India and I visited the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali. It will be the first and last time we ever visit a monkey forest!
The monkeys were really aggressive. They jumped on you and tried to steal your things. One of them stole India’s hand sanitizer that was hanging on the side of her purse. Later one of them tried to steal her shopping bag but instead tore it open spilling the contents on the ground. We were traumatized and had to be escorted out of the park by security!
Now I know what my mother meant when she said someone was “acting a monkey!” They were wild and crazy.
I did not have monkeys in mind when I made my quilt You Drive Me Crazy, but these monkeys did drive me to drink! India and I left the forest and found a bar.
When was the last time you did something for the very first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember #bali #monkeyforest. #gonnaseetheworld
Today India and I visited a coffee farm. This farm sells the famous Kopi Luwak, coffee made from cat poop.
Yes, I had a cup, and bought some to take home. Apparently it has many medicinal qualities.
We tested many other varieties of tea and coffee and learned a lot about how the beans are grown and harvested, but cat poop coffee was the star of the show. I did not have cat poop in mind when I made my quilt I Love Strong Coffee, but it seems to fit the experience
When was the last time you did something for the very first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember #brantleysinbali #alifeofsimpleabundance
WARM QUILT WEDNESDAY! Quilts featured on Wednesday are large enough to cuddle up under. No small wallhangings on Wednesday.
Joyful Journey is my ode to travel and a good life. It is made from African fabrics I collected over many years. Since I recently returned home from an amazing trip to Niagara Falls, I feel especially connected to this quilt.
I enjoyed my journey. #ovbrantleyquiltstudio #niagarafalls #enjoythejourney #alifeofsimpleabundance #joyandgratitude #africanquilt
We lost our beloved Justin last year. We buried him wrapped in his quilt in the backyard within view of my kitchen window. Justin loved quilts, and he always had one that he dragged everywhere he went. Sometimes he would leave his quilt in the yard and forget where he left it. India or I would, of course, have to mount a search for Justin’s quilt.
Justin was my constant companion while I quilted, but he preferred finished quilts — and tummy rubs.
When I saw Garden Art For the Soul online, I knew it was the perfect marker for Justin’s grave. I don’t really have a garden anyway. I fell in love with this piece for obvious reasons, but they have several beautiful pieces.
So today, I took a quiet moment to remember my fur grandson, and I placed this beautiful piece of art at his gravesite. I know he loves it. #ovsoctober #justinbrantley #alifeofsimpleabundance #gardenartforthesoul
Today I had time to reflect on what I learned at the International Municipal Law Association (IMLA) annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Canada. Because it is an international conference, the most important thing you learn is that there is more than one way to solve a problem. What works for one jurisdiction may not work for another.
For me, the lesson learned is to be authentic. Be You.
Whether lawyering or quilting, being authentic is a good lesson to learn. #ovsoctober #imla #beyou #niagarafalls