Wednesday, July 23, 2008

July TIFC - Day Three

I decided on the background piece for July's TIF challenge. I fashioned two stars and a half moon/half sun medallion for the center. Tomorrow I'll figure out how to add the text. I plan to do lots of quilting on it as I want the piece to be fairly stiff before I add the grid lines.

My baby birds will be leaving home soon. We saw the first swallow on April 10th and never saw much activity around the boxes. Right after the first of this month we heard faint chirps from two of the boxes. Now the bravest (or hungriest or one that got pushed out) sits on top of the box. He's made several attempts to get back into the box but his siblings have blocked his efforts.

Wonderful story on NPR's All things Considered this last Monday about a Carolina wren that got left behind when her siblings left the nest. (about three minutes long, listen here)

Living consciously...

The practice today is one of being aware of your feelings. Over the past several months I have tried to be more aware of the pleasant feelings (joy, excitement, happiness, awe, peace) as they are happening. With the negative feelings, not only am I trying to be more aware, I'm trying not to let the feelings dictate my behavior.


Alis said...

I love the colours in this piece Kim.
Looking forward t seeing it progress.

Kay said...

This is interesting, and very ambitious. I too will be interested in seeing it.

Vicki W said...

What a terrific bird photo! So cute!

Kim said...

Alis and Kay - I hope the background piece is bold enough - with all the embellishments that are going to be on top of it, it needs to come through. I'm looking forward to the progress myself! I'd better get moving on it if I have any chance of getting it done. I'd like to have some charms on it but I don't think I'll have all 56 on by the end of the month.

Vicki - They were so cute. The last baby left on Sunday.