Monday, August 8, 2016
Pictures to make me smile
A few years ago I made a banner with hands joined in a circle and white fabric that I had tie-dyed to keep the center white while dying the rest yellow.
I thought this time with the circle representing the sun, I would piece the center with gradated shades of white and white-on-white prints.
Yesterday I added the circle of arms and from today I will begin making applique heads.
One head is to be left plane ... maybe wanting the observer to put themselves into the picture.
Once these are done, I will figure out where to put the lettering. The sketch I was given had the lettering in the center and a lot of the listed activities around the edges.
The words are "Shine Together" and I plan to put the lettering above and below. Then, quilt from the center in rays out to the edges.
I am not sure the due date but sometime around the end of the month. I should be able to do it all from what is in my stash.
The fabric I am using is a bit shorter than the former banners and I am thinking of piecing blocks of the body colors mixed with the remaining yellow to add to the top and bottom. Often former banners are hanging in the entry and I think if they are all the same size, it makes them easier to hang and move.
Sunday I stayed later at church to set up my game area for this week's Vacation Bible School. Since I missed my usual bus, I went another way and came upon this display at Takashimaya Department store. I didn't have a camera along so after VBS today, I went back to take a few pictures.
This display takes "Junk-art" to a whole new level.
Tin cans, buckets, garden rakes, cell phones, bottle caps ... you name it! I even saw some tins like the ones I use to store my fabrics in.
A mother pig with her babies ....
And a rhino!
All these are life size.
Note the water tap eye and the frying pan along the side.
Here is another view of that big rhino.
You can see the contents of his tummy...
He takes his tea, kettle and all.
Watches and a bicycle chain among his scales...
looks like a drain in case he gets too wet.
A plunger and a funnel and two light fixtures.
and a lizard climbing up a tree.
Forks seem to make nice hands and feet and the tail looked like a bottle brush.
The exhibit is about to end so I am glad I made it back with my camera.
The area is a passage way between the up and down escalators.
The curtains behind add to the artistic effect.
Over the weekend they were celebrating "Obon".
It is the time when the spirits of the dead return... actually a time of celebration with festivals and dancing.
My daughters had one of the lanterns dedicated to their father.
You can notice those lanterns hanging all around the festival area ... and at night they would be lit.
Last week would have been our 53rd wedding anniversary so this festival is very timely.
I think I see Paul smiling down on those below and wishing them a fine festival.
(with some yummy treats).