Sunday night was filled with laughter and celebration as we were invited to a friend’s birthday party. Well, it wasn’t really a party… she had everyone sworn to secrecy and told them “not to blab”. Nobody blabbed… all I received was a short text from a mutual friend. I was in charge of bringing a dessert to the pot luck, so I decided to prepare a couple of special Austrian tortes, the well-known Sacher Torte, and for the first time I made a Dobosh Torte (a six to seven layer spongecake filled with a light chocolate and noissette buttercream, topped with a thin layers of caramel). Needless to say, the cakes were well received after an amazing appetizer and five dish delectable main course. The group is made up of dynamic people (quilters and their husbands), many I met while teaching my first workshops in Saskatoon soon after we moved to Saskatchewan. Every time we gather, at someone’s home, at an art opening, a quilt show or just for coffee the discussions go well into the night. What a great time was had! Thanks for inviting us, Leona!
Monday I had an opportunity to catch up on Saskatoon Quilter’s Guild news and activities. The afternoon meeting offered a presentation by Dorothy Thompson. Everything revolved around time saving an organizational tips. It was good to see so many familiar faces and add to my knowledge base. The evening meeting was preceded by a shopping opportunity thanks to the quilters’ guild garage sale. This was followed by a general business meeting. I realized that this was the first time I had been to Saskatoon to attend a meeting this calendar year. Where did the time go last fall?…
Tuesday morning our group of friends ventured to “Soul Paper“, the fabulous store in downtown Saskatoon where everything revolves around paper, journaling and the art of decorating pages. I picked up the last in stock copy of “flow” magazine. It had caught my attention after one of the discussions on Sunday night. The back section of the magazine contained perforated pages that could be assembled into a daily flip calendar. Each small page offers a special message, a short story or a quote… I am a real sucker for this… remember my “Artlets” of 2012. This is similar, except each page is already complete. I can use this as a small calendar for the studio (or when traveling).
The content of the magazine is diverse and covers a variety of topics: a feature on a Dutch artist working in indigo (while living on a house boat – now there is living small!), individual illustrators and how they find inspiration and engage in their art practice. One excellent art history feature concentrates on the women behind “Der Blaue Reiter“, an art movement in Germany during the early part of the 20th century. I plan to share more about this in the near future. Just need to engage in more research on this topic to make it share worthy.
Every time I pick it up I find something else that is of interest. If it didn’t grab my attention yesterday, today it is something I HAVE TO READ… Check out the website, they have a number of free downloads that might be of interest.
I also picked up a sturdy mixed media sketchbook and a couple of gift items to brighten the day of a friend in need. I am somewhat grateful that I don’t live closer to Saskatoon as Soul Paper certainly has grabbed a hold of me!!
With this I am signing off for today. Enjoy the rest of the day… we are watching the snow melt that accumulated since Sunday. We haven’t had this much snow all winter! What unpredictable times we live in… no snow in winter and as soon as the first day of spring arrives the landscape turns white. It’s a good time to remind ourselves to stay focused and forge ahead! I have a quilt ready for binding and its hanging sleeve – today is the perfect day to work on it…