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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vicki Thomas, friend, artist and writer

I met Vicki eons ago, she is a member of the Yosemite Western Artists and many other organizations. She is a part of Sierra Art Trails, the  mountain tour of Arts Studios the first week-end in Oct.

Vicki has written a wonderful book for kids. 

Talk about a true artist in all senses. Artist and writer, what an amazing combination. I don't know how she finds the time, better organized than I am.

She will be signing books at Branches Book Store this coming Saturday March 25th.  from 1-3.  This is so exciting for me. I love seeing friends grow and create. She is an amazing lady, artist and friend.
Be sure to stop by Branches, it is located in the Von's Shopping Center in Oakhurst.

PS, she is working on her second book.. So start buying the series now, makes a great gift.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hey, Chicks

Our Granddaughter and family are growing, yup baby chicks have arrived.  Early! so now they live in the bathroom tub, under lights.
Soon they will have a home of their own, the chicken house is in process.  Our Great Grandson Gavin, will learn a lot about the life of Chickens.  Ordered Ameraucana, Splash Silkie,  2 Silver Laced Wyandotte. And several more, I am looking forward to seeing how they grow, and what they look like.
I have wanted Chickens, but our cats are older, and I am sure they would just love "chicken".  and we also have our hands full with the llamas, and clearing the fields from the rains that brought all sorts of things down river.
Happy Saint. Pats Day...  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Items for Timberline Gallery, coming this week-end.

Composition book covers, it was a busy day, and I enjoyed being in the studio all day!  

 Great books to write recipes in , who writes down recipes these days, but maybe could use for a daily journal,, or nice for a gift..

This one is sold.... thank you. . These  composition books are all quilted and comfy to hold. Great for sitting out on a sunny porch, with a little glass of something, writing about your dreams and thoughts.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1, something new

I Pad class with Susie Monday.  Probably not her best student by a long shot, but having fun with Apps on my Ipad.  And it is colorful.
Talk about a contrast in work, bright and colorful. Then a more pensive piece. Not sure what I will call it," Memories", of what, when?  This will hang in Timberline Gallery after the 6th of March.  We will be changing out Timberline Gallery, and lots of new art will be brought in and hung.. Please stop by if you are in town. We are open from 10-4.

 Yesterday, I took some pieces to the Madera Arts Gallery, their Reception is Thurs. March 2. Goodies and wine will be served.. I have another commitment with the quilt guild that night, hope you can drop by, should be lots of fun. 

River is down a bit, and might walk down that way.. Sun is shining, and the studio beckons.  Make it a bright sunny day where you are and enjoy.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fresno River Rises and Falls.

We live in beautiful area of Central Calif. They say we have been in a drought for many years. The last time we had a rain like this was 1997. Just before we moved up here.. Thankfully, our house is not in any danger, but we have some land which we call the island. This is just a part of it, and most of it has been underwater for weeks.
At some time in the past, a neighbor that has land about 1/2 a mile from us, off the dirt road, put a cargo container on the side of the road.  The river came up, and swept up the container, and carried it about 4 miles down the river, until it settled on rocks.
It is pretty amazing to see what water can do.. We are fortunate, we live in hilly ground and water flows down and so the water to Hensley Lake. Many miles from us... Wonder if we had a boat we could scoop up all the wood we had stacked for our fireplace, that is now water soaked and in someone else's yard or floating in the lake.                      
However, most of our trees look like this all wrapped with wood, grasses, and wire from fencing. Much of it about 6 ft up the trunks.
As we watch T.V. and see the flooding in other areas of Calif. we feel very lucky to have our home high and dry.. We hope that no lives will be lost. Nature does it's thing and has a mind of it's own.
Good day for quilting.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2008 Valentine quilt.- Stash

I promised a full view of the quilt.. So very glad that I put a label on  this wall hanging.  I made it in 2008 and the plastic Hearts I attached were from the local Casino. That year they were taking free photos of people and their loves, and gave away the large plastic hearts.  I remember we had a buffet brunch and have a very nice photo of us to enjoy.  As you can see there are wonky stars, love to make these, squares I had collected but had not put with them to good use and  reduced of my red fabrics. 

I am looking at my stash. I see lots of ladies have wonderful ideas on what do to with small pieces of fabric.. I plan on making an I Spy quilt this year, so looking at some of the fabrics that would work well.  Started out with the animal box, cut out a few pieces and gave a bundle to the cuddle quilts.  Must do this when in the mood to separate emotions from fabric.. .that lasted till I got distracted.

Today it is supposed to rain again.  
The water has gone down a bit, and I will show photos of what is left of our "island" area in another blog.  All the green area is now full of sand and the llamas area closer to the house again because of the mud in their feed area..  More photos later.    Enjoy your day of quilting, the sound of rain and perhaps in your areas snow.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yes, it is Valentines..

I usually miss celebrations, I anticipate them, I sometimes plan for them, but then they pass too fast.
One year I made a Valentine wall hanging. Because someone gave me a couple of these hearts. Too cute to throw away. And what to do with them?..
Sew them on a quilt.
This is one of the blocks..
Maybe I should take a photo of the whole quilt? 

In the mean time have a fantastic time with Valentines Day and your special Valentine.
Hi hubby, the sun is shining, it is a beautiful day and I love you,
Happy Valentine.
yes, he gets my blogs on his computer!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Susie Monday's I pad class

I am taking an on line class from Susie Monday. She is in Texas.  And I must say she has all the patience needed for this class.. I am probably one of her worst students. Because I get frustrated when things do not go the way I think they should.. But I love the results and am determined. I think up things in my head and then have trouble putting them down with Apps. Lots to choose from. . However. this is great fun, and so much learning. 
Most of the time I switch between my PC computer, my I pad, where all the work gets done and if I get a bit crazy I email photos of the issue with my I phone. Isn't that just too much tech stuff for a lady that will be 75 this year! And then feel guilty because I am not in my studio making a quilt.
 However, bottom line, I could print this on fabric, or something on fabric, that is one of my goals. Here is Susie's web page, have fun looking at that.www.susiemonday.com
will try to write more on this topic, if there is an interest....  let me know...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In the Studio

Yoyo's, my art quilt ladies, have a retreat every year in Cayucos.. The 6 of us rent a house from Mon. thru Fri.  We have challenges, but some how most of us look past the rules.  And done is a good thing. I am staying home because my dear husband has shared his "Bronchial " cough with me. I decided to finish, Memories of Cayucos. And I received the entry for Best of the Valley Quilt Show
botvquilts.com/entry.html. It has been a long time since I had anything showing.  They do accept small quilts, so thought this was the perfect opportunity. 
While I was taking photos, my cat Peaches decided to check out what I was doing. 
I know fish aren't really in the sky, but had a design I wanted to put somewhere,, maybe they are flying fish? 
Now to finish the entry and get that in the mail!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My I phone holder

To start out with something changed and had to search how to get on my blog to add photos etc. I guess if you snooze you lose.  I got a new phone, the I phone 7 plus... truly I should have stayed with a flip phone, but.. one has to keep up with the new, even if it is mind boggling.  So with a new phone, and a new purse for winter. I had to  make a new container for my phone... Yes, I hang it from my neck and the newer ones are very light.. So some jeans material.
A little lining, upholstery material, 
And a stencil, bias tape, and Velcro to keep it closed and safe.. I just can not add something to my back pocket as the kids do with their phones,, also don't want to drop it in the toilet as some of my friends have done.  This way I can put it in my purse, or hang it around my neck and I know where it is. 
We have been busy, after the rains, lots to do with wood that has come down the river, mud where the llamas are, so straw had to be spread out, and we bought large pads to lay the Alfalfa on. That way it did not get muddy or wet, even though that area is covered...

Those pad are very heavy, took lots of tugging and pulling to get them in place, and it started to rain, and was muddier.  We really needed to take showers out side with all the mud on us.. but it was too cold...
Now we have bronchitis, hope everyone out there is well and enjoying their sewing. Will see what the next project is... Also taking an I pad class on line from Susie Monday.. so if you don't hear from me for a bit... you know where I am... deep in the I pad with art. I will post some of the fun.

Misty our brown llama says, Hi, with a mouth full of grain!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Zippers! Not again- Rain and River.

Hand dyed fabric, this was white on white with butter fly's. See how nice the designs come out when hand dyed.  Ok, first step, gluten for punishment.. try again.  I found a little purse I could copy. I thought.
I quilted the fabric, then put in the zipper, and then could not close it, pulled and tugged, then got my Rotary Cutter out... and cut it off.. dove into my Velcro mess.
Guess this needs sorting. But I found some.  AND
Finished!  It closes, keeps the change in and best of all Finished.  I think I need a class in Zippers!
Another day shot!  But I did disengage all the Velco, and wrapped them on a the cardboard inside of a  paper roll. PS, I watched  UTube, do you realize how much time that takes up!

It has been raining a lot up the in the mountains and here locally,

This is our lower field, Ralph is standing in an area that we  have to drive over to this other area of our land. The river is usually on the far side.  This is so different from the land one of our neighbors has further up the river, she has all rock and fantastic waterfalls.. we have mostly sand, with several, what we call islands.  Our house is up the hill behind where I took the photo, our only concern is that if the water rises, it washes out fencing for our llamas', that happened one year and we had to move the fencing away from the " creek" over run... or the water on this side. In the summer this is all dry.. hard to believe.  It is beautiful and a bit noisy right now.. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017, What did you do for New Years?

I had a craving for  "fresh" Crab. I looked up on the net how to clean and take a crab apart, and it turned out to be really easy.. a bit messy, but over the sink and trash can it worked out just fine. Suggestion after healthy medical reports is to eat more salmon, and I just threw in the baked potato. Can't be too healthy. Yummy!
Don't you just love this dish,, the set has all sorts of wonderful designs.. That would make a great quilt block.. Not my dishes, but had a wonderful brunch at a friends.
Yes, I finally made it into the studio.. found some fabric that I had stamped and printed on, and some coordinating hand dyes that I had in the stack. I really have a big stack. I wanted to make a
zipper pouch.. Now you would think it should just take a few min. well an hour.  But, I did not have directions, I did not want to cut the bag down, because I liked the fabric. It is about 12 in. X 4 in., lined with hand dyes also.. well it took me about 2 days.. Here is the reason: I have a handful of long zippers and I did not know if I could sew over the plastic zipper feet after I cut it..I  looked on my I pad for how to shorten zippers. I got all sorts of answers, but not what I was looking for. So after getting lots of ideas on how to shorten, how to make, what to call it, quilting instructions etc.. BY the way is does have some batting , and it is quilted. I got back in the studio and just did it.. Yes, I could sew over the zipper. Now, what can I use this for? Any suggestions?  Can you believe, I started out with the Idea to have a change purse.. What am I going to use this  one for?  too Big for my purse and small change.. think I will check out the Dollar Store for a small change purse.. but I really want a quilted one! Maybe next time I am in the studio.
How did your New Years go? Have fun, or fall asleep early! BY the way, is there anyone out there? Do  you have any suggestions for what you like to read in the New Year? PS, waiting for a roofer, any roofer at this point!  Just found a leak into the master bedroom, and think it is under the swamp cooler.. also, weather man says that it is supposed to rain for the next 10 days...!!! Help!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31, At Home in Coarsegold, Ca.

As I look out our windows at the changing weather, I am reminded of the beauty that is around us. How thankful we are for the gift of nature and it's beauty.. Just last month this area was about 6 ft. deep in water. For the moment the Fresno River is running just behind that tree with rain expected in the next few days. We have a front row seat to see the wild water running towards the lake below. We are in such need of water in Calif. The sad part is that it is all sent to the ocean and not kept for the agriculture in our area not to mention the building that is going on in the Valley. But that is for another time..
New Years is for Gratitude, for planning and for sharing. Yes, we all make New Years Resolutions, mine, top of the list, to stay healthy.  We had some challenges these last couple of years. The other is to do the things from last years list.. .Yes, I kept that list!  Silly me.
I started with the Studio,  or a part of it..
Now this mess can be looked at 2 ways.. 1. Creatively, as most everything is exposed. 2. Total insanity, and can't find a thing or it takes me twice as long.                   
Well, I started to clear it up, and realized I want more of the little stacking boxes.. that might help. But Joanne's is 40 miles away, onward.
Progress, I found the top of the table... So now for the "quilting" area.  I found the top of that table also and my cutting mat, then got side tracked with looking for a project I knew was somewhere.. I won't bore you with those photos, but I did take out two trash bags of project photos I know I will never do. Gone are the days of the fancy vests, and I have several that are finished in the closet that have not been worn in eons.
Our cats Mustache and Peaches like to sit on this arbor about 8 ft. high. Great for sun bathing and a wonderful look out spot. I like to think they are looking to the future 2017. Their life consists of eating, sleeping, and enjoying life, as I see to most of their needs.. they in turn share moments of purring, love, and limited hugs.
As humans, we look to the future in various ways, what is planned for the next year, what will I accomplish, have I committed myself to too many gatherings? Love, Friendship,  "And so it goes", to coin a phrase a dear Dutch Aunt once said." How will I make this year different from last year?"  I love to look at all some ladies  on line that accomplish so much with their quilting, art and life, so  motivating. They must have  more hours than I do, or maybe they have a maid.. Thankfully, I am older and have "retired", but I did those things when I worked full time also.. That is a thought, there must have been more hours in the day when I was younger.
Do you have that issue also?

Thank you for Sharing, and look forward to hearing from you in 2017.
Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas is closer, and my projects, well !

Merry Christmas!  
We were at the grocery and I saw beautiful Poinsettia plants. Since they don't grow in our area, frost etc. I thought this is my chance to take a photo and share
I love my IPad and need to take some classes.. but I changed the photo in Prisma App.
I know there are dozens of Apps with similar names so can't tell you which one, but there is a Triangle on the App.  So many choices and such fun.
We are trying to get wood in before the next rain. It has been cold and I won't light the fire till about 4. So it is layering time for clothes.
I did get into the studio to repair a flannel quilt that I love to lounge in at night, and dear friends sent lovely blue fluffy one last Christmas, that is so cozy also. 
Setting goals for next year, and planning to go to a 3 day quilt retreat here in the mountains, just to get something done and maybe the push that I need.. 
I saw a lovely week with nothing written in on the Calendar and made my list, HA, only some got done, but that is life. Some days we get lots done, and other times not so much, so relax and enjoy. 
Goal after all the turmoil with politics, is to take each day and enjoy it to the mostest....I know that is not a word, but it fits for now.. For those that are still stressing, smile, go with the flow, and let go of your anxiety, it might be better than you think..and enjoy your life, do for others as you can. Share positive, loving, caring thoughts. This is the Christmas Season, 2017 is coming and we need to meet it with a Smile.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

All most Christmas

Marine Corp Birthday was in November and starts off the holiday season.  Some of the ladies are so very clever at putting Christmas baskets together.. not a talent that I have..

                                           But it sure sets off the Christmas Season

Spreading winter rye seed yesterday, that is not very Christmasy.. But the weather was right,  cold and foggy, now to wait for the promised rain. And hope the field turns green, the llamas will think it is Christmas.

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