A piece a Week – Spring Forward in a Japanese Silk Shift Dress

I am off to Portland this weekend to visit my friends and to go to visit an art exhibit at the Portland Art Museum – Italian Style, Fashion since 1945. And as it is just me going on a weekend away, this week has been so busy with lots of happenings, maybe just too much! Mama has to work hard for some time off with friends and cocktails 🙂
The clocks went forward on Saturday night and it sucked getting up early on Monday at 6am as it is dark and cold. I was just enjoying getting up early and watching the sun rise but now no dice 😦 So with an early morning and a busy Monday – Exercise, Creative Advice Meeting with a friend at the library, Lunch at Chef Chu’s with the exercise ladies and errands I was beat. On top of all that my husband and son were off on a school field trip to Sacramento by train. With the inspiration of a lunch date I wanted to make a new dress (as you can never have enough dresses in your closet!!) I found this Japanese silk fabric I had been saving forever, I cannot even remember where it came from but I dearly love it. I found a dress pattern with pockets in the front that I enjoy making and is very versatile so I used that and came up with this cute, short shift dress. I wore a lemon vintage cardi as it was chilly and ombre tights with mary jane heels. It is always fun to get dressed up especially for a 3 hour weekday lunch with vino!
Japanese silk shift with beads from Prague
At Chef Chu’s – the outfit after a couple of glasses of wine
Lunch was pretty amazing and presented beautifully! We somehow manage to always visit Chef Chu around Chinese New Year and it is such a pleasure to enjoy the food, tea, wine and friends. Chatting to someone new each year and sharing common interests is fun in a class of around 40 plus ladies. 
The appetizer – shrimp with a lotus root chip in a martini glass!

Deep fried Rock Cod

I loved my fortune from dessert
This one thing I love about spring and that is the smell of flowers – imagine the scent of jasmine in this picture, ahhhh!
Going back to Sunday we celebrated Holi with some friends of ours – unfortunately we got there late and caught the tail end but lucky there was still color ready to be cover everything! I loved the effect of all the colors mingling together, what a beautiful way to celebrate spring!

Hey who did that?? There is pink all over my face!!
So with the boys out of town we had another field trip with the younger grades to Deer Hollow Farm – this has to be my favorite field trip for 1st grade! This trip focuses on animals and products. The meat side of things is something I do not really appreciate but the fibre and textile arts is my cup of tea! See this little lamb named Pepper she just made my day!! 
Baaa – what a cutie you are Pepper!!

Weaving strips of fabric after my knitting and crochet demonstration

And to top the day off I was not cooking for two we went out to sushi and dessert at Alexanders Patisserie. Any excuse to go to Alexanders, it has to be my favorite luxurious outing downtown. To sit and enjoy a cup of tea and an impeccable dessert is just heaven.

New to the line up – bon bons with a chocolate ganache inside (kind of like a Lindt ball)

White chocolate Mousse with a vanilla pod, heavenly

Arts Focus 2013 – what a wonderful Art Show

I volunteer at my children’s school for the Arts Focus program to help out with teaching the children Textiles (Sewing). We have a class of 27 Kinder through 5th grade children and give them needles, scissors, fabric and thread and they truly enjoy themselves. At the end of our 6 week Arts session we then have an exhibition of works on display at City Hall. This year I took time out to check it out when I could absorb the pieces on display and I was so blown away with what the children had created. I love the Arts Focus program as you can really see the children shine when experimenting with art in it’s many mediums. There are 14 classes on campus on a Thursday morning that inlclude 3D, Animation, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Global Beat, Materials, Paper, Musical Theater, Physical Theater, Photography, Textiles (sewing), Textiles (Weaving and Dyeing) and Video. Whew that is a lot of parents on campus and what an amazing feeling it is to have such a community of parent volunteers ready to help out in the arts – yay! 
A marbling piece from the Printmaking class

My daughter embroidered ‘H’ on the group quilt for the Sewing class

Projects from the Sewing class include felt toys, fabric collage, pillows and pipe cleaner dolls

More Sewing projects include hats and tassels

From the Textiles (Weaving and Dyeing) class

Wheel work from the ceramics class

Mask from the Global Beats class

Papel Picado from the Paper class