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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dedication of the Veterans Memorial at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

 Wednesday June 14th @ 10:00
This has been a big project that has gone on for a long time from the planning to completion.
There was so much to do.
Last minuet preparations now.
Many of the trees in the mountains have been dying.  It has been very sad to see this happening because of the beetles.  But the Griswold Mountain Detachment 1121, Marine Corps League, have made good use of the chips.. This is all in preparation for the Dedication of the Veterans Memorial at Ahwahnee Hills regional Park on June 14th. This area started out with just the one 40 ft. pole with the POW and American Flag.. the area will now have the 5 Service Flags on separate poles,  5 benches, and wheel chair access.  This project has been a hands on for many in the community, thru donations, and sweat labor,  and the generosity of Companies, Service Groups, Boy Scouts, just too many to make note here... However, be sure to come by for the Dedication, or stop by if you are in town. It is just 5 miles out of Oakhurst on the way to Mariposa on  Highway 49.
Yes, I will add a photo when it is completed, and if I remember during the Dedication.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017 Celebrate with Friends and Remember

Yesterday we were working again at the Memorial at Ahwahnee Park, Calif. Hubby had given me a set of lenses that could be clipped on to an I pad or I phone. This is with the I phone. I don't know how I would get the whole circle.. But it is interesting.

Hope everyone is celebrating and remembering all those that gave their all, so we can enjoy our Freedom. We have an amazing country, and we are blessed to live here.

The Dedication of this Veterans Memorial will be Flag Day, Wed. June 14th. Everyone is invited, and suggest bringing your own chair and head cover. It will probably be hot. We will have some pop up tents available. Starting time is 10 AM.  please come early so that you can be seated at the time it starts.

We still have items that need doing. The Tiger grass for the center should start next week, Electrical should be finished, although the Service Flags have their own solar light. Some tractor work is needed.  Wood chips are being donated, and those need to be spread after  grading is completed..

 Grass cutting so people can park their vehicles. Since my hubby is the point person. I go to bed worrying about the due dates and completions. Many of men from the Griswold Mountain Detachment 1121,Marine Corps League, Oakhurst have spent a lot of time working at the location, spraying weeds, clearing rocks, laying and staining cement with the Clampers and putting the benches together.  The Boy Scouts have donated 4 benches to the projects. They also learned to lay cement and build the benches.  So many people, Service Clubs, and Company's have donated time and work for this project. This is a lovely spot to just sit and relax, remember or just enjoy the nature of the area.

When we were there yesterday, several people drove into the park, because they saw the flags flying.
They are delighted to see the new Veterans Memorial in the park.

Have a wonderful day with your family and friends.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

SIerra Mountain Quilt Guild... Oakhurst Ca.

My friend Diane Ward, was busy yesterday helping set up her display at Sierra Mountain Quilt Guild Show in Oakhurst at the Community Center.  Be sure to stop in and say hi, and see all the gorgeous quilts.  Of course, we have Venders, and lots of places to shop... and food, naturally. So much more.

SMQA has a Quilt Show every 2 years, and this is the first time in a long time we have been in town to attend... oh, yes I do have a few small pieces in the show also.. I work all day (10-4) tomorrow Sunday, so hope to see you!  Be sure to take a look at the Opportunity Quilt, a ticket will be picked Sunday .. I gave out all my postcards to I don't even have a photo... but believe me, I am going to buy more tickets tomorrow. All goes to a good cause, we make many people happy with the quilts that are given away during the year.. and too much more to add.  Moneys also is used to bring teaching speakers to the meetings, for us to learn new techniques.  We welcome new and experienced ladies and gentleman to our  first of the month Thurs. evening  guild meetings. 




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sitting Timberline Gallery today.. Wed.

 A wall at Timberline Gallery,, My fiber piece Reflections. Hand dyed whole cloth in the center, Stenciled leaves and Machine Quilted.
To the left is a sculpture by Chris Sorenson, Pelican. Below my fiber piece, is a Giclee by Zygmund Zee, named Abandoned and at the bottom is a gourd by Gretchen Lee, Seasons of a Dogwood.
Timberline Gallery, has a large assortment of art work, we just changed out the gallery with new pieces. I could list all that we have but want you to come in and see for yourself. 

It is a beautiful clear day in Oakhurst, cool breeze, few fluffy clouds,  a perfect day to explore galleries and enjoy some of our local restaurants. Stop on by, open 10-5 every day..

Each artist works the gallery at least once a month, check out our Web page to find your favorite artist and when they would be sitting the gallery.  Stop by and visit. Learn how an artist approaches their type of art.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Yosemite Western Arts Exhibit at Circle Gallery- Reception

I have a small fiber piece in the Yosemite Western Arts exhibit. The exhibit was initially in Oakhurst, and now is at the Circle Gallery in Madera... I have a previous commitment, so I can not attend the opening.  Sure hope you can. Amazing artistry! I am an artist with the gallery, and displaying, hand dyed scarves, a gourd, and a small wall piece besides the entry into the show.

Great opportunity to meet the artists. Madera Gallery is known for wonderful Receptions with yummies to munch on.
Address: 1653 N Schnoor Ave #13, Madera, Ca.  www.Maderaarts.org. 



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lavendar and Jelly - Sunday at the Goddess Festival

Well, Sunday, I took my hubby to the Goddess Festival after Breakfast.  We walked around and looked at all the booths.  He does like doing that and asking questions about the artists work.. We met a man with Indian background that had the most beautiful paintings.  My hubby loves Eagles. We have had some interesting experiences with them. We discussed technique and he paints with an air brush.. they are beautiful, sorry did not get his card... Just wish we had some wall left in the house. Oh, yes, we are that point of not down sizing but clearing and organizing... more about that some other day.

This was a play day.. I asked where the Lavender Lady's Booth was and delighted to know she was there. She will also be at the Farmer's Market in Oakhurst on Thurs. evenings..

All right, yes, I bought some delicious Jam. The suggestion was to use the Spicy Lavender Apricot Jam on pork or chicken... First thing I did when we got home, defrost the pork... Oh, yes, very good!!! Next will try it on chicken, just the right amount of Spice.  The other jam we bought was Lavender, White Peach Jam.  So good for breakfast! Or a snack during the day on a cracker. Need a bigger jar.
In the same booth, Fantasy Oaks, Lavender soaps & Bamboo & Sugar Cane,, Goat Milk Soap.  They will be sharing a booth together at the Farmer's Market on Thurs. Evenings. Don't miss them.



Goddess in the Garden, and my Writer Friends!

I really should have taken more photos, but maybe you will put it on your list for visiting Goddess in the Garden next year in Coarsegold -Ca.
Many of my friends were in attendance, Jewelry Artists, Singers, Lavender Jams ; Jellies, Psychic Readers.. And yes, there were lots of men and women walking around and enjoying.. Of course, I did not list all, like music, fantastic looking tents, ladies all dressed up and lots to buy.
My focus was on my writer friends. I never sit around and chat, and I was invited to sit with them for awhile on Saturday.  What fun to see these amazing ladies talking about their books.  You have met my friend Vicki Thomas, who is writing a series, about a young boy and his very special experiences in the Mystical Forest. The Long Dark Cloak- She is an amazing artist also, painting the cover for the book.
This is a photo at the book signing. 
Vicki and Sandra Masters, Sandra is the writer of The Duke Series, and many more books. She has a Facebook, so look her up.  These are Spicy Romance books..   covers are pretty seductive.
Cora Ramos, was showing her books and telling about being a writer. On the card that she gave, "Dance the Dream Awake", she mentioned that she also writes Spicy books. Krista Lynn is the lady with the beautiful Indian Necklace, and she writes about Supernatural, Romance Suspense.  "The Canyon Series". She is also a Graphic Designer.  Wow, these ladies do it all.. Amazing.

They are doing book tours all over, so am sure you can find out where they will be next.. I can give you one clue, the Christmas Boutique in Yosemite Lakes Park. Get there early for parking close, always busy... But if you don't want to wait, Try Amazon, or check for their Facebook's and get on their list of new books coming out.  Lots to chose from.




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Yosemite Western Artists. Reception Sat. April 22.

Hope you can make it.. I have a little piece in this exhibit. Should be a fun time. Both Timberline and new Gallery 5 will be open with a variety of art, from the Contemporary to the Traditional. With a Special exhibit at Timberline by Photographer Wendy Denton.  Both galleries will be open every day, 10-5. Hope to see you there.  
Suns up, make it a great day!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter is right around the corner.

Timberline Gallery, well you all know about it, and that we have some fantastic artists. There is a YWA exhibition coming up,  and a quilt show in May.. Have my entries ready to go.. 

But, if you are looking for a gift to bring to a holiday gathering, be sure to check out the variety that we have to offer.. From beautiful wall art, to our little gift gallery, full  of inviting new surprises. Tourists are starting to come in, so do check us out before they take their new prizes home away from the mountains.. As you know all of our art is by artists that are local..  The painting above is a watercolor, and we have a new artist that paints with Alcohol Inks. Bright and beautiful..
Or you can pick up one of my hand dyed scarves to be bright and beautiful for summer. Too much more to tell at this time.
Gathered some small entries for the quilt show... if you want to see them in person. Mark your calendar for May 20th and 21st.    Check out Sierra Mountain Quilters web site.

My break is over and back to cleaning,, at least it is warming up and I can wash down the patios.
Hope you are having fun in your quilt studio, or art studio, or yard work,, you know what I mean. Make it a great day!!!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Taking a few moments from vacuuming.

Our gathering of "animals" at the pond. A Flamingo is the newest arrival..  but the raft with  the gorilla is sinking... look out, fish below!  The plastic ducks are still floating around, no big waves.  But as the sun shines more and there is less rain our "pond" is shrinking.
 
It sure is fun to have residents with humor on our road. Another rain is scheduled for later in the week. So everyone is busy spraying or weeding.  Riding mowers are the sound in the distance, clearing of weeds on the road way, trimming of tree limbs to prevent fires.  It is wonderful to have beautiful new growth and green trees. .but the weeds that I need to pull seem to be growing to the sky.  The beautiful wild flowers peek between the weeds.. I want the pinks and purple of the wild flowers, so hand pulling is the only way to save the flowering plants.   I can't see any of the beautiful
orange poppy plants we had in the overflow of the river.. They must have washed down stream during the storm... so sad. Hope they settle and sprout again to make someone smile. Looking to see if any have come down stream for us to enjoy... I guess they start out small, the ones we had had grown into bushes.. so beautiful.. How is your spring season coming along.. quilting?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

It is in France!

I was going thru some paper work and decided to check out where the Personal App Exhibit  is  now.
I found out, it is in France.. I think this piece will have more miles then I have gone recently.

What fun, don't you just wish quilts could talk and tell us all about their travels, who they saw, the comments, well maybe not all the comments. 

It is cold and rainy out today.. Glad we went to the Best of the Valley Show in Lindsay, yesterday. Although there was a time on the freeway where it was hard to see for the rain.  Lindsay is several hours drive from us. But hubby and I went then stopped for lunch and ran the usual errands in Fresno.

Beautiful show, fantastic quilts, venders, that I know. So that made it fun also. We saw my friend Cathy from YoYo's with her daughter Sandy.. Wonder if they bought anything? Her husband is making an amazing quilt, large and it will be all hand quilted... I hope next year he enters it in this quilt show.. I hate to tell ages, but he is over 80.. When he finishes it I want to show it on my blog, or maybe before, need to have her send me a photo of him working on it.. 
I would not tackle a quilting project that size, let along hand quilt it.. 
Enjoy the sun where ever you are!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Finally, some work in the Yard & Fun on River Knolls

The wind was not blowing this morning, so good time to get some yard art painted.. I sprayed with Rustoleum.  Hope it helps.. Found the metal quilt blocks at the Tractor store on Sale.. they really needed some touching up. Trying to decide, do I hang them on the gate or on the house, the barn doors to the studio... Although the plan is to paint the doors red also.. So maybe better on the gate.



At the corner of River Knolls and 415 highway, near the mail boxes, there is a little pond. Only in the winter.  But we have some fun loving inhabitants on our road.
This little to monkey was placed with his raft.
Ducky on the rock, "now where is my buddy?

There it is with family on a raft. On the rocks around the area sit, a plastic lizard, and a snake.
We have a very funny and decorative entry.. Hope you enjoy it also.

 
Love the reflection of our newspaper containers.
 




Thursday, March 30, 2017

THe Quilted Heart Book by Mona Hodgson

I want  to thank Bea Lee for offering this book on her blog and I won!
www.beaquilter.com

I am usually a Kindle person, but decided to join on Bea's and Mona's give away... Thank you to Mona Hodgson for sending your signed book... I am sure I will enjoy it..   She has written many other books. Check them out on Amazon.  Love receiving gifts in the mail.  Happy Reading!.

Wow, posting twice in one day.. Lots happening.. Taxes are done, 1 piece done for a show,, my list is going down, and tomorrow will think  of a dozen more to do... Happy Quilting!


Northern Calif. Quilt Council, Mountain Picnic -

This is one block from a pattern that my friend Kathy and I put together for a class at the SMQA guild in Oakhurst.   The gathering of NCQC is coming up in April and we will not be able to attend.

I have put together a simple notice that they can hand out to guilds that day. .Hope you will pick one up and contact me regarding a Presentation and Class.  The basket, has buttons, beads and embroidery.
My plan is to make a table runner with English Paper Piecing with Scraps, seems to be all the rage. And there is a second benefit. Clearing out some scraps with a goal in mind.
If you can not read this, you can contact me by leaving a message, at vivianhelena@sti.net.
Look forward to chatting with you...


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This and That, Agave still growing towards the sky

Friends keep saying it will flower, it is now about 4 ft tall not counting the plant its self.  It is hard to judge the height, but up it goes.. We have had rain, then sun. Not like some of the quilters I follow who are still deep in snow and cold winds.. The winds have been cold, but not like many of the quilters who are "stuck" to their quilting machines.  Ha, Stuck.. sure..
 I did finish a piece yesterday, and there is a story behind it... Interested?  Please check in soon...

Need to finish  flyers for NCQC and get that in the mail. We can't attend this year . Would love to do some Presentations/ Trunk Shows, and classes in Calif. scheduling, after June..   So if you belong to a guild, I will be posting some info, as soon as I finish the updated announcement. 
Happy Quilting.
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