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How well do you know your editor? A two-part giveaway!

13 Sep 2008

This is the first of two blog entries where you, cherished blog reader, have the opportunity to receive a fat (and I mean FAT) stash of stenciled, screened, and stamped papers and hand-dyed fabrics. I will be giving 15 of these stashes away.

Challenge Part 1

I’m posting this brief blog entry while I start a week’s vacation. Your challenge is to figure out what kind of vacationing editor I am.

Am I a:

a. Snoozer (Island-hopping, t-shirt wearing, sandal smacking beach bum.)

b. Cruiser (Bingo loving, Lido deck gawking, midnight chocolate buffet fanatic.)

Here’s your task: Give me your best guess in the comments area (or be creative and offer up another idea), then also answer the following question:

What’s your favorite art-related book?

Is there a book about art, an artist, or the artful life that has inspired you, taught you something, or is just fun to read? A book you give to all your artsy friends or maybe curl up with to read time and time gain? Tell us! Email your response to

Once you have done both, pat yourself on the back. You have successfully completed the first part of the challenge and have qualified for round two! (More on that later.) Back to enjoying a little r & r for just a bit…

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Anna nowicki wrote
on 13 Sep 2008 12:28 PM
I think you are c) a walker, see the sights, draw what you see, arty type of holiday taker! My favourite books are any written by Maggie Grey or our dear departed friend Val Campbell Harding.
Dale Anne wrote
on 13 Sep 2008 1:44 PM
I think you are "A" - enjoy your cruise! Hopefully no more hurricanes while you are cruising.... My favourite book right now is Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista.
Thien-Kim wrote
on 13 Sep 2008 2:09 PM
I think you're a cruiser! Except instead of bingo, you'd be doing some handstitching while enjoying the open seas. Plus, how can you turn down midnight chocolate buffets?
Tootsie wrote
on 13 Sep 2008 2:26 PM
I think you wear sandals, a t-shirt, jeans, maybe some sturdy hiking/walking boots as you take in the scenery and realize that these clothes are easier to keep clean while doing creative projects than the gown that you would wear on the cruise. I think you would stop at some chocolate shop and buy some candy/pastries - only the rich kind, and either have a delicious but unpretentious meal at a restaurant or go shopping for some high quality food and fix it yourself. I think you would try to get more sleep, but would probably dream about the next project.
Deanna wrote
on 13 Sep 2008 4:19 PM
If I now lived in the frigid north as you now do and had grown up where it was warm most of the time, I would spend my last moments before settling in for a long winters freeze, island hopping and wearing the least amount of clothing that society and my large behind would allow. Shoes would be totally optional. So I vote for (A) Snoozer. As for my favorite art book it would have to be "The Yarn Harlot" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Although it's not about quilting, knitters and their stashes have a lot in common with quilters. My family always knows when I'm reading one of her books because not many books make me snort out loud when I'm reading them.
kayla wrote
on 13 Sep 2008 5:40 PM
I've had some help with this one...I think I will go with a cruiser. midnight chocolate buffets hands down. the book i really want right now is Taking Flight by Kelly Rae. I have read so many great reviews.
Cheryl wrote
on 13 Sep 2008 5:52 PM
My guess is a. Snoozer (Island-hopping, t-shirt wearing, sandal smacking beach bum.) My favorite art book at the moment is Fabric Art Workshop by Susan Stein.
Cory wrote
on 13 Sep 2008 8:38 PM
I think you are a snoozer. What better way to recoop and regenerate the creative muse than to veg out in a serene local. Have fun whatever you are doing. Take care and God bless, Cory
Julia Wood wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 12:26 AM
Definitely A! You need a real break with no firm schedules and lots of down time. And my favorite art book is Chuck Close. It's a biography of a famous contemporary American artist who paints amazing portraits using blobs of color. And he's partially paralyzed, to boot! Crazy talent!
Julia Wood wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 12:27 AM
Definitely A! You need a real break with no firm schedules and lots of down time. And my favorite art book is Chuck Close. It's a biography of a famous contemporary American artist who paints amazing portraits using blobs of color. And he's partially paralyzed, to boot! Crazy talent!
melicia evans wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 12:36 AM
c. all the above Go on a cruise and enjoy the bingo and chocolate. On an extended stopover you get to be an island hopping beach bum. It's pretty difficult to choose just one book. I'd have to say a top favorite book is 'Paper, Metal, Stitch' by Maggie Grey.
Shoshana wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 2:11 AM
Oh, a contest! Let me think about long do I have?
Lisa Cook wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 7:48 AM
I believe you are more (A) and you savor a chance to relax and read and wander and ponder in a quiet place. Oh, but there is lots of chocolate involved! A favorite novel I love to recommend is "The Birth of Venus" by Sarah Dunant, the rich story of a feisty 16 year old girl who wishes to be an artist in 15th century Florence when, of course, women could only aspire to becoming a wife. A bit of mystery, wonderful history, and a love story all wrapped up into one.
kathy wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 8:05 AM
I think you are a snoozer. With your busy life being an editor, I am sure when you go on vacation you would want to just kick back and relax. Plus that is what I like to do.
Bethany Garner wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 8:16 AM
Hi Pokey... My bet is that you are the Lido Deck, late night, Chocolate loving party girl at heart and yes, while you do Thousand Island tours with family - I can picture you with the starlight in your eyes, listening to great music and dancing the night away! My book is COMPLEX CLOTH and I emailed the answer as requested. Have a GREAT vacation and tons of FUN! Beth Garner, Elginburg, ON
Veronica Richmond wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 8:40 AM
I think you've combined the two for a fun and relaxing week at sea, with islands to laze on during the day, and bingo at night. I hope it's a great trip....and on the west coast!! V
Kim Gibson wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 8:46 AM
Oh I think a definate snoozer! Enjoy it, I am terribly jealous!
Kelli Perkins wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 8:56 AM
My first thought was that you can take the girl out of California, but you can't take California out of the girl. But then, growing up in sandals maybe you see "vacation" as a means of getting away from the perfect sunsets. So I'll choose party gurl on a boat. I KNOW you like to party hardy (but I bet you could show those t-shirt mavens a thing or two). The best art related book to pass on is Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles. If you want to understand the sheer terror that sets in at the beginning of an art project, David explains it. The minute you make a mark, you say goodbye to all the other possible outcomes, so you have to learn to embrace the experience! Kelli Perkins, Michigan
Angelika Westermann wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 9:30 AM
I hope you are a snoozer, because everybody has to recharge the batteries once in a while. My favorite art related book is "True Colors" by Stampington. What those artists have achieved is simply beautiful, and the book shows color related topics in such rich photos it is a pleasure to sit down and read and learn. Enjoy your trip! Angelika
Diana Ching wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 9:51 AM
Hmmm, I think you'd be a mixture of the two options you started us off with (island-hopping, t-shirt wearing, midnight chocolate buffet fanatic etc). I can't see you sitting still for too long, although you might relax with a good book for an hour or two now and then. Otherwise, I suspect you want to get the most out of your holiday and drink in the sights and sounds. Have emailed Barbara with my book choice as requested, but for the sake of completeness here, it's 'Raising the Surface' by Maggie Grey (anything by Maggie is inspirational).
Susan Barker wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 9:53 AM
Not ever having had the opportunity to meet you or know about you, my guess is simply a guess as to what type of a holidayer you might be, but if you can successfully take up the daily challenge of creating content for a important magazine for quilters, you cannot be a Snoozer, even though you might like to be. A Cruiser, I think, would be more along your line of relaxation, because laying about on the Lido deck and watching people in a way is part of your job and part of your everyday life. I writer needs inspiration and that best comes from the people walking right past you. I would ad though, you would not pass up the opportunity to get off the ship and explore all that any land based features may have to offer you. You need to experience too, the colours of the islands, the shapes, and just as important, the people. So, mostly a Cruiser, but a slight inclination to a Snoozer...
Sheila wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 10:36 AM
I think you would LIKE to be a snoozer, but you are way too compulsive and too much an over-achiever to ever seriously relax. "Relax" is on your list of things to do. I think a cruise would be a good-intentioned way to get you away from it all. But I don't see you taking a cruise unless it is an extended-family trip with your inlaws, and then you will be the first one off the ship to explore every port you visit.
Pat wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 10:44 AM
I think you are both, a snoozer and a cruiser. Way to relax and have fun in both settings.
Lisa wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 10:54 AM
I think you're a little of both - you start out playing Bingo and noshing on the giant chocolate dolphin statue, but then boredom sets in and you're forced to start island-hopping! (There's also that big chunk of time you spend with your travel art journal, and most passengers wonder why you constantly have inky fingers and a glittery face.)
Karen Markley wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 11:00 AM
You're a journalist! So, you have to be a Cruiser. Always looking for the story. You dive right into that onboard Bingo game or shuffleboard to find out what motivates the average traveller to do what they do. Vacation? This area is ripe for the picking. Your idea of a true vacation is to stay home and work on a quilt or dig in the garden
dot highter wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 11:04 AM
You appear to be a type-A creative worker but I suspect that vacation turns you into a more relaxed creative person---that you rest, enjoy the scenery, good food, interesting people & places. On deck you would soak up the warm breezes and sun by day and the moonlight at night. Comfortable clothes and sandals are the uniform with an occasional swingy skirt or sundress. Any ports-of-call would find you exploring the local arts and crafts, especially fabrics----the worker side would begin to surface but hopefully not for long. May this vacation be one of rest, recreation and renewal.
Patty VanHuis-Cox wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 12:16 PM
I am going to have to say that you are an A with leanings toward B. You are an adventuress who is island hopping and looking for a creative adventure with some chocolate thrown in for good measure. So I think it is a combination of the two. A cruise that lets you island hop! My favorite inspirational art book is The Painted Quilt by Linda and Laura Kemshell. Every time I read through it, I get more inspired.
bybethstudio wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 12:29 PM
My guess for the type of vacationer you are is a... Snoozer (Island-hopping, t-shirt wearing, sandal smacking beach bum) however, I think you might also still hit the midnight chocolate buffet as that would be a good reason to snooze the day away on the beach and you might even sneak a little of the chocolate back to your room for a little late night fabric dyeing!!! (A perfect vacation!) The book that is inspiring me currently was a recent b-day gift from my quilting buddy, Cindy. It is titled Fabric Art Workshop by Susan Stien. (got me thinking of dyeing with chocolate...both delicous and creative!) Elizabeth "Beth" Ferry Pekins
Phyllis in Sonoma wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 12:47 PM
Snoozer definitely. Fresh warm ocean breezes, sweet floral smells, swimming with dolphins, cocktails at the sand bar, fresh pineapple, pappaya and mango, macadamian nut waffles in the open air restaurant looking over the calm ocean, a round of golf at Kapalua and whale watching... ok, I want to go back to Maui.... It's a tie for my favorite books, of course I'm partial to Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project by Karey Bresenhan but I also love Art Quilts A Celebration 400 Stuning Contemporary Designs. Aloha, Phyllis
Marie Johansen wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 12:49 PM
I have to say that you are a snoozer, but one who will, at times, have 'business related' inspiration even when you're 'snoozin' you way through a fabulous vacation! Books: Two new ones that I think are awesome, and that I have whined my way into having our library get: 1."Masters:Art Quilts" edited by Martha Sielman 2."Taking Flight" by Kelly Rae Roberts and an old standby- that I take up and put down and then take up again "The Artist's Way"by Julia Cameon
Sandy Jandik wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 1:58 PM
You must be a cruiser, because I can't see your being still(like me). For the book, I like anything on Hunderwasser, because of his graphic work. Have a good vacation.
Veronica Haley wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 2:00 PM
Snooze,cruise,schmooze,&maybe a little booze,live it up! My favorite book is usually the one I am currently reading, but this time I have to go with Ahab's Wife. The book that I love to re-read is The Artist's Way. The current book is an Oprah special on why husbands cheat. So far they didn't mention men cheat more on wives who are obsessed with creating things from piles of discarded items. Maybe I just didn't get to that chapter yet.
Sue Perkins wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 2:21 PM
Hi Pokey! I hope you are having a wonderful vacation! I am sure that you are a "Sponger", and I mean that in the most complimentary way! You absorb everything around you, whether it be a beautiful serene beach on a deserted Island, or a busy bustling street in New York City. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes sink into your senses to emerge later in creative works of art. You see things through the eyes of an artist and not that of a tourist. A quiet beach may offer rest and relaxation to some, but to you your creative brain goes into warp speed and you immediately wonder what you can do with this shell or that piece of drift wood, or wouldn't that sea grass be cool dried and used as a "stamp" to embellish your fabric stash. You hear the music of a rock band and an idea is born that will become a mini quilt or a wall hanging. Music flows through the threads that embellish your art work. It is the music that permeates your soul. You smell the scents of the holiday season and immediately you seek to capture the warmth and comfort that they bring to you. A sniff of vanilla and warm soft colors emerge in your artwork. Peppermint brings out bright red ideas that dance across your creative mind. You taste an eggnog latte Christmas cupcake and it inspires you to dye and scrunch cheese cloth so that it resembles icing. You sprinkle glitter and it becomes a thing of beauty when added to a project as an embellishment. And you know what, Pokey? The best thing about you being a "Sponger" is that you don't mind having these wonderful absorbtions squeezed out of you to be shared with your readers. We all love and thank you for that! Sue Perkins
Sally Miller wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 3:40 PM
What is editor Pokey up to? My guess depends on her companionship for this trip. If traveling with like-minded fiber fanatics, I believe that Pokey would be stamping, painting, and sewing to her heart's content. Just add in room service and an easily transported iHome to blast the Rock N'Roll Hall of Fame top 100 tunes for her perfect vacation. Now, on the other hand, sometimes we love and travel with those not comsumed by fabric. In that case, the busy life of an editor and tv host along with a possibility of traveling with a main squeeze might mean you two are rubbbing noses together on a quiet sunny beach somewhere. Hope you decide to come back home!
Donna Funnell wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 9:16 PM
Pokey, I think you are a snoozer and you would really enjoy just taking in the wonderful sights and colours of the landscape and thinking of the art you could create from your memories. You might have brought a bit of hand stitching with you to relax with and to be creative. And I hope you would bring a good fictional book with you to read that would inspire you, such as the day i ate whatever i wanted And Other Small Acts of Liberation by Elizabeth Berg.And you would laugh at the story called Over the Hill and into the Woods. I know I did. Finally after a day of swimming at the beach and a wonderful dinner you would enjoy the evening's sunset with your husband and briefly remember with love those animal children at home waiting patiently for you to return!
Marie wrote
on 14 Sep 2008 11:35 PM
a. Snoozer The Painted Quilt by Linda and Laura Kemshall
Susan wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 1:26 AM
I think you can do everything on a cruise...island hopping, snoozing on the island or on the deck, the ever popular eating constantly, bingo, whatever your heart desires. Have a wonderful time! You REALLY deserve a vacation...from what I gather, you are constantly moving. My favorite quilt book is The Art Quilt Workbook by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston. Non art inspirational book is Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman. Both books show new ways of seeing.
bonita Srnick wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 9:11 AM
you are a combo! Casual wear (jeans,shirts and sandals)and enjoying slurpies and lattes while finding every craft nook and cranny shop for treasures and checking out every area cultural event for ideas. Sketch book and notebook in the bag, of course.
Regina Dunn wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 10:18 AM
I think you are a cruiser. After all you did organize an Alaskin cruise.
Michelle Cunningham wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 10:56 AM
I will say A - "Snoozer" mostly because I hope that's the case than because I have an informed opinion. Since you seem to work so hard all the rest of the time, I hope vacation affords you some REST & RELAXATION. My favorite book right now is "By the Batch: Creative Cards, Postcards, Envelopes & More" by Judi Kauffman and Holly McDade.
Leilani Pierson wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 11:10 AM
i think you are a little bit of both... i see you snoozing, t-shirt, beachbumming... (since you are a california-girl) but i also see you cruising and keeping your eyes peeled for cool artsy things to feed your editor-soul! ;) hope you're having fun!! xo
Doreen Kinkade wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 12:49 PM
I think "A" with a touch of "B", the chocolate sounds good. I know they are not books, but I love my CPS and QA. From the articles in them, they can lead you to a book of your liking. I love the Maggie Grey books.
Shelley Gaines wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 1:00 PM
I think with a nickname like "Pokey" you must be an Island-hopping, flip-flop wearing, shorts & t-shirts, no make up, ponytail,take-it-easy... sort of gal. I think you would like to get away and relax, go for walks on the beach and gain new inspiration from nature & serenity around you, read a book or two perhaps. An umbrella drink alongside, of course!!! I think I just described my perfect dream vacation! Whatever you choose, enjoy!
mathea wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 3:10 PM
c) None of the above. I think you are a doer. You like to be on the go, learn something new - maybe something craft related, visit venues where you can get inspiration and shop for new and interesting material to use in your art and crafts projects. (Or is that me...?) My favourite book is the one I've just finished for the first time, and can't wait to read all over again and try all the different tecniques from: "Taking Flight" by Kelly Rae Roberts.
Melinda wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 3:47 PM
I say you're a snoozer with a penchant for diving into the chocolate bar on the side. It's a vacation, so you have to indulge a little! (Well...okay, so maybe that's what I'd really do, but either way, have a great vacation!:)
grace wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 4:37 PM
I think you are who hops from one fun spot to another playing games, chilling and eating all the chocolate she can get her hands on. Have fun on vacation! My favorite book is usually the one I am currently reading...which these days is "Taking Flight...Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings" by Kelly Rae Roberts. I carry books with me everywhere cause you never know when you'll be stuck in traffic somewhere. I just pull out my book, relax and wait for the traffic nonsense to stop.
Merrie Jo Schroeder wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 4:58 PM
Pokey is definitely a snoozer... I can see her with a tie-dyed t-shirt and flip flops walking the beach, taking in the sights and sounds of the ocean and just enjoying life (she probably has a nice cool tropical drink in hand as well).
Erin Glee wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 5:07 PM
Snoozer? Let that laid back (California girl at heart) hang out in her T-shirt and flip flops!
Jill wrote
on 15 Sep 2008 7:39 PM
I'm not sure which one you prefer, but whichever it is, could you take me with you?? I'm going to guess (b), mainly because of the chocolate buffet! Who could resist that? Whatever you're doing, I hope you have a wonderful time! For my book idea: I just bought "Painted Paper" by Alisa Golden and really like the ideas in it.
Lynne Croswell wrote
on 16 Sep 2008 12:09 AM
Everything I know about you (which I admit is very limited) says that you are always up to something and I can see you at that late night chocolate buffet. (Or maybe that's just me I'm seeing there!) But I'm putting my marbles on B. The book that empowered me the most has been Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Learning how to see has been the jumping off point for everything I've done art wise.
Lisa Flowers Ross wrote
on 16 Sep 2008 10:07 AM
I think you would be relaxing on the beach taking a break from your busy schedule and reading your newest favorite art book. My most recent favorite is a book on the artist Hundertwasser.
Juanita Olson wrote
on 16 Sep 2008 11:14 AM
I think you work hard and being a California girl at heart, I would say you are a Snoozer; enjoy your R & R.
Jennifer Morlock wrote
on 16 Sep 2008 11:30 AM
I'm with the Snoozer-Cruiser:) I see you relaxing in your island attire and soaking in all the people watching and inspiring happenings around you. All this is taking place while you sneak a visit to the midnight chocolate buffet:) I picture you doing it all, managing it well and taking notes for future projects along the way!
Tish Reed wrote
on 16 Sep 2008 9:50 PM
Hi Pokey: I think you're a snoozing cruiser with sandals in one hand and chocolate in the other. My current fav art related book - I've been a big fan of Susan Lennart Kazmer for a long time and her work just speaks to me. Her book has great tips and inspiration - it's left me "Kazmerized." Enjoy your vacation. Tish
Julie wrote
on 17 Sep 2008 2:41 PM
I'm guessing Cruiser because the description of Snoozer was sort of generic while the description of Cruiser was much more specific and personalized. :-)
waterrose wrote
on 17 Sep 2008 4:32 PM
I think that you can have both and are doing both...why not have the best of all those choices! For my friends who quilt I either suggest or give them a copy of one of Nancy Crow's books. I was very much a traditional quilter and then I visited the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio, luckily an art quilt year. WOW I can look at these books for hours and dream.
Stacey wrote
on 17 Sep 2008 11:42 PM
I hope you are a snoozer. (That's what I would be) Have a wonderful time relaxing on the high seas!
cindylee wrote
on 18 Sep 2008 11:48 AM
OOAK - You snooze, you cruise, you dream, you scheme, you create, you sleep late, you eat, (chocolate’s sweet), on the Lido deck in bare feet or sandals smacking on the street! And, all the while carrying your tote bag full of paint, fabric, stamps, fibers, magazines and books (crafty, artsy and trashy), snapping photos and collecting found objects to become embellishments on your next project! There is no one category that describes you except "ONE OF A KIND."
sherry wrote
on 18 Sep 2008 1:16 PM
I think you are (b) -- too creative to simple lounge on the beach, you are cruisin and gawking and picking up all kinds of fun -- kick up your heels and dance. My favourite book at the moment is Sally Jean Alexander's "Pretty Little Things" for the colours, the inspiration and the joy of just making something happen.
Joanie Hoffman wrote
on 18 Sep 2008 1:28 PM
If you're on vacation, there are no rules & I'm thinking you don't have to be any one type on any vacation day. Be free, have fun!
Whitney wrote
on 18 Sep 2008 9:05 PM
I think you are B after seeing pictures of all the crazy stuff you guys do at the quilt shows! My favorite book is Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. It is a workbook to help creative people figure out their path in life. It changed my life- I opened a craft gallery after reading it and have had a successful 5 years now!
Allison Ray wrote
on 18 Sep 2008 9:55 PM
You're an artistic cruiser. You packed a little clothing but lots of supplies- sun painting on the liddo deck, journaling by the pool, you may play bingo for a while but I bet the used cards end up in a collage. You probably surf more on the internet for cool art quilting stuff than in the cold water. burrr. Reading Divine Divas by Gail Ellspermann- an awesome new art doll book.
Suzanne wrote
on 20 Sep 2008 12:24 AM
I think you are A: a beachwalker, shell collector, sandy-bottomed kind of gal. (It takes one to know one. :) Will email Barbara with my favorite book but, just so you know, I am so inspired by anything Laura and Linda Kemshall write! They collect the same random stuff I do and they do amazing things with it.
Shirley wrote
on 20 Sep 2008 9:03 PM
Well, a cruiser maybe, but, I totally think you are not one to sit and watch life go by. You need to get into the action! My fave book: Mixed Media Explorations by Beryl Taylor!!! Her attention to detail is incredible and I love her work!
Belinda wrote
on 20 Sep 2008 9:43 PM
Chica, I think that you are a combination of both. You are still a California Girl even though you are no longer physically there. I can see you as an island hopping, t-shirt wearing, sandal smacking vacationer. I don't see you doing nothing on the beach for long though. You have the most energy in one person that I have ever seen. I thought I did a lot. At the same time, I can see you playing a rousing game of bingo while munching on some fantastic chocolatey goodness. You may chill for awhile but I cannot see you doing that for long. There are pictures to be taken and things to be explored. Hope John is enjoying his vacation as well. Actually, I think that the two of you are deep in the heart of the Amazon looking for those huge silk spiders that you will use for a new, fabulous line of fabrics. John is carrying industrial strength bug spray. Once you have reached your destination and have gotten your silk quota, you will be sitting by the nearest hut for a nice glass of wine and gourmet meal of crodile meat with native greens. Sorry, squatting on a log sipping 40 year old wine from a hollowed-out coconut shell. Are there coconuts in the Amazon? Okay, tree bark then. I am having too much fun now! I have my art reference books for technical things. My favorite technical book is The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I am still learning the different type of stitches. Even if I have done it before, I can't remember how to do it again. Love this book. Easy step-by-step instructions and diagrams. My favorite art book for the moment is the Taking Flight book by Kelly Rae Roberts. Even though I don't draw well. I can substitute other things for that. I love the richness of the backgrounds. I love how she encourages artists to go out of their box and explore. I am sooo like that - encouraging people to go beyond their comfort level. My absolute favorite book is Mixed Media Explorations by Beryl Taylor. That book has given me so much inspiration and ideas for my own pieces. Belinda Spiwak - envious that you are on vacation and I am not.
dmorino wrote
on 21 Sep 2008 4:30 PM
I can never imagine someone NOT wanting a "snoozer" vacation! But enjoy yourself wherever you go and whatever you do (or dont't do!) I always find great inspiration when I peruse "Art Quilts - A celebration" by Lark Books. Another inspirational book is "Nancy Crow" published in 2006. Both are beautiful books.
Jamie V wrote
on 21 Sep 2008 6:50 PM
I would have to go with C... a little of both. I think you will get some rest, but are always on the lookout for artistic ideas... and would sneak out for a midnight chocolate run!! Jamie V in MT
Jamie V wrote
on 21 Sep 2008 6:51 PM
oops.. hit send too fast. The book I'm reading right now and highly recommend is Kelly Rae Roberts, "Taking Flight"... Jamie V in MT
Jenny wrote
on 22 Sep 2008 5:45 PM
Why not create another category altogether while you're away from daily responsibilities. My hope is that you are able to moment by moment choose what feeds your soul. Becoming not merely a Snoozer or Cruiser, but a Chooser.
Joan Martin wrote
on 22 Sep 2008 10:38 PM
Why not both! Keep all the options open & have a great time. I just picked up Uniquely Felt by Christine White & can't wait to pull out the roving & bubble wrap.
Karen Cross wrote
on 23 Sep 2008 8:11 AM
Happy Vacation! I think you are off somewhere with beautiful nature surrounding you and inspiring you; relaxing you and recharging you. Hopefully there is also a spa! And a little town close by with a really fabulous little art museum/gallery. I think you brought plenty of art supplies and a journal and camera and your hubby. ;) I hope you have one of those vacations that bring you back to the real world exhilarated and energized. I'll email in the title of the book I really love. What a fun little contest. I look forward to your blog posts because they are always fun in different ways. Thanks!
Marcia DesRosiers wrote
on 25 Sep 2008 5:56 PM
Hmmm I so see you in both roles. Probably a little more of the snoozer with chocolate on the side! Rather than the sleeping on deck I see you sketching for your next project! Can't wait to see those projects later in the year. The art book that inspires me is Positively Postcards by Bonnie Sabel and Louis-Philippe O'Donnell. I used it as a guide when I first started making fabric postcards and now just like to look through it because of the fun postcards and colors. I love quilting arts! Marcia
Connie Haack wrote
on 9 Oct 2008 5:25 AM
My guess is you are a snoozer(A), taking in all the sights and sounds - getting inspirations and ideas for the next round of projects. My favorite book at the moment is The Quilter's Catalog for the information I have gotten from it.