Posts Tagged ‘birds’

A Time To Sparkle

December 21, 2016

Happy Solstice! Over the years, I’ve become entirely solar-powered – if the sun isn’t up, don’t expect me to be. While I don’t actually believe the sun won’t come back if I don’t do my bit to help, I do enjoy putting lights and other decorations around the house. Here is a sampling:

Lani Longshore stuffed reindeer

Rather than amassing my reindeer collection, which takes more open space than I will ever have, this year I decided to scatter selections throughout the house.

Lani Longshore moose reindeer vase

Here is another grouping. Yes, the stuffed toy is actually a moose. I don’t care. One day I might even make a reindeer-moose convergence quilt for the holidays.

Lani Longshore birds in basket

I also have a bird collection, and a basket collection. Combining the two seemed reasonable.

Lani Longshore TARDIS tea ball

My son gave me this TARDIS tea ball. I used it for tea once and decided it was more pleasant to look at it than to clean it. It is now a decoration in my kitchen. This is the first year I’ve displayed it on the tree.

Here is my gift to you – a link to The National French Toast Alert System. Plug in your zip code and find out if it is cold enough to stock up on milk, bread and eggs (the usual items people seem to grab when the weather gets cold and nasty). Enjoy the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate.

Luck and wisdom!

The “Look, There’s A Squirrel” School of Quilting

September 17, 2014

The topic for discussion at the last Art Quilt Critique Group was “What do you want to say with your quilts?” I’m still in the discovery phase of my artistic growth, and I get distracted easily, so I suggested we found our own movement – the “Look, There’s A Squirrel” school of quilting.

Later that day, I thought about crows.

My spirit animal - a little dusty, but mine

My spirit animal – a little dusty, but mine

I took one of those silly personality tests and discovered my spirit animal is the crow. Crows are cool birds (they are also easy to draw, and one of these days I’m going to make a crow quilt). There are lots of other cool birds, some of which take ribbon and fluff and weave their baskets with pretty colors. Heaven knows I have enough ribbons to fill a forest with bird nests.

Lani Longshore ribbons

Some of my friends are making Quilts of Valor projects with eagle motifs. I don’t know much about eagles, but I suspect I could decorate a few bald eagle/patriotic quilts.

Lani Longshore red, white and blue

Of course, anyone who has seen my studio knows that my spirit animal should be a bower bird. I have enough beads and shiny stuff to outfit an island of bower birds for many generations.

A small box, in a larger box, in a larger bin . . .

A small box, in a larger box, in a larger bin . . .

Nevertheless, I think this new artistic movement should definitely showcase the value of distraction and squirrel-like behavior. I bet we could get a lot of followers, too. Maybe we could even have tee shirts, and . . . oh, look –

Luck and wisdom!