Monday, April 01, 2013

A is for . . .

BIG A, little a 
What begins with A?
Aunt Annie's alligator
Dr. Seuss's ABC

This rhyme ran through my head all night as I mused on my topic for the letter AWhen you have an adorable four-year-old grandson Dr. Seuss is part of your reading repertoire.

Where does A fit into my life?

About Me
For any new readers, let me tell you about me.  I am a 50-something wife, mother, and grandmother (or Dema as my grandson, Mr. E, calls me).  We live in beautiful Dover, NH where it snows most of the winter and the sun shines most of the summer.
I work for a large fabric and craft retailer as a merchandise manager.  I love my job as it allows me to work creative co-workers and help creative customers.

At least one night and one day a week, I have the extreme pleasure of Mr. E being here.  We have a ton of fun together as we play, create, garden and enjoy growing up.

I spend time every day creating something.  Which leads me to my second "A":

In grade school I loved art class.  I enjoyed cutting, coloring, drawing and painting.  I was chosen to paint the Queen of Hearts on the school's library window.  I didn't pursue art through junior high and beyond.  Academics were more important to me.

As an adult I always longed to take a drawing or art class.  One morning on the way to work an SUV drove by advertising private art classes.  I quickly jotted down the number.  When I sat down at my desk I picked up the phone and nervously dialed the number.  Soon I was signed up for a weekly private one hour art class.  I started with sketching.  I practiced and practiced, but never felt comfortable drawing.  Instead we turned to painting.

Two years into the classes, I rediscovered quilting - an art my Irish grandmother taught me when I was young.  I left the art class and focused on quilting and playing with fabric.

Fast forward to today.  I now play and create art in many ways: with fiber, with fabric, with paper.  I am starting to explore with mixed media formats as well.  Below is a my first attempt at mixed media with a cover for a new sketch book.  I used Gelatos, pens and chipboard stickers.

My last "A" word for the day is Awesome!  That's my description of my life.

Thanks for stopping by and come around tomorrow to see what the letter "B" brings to this blog.

Sweet P


Anonymous said...

"Art" is very appropriate! You are the creative one ;-)

Josie Two Shoes said...

Such a bright an cheerful post! It sounds to me like you've made a life you enjoy, and have a job involving what you love most... perfect! Your sketchbook cover is colorful and beautiful, I like it a lot. I hope you'll be sharing more of your artwork with us in the days ahead!

millvallison: mary allison tierney said...

The word 'coffee' first grabbed me and I stayed for the story - very nice! I have an art degree but found knitting and sewing much later. And writing later still. Couldn't live with out it. I look forward to hearing more!

Anonymous said...

I know this will be a lovely read this month! And way to go on taking the challenge alongside your niece! (PS - Mr. E. looks rather handsome).

stefani said...

I love the bright colors on your sketch book cover. Isn't it fun to play with all that stuff? :-)

Stefani @ Dreams of Nyssa

Kassiah Faul said...

Love this post. You are awesome :)