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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.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What happened to Halloween?

Yes, missed out completely,, but this is not for Halloween.  I started to clear out my closet of all the T-shirts that have a design.. Ok, let me digress.. T-shirt quilts are what started me in quilting.. My Significant other at the time, in the 80's, was a referee for International Wrestling. He had a ton of shirts from all over the country.. So I asked my friend how to make a quilt with T shirts... but when she showed me the quilts she was making, I joined 3 guilds in Orange Co. and took a side trip, sort of into the world of quilting.. and never looked back at the T-shirts.. I am reading a book that my friend Karen ( same friend from 3rd grade) suggested about "the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up".  So why not start with the T-shirts in the closet, summer clothes that are memorable, but not wearing.. I bought the backing for the shirts, and each day am ironing on and cutting to size, what ever size the design is.  I will add blocks, strips etc..  And I am stacking them in a box..thought I could make one with both our T-shirts it, but  I don't want to make it that big..  Don't laugh.. will be ready for a rainy day. By the way I am not starting this Tidying up in the studio.. too many other places in the house to work on that, but first have to read the book.. I might be doing this all wrong!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cancer Awareness Earrings,

It is that time of the year, most Women should be thinking about body checks.

I made these Cancer Awareness Earrings and put them in Timberline Gallery yesterday.  They are in my jewelry cabinet by the door.
If anyone would like to have some made for you, please contact me at my email or thru a comment on my blog.. 
One pair the ribbon at the bottom is pink metal with pink beads in the middle and the one on the right has little pink stones and sparkles with pearl beads in the middle.  There might be some differences in the beads unless I get to the gallery and pick these up before they are sold.  So let me know if you would like what you are seeing, and I will send them directly to you, or you can stop in the gallery and purchase them there. 
Make it a great day.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Religous Stole and Alter Cloths for Jenny

A good friend of mine, Jenny, is studying to be a Pray Practitioner with Animals. She is already a marvelous Minister and Practitioner at the Positive Living Center. But this is another of her specialties, because she can also talk with animals and do Past Life Readings with people, this makes this Special.  Jenny asked me to make a Religious Stole that she could wear at the times of prayer for cats and dogs.  One side has cat fabric, and the other side is dogs.

I also decided that she needed Alter Cloths for her cats and dogs.. So I surprised her with this one for dogs.

And another one for the cats.
As this expands I am sure we will have to find some fabric with other types of animals.
But for now this is a start. The  Alter cloths were like making 2 separate art quilts. I  made it up a I went along.
No pattern, although if someone wants a pattern, maybe I should create one.  I added the words by stenciling with fabric paint..

Jenny and I, studied Reiki with PLC Minister Bettina, teacher.   Now we can offer Reiki Sessions in addition to being Spiritual Thought Practitioners.

The Positive Living Center has many Practitioners available after 10:00 church services on Sunday or as needed in person or by phone or email.   We are located in Oakhurst Ca.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ice Dyeing and YoYo's gather for painting on Fabric.

Yoyo's gather in the cool of the morning.  Nancy, Vivian, Cathy R. and Kathy M, Photographer is Peggy.  We  had been collecting all sorts of items to paint, stamp and have fun with no any real direction. Just trying different techniques.  Stamping with egg cartons, plastic forks, & a variety of fabric paint. Cathy Reynolds hubby made her some wonderful stamps. Wooden blocks with small articles glued to it.. Looking forward to how that turned out. .

We were kind of in a rush, as the weather has been hot and we wanted to beat the sun to the shade side.
After the gals left and I was busy cleaning up the tables/ table cloths and putting away all that I had stacked up to work on the fabric.  I found two white pieces of PFD that I had not painted.

I Procion ice dyed them with the new Indigo Blue that I bought from Dharma.

Love this color, want to dye some more...
The photo did not come out as dark as it is in real life... Love this color, might just try a shibori design next time.

3 separate pieces ( below)of the fabric paint stamping. Planned to do some light colored pieces that I could cut apart and use in sections.. Items used, cut circles from pool toy, fork markings and circles made from aluminum tin for backing that had holes in it. The Dollar store is fun to search out objects to stamp with the paint. Best part, if there is a section I don't like, paint over it!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Silk Ribbon Emboirdery -Denim Shirt

I saw an entry to a Cloth, Paper etc.  Magazine and thought maybe they would be interested in this Silk Ribbon Embroidery, since that seems to be all the rage. But further examination of the entry process I saw the cost was $20.00 per entry, per photo, was how I read it.. So I decided to just show my Silk Ribbon Embroidery on my blog.
Many years ago hubby and I were traveling East.  He had a 10 day Wrestling Tourn. in North Dakota.
He was a referee for International Wrestling. After 51 years he finally retired.  But this year we drove to see the country. We had our dog with us and I stayed at the motel, because he had long days.  I drove to a near by Joanne's and bought some silk ribbon and supplies. (that was when I realized that every semi large town had Joanne's) And pulled out my denim shirt, relaxed in the recliner, (lucky to have that chair), and settled in to create this shirt front.

It has roses, leaves, and very tiny little bees between the flowers.  I picked pearl looking buttons and had a great time sewing the front and around the neck.

I can't tell you how many times this has run thru the washer /dryer, with no special care. So if you are thinking of doing this, get a good book on Embroidery, some silk ribbon and  enjoy some  hand work.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Car Show on the 4th.

We seldom go out for the 4th. Rather stay home and make sure there are no fires  near us.

My friend Sheila Boyd paints custom designs on cars, and trucks. She can paint on anything and any body.. Human bodies also.. If you have seen the inside of the stair case at the V.A. in Fresno.  She painted it from top to bottom, every floor.  It is amazing, with animals, fish, underwater etc. Stop by and look. Good reason to walk the stairs..

They also had this car at the show.. .so if you want your car, truck or what ever, even repairs.. Check with them in Oakhurst..He just fixed the door on my "older"Honda van.
Hope you are having a good day... I need to photo my fabric to see how my "rust" came out.. that will be the next installment.. Back to the studio! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Changes, rushing by

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th.. It was quiet for us, but the major item was that we did not have a  fire in the area from Fireworks, until yesterday, not near us, but in our town.. and if you must have a fire,  and no one is hurt. That is a blessing.

It has been a wonderful few weeks. I finally had a chance to get some work in the studio done, some veggie garden area cleared up... and maybe more planting this week... although it is late. The heat here seems more intense.. but then it might be my age, or I move slower and there for not causing a breeze. Updated my computer to a 10, and have lots to figure out. A bit scary to say the least. And for some reason when I add a folder to my Pictures, it does not go in Alphabetical order, spent way to much time and still did not figure it out, If any one knows, please email me. The first time I opened it, I did not know where to go.. Although our fantastic friends at Divine Logic in Fresno, are always at hand to help. Now, If I could figure out the PNG and JPEG.. life would be so much easier.

I have been looking at rocks.. Had a stack delivered to make a "creek" area in the front planter section.  Thought the cats would keep out, but then it got hot and I still have the stack.. When it cools I will work on it.  In the mean time I started looking at some that I brought up from the river, and decided to paint on them. Great fun... am I procrastinating doing other things, probably. BUTTTT.

For years I have been collecting rusty items, some I have no idea what they are, but  kept them any way... SO today, I rinsed the fabric, wet it with Vinegar and wrapped it around the rusty stuff. And forgot to take photos of the process...  they are supposed to be wrapped in the plastic for 24 hrs.
I also read it is better if where you have them is humid... Well that is not here in Ca. Although the swamp cooler is on to cool the house..So the box, bags and fabric are in the laundry room where it is warm.. If I put them in the sun, they might dry out.. although I might do that for a bit tomorrow. I will post with photos tomorrow.. If I am not moving another wheel barrel of Dirt..

Planning to get back to some sort of schedule.. have been busy helping write articles and notices about Timberline gallery for the Chamber, Sierra Star, and also Sierra News Online.. So be sure and look for us there.. .not to mention Facebook also.
Planning to check in tomorrow.. PS. Painted rocks will be at Timberline Gallery tomorrow. 

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. 

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