as you can see, i've been continuing to stitch. i love all of that boro stitching i'm seeing around and i've been experimenting with it on leather. stitching on leather like this is hard and painful on the fingers. this leather was kind of thin, so i didn't make any holes first. i just went at with a really sharp needle. i wanted it to look rough and not too perfect. i think i achieved that. i'm working on a pair of jeans now...much easier.
it's been a crazy month of road trips. i figured out the mileage...in one month we drove roughly 2800 miles. up to NY to leave our daughter at the Pratt Institute, then home. then back to NY to pick her up. then to Richmond to drop her off with our other daughter for a few days. then back home. then back to Richmond to pick them both up. then home again. no wonder my neck hurts. but, i am getting really good at passing the big trucks...something i used to be scared of.
my daughter mostly enjoyed her time at Pratt. she earned several college credits and has begun to get her portfolio together. she learned a lot about painting and also a lot about some other things...an interesting bit of education to be sure. in case you're thinking that she's spoiled or something...i have to tell you that she paid for the entire thing herself, right down to the pricey painting supplies that were required. many, many hours of working...i'm so very proud of her. she came home inspired and with masterpieces and the beginnnings of masterpieces. i believe in the power of art so much, that i was willing to drive all of those miles for her to experience that.
i hope to be able to relax a bit for a few days, enjoy the sunny weather and get back to creating. one thing about all that driving...it gave me a lot of time to think. i have some amazing ideas that i can't wait to try out. i do have a few more road trips planned for later this month. a college visit...my twins are seniors now (which is really hard to believe) and then i'll be taking my oldest back to college. she is going to turn 20 this week (even harder to believe). time just flies on by, doesn't it?
hope you are enjoying your summer...