Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Paula Nadelstern

One of the highlights of my weekend in New York was our trip to the American Folk Art Museum. Our friends at Benartex told us about an artist, Paula Nadelstern, that they have been working with who has an exhibit there now. The exhibit is called Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern, and if you are in New York anytime between now and September 13th, it is a must-see! The kaleidoscope inspired designs are incredible with rich detail and these quilts are unlike any I have ever seen before. Nadelstern’s use of color and pattern is incredible and her process of design, starting with fabric pieces and mirrors is so very interesting. They even have some of Nadelstern’s personal kaleidoscopes at the museum for all to peruse. It was truly an inspiration!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Trip to NYC for the Tabletop Show

I just returned from a wonderful Tabletop show in New York last week. It was a busy few days of meetings and I had a wonderful time reconnecting with old and new clients as we discussed exciting new projects and reviewed samples of beautiful new fabrics and tabletop items hitting markets in the coming year. I also managed to sneak in a few fun times with friends while in the city – dinner with friends, a museum visit, and even a K. D. Lang concert Saturday night!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Birthday Cookies

Last Friday was my birthday and so many people made the day and the weekend very special for me. My daughter Erin sent me a funny E-Card, I received beautiful topiaries from my Winget Art studio friends, and I was so excited when this HUGE cookie bouquet arrived from my dear childhood friend Meredith. Aren’t these cookies adorable? I love the little frogs and they were tasty, too! Thank you to everyone that made my birthday such a happy one!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Winget Art Softball

I was so excited when I received an email from my friend Susan Young about the Winget Art softball team! It turns out her daughter Catherine is on the team this year. As a huge sports enthusiast myself, it is such a joy to see the next generation of women getting into the game! Team sports teach so many wonderful life lessons to children – sportsmanship, teamwork, and self-confidence to name a few. Thanks for sharing your photos, Susan, and GO TEAM!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The loss of a dear friend

Our Steele Creek community suffered a great loss this past weekend. Our friend and church music director, Cindy Furr, and her precious daughter Mackie were killed in a terrible car crash Saturday evening. It is so hard to make sense of such a tragic event and it has been a daily, even hourly, struggle to face this reality. In this time of mourning and uncertainty, I have been blessed to experience the amazing warmth of God’s comforting arms and through these moments, know that God is with us. Although tough, I trust that God is in control and will console us in this most incomprehensible hardship.

When I think of Cindy, I feel the warmth of her smiling face and positive outlook. As we remember Cindy, I know that her life and passion will live on through all of us that were touched by her loving presence. Please join me in praying for our community and for Cindy’s husband Steve as he has suffered the loss of his wife and daughter so suddenly.

Charlotte Observer Article

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me abide in your tent forever, find refuge under the shelter of your wings.
Psalm 61: 1-4