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Friday, June 3, 2016

Music in the Meadow, June 4, Tickets Now.

Do you have your tickets for Music in the Meadow!

We bought tickets for Music in the Meadow, and We are not able to go!
I am sure it is going to be wonderful.. Take a fan or squirt bottle with water, it is sure to be hot.
Fantastic music, and lots to see, Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Lost Empress- book by Steve Robinson

Periodically I share a book that I have just finished.. and came across this author which was rather timely. It was one of Amazons free books. And not really knowing what it was about, except that the cover was intriguing I "purchased" it.  I have not checked but there may be other books in a series. I am going to check.   However, then this happened.

At our gathering at Roger Rocka's playhouse, I was reacquainted ( she used to live in the mountain area) with a lovely lady, Nancy, that enjoys genealogy. More like her passion.

Many years ago I was looking for information on my biological family, and found my brothers in Mississippi. My friend Mary was very instrumental at the time. We went to the Mormon Church in So. Orange Co, to learn more, and then to the local government building.  She was able to trace her family and Mary found my brothers in Mississippi.  It all worked out wonderfully. So now I have a lovely family in Mississippi.

 The timing in life is very interesting.   I will write more about what is found as far as I am concerned, if there is anything interesting.

Just wanted to let you know about Steve Robinson's books.. I am going to get another one to see if that is just as fun to read.   I like light mystery's.  And summer is coming, it is already too hot here for my taste!

Enjoy your day, happy reading!

Friday, May 13, 2016

My Personal App. And Variable Toile Stars

 Last year, I was asked to participate in making  a " Personal App." in fabric 36 X 36 in. with rounded corners.  Etc. I posted this photo on my blog before I sent it off.  I decided since I had the file open for paper work where quilts are traveling. I would email and checked to see where the collection was and where it was going.
It is fun to say the exhibit is going to Two Mancuso shows, and then off to France.
How exciting! 

In the mean time my quilt Variable Toile Stars, has come home after it's travels from Houston, to Oregon and then to Chicago. It has been traveling for 2 years.
I must show you how beautifully it was packed for the return trip home.  I am really impressed.
The box was the perfect size, wrapped with special tissue paper and rolled at the folds,  then sealed in a moisture proof bag. In addition the catalogue from the International Quilt Festival/ Chicago was included. A ribbon from the special exhibits, and a paper that said, Packed with Tender, Love, Care and white-gloved. with the signature of Becky and the date.  I was emailed with the date it left Houston, ( by the way it hung there also as part of the 500 Traditional Quilt exhibit). Tracking numbers and the date it was to arrive home. This included notices along the way..
I am very impressed, they were always prompt to send me up dates, to request first if they wanted to send it to other shows.. and of course, I have the pleasure of being in the book 500 Traditional Quilts.
I want to thank all the people involved that treat the quilts with such loving care.. It has been a pleasure and hope I have the opportunity to participate in other projects. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Common Threads Quilt Guild- Hanford Ca

Last evening Ralph and I had the great pleasure of giving a quilt Presentation in Hanford Ca.
Common Threads Quilt Guild is a delightful group of ladies, we laughed all the way thru dinner.
But let me start at the beginning.
Major storms were on all the news stations, and Highway 41 is having slow downs because of dynamiting of rocks on the area that is being widened.
 So we packed all the quilts in heavy plastic bags, which I always worry about because you can not see they are quilts and it looks like trash. But my clear or white bags were not big enough.
I labeled each bag with big blue tape so that everything was in order of showing.
And the rest of the items were put in the car also, projector, computer, extension cord, etc. Car loaded, lists checked.
And off we went a little early to be sure we met the ladies on time at Panera Bakery. We both love Panera. Good thing is it not up here in the mountains but close enough in Fresno also.
We arrived and only had a few sprinkles on the way.

There were about 9 ladies from the guild gathered around a table with me. We ended up laughing as the gal at the end did not hear my name correctly. So it became a fun joke, which followed thru to the meeting. And a lively discussion about which side of the room usually won with the raffle tickets. 

Going to dinner with a guild is one of the great pleasures of the evening, because it is an opportunity to get to know quilters personally. 
This will be a bit long, but excuse me, it was a delightful evening. Onward.

It was almost difficult to eat, because of the laughter and fun. If you are in a guild and have the opportunity to have dinner with the visiting presenter do it. I try to do that whenever a speaker comes to our guild.
Juanita offered to have us follow them to the venue, which made it easy. Did I mention that Juanita's husband goes to the quilt guild meetings also. So Ralph and Juanita's hubby were able to have a nice chat at another table.  The men were immediately put to work setting up the screen for the Power Point, and also some of the tables for the displays. Ralph runs my Power Point, is my chauffeur and does much of the carrying and that is a great help. He enjoys meeting the ladies and taking the kidding. I am lucky.
The Power Point behaved it's self and I showed and spoke regarding each quilt, taking questions from the audience. A couple points I try to make.

1. How important is it to take classes? You might think you know all the types of quilting, or the tools. But new ideas are always being demonstrated. In my 40 years of quilting, I always learn something new from a sharing teacher.

2. Sometimes we have speakers that don't do the style of quilting you do so you are not sure you want to attend... GO.. Again you will learn something or come up with an idea for a new quilt or how to finish a UFO and have a twist to it. You could also make a postcard to try it out the technique, see if you like it, and send that to a friend.

 If the speaker gives you the opportunity to ask HOW,  then ask.. When speaking to a group it is usually mixed with new quilters and the experienced. This was true last night.  I love sharing my quilts, photos of my studio and the variety of techniques. I started out as a oil painter, eons ago. And now with the  new paints anything is possible.

If you are ever in the Coarsegold, Oakhurst area, you can find me one day a month at Timberline Art Gallery. Call first to be sure I am in the scheduled day... Schedule can be found on the Timberline site. Last night I could not remember the type of paint I used on my shoes,  "Stuart Gill", an acrylic/fabric  paint that can be used on many surfaces, is an English Company and sometimes can be found at quilt shows.. expensive, but lasts and I love it.  But most acrylic paints would work, be sure to seal it with a clear spray.
Thank you Common Threads for a lovely evening.  PS, no rain on the way home!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fresno Chaffee Zoo- P.E.O. -GZ

Been to the Zoo lately? Chapter GZ in Oakhurst had more than 20 members and guests have a day at the Zoo.  We started out with a wonderful lunch over looking Gazelles, and Elephants. We had Jean Chaffee as our docent and she let us in on all the training and interesting stories regarding the animals and the trainers.  

Did you know that the animals have pedicures?  Well, not really but there are schedules where all the animals are touched daily, even their feet.  Yes, daily, so they get used to it, in case they have to have medicine or shots etc. This way they are used to people touching them and it is not a big surprise.

Wish my llamas would be that friendly, I think they are the most forgetful animals, unless I have a pocket of grain.  It was fun to watch the kids feed the giraffe's.  They have the longest tongue and it is split at the end..They giggled and laughed. Did not seem to faze the Giraffe's. 

View from our lunch area.   It has been years since we have been to the zoo. Fun to be a kid again. Yes, lots of walking. 
So if you are ever in the Fresno area.  Come see the Chaffee Zoo, check ahead to see if you can have a docent for your group.  And enjoy a relaxing day... I suggest going early, and when it is cool. There are lots of trees in the jungle area, but some areas are in the open. There were 18 bus loads of kids.  Parking is another reason to go early.  However, once inside we never knew they were there.  
Be sure to look at the paper work they give you with your receipt. Keeper chats are listed. I think one of my favorite was the Sea Lion Cove.. My hubby and I could sit and watch them swim under water for hours.. They just zipped around and between what looked like the sea bottom.. Great Fun!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Timberline Gallery- Special Exhibits. April -May 19th 2016

Timberline Gallery has an amazing variety of art, by local artists. This year we are featuring  special exhibits in addition to our main gallery and gift gallery.   Visitors are still talking about our wonderful Fiber Exhibit, many pieces are still on exhibit in the main gallery.  Glass and Wood are now on displayed in our Feature Room,with some unusual techniques in glass art thru April 27th.   April 29 - May 8 will be our Mama Mia Jewelry Exhibit and fund raiser for the Children's Museum.  Looking for a special piece for yourself or a gift? This is the time to view the jewelry and meet the artists.

Wendy Denton will be displaying her Cancer Chronicles photographs. May 9th - May 19th. In honor of all those that have been touched by this disease.

Yosemite Western Artists will be exhibiting a special showing of art at the gallery, called the Tri-County Competition and Exhibition May 21- May 29, Reception will be May 21.  If you are wishing to enter this exhibition, please look up information on their web site and join the fun of exhibiting. All art is for sale at the gallery. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Thankful for the rain, beautiful flowers.

This is the season for tulips. If you live in an area with deer, there isn't much point in planting tulips. The deer love to munch on tulips. Do you look at the floral display in the grocery?  They usually
have an abundance of colors and all types of flowers. One of our yellow lupine survived the rabbits.   They only seem to thrive in one half of the back yard, so we are very careful at this time of year to walk around them. They are pretty hardy, and grow in our granite type of soil.
Enjoy the rain and Spring flowers. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Reading, Resting and Recouping

Is it a luxury to lay around and recoup, or does some sort of frustration creep in... I should, could, maybe not, but...
So on advice from lots of friends, I am walking around the house many times a day, sitting in the sun, for short periods, breathing deeply and trying not to see the items I would like to dig my hands into,, like the dirt, weeds etc.
Thankfully, I was reading this first of 3 books. It is by a German Author, and translated very well into English. The second in the series will be out in Sept.
I have read her other series, The Glassblower, Paradise of Glass, & The American Lady.
I like to read about strong women, their challenges, a touch of Romance,and about an industry I
know little about. How it started or the trials behind a product.. In the Glassblower it was about, just like the title says. Where and how life was for women in that time, and the strength it took to overcome a tough life and be creative.
Her new series is about simply bicycles. I have never had thoughts about  how they came about, how the women had to fight to be able to ride them. What some men feared as women took to the bike.

Liberty, Independence, and a new way of Life, the Threat to Mankind. 

We take so much for granted in our lives now, the pleasures we can have at our finger tips.
Speaking of Fingers:

I have not had long finger nails in eons. Not that I can not grow them, they just get in my way. Typing on the computer, etc.  I don't know how ladies do it.. Tomorrow, these get filed down. 
Slowly getting some things done, as the fog from surgery starts to clear. Hope to be in the studio soon!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Art of Abstraction- by Trowsers Akimbo

Yosemite Western Artists has demonstrations once a month  at Gertrude School House.  And while I am recouping from the surgery, I thought I would sneak in the watch this demonstration. 
Trowsers Akimbo discussed and painted one of his Abstractions. Telling how he saw it and the influences from great artists.. Bill, as he is sometimes called, told about his history of becoming an artist, computers and who has been an influence on him and his artist life.
It was great fun to watch this true Master make decisions while the live model sat, and the rest of a full room of artists watched as he laid one bright wonderful color after another on the canvas..
Sadly, I could only manage to stay for about an hour, but it was such fun.. If you have never been to a demonstration at YWA, it is a fantastic group of welcoming artists, with lots to share. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Recouping, Healing, Grateful, Lessons.

Thank you everyone, for your prayers and thank you for all your support.  A week ago Sat. I had a slight pain in my right side. So I left a great class given by my artist friend Shannon Grissom half way thru. GRRRR.. Drove home and called my hubby. I suggested he drive me to the ER. in Fresno.
 And as I thought it was appendicitis. It was about noon, and surgery was scheduled for 7 PM.. so much for having eaten a cracker before I went,  first thinking it was indigestion. .. Surgery started at 10: PM and by then it had burst. So I spent 4 days in the hospital and now recouping at home.
Interesting, I really am not in the mood to do anything and not motivated. Which is not me.. Maybe the fact that I am usually up showered and dressed by 8 AM at the morning. And now can only wear sweat pants with wide waist, is making me lazy. Or it could be the 1/2 little pill they gave me for pain. I must honestly say, it is not the surgery at this point it is my back for being so "lazy".  

The floral photo above is of pots, my friends brought, and love how colorful they are. I put them on a chair out side, and then computer enhanced it.  Friends kindly supplied food, which is a blessing as my hubby lacks any kitchen skills. And he usually does not eat during the day. At least food is not a high priority with him.. Good for me most of the time.
Learning lessons as I go... I always thought that when one was in the hospital, one should not disturb them. Of Course, it depends what you are there for.  In my case it was a delight to see some friends drop in.. I had to look like a crazy women, they don't exactly pay attention to ones hair. Which by this time was standing straight up, as if I had been dragged thru a pig pen of grease. But it was encouraging to see them. Also had a chance to chat with a lovely artist, that I would never had had a chance to "really " talk to, on so many levels.  The stack of cards, Facebook and Blessings that were sent are greatly appreciated. 
This year  I decided that I would plant nothing but sunflowers in all the pots in the yard. and I am partly there. In  my absence, they are starting to sprout... Can't wait to get the rest of the pots filled and seeds started... This is my sunflower year. 
Lots of lessons here, don't put off if you have the energy to do something you want to do..Just do it.
Off to rest and reorganize in my mind, just what I want to do next..  But first it is healing and getting my energy back! One step at a time!
Again thank you everyone for your support, healing thoughts of love, cards, and food. And best of all sharing your precious time.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Love, Daisy Hearts

Love Daisy hearts!  Hearts can be used for any occasion. They are happy, thankful, caring and carry so many meanings of Love.
Tomorrow is a special day to say Thank you to ladies that have helped and supported me in my P.E.O. GZ Presidency.  I have had a wonderful time, but especially because this group of ladies are amazing.  So I decided I wanted something that they could keep and hopefully enjoy. Daisy's have special meaning to all the ladies. I found some on line and ordered the fabric.  Then drew out several size hearts, chose one, cut them out, batting and backing. Added ribbon for a hanger, stitched and later zig zagged around the edge. I took white fabric and held it over different fonts I had written on the computer, and traced the words with a colored Pentel  Permanent Pen.
Used some Misty Fuse to tack the fabric and lace down and stitched around it.  Added buttons and beads to finish. I hope they like them!
These make great gifts to lift a persons spirit, knowing that someone is thinking of them and wishing them well.. or as a Thank you. It is the memories that we make that make us smile.
Make it a great day.  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rain, 2 in., Lightening and Thunder,

Rain storms are amazing and usually not so wild in our part of Calif. But about 2 AM, the wind, rain, and thunder woke us up.  Our usual quiet meandering Fresno River was going wild.   This is the view from our house. That little speck in the middle is/ was our future burn pile. Thankfully, it had been burned down and very few sticks were in the middle of the sand.

The gate you see at the bottom is what we use to access the sand and beachy area, we call this our island. No, island now!  About 5 years ago we had to have a tractor come in to cover the roots of the oak trees, because the sand had all been washed away. Thankfully, they survived.  

This is usually an area where we can walk with the river being on the far side about 15 ft or more from the branches in the middle. The water is rushing next to our fence posts, that surround the llama's field.. We are hoping that it does not wash out the fencing again.  More rain is expected for the next week.. Oakhurst/ North Fork had about 4-5 in. last night/ early this morning.  Thankfully sun the rest of the day!  Hoping that the water goes down a bit, but it will be awhile before we can get out that gate.. I am hoping our old Oak trees survive, and the big Cottonwood, manages to stay rooted also.. This is after about 4 years of a dry river bed... Nature in all it's glory..  Pretty amazing, we really needed this rain.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Crystal Bridges, Arkansas

Yes, that is my Love. When we visited Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Arkansas. This photo is from our long distance drive toward Maine, last summer. Wish we could do it again this year. But other commitments call,  perhaps 2017. Oh, that seems so long from now.. Time flies.

This is an amazing museum on many fronts. The water, buildings,  views, sculptures, gardens, and now a Frank Lloyd Wright home on site.
We were in ah over the collection of art.  Only one style was missing, fiber ( quilt) art. So hopefully they will address that in the future.
If you are ever near Arkansas, and have the opportunity to see this lovely museum. Do stop in.
Another of the benefits, no major traffic to deal with. If we were 20 years younger, we would give consideration to moving to that area.
Be sure to check out their site: Below is a video on the topic of Artists and how they find art for exhibits.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It is still February..Pioneer Women, Butter Dish.

Is it cute..??? Ok, it is really not my style, but then what is?  I am looking around our house and check out what we have, time to stream line,.. and I buy this cute butter dish at Amazon       
( surprise).  I was looking at my friends Pink Pincushion Blog.  Sinta is so prolific with her quilting, it is truly amazing, and she works full time! Check out her blog..But she showed this butter dish and several others dishes from the same maker.. I really don't need another piece of dish ware.
I used to think it would be wonderful to have a different set of dishes for themed meals. Italian with bright colors for Pasta, Mexican style for Tacos, lovely sweet flowers for breakfast with a lacy table cloth.
And then came paper plates, running, to work, picking up after school, and somewhere that all got lost.
As I look through somethings in the linen closet, I found an embroidered table cloth.. ok, yes it needs ironing. Something I reserve for fabric not clothes.  Why worry about dropping spaghetti sauce on it, the new spot removers are supposed to work, at least they say so on T.V.  And worse comes to worse, I could dye it... the big sin!, or cut it up the good parts for some quilt, make blocks etc..
But back to the dishes.. I have a set of Chicken decorated dishes, for fried chicken dinners.  Floral for breakfast, plain white for special settings that take a lace table cloth, and silver set.
and there are only a set of 4, and then
don't even remember using these.
No one wants dishes any more, it is paper and lasagna in a foil container
I am not complaining, just stating facts. That lasagna is better and less expensive then if I spent the whole day cooking.  I don't go to garage sales any more either.. stick to the studio!
Love the table cloth.. now off to iron it.. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Photo Booth, I pad "art"

Ok,, life ran off and spun me another way.   I am healthy and happy, just a bit overwhelmed with the I pad class and other commitments.  Partly because every time I sat down Life and Commitments got in the way. It was a bit crazy, and may I suggest if you take a class on the net. You take it step by step, as I should have done and hope you can make it a priority. Set the time aside! Lock your doors, and think "I am in a class room." and not allow disturbance. 2 of the Apps, did not work for me, and I thought it was my fault, which it turned not to be.. Onward..

So above is a photo I took with Photo Booth on my I pad. plants in the garden. It would make interesting quilting fabric. 
I did get a chance to go out and take some photos of a barn at a local park. Hubby and I need to take a ride, want more barn photos.
 However, you can tell this is not the barn.. We were to take our own photo with Photo Booth on the I pad, I think this one of me came out pretty good, at least the wrinkles did not show.

And the Marine Corp symbol on a whirly gig, also done in Photo Booth.  This is great fun.  Will show some more as I get a quiet moment..

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