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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving,  It is a frosty morning here in the mountains, but the snow did not get down to where we live, just the frost.  It has all melted while I cook the turkey, and goodies for Dinner this afternoon. Even the cats have shared a bit of the cooked gizzards.  Friends are stopping in later.

So many have listed all that they are grateful for this year and past years.. Health seem to be at the top of the list, with out that we can not enjoy every day comforts. So may you have a healthy, prosperous Thanksgiving day. Big hugs to share with everyone.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cleaning out cupboards, FUN? What is this?

No, cleaning out it not fun.. I had to because I saw water coming from under a large cabinet in the "garage" / studio.  It is one that I keep canned goods, and odds and ends.. thought it was the connection to the refrigerator, and panicked when I saw the water seeping under the wall board etc.

I started to take the items out of the large cupboard and found that an old bottle of water had sprung a leak. Oh, thank goodness, cancel the call to the plumber... It was this water bottle leaking. So I proceeded to clear out and see what I had in that area. 

Among, many empty bottles for dyeing or grease, checking the date on some canned veggies etc. I found an old scale from Weight Watchers (toss), and this metal can with the insert above. 
I have no idea what it is for.. would it work for dyeing fabric in some way?  How could I re- purpose 
it?  Anyone know what it is supposed to be used for?.. I am not much of a cook with lots of utensil's so if anyone knows, great. 
Would love to hear the real use, and ideas for art use.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sitting Timberline Gallery today.

I posted several photos (on Facebook)of various art pieces in Timberline today.. But then thought why not write a short blog also.. Timberline is now on Winter Hours, which means we are open from 10-4.

The Gallery has been rehung and is looking fantastic.  As I  mentioned I posted some photos on Facebook, with  written comments, but when I checked it, they had put all the photos together, and I had to click on them to see what I wrote... I will have to check when I get home if it looks that way on Ralph's computer. If so, just click on the photo and the dialogue comes up. They keep changing things with out telling and I never know what is going to happen next.

The above photo is of the Angel Garden Stakes I painted. All the Halloween Stakes were sold during Art Trails.  I love to see the little Angels covering up some old yard stakes, and have some in pots with the flowers growing around them. 

Guess I need to make a few for the Thanksgiving celebration. Angels are year round, not just for the holidays.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Day of the Dead Celebrations.

I might have shown this before, but it was probably a year ago. I love making these little mixed media fiber wall hangings.  Pieced, applique, fused, quilted, beading, small buttons and little skulls along the base.
It is 10" in wide x 24" long. Hand dyed fabric and commercial fabrics.  It is for sale for $350.00.
Hope you all have a wonderful celebration. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Baby quilt for Gavin

It has been years since I made a baby quilt.  I made a pillow first and then had time to complete this Modern Quilt for Gavin, our great gran.  His mom Jade, has chosen the room theme to be little duckies. I lucked out and found some Ducky fabric. I completed it at PB camp.
Gavin is enjoying looking at all the colors and can find his toys on the open white sections.

I forgot to take a photo of the pillow. Lots of fun, no pattern just simple ideas, and quilted with variegated thread.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Colorful Cauliflower, Madera Arts Ag Show.

On top of everything the Reception for the Ag Art Show at Madera Circle Gallery was the day before Judy Andes and I had to install our art work for Sierra Art Trails.
I put 2 pieces in the Show, one gourd, and this piece called "Colorful Cauliflower."
Several months ago Ralph and I were at Kaiser Hosp. for a Dr. appoint. It was the same day they have their weekly Veggie Market. I was so impressed with the many colors of cauliflower that I took several photos. Then I printed the photo on fabric after changing it in a Waterlogue App.  Used my hand dyes for the border, and painted a Gallery Canvas with a purplish acrylic paint. I always enclose the back with black felt. 

Ralph had a Dr. appoint. that day for a recheck on the surgery on his shoulder.  We were tired but really wanted to attend the Reception. Some days end with a wonderful award.
When entering an art show with mixed media art, one never knows what will happen. So I am delighted to be included and have a fiber piece given an Honorable Mention. We were all given  beautiful looking certificates printed by the Calif. State Legislature, and signed by Frank Bigelow our District 5 Assembly-member.
We were very happy that we went. It was a lovely reception with music, munchies and an excellent attendance. I did not take any photos because I was more concerned about keeping Ralph's arm from getting bumped in the crowd.

All the Ag entries are still at Circle Gallery in Madera, Ca. and most are for sale.  There is some amazing art and well worth stopping in to see all the different styles. I think every entry is a winner. Madera Circle Gallery is not open every day, so check out the hours on Facebook or their web site.

My plan is to get back to writing my blogs, with all that was going on I really missed sharing with friends and hearing from you. 

I did something crazy, but will tell about that later on,, maybe next week.. now, to clean out the studio!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sierra Art Trails starts Oct. 2,

Usually I am very organized and everything for Trails is in order by this date.

But with Ralph's Shoulder surgery this last Fri.. Everything has turned into a scramble.
PT for his arm, Dr. appoint., meals etc... that I could just pass off before and leave for him to handle, and somethings I still want to make special for Trails are still on my to do list. But there will be lots to see. Judy has some marvelous Pastels she is excited to show, and I have several new pieces to share with you also.

Be sure to come by, we are easy to find, just below the Casino on Hwy 41. Watch for our signs.  I will be having a sale of some items also.. Special for the Christmas Holidays..
At this time of the year we have a chance to see friends that have been elusive during the year, and we love the surprise visits..

Judy and I are trying to think of projects we can be working on at the time of your visit. Lots to get ready.
Docents will be available to show you the Historic Adobe that has been refurbished and answer any questions.  

Bring your lunch and enjoy a break sitting at the picnic tables under the oaks..
We look forward to seeing you and meeting new friends.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Banana Split Party

Our Neighbor Al making a special treat for me. This all started with my husband, Ralph. He is addicted to Banana Splits.
Al used to work at the local Indian Casino, and he would make the Banana Split for him.  Did not matter if it was breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Casino has been closed for some time, and will open soon. But since Ralph is having some surgery on his right arm, he wanted to have a party with lots of ice cream at our house.
We had all the necessary ingredients. Al was a wonderful sport and he was the surprise of the evening, even answered the door for our guests.  We had a table full of guests and loads of Ice Cream and all the goodies that go with them.. We made a list of all the ingredients that our friends wanted, even to the Marshmallow Fluff.  I won't bore you with all the photos.

Hats off to a very fun evening. Thank you to all our friends for a fun, silly evening.
Ralph is doing well after shoulder Surgery, but I am tired!

 If you are looking for great shaped bowls for Banana Splits, we bought ours at the Dollar Store in Oakhurst.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Rough Fire / Rain

I had to share this fantastic photo of the Rough Fire and our amazing Firemen.   As I type this there is a patter on our roof.  It is rain! We really need the rain, all the rain that is falling. 

But wouldn't you know it,  I washed rugs and hung them outside, that it would be rain!
Maybe I should put the rugs in the washer more often!
Smells so good out side. I need to put the car out there also..
Hope you have a rainy day where you are  in Calif. 
Blessing to those who have lost so very much with the fires.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sierra Art Trails Gala Reception is THIS Saturday

Do you have your catalog in hand? You can always buy one at the Gala Reception this Sat. September 12. Starting at 4, and going through till 9PM.
Art, Music, Great munchies, wonderful conversation, artists, art lovers, meet them all.
40982 Hwy.41, Oakhurst, Ca. -559-658-8844

This is always a fun get together, meeting locals, visitors from all over, and oh, yes, the artists.
Look at all the art and check the artists location in your catalog, and be ready to set up your Art Trail for Oct. 2,3,4.  Three Fun Filled Days in the Mountains.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Madera Ag Art Show, at Madera Circle Gallery.

Lately seems like I am posting many posters, lots going on at this time of year.  Even the heat is going up again. So come to cool places. This year I have 2 pieces in the Ag Show. That is exciting and I am so honored! 
Soon I will be posting the poster and telling about Sierra Art Trails, so stick with me, this is a crazy time of the month. Busy on all fronts, and great fun. 
Ok, the house and the yard have to wait, just as well, the fires in the mountains are still sending lots of smoke our way, so very hazy still.   Hope it is clear where you are.

If you are in our area, we are safe and busy.. Be sure to stop in at these wonderful opportunities for entertainment.. 

Marine Corp, supports Scholarships.

It's that time of year again, to support the qualified graduating seniors with a fund raiser for when they go to College. This is a one time special presentation by and at the Golden Chain Theater. So come join the fun, we are almost sold out, and we like a full house.  These actors, dancers, and staff have been working for weeks on this one time special, so support your community and enjoy  with neighbors and friends.  For additional info Sierra News Online, or give a call to Jim Winney, number on the poster.  This Friday, September 11th. 

Golden Chain Theater- Odd Couple

As most of you know we live in the rolling hills, on the way to Yosemite National Park. Neither Oakhurst or Coarsegold are much to look at when driving thru, but we have some hidden treasures.

The Golden Chain Theater being one of them.. It is located just above Oakhurst.  Guess I should have looked up some details to give you history about the theater, but I didn't.  The Theater has been known for it's Melodramas, Can Can dancing and generally fun entertainment,  pop corn, hot dogs, sodas, and drinks etc.
They are changing their venue a bit now, offering some more serious plays, and musicals. They are also offering Season Tickets. Ralph and I went with my P.E.O. Chapter, to the last Sunday afternoon, of the Odd Couple, the Female Version, By Neil Simon. It was very funny and enjoyed the afternoon, in the cool theater. 

Our Chapter is also planning to see Fiddler on the Roof in November 7.

Their Web site is http:www.goldenchaintheatre.org , they are also on Facebook or the phone # 559-683-7112

Thursday, September 3, 2015

EBHQ Opportunity Quilts March 2016

It seems like just a few days ago, I was planning on what to bring to camp. And now I am home unpacking the unfinished projects, needles, pins,etc.  But I still have Point B and my quilt friends in my mind. We are  sending emails back and forth and checking in on Facebook.  Along with the silly photos that were taken.
No, the quilts you are seeing are not any of mine, the two above are close ups of the East Bay Heritage Quilters Quilt Opportunity Quilts. They have  Two amazing quilts.

Voices in Cloth is 2016, they are starting early to sell tickets for these quilts, and I have purchased mine. 
I wanted to let you know you can contact at EBHQVoicesInCloth@gmail.com, plan to attend, there will be 400 quilts and I hear that you will be overwhelmed with the quilts,venders etc. and the location is amazing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What a year this has been, Onward. Postmarkd'art, Fabric Postcards.

A Story- Postmarkd'art

I started making Fabric Postcards in about 2006, it has been a wonderful time of meeting the most amazing ladies.  The postcards have traveled all around the world.  My e friend Franki Kohler wrote a book, Fun Fast & Easy, Fabric Postcards, about how to make fabric postcards and at that time and since, more articles have been written. Don't want to forget Bonnie Sobel and Louii-Philippe O'Donnell with their book Positively Postcards,through That Patchwork Place.
Judi Warren wrote a book also, but way before the wild fun, Fabric Postcards, 1993, with the American Quilters Society.  All the books are amazing and very different. I think the email and internet was a big boost to the activities.  Many of my e-friends are in Aussie Land, New Z, England, and Europe. Some turn out to be almost next door in the U.S.A.   I have 13 white binders full of the amazing cards. Have even had some hanging in art exhibitions, quilt shows and others have been sold or commissioned. 

Fabric Postcards have been a great project for our YoYo group, some are silly, others are really works of art. These cards have brought a smile to sad faces, laughter at difficult times, and admiration for the beauty they contain. 
This year I am going to pass on making fabric postcards. I do it with a heavy heart and hope that I can continue keeping in touch with many of these wonderful ladies. 

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