delightful trip my family made to Michigan. We visited with Grandma and shared the house with cousins Dave and Martha, who drove up from Mississippi. Dave was born and raised in the Saginaw Valley, but Martha is a true southern belle. We had a wonderful time traveling around, shopping and just hanging out and talking. Martha is a true storyteller! I spent a lot of time laughing. Another highlight was going on a fishing trip on the Lila Mae with Jim and Tommie to find some walleyes for dinner.
Saginaw Bay is very shallow where we launch north of Linwood, so the first and last part of the ride involves a slow trip through tall cattails and marsh grasses to reach the bay. We passed a lot of turtles, some egrets and lots of other wildlife along the way. At that point we could power up and enjoy a ride on the waves to reach the Black Hole. Really--that’s what it’s called! We drifted to the secret spot and managed to catch a mess of walleyes. Of course I had to be different, so I also caught a huge catfish (he went back safely, a giant white bass (very tasty!) and a freshwater drum.
Tommie caught a few walleyes and Jim did most of the netting, unhooking and managing the boat. I got choose exactly the right colors of lures for the day. To Jim’s surprise, black with red spots was exactly what the fish wanted.
The long drive to Michigan meant I got a lot of time to needle felt. The boys were focused on their electronic devices, Jim was focused on the road, and I was able to make many of the carrots, radishes and cherry tomatoes for an art piece I’m calling “Eat your Veggies.” It’s going to be similar to a piece I did before called “Summer Salad.”
After a seven-hour drive each way I’m doing pretty well on the veggies. Also, before we left for Michigan I attached all the crocheted leaf clumps I had been working on for my giant commission piece. I only managed to leaf out one tree, so I spent some time in Michigan crocheting the rest of the tree canopy. I’m looking forward to attaching the leaf clumps this week. Of course I actually have a bunch of projects going on that I’ve started and I’m determined to finish before the summer art fairs. One of my current themes has been pieces involving bicycles. I’ve been creating a big batch of bicycle wheels for different projects. Fortunately, Friday was the History Museum’s annual garage sale.
The boys and I both found treasures, but mine included bangles for bike wheels and silver cording that’s perfect for wrapping the bangles to mimic the chrome rims of the wheels. I’m envisioning a new composition that involves riding bicycles along a path into the sunset. It will features an orange-to-yellows gradient path and bicycle wheels of different sizes winding their way along a trail.
Looking forward, this Saturday brings Bloomington’s Art Fair on the Square. It’s my first summer show and I’m glad it’s in town. The weather looks perfect right now, so check out the show around the courthouse square - after you visit the farmer’s market on Saturday. Since I can’t be there, I’m thinking I should slip out to the Tuesday evening market this week to pick up some blueberries. It’s never too soon to start thinking about another pie! I’m sure Jim will make one if the berries appear. I will need to get a bunch of stuff done before then, and I’m hoping the humidity will stay down low enough so I can paint frames for my new pieces.
Oh, and I meant to mention that while I was in Michigan, I got to meet up with another family cousin, Terri Close. She’s been making some really sweet garden pieces that are essentially stacks of recycled china, bowls and plates to create display flowers. Of course we had to have one, which now sits in front of our house to make it a little cheerier. Thanks Terri!
Until next week…