Friday, July 29, 2011

The hot days of Summer.....

I used to love the heat of summer...Really, I did. Now I stay inside until dusk and then I take the dogs for a walk. I am already too hot without adding more heat to my poor hot flashed self. One nice thing is the condo where I live has a great pool. Olivia and I have really enjoyed it, especially in the evening.
We have been working on her panda swap. I get such a kick out of her...She loves everything so much that she wants one for herself and her friend Erin too..I gave her the mermaid painting and she declared it "about the cutest thing she has ever seen!" (complete with little girl squeal.) I made a journal out of a composition book and she decided she wanted to make one too and she used one of my mermaid paintings. She loves to write and draw and always carries pencils and paper with her. Here is the journal...

She had a lot of fun digging thru a bag of little doo dads that I save for things to decorate it. Journals are super fun and easy to decorate.

I also am working on a mermaid swap, a birthday quilt and I have been working on this doggie portrait quilt for Jane. It is almost done, just have to put it all together and then it will fly off to Canada. It is for Jane's Daughters birthday. Her room is aqua so I thought this fabric would look good. These were hard little doggies to do... White animals are just the hardest. The little one with his tongue hanging out has passed away and I went off a photo that was before digital camera's. he was a challenge for that reason.

So stay cool and enjoy the outdoors for me...Maybe someday all this menopause nonsense will be over...One can hope.


Rachel said...

The dogs are adorable, Melinda! My daughter will love the quilt! You did a great job and you got Abby just perfect; captured her little doggy personality so well. I can't wait to get it. Thanks :)

Miss 376 said...

Oh, I don't like the heat either, much better being indoors doing something creative. You've done really well with the dog portraits, I'm sure they will be much appreciated

Helen in the UK said...

Olivia has done a beautiful job embellishing her journal. Glad you two are having creative fun together, despite the heat. Stay cool :)

jillytacy said...

Melinda you are amazing! That dog quilt is awesome! Jane's daughter is going to LOVE it! The mermaid journal looks fabulous! They are both work's of art!
I'm down to the last item in Olivia's package so I'll mail it Monday and send it priority. I hope she'll like her goodies.

roc said... those puppy faces! too cute! your artwork is always so inspirational melinda!

Anonymous said...

hey sweetie
stay in the AC
like i do :D
oh, i'm well over
those darn hot flashes
but it's still too hot out :D
you are an awesome artist!!!
i know ~ cuz i'm a proud owner
of a dog portrait!!!
LOVE my BEAR in fabric :D
you and Olivia have an awesome day!

Maria said...

Enjoyed reading your post Melinda.
great dogs.

Needled Mom said...

What would we do without AC????

It sounds like Olivia is having a fabulous time too.

The doggie portraits are wonderful. Nice job!

Patty said...

Looks like Olivia has inherited the creative gene from you, the dog portrait looks awesome!Stay cool!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Hi Melinda!
Another AWESOME doggie quilt!!! You are so amazing! I know Rachel's daughter will love it and I know that Rachel already does!
Keep Cool!
Deb :)

Jody said...

Send some heat up here, please?? I just grab a fan when those minutes (Mine are lasting FOUR minutes!!) occur! Your art work is awesome--you are good!

Jenny said...

gosh, you're doing some gorgeous things girl!

You are soooo talented!

Pam said...

You are so lucky to have Olivia with you and share your love of fabric and art. Her journal is lovely as is your dog quilt. Stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summerwith Olivia.

Yarni Gras! said...

love the dogs and the journal is lovely.....hope you are doing well...

Laurie said...

Oh, I know: the hot flashes SUCK! But it does go away...eventually.