Q is for Quilting

Handed down from one generation to the next, quilting is sometimes considered to be an aging art or a forgotten DSC_0082laborious task.

In actuality, quilting is fresh and alive and bursting into the future. Time-saving mini-quilt kits are available, and today’s projects can be made in whole, or in part, on technologically advanced machines.

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Modern designs, superior fabrics, and wide open opportunities for self expression have completely erased any lingering stereotypical images of hand sewing by candlelight.

 

Seek out quilt shows, like the annual Quiltfest in Rising Sun, Indiana, where these quilts were photographed earlier this month. Talk with creative and informative quilters, like members of the Sunshine Stitchers or Rivertown Quilters.

Visit your local fabric shop – not one of those mega-craft-warehouses. A real fabric shop where the employees actually make things, and can tell with one touch or a glance if that bolt of fabric is 100% cotton, or a blend.

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Discover the incredible world of color, texture and adventure!

 

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For more pictures of Quiltfest 2016, please visit;

Creatzart.com

Thank you.

P is for Poem in Your Pocket Day

It is almost here … the day to fill your pockets with poems!

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Poem in Your Pocket April 21, 2016

Sharing poetry, or any other form of writing, is a great way for writers to connect with readers – to discover what speaks to them, what they just don’t ‘get’, and what they do not want to ‘get’.

As any poet, dramatist or journalist will attest, it is important to know that the work is reaching someone; is being heard.

As you run those errands, enjoy lunch with friends, or pour another cup of coffee at work, drop a poem off with the dry cleaning, leave a poem with the tip, and tuck a poem near the plastic stirrers.

 

O is for Overlooked

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It happens to all of us – this overlooking, neglecting, ignoring. Life is too busy, time is too short.

But in the rush to accomplish and do and become, all too often we forget what made living so exciting and happy and fresh …

 

 

 

The overlooked might be funny …

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Might be lovely …

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Might be silly …

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Might be cool …

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Might be meaningful only to one person.

But still, very important.

M is for Making

Making, building, engineering … give a kid a couple of Lego building bricks and watch out … she or he might end up in a museum!

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If this exhibition comes to a venue near you, please make an effort to see it. Just the amount of time spent on each piece is astounding.

Beautiful and perfectly engineered.

Art – with a click rather than a twist!

 

The artist uses what is generally considered to be a toy to express some profound feelings and observations.

 

None of the pieces translates to photography very well – this is one of those things you must see in person.

Enjoy!

L is for Learning About IN200

As you might have learned in an earlier post, 2016 marks Indiana’s Bicentennial. A huge part of the year long celebration depends upon the public’s enjoyment, attendance, and participation in all that is planned for the weeks and months to come.

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The only trouble is that a lot of folks I meet in towns, on farms, and during meetings don’t quite know where to learn about all of the great goings on, but very much want to get involved, nonetheless.

The state’s website is helpful, but so abundantly full of information, it might be simpler to seek out your local tourism office, connect with the county historian, or stop by the library. If those folks don’t know the answers, they are generally pretty wonderful about finding someone who does.

So – here are just a few of the celebrations and programs, complete with highlighted text linked to the primary source, that residents and visitors alike can enjoy throughout the state of Indiana. I will add to the list as time allows, but have begun with just those events taking place in the more eastern counties of the state.

Oh! And if you, Dear Reader, would like to share your own ideas or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you so much in advance!

 

Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society has paired digital convenience with real life experience through the 200@200 ongoing event. This innovative program offers a virtual tour of some of the museum’s collection of artifacts – a great way to prepare for an in-person visit.

For the gear-head in all of us, Kokomo is the place to be this autumn – from a classic car driving tour to an opportunity to see vintage automobiles that were actually built in Kokomo. So pile in the rumble seat, pull on the goggles and rev (or crank) those engines!

Noble County offers a wilderness experience to anyone adventurous enough to visit – with an entire herd of bison soon to be on display throughout the county! This is not only quirky – it is a great opportunity to learn about bison and why they are such an important part of Indiana’s history!

The place for chocolate, the home of one of the greatest toy stores ever, and now – the setting for a year long scavenger hunt – along with prizes! Wayne County offers music, amazing food, and is where I first learned about Lemonade Day!

If historic barns are a part of your heritage or simply something that you love to see when driving down the road, a stop in Wabash County is a must.  Fifty new paintings of heritage barns by artist Gwen Gutwein will be on display throughout the year.

That’s all for now – but I will certainly post more information about Indiana’s Bicentennial throughout the year.

Safe travels and stay in touch!

 

K is for Knowledge

The world is always-growing, changing, updating. As a result, it can be more than a little challenging to keep up with technology, politics, Wall Street – and what’s on sale this week at the local grocery store.

Fortunately, there are such things as libraries. Whether a Carnegie classic or a neoclassical delight, these public buildings are free and available to everyone.

Inside every library are newspapers and atlases and escapism reading – but oh so much more!

Stop in on any given day, and you might find a passionate discussion on current affairs, a plastic brick building competition, a writers’ support group, a fairy garden class, a cookbook club, a local history presentation …

And the amount of information and guidance tucked wKnowledge Dillsboro Wideithin the pages of those books on the shelves or inside the free-to-use computers is really quite astounding.

 

These libraries are free, welcoming, and alive with curiosity and exploration – well worth a visit on a rainy day or as a date night adventure.

 

For photos of some special library touches, please visit Creatzart.com

Thank You.