So Happy To See

July 16th, 2018

“I hope seeing this can bring you as much happiness as seeing it everyday does me!
I thank you

This is what Renate wrote to me   with the photo she sent of the quilt I made, now on her bed.   And I have to say, it does make me so happy to see!

I’m Ready For My Updated Blog….

July 16th, 2018

This morning I finished creating all the new elements for my blog.

That’s the new header on top.  On the bottom left is an icon for Instagram.  So you’ll always  be able to see the photos and videos  I post on Instagram from your phone or computer.

On the bottom right is the visual for  my new “Shop Etsy” button.  I’ll be able to embed that button into my text, just like a PayPal”buy” button.

I also updated my “About Maria” page.

So, until it’s time to edit and approve my refurbished blog, my work is done.  Now it’s up to the good people at Mannix Marketing to make my blog mobile phone friendly and computer updated.  It should be all done sometime in October.

Fate At The Gate

July 16th, 2018

Good Monday Morning From Bedlam Farm 7/16/18

July 16th, 2018

The Theater and a Museum

July 15th, 2018

“I love the theater” Jon said as we headed through the doors to our seats in the  third play we’d be seeing this summer.  We decided to spend another night in Williamstown MA, in our now favorite motel,  after seeing the play Artney Jackson at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Jon doesn’t use the word “love” lightly.

I’m always saying I love stuff,  like ice cream, Indian food, certain books, and going away overnight to a cheap motel.  But I could tell how much it meant to Jon to be going to the theater to see a good play.  I could hear it in his voice.  And it made me love being there with him all the more.

Artney Jackson turned out to be  a really good play.  My favorite this season.

The best way I knew to describe it is that it was like reading a book I couldn’t put down and got to know and appreciate,  all the characters, which were all very real and complex.

I told Jon that if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t even think of going to the theater.  And then I though how if is wasn’t for me, Jon probably wouldn’t be going to Museums.

And that was the essence of our weekend.  The theater on Saturday and MASS MOCA on Sunday.

MASS MOCA is a contemporary art museum in an old factory in North Adams MA.

Every time we go there, there’s more gallery space and more art to see.  The old factory is huge and the museum is forever expanding.   The first time I went there over 10 years ago, there were about 6 galleries.  Now we didn’t even get to see them all.  We could have easily gotten lost wandering the long brick corridors with giant windows and metal stairways.

There’s one huge gallery at MASS MOCA and I’m always interested to see how the current artist will fill the space.

This time it was Lyz Glynn’s installation called  The Archaeology of Another Possible Future.  I took the video of me walking through a part of  the installation because I was intrigued by the sounds  made by walking on the metal walkways.

Looking down at Jon in the Glynn Installation

Three paintings by Shara Hughes

I couldn’t get enough of Shara Hughes’ paintings.  Jon and I sat on a bench looking at them.  I was drawn to the way she uses paint, her colors, shapes and they way the paintings shift space.

We’re fortunate that we have good theater and art so close to us.  And without the crowds and expense of going to a big city.  It’s easy to get into the habit of staying home on the weekends.   But it’s so important to feed our creative souls.

We have tickets to two more plays and I’m looking into seeing a dance performance at Jacob’s Pillow.  That’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years. I’m not familiar with dance, I haven’t seen a lot of it.  But after seeing so much good art in so many different forms this weekend, now, I’m inspired to see  some contemporary dance too.


Jon And Flo

July 13th, 2018

Jon was taking pictures of the wildflower garden this morning when Flo came over to say hello.  He put down his camera to cuddle with her.

Greener Grass

July 13th, 2018

Just When I Thought I Was Done With My New Blog Header

July 13th, 2018

Well, I just couldn’t leave the header as it was.

I like simplicity and admire it in most designs, but to me, the header was begging for something else.  It just didn’t feel right.

Now, with the tree and the boots on the floating piece of appliqué, it says everything I want to say.

I appreciate all the feedback I got on my blog and facebook.

It was Claudia who mentioned  putting, a path through the woods, on it.  The tree works in that way for me.  In  how necessary nature is in my life and work.  And the red boots have been a symbol of mine from the very beginning.

I kept thinking that someone else knew better about logo designs and what makes a good one.  And I still think that’s true, it’s not something I have knowledge or experience in.

But I decided that more than someone else’s idea of  a good design, I want to have  a header that I like looking at and feel good about.  One that expresses me and my work.  And this does that for me.

Now it feels just right.

The Red boots

My “Show Your Soul” Poster For Sale

July 12th, 2018

Show Your Soul Poster for Sale in Etsy Shop $15 + $5 shipping.

I rang the bell on the counter at A&M Printers.  I could hear someone in the office and expected Brad to come out as he usually did.

Instead a little girl with long brown hair came gliding out of the office on a scooter and stopped in front of me.  “I can get my dad,” she said to me.  Then she spun around on her scooter, and silently sped  away.  I watched her get smaller as she went  the long way, through three rooms and finally a red curtain in the back of the shop.

A few moments later she was headed back towards me, with Brad following her.  She glided past me and, without a word,  disappeared back into the office.

There was something kind of magical about her, in the way she moved so quickly, quietly and efficiently from room to room.  For some reason, the movie Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory came to mind.

Brad handed me the posters and I gave him a check.

I knew the posters were done because I got a bill in the mail.  Brad isn’t great at contacting people when their work is done.  Usually I stop by the print shop before the bill comes, when I think whatever I’ve ordered might be done.

When I sold my last Show Your Soul poster a few months ago, I didn’t think of having more printed up.

I was in my pre-Etsy way of thinking.  Which was that a proof of my success was not to have any stock.  I’d make something and sell it.  It was gone and I’d move on to the next piece.

But, the other day I was looking in my Etsy Shop and contemplating the postcards I want to print up when the idea came to me to have more Show Your Soul Posters made.

This probably would have been obvious to someone else.

Since people kept buying them, maybe there are more people out there who want them.

Also, they’re the perfect poster for who I am and what I believe in.  I feel I’d always like to have them available in one form or another  (I’m thinking about making them into business card sized stickers).

So now my Show Your Soul Posters are for sale again in my Etsy Shop.  They’re 11″x 17″ and are  $15 + $5 shipping. I initial and date the back of each one. You can buy them here or by clicking on the Etsy Icon on the top of my blog.  

The image for this poster comes from a Fabric Painting, by the same name, that I made last year.  You can see it and read about it here. 

My New Header, All Done….I Think….

July 12th, 2018

I aways want to add more, but I think I’m liking the simplicity of this new header.

I’m not sure which is better, the one with more space on the bottom or less.  If you have any thoughts, please let me know.  I love the texture of the old quilt.  I like that I want to reach into the photo and touch the whole thing.

I still feel like I’m a little too close to it and can’t see it clearly.  But I do know I like the way it looks.

Now I have to make a button for Instagram that will be on my new blog so people can visit my Instagram site easily on their computer or from their phone.

I’m also making a  button that says “Shop Etsy“.  I’ll be able to embed the “Shop Etsy” link into my text so it will be even easier for people to visit my Etsy Shop.

I hope to get it all done by tomorrow.  Then I can send it off to Dana at Mannix and they can start reconstructing my blog.  It will be all done sometime in October.