A Pleasant Surprise

You can knock me over with a feather! I made it to their top 20!! There is one more cut and then they make their choice. It’s very exciting and so unexpected! With so many amazing women who applied, I just feel so honored to be on the list.
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Our thanks to allof the amazing women who applied for the Fall 2011 peaChic Grant. Selecting a grant winner each season is exciting and challenging. We are inspired by all of the enterprising and brave women who share with us their story. Following a period of careful consideration from our award panel, we are excited to announce and introduce the Top 20 applicants chosen from the Fall 2011 applicants.They are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. A Thirst for Tea, Frankee Muller
  2. A.B. Art & Products, Inc., Ada Balcacer
  3. Always Travel Light, Paula Vance
  4. Asian Art and Quilts, Barbara Harms
  5. BBX, Inc., Dedelle Barbanti
  6. Crave, LLC, Lisa Matalon
  7. Curvaceous K™, Kathleen Sanchez
  8. Dolci Dolci, LLC, Lindsey Winter
  9. Echoes of Opal, Jamie Kohler
  10. Fire Service Support, LLC, Krys Nystrom
  11. Girls With Wings, Inc., Lynda Meeks
  12. H.O.P.E., Inc.(Helping Other People be Empowered), Kenita Pierce-Lewis
  13. Help Button Designs, Billie Jo Delfin
  14. Lanier Images Web Design & Graphic Design, Nichole Lanier
  15. Miss Kinsman, LLC, Joanna Kinsman
  16. My Wife Makes Signs, Brooke Stevens
  17. Savvycents, Melinda Claudepierre
  18. Seven Sprouts, Bari Horton
  19. Sovereign Ten, LLC, Teresa Bowe
  20. TLC Virtual Assistants, Tracie Church

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

About Myself & My Approach To My Art About Myself & My Approach To My Art I can't remember a time in life, that art didn't play a role, in one form or another. But my primary focus as an artist, has been painting. Close to 20 years ago, I was introduced to quilting & quickly became passionate about it. However to create a quilt there are some necessary steps that have to be followed, this obviously restricts some of the creative choices. I began to miss the creative freedom possible with painting. Since there are only so many hours in a day and I had other important things going on in my life, I had to focus my interests. When I discovered mixed media art quilting, it was a great fit. The combination of quilting techniques with painting and other art skills opened new creative directions to explore. I was home! It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges. Then I follow where it leads. My approach is more of an instinctual one. I usually don't do much pre-planning. My creative choices are made as they present themselves, based on my gut feeling. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise! Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. Personal Links

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  1. Our suspicions of Gaddafi’s cilams about the death of his son and grand children are further strengthened by:1- It was claimed that 3 children (Hanibal’s, Muhammed’s, and Aisha’s) were also killed in the attack. Last night, however, Libyan tv showed what appeared to be two adult corpses and only 1 child corpse. All were fully shrouded so no one could make any positive identification.2- It is highly unlikely that all the Gaddafi families were in the same place at the same time given the situation in Libya. It is not exactly party or picnic time in Tripoli for them!3- The 2 adults corpses shown on Libya tv last night were extremely swollen indicating that these have been dead for some time much longer than the 24 hours since the attack in question. Thus, even if one of the corpses was Saif’s he could have been killed some time ago in a completely different incident.4- During today’s funeral, I was only able to notice one coffin (claimed to be that of Saif Alarab). What happened to the others?5- In 1986 Gaddafi produced a similar claim that one of his children (Hana) was killed in the US attack on his house. It turned out to be false and Hana is still alive and is a grownup now.6- The atmosphere of today’s funeral, which was a mix of chaos and bad taste, did not give a feel of real loss or mourning to the ruling dynasty and its supporters.7- As I write these comments, the Libyan tv is showing live coverage of singing and dancing idiots in Bab Alaziziya (Gaddafi’s compound). Again dismissing the likelihood of the claim.

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  2. Congratulations and many threads crossed in fingers for you to win this grant! You are certainly deserving. A great example to all women small business owners.

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    1. Granbee,
      Thank you, your are always so sweet and generous in your comments.
      But, I am not really expecting to win this, there are so other many amazing women. But I just really feel honored to have made it so far, with so many other awesome women who applied. I feel happy to have that feeling of valadation really, I’m thrilled with that actually.

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  3. I must say that if any one artist was to be considered for this grant, one artist who takes time to do fine work, one artist who cares more that you can ever imagine about what her CUSTOMER wants in the finished piece, one artist who stays clsoe to the customer with progress updates, one artist who thinks out of the box on designs, form, and color combinations, one artist who has a heart for her work and the people that work with her, one artist who through a piece of art, my art, we have grown closer that words can say, one artist who has supported my change in moods and my life challenges with always a word of encouragement, one artist that has developed a sort of “e-mail art bond” with me and I can say I have found a friend indeed, and one artist who stands above the rest, it would be this woman, Barbara Harms!! I vote for you indeed! God bless you, an honor it is to be in the top 20!!!!

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    1. Cyndy,
      Thanks for your sweet words,it’s hard to live up to that wonderful kind of praise, but I sure try. I could say much the same about you as my client/now friend too. You’re a sweetie pie!
      Barb
      PS Did you see your quilt? Under all the posts titled “2 quilts” and maybe in another post as well.
      Barb

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      1. Cyndy,
        I just looked for the post on your quilt and realized that I had started on the first one in the series, painting your silk and then we descided that a larger size was needed, so I focuced on another recent work.But I posted yours on my Facebook page, showing the work in progress.I plan to use your quilt as the final example demonstrating thread painting and wanted to wait til the grand finale, to show it in the post. I’ll tell you when it posts.
        The link to my Facebook is on my home page here.
        Barb

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