Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

(Above: Wrapped and stitched wooden spools. This photo was taken while en route to Pennsylvania ... in the car ... of my lap full of fibers and stitch!)

Steve and I traveled north for Thanksgiving this year. We stayed with my parents in their lakeside log cabin but went for dinner at my youngest sister Sonya's home. Sonya and her husband Vipin live in town (Slippery Rock) ... in the house where my parents raised us. Yet, this was not a Thanksgiving like any of the occasions from the past.

(Above: Sonya adding the final touches to a most beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.)

Why? Well, Sonya and Vipin introduced us to TURDUCKEN ... a turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with cornbread and a hen! It was a delicious new tradition. I blogged about it on "My Family Blog" with more photos and even created a little video of Vipin carving this exotic "bird".

(Above: Me ... standing beside my art quilt Handed Down. Click on image to enlarge.)

Steve and I left on Friday morning in order to attend the Black Friday opening reception of "Art of Fiber", a national juried show at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center. Candance Edgerley was one of the two jurors for this show. She attended the reception and was most approachable and so nice. Several of the artists with work in the show also came to the event. It was so much fun to chat with other like-minded artists ... especially people like K. Velis Turan and Joan Hutten who is part of the fiber cooperative at the Lorton Workhouse. I was thrilled that one of my pieces, Handed Down, was hung right beside the exhibition signage. I was also invited to briefly speak about this art quilt at the reception. Quite an honor!

(Above: Ancestors ... SOLD!)

I was also stunned that Ancestors was SOLD!

(Above: The Cemetery. Click on image to enlarge.)

I actually got all three pieces accepted into this exhibition. The other piece was The Cemetery.

(Above: Alex at Mother Ginger in Carolina Ballet's The Nutcracker.)

We returned to Columbia by Saturday evening. I spent most of Sunday preparing to for Monday's window installation and exhibition at S&S Art Supplies. Yet, Steve and I also attended Carolina Ballet's matinee The Nutcracker. Why? Well ... that's our estranged son, Alex, in his eleventh year with the production. We haven't seen him in months ... but he was terrific as a party gentleman in act one and as Mother Ginger in the final scene. He's alive ... something to be thankful about!


ina said...

I am sure you've had a lovely trip. And you've won a price, that is always something to celebrate. Congrats.
I like your spools, I think I have to collect them too. I always enjouy reading your blog. Thank you for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

I am so sorry that I did not know that you were going to be at Lorton this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would ahve been there!! Oh POOH!! I am thrilled to have three of your fabuluous pieces at FCCA in teh Fine Crafts Show and I am telling all about your Decision Series. Do you have a write up about the series?? I would love to have it by your pieces- it makes them all the more powerful!!
you certainly had a busy weekend and I am sure that it was great to see Alex working and hopefully doing quite well- hopefully things will get better for all of you!!!

lynda Howells said...

I just so love your wonder it soldxxx so sorry to hear about your son Alex but sometimes situations just need time. When l worked as a counsellor, l had many clients with such family problems, so l do understand how hard it is..l will think of you allxxxGlad you had a great Thanksgiving and created a new tradition.xxlynda

Wanda said...

Great post! Beautiful spools. And you think I'm wacky with my stitching! These spools are just as 'tedious'!! Congrats on your 'solds'. Alex looks great!