Monday, June 22, 2009

Kristin issued a challenge...

challenge - work in progress

On Friday, Kristin of Waking Beauty Designs issued a challenge to try "to do the thing you think you cannot do". Well, I am finding that I love a challenge. I have been wanting to do more with textiles and I have been wanting to try myself at an ATC. And then there were the beautiful pieces Lorrie of Lilylovekin Tails recently created, that I found so very inspiring. So, what better starting point could there be? Let's do something different!

Well, it was already a busy weekend, we had guests coming for dinner on Sunday (more about that later), and I wanted to get my Midsummer Nights Dream Necklace finished, so I was a bit short of time. That is why I can only show a work in progress... this textile piece has sort of expanded on the measurements of an ATC (it is my first attempt), so I guess it doesn't fall into that category. But never mind the label. A hand written quote from Zora Neale Hurston: "There are years that ask questions and years that answer.", also stamped and coloured, on old linen and adorned with vintage lace; backed and stiffened with felt. As I said, it is still being worked on and I am enjoying it immensely! Thank you, Kristin, for enticing me to stretch my limits!!

awaiting guests

Well, I mentioned we had guests invited for dinner on Sunday. A colleague of Max', with her boyfriend. They live not so far from Frankfurt and we live just north of Munich; it's about a 3-4 hour drive, depending on traffic. They were on their way to Munich, where she will be working for a couple of days. Max works for television, so does she and so they both do quite a bit of travelling. Max and I prepared a lot of mediterranean inspired dishes: artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, fried dates with bacon, several cheeses and delicious Italian salami, pork roast (Italien style, of course), mozzarella with tomatos, salad, strawberries with prosecco (well, actually, this is to drink)... you get the idea. I had the flowers up over the table, because there wasn't room on the table, as usual. It was a lovely evening.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend?

12 comments:

sharon said...

I loooooove your new challenge piece Renate!! Love the softness of it and the vintage look so far. I too started a challenge piece, will post in a few days!!
Your dinner sounds fabulous.....I'm very envious! Beautiful chandalier and setting!

Rosanne said...

Beautiful challenge piece, I like lace...
Wow...when you entertain, you entertain! The food sounds sooo good and I love the way you put the flowers over the table!

Kristin said...

This looks great! Thank you so much for doing the challenge! I can't wait to see it finished! And, omgoodness, I am coveting your chandelier!!!

sherry lee said...

I love this glimpse of Max and of your home and I think putting the flowers above the table as you did is a brilliant idea...and very decorative!! The menu has me drooling after my boring bowl of fibre cereal!!! :)

Your challenge piece is lovely...I'm so enjoying the quote and I give you kudos for going where you aren't familiar and in stretching your boundaries and your creativity!!

Doreen said...

Renate: I want to come to your house for dinner. Every time you describe a meal that you are making, it makes my mouth water! I love your chandelier and the flowers. I think your home and garden must be really lovely!

sharon said...

I tagged you Renate!! Visit my blog!

lilylovekin said...

Every thing about this post made my mouth water. From the new art work you are exploring ( love the quote)to the description of dinner-I want to come to your house and eat! It seems like you had a very full and lovely week-end. Lorrie

stregata said...

You know, I'd love to have you all come over for dinner!!

Silke said...

Renate, your new "stretch your limits" piece is already gorgeous - can't wait what it will look like when you are all done with it! And your food - you make my mouth water every time! I'd LOVE to come to dinner. Hugs, Silke
P.S. The way you did the flowers is so creative!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

OH SOOOO Glad Lorrie inspired you . I got a peek at her latest piece this morning. HMMM What have I been afraid to do I am thinking HMMM good challenge. As Eleanor Roosevelt said" Do something every day that scares You" For me that would be facing the morning with my coffee ...Tee HEE

SharonP said...

Just lovely!

deb did it said...

my mouth is watering...I wanna come over!