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Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Year, What a start!

I set goals for the New Year, but this year it has been a bit crazy. Lots to learn on the computer, changes to be on my web site. And then hubby had to have surgery on his shoulder.. We are so glad he only has two shoulders.. Soon to be good as new, and shoulders are taken care of. 

Changes that is what each year brings.  My flannel quilt, made eons ago, is making me very cozy in front of the fireplace. Because hubby has to sit/sleep in the recliner. Not fun for him either. 
But after all chores done, the day is over.
The kids came to stay and help at our "ranch". Feed the llamas and take care of some chores.
They are reviewing and changing my web site, will let you know when that is done. And so many other things in the making for 2017.
We are not like the East Coast or even Texas, with snow. For now we have sunshine and blue skies, with fluffy clouds.. 
Enjoy where you are, enjoy each happy moment, and be sure to share it with everyone close to you. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and New Years 2018 is on the way

We picked up this charming snow ball and brought him home. He sings every time we pass him on the front porch. Jingle Bells, in  squeaky little sounds, but makes us laugh.  We don't have snow this year and looks like we might have blue sky today.
It has been a bit gray for the last few days.. Many are stuck inside with snow piling up.Which children look at with anticipation. And some parents think, lots of wet clothes for the laundry. Just join in the fun and forget the wet results.

Friends and family come to cheer and share the day... Lots of ham, turkey and chatter between bites.
We remember Christmases past while we enjoy the moment.  Of all the Christmases you had, which one was the most important, and what gift do you remember most?
I think it is the people you are with, the music you heard and the people you hugged with sincere, Merry Christmas. This makes all the mad rush worth it.

Out of all the years, Won't say how many, the one gift that stands out is the time I was given a watch by my mother. I felt that I was so grown up at that time, while still a young teen. There are so many wonderful times and gifts, but the teen years seem to come back to us later in life.

The exceptional times, were when my dad flew in from some foreign country.. He was seldom able to visit at that time of year. So it was always a treat. My family came from Holland, and I had an Aunt that baked the traditional Christmas letter with almond paste on the inside. My mom  knew how to make a Lemon pie with that yummy meringue on top. I always had to clean  the silver serving dishes and set the lace table cloth. Special plates were set and everything had to be perfect. Almost too perfect. By the time the guests came she was exhausted, and even as a teen I was tired of all the preparations.
So in my adult life I tried to stay away from all the "perfection", and enjoy the event with less fuss.
I still love the beautiful plates, the candle light etc... but I would take friends, family and laughter first. Even with paper plates, and Pyrex plates to hold the food.  Enjoy the moment.
                               Merry Christmas, enjoy the moment, hug your friends and family.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, from the early birds.

Happy Thanksgiving.. Our morning started very early.. The hall Fire alarm went off at 4 AM. In this area, 3 bedrooms, the attic access, and the hallway all converge.. We could not figure out which one was ringing. The sound was enough to wake the neighborhood, if people lived near.   So hubby went into the attic, then started checking all the rest of the alarms.. all the while it is screaming and our ears were hurting.  We put in all new batteries, even though they had been changed a couple of months back. Finally about 5, it quieted down to only one beeping periodically.. Hubby went right to sleep, and I read.. Finally I got up and into the studio, it was quieter there.
I want to make a baby quilt, so I started cutting fabric and making 1/2 square triangles in two sizes. I have all the paper goodies, which I found when searching for something else.. .Why not use them, one less item in the studio... are you asking what vision I have for this... Please don't, have no idea at this moment.  As you can tell I have the painted tiles on my work table also.. an empty frame is also on my ironing board which limits my work space. I have clean tuna cans, because I want to make some Pin cushions.  If I put things away I will forget what I want to make in the near future.
Do you just work on one thing at a time, or are you a bit crazy and work on several projects at once.
The tiles are for Christmas gatherings, won't mention where, never know who is looking at this blog.
Thanksgiving is a time to remember to be Thankful... and there is so much to be Thankful for all during the year. We should remember on a daily basis but reminders are good in our busy lives.  I am delighted that we have a special day set aside to gather with family and friends. But do we really need a special time? Isn't every time we gather together a Thankful moment?
My little  Christmas Cactus is flowering, brightly. Why am I so Thankful? Because it has never flowered before at this time. I love the color and it's magnificence. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, These will be moments that you cherish for ever.  Back to my projects a little more sewing and cutting and painting.. We are going to friends to share Thanksgiving Dinner.. Hope you are having a wonderful time and sharing with the people that are near and dear to you.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Crazy time of the Year- gifts for gatherings.

Finally made it to the studio. I thought I would play around with some Alcohol Inks.  It is fun. Taking this little piece to the gallery today for the  Gift Room, and then want to see Lura S. Smith  at the meeting and demo. at Gertrude School on rd. 600, Sierra Western Artists.
Have the perfect little frame for this painting.. also painted some tiles, but will photo later. Then need to get busy with baby quilts for 2 great grans.

"Where are the Hens" sold at the Madera Circle Gallery and know it went to a very good home. Know they must love chickens and roosters as much as I do.

Aztec Woman also sold at Timberline Art Gallery in Oakhurst. Several of my decorated branches have sold recently. I have some new pieces at the gallery now.

My hubby's son will be visiting in Jan. He is a pro at Internet, and all Social Media, and I have lots of questions for him, and planning to selling some of my art on line.. Just in the planning stage now.
But will let you know when I get it together...  This is the sort of commitment I need to make to myself and to the wonderful friends that have asked, why I don't have Etsy and other web sites.
Lots of goals for this year..
Tomorrow will be my birthday, some say it is a special date in ones lifetime. Yes, anytime you are happy, healthy and have great friends, is a special time.. Just have to tell those that are younger, the train seems to run faster as we get older. But did I listen when my parents told me that? That is the nature of the human being. Do your best, live your life to it's fullest, enjoy the moments with friends and keep  planning what you enjoy and then do it!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sierra Art Trails is a Memory Now

Sierra Art Trails was great fun as always.  I was at the YLP Clubhouse with Janet, Leislie and Diane. Abigail Boatman  was the Student artist with us.. It is always fun to see a budding artist charm the visitors. 
I had a few small items, some were new this year. Colorful jewelry, and the hand painted wall switch that you see.  I will be making these available for order. So be sure to contact me if you are interested.

I still have a few Bamboo hand dyed socks available. The photo is not great, be sure to contact me if you are interested in some very soft women's socks. 
Want to thank everyone who attended Trails. There was a bit of a change and we were in the Library, instead of the main room. But we did stay open till 8 P.M. for the dinner crowd at the Blue Heron.

Remember to visit Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst for some Halloween Goodies in the gift shop. And our beautiful art, and meet the artist on the day you visit.  Open 10-4 for winter hours.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Playing with Paint.- experimenting -

Ok Experimenting with painted fabric.. it was so humid that it looked like it was raining under the glass.
Cheese cloth and white cotton, Geranium leaves. Better dry them out next time, but I sort of do things, spur of the moment.
I have something in mind for this,, but probably will not get done before Sierra Art Trails Starting Sept. 29th. at Yosemite Lakes Clubhouse.    Busy with jewelry, and something else that is new..
Does not look like much here.. but these socks are so soft. They are drying after I dyed the green and yellow.. Someone asked me why most of my art is Blues, Purples, Yellow, Pinks, etc.. So I dyed some yellow and deep blue socks.. great fun..  I also have blue/pink combinations. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the art at the club house.. There will be 5 artists there.   More to get done before next week.
I am dreaming of a quieter time, and some basic quilting... yes, just blocks.. and you heard that from me.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Update- still Smokey

There is beauty,, one  just has to look closely to find it.  Our little Silk Tree has some lovely flowers on it.. taken with my macro attachment on my I phone.
Back to the studio... dyeing some silk scarves.
Quilt meeting is cancelled for Thurs. evening. The Red Cross is using the building for their rescue efforts..
 Friends in Florida that we are concerned about.. they were going to go to Tenn. but the roads are jammed with cars.  Like California,, there are not many choices of highways to evacuate on and gas is sparse.   The roads all sort of funnel into one at some point.. They have lovely friends offer them shelter in Houston.
Guess they are on higher ground.. Hope everyone is safe, from fire/ flood/ and wind.. this is a challenging year.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sierra Art Trails Reception Saturday cancelled until a later date due to smoke. - Fire in the Mountains

 Oakhurst is full of smoke. It has been a very scary several weeks for many in our area. Friends are still in danger and homes have been lost to the fires.. There are 4 burning at this time in our area. The firemen are amazing, working long hours and threatened with falling timber, flames and smoke. 
Many friends have been evacuated. We are hoping that they can go home soon.
Schools have been cancelled today due to smoke.
And the Reception for Sierra Art Trails that was scheduled for Sat. has been cancelled. Watch for the new date.
The exhibit however has been hung and I hear it is beautiful, as always. If you are in the area stop in.
This is all due to smoke. 
We were listening on our scanner all week-end, and yesterday as it got closer to Oakhurst the scanner quit. Those things are temperamental.  
Coarsegold is still full of smoke, but in the afternoon the wind from the valley clears some of it out for us. It is still hot, over 90. 
I am busy trying to get items completed for Sierra Art Trails. I will be in Yos. Lakes Club House this year. I will have some prints of my art quilts. David Hoffman took the photos for me and I am sure you will enjoy them. 
Hope all of you are well and happy. We send our love and prayers to Texas.

Don't forget the Ag Show Reception in Madera at the Madera Circle Gallery, on September 14th starting at 5:30. Amazing art and a fun Reception. 
Chat soon... thanks for popping in..

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friends- Now for Books. Authors Speaking about..

Isn't it fun to have creative Friends.. Last year I spent some time with these delightful authors at a book signing event in Coarsegold. My friend Vicki, had just finished her book and was doing book tours. The Long Dark Cloak. I purchased it for our Great Gran for when he gets a bit older. I enjoyed reading about the Mysterious Forest, and I won't tell what happens.. Vicki has now finished her second in the series, and is in the editing process. She will be part of Sierra Art Trails, so be sure to look her up in the catalogue. She is a marvelous watercolor artist also.

 I  read The Blood Stones by Krista Lynn. I can't wait for her next book either. I enjoyed this one because I like mysteries, and the desert.. The desert keeps so many secrets and reveals so much if you listen.  But am not going to tell on this book either... you need to come to the book signing and meet these delightful ladies and hear about their writing journey...

  Just finished one more wood hanging piece and working on another one for Sierra Art Trails.. I am lucky to have sold one last week, so this one  is now at Timberline Gallery.  Stop by and take a look.

  I use local wood, wrap with yarns, fabric, stamping, painting, beads and anything that moves, or calls to me to be added to the design. I have some business cards at the front desk be sure to ask for one..
Back to the studio.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mondays Eclipse -postage Stamps

Hope I don't get in trouble for posting the Solar Eclipse Postage Stamps.. These are really cool. If it is cool enough they stay as round dark circles, but when you put your finger on them they change.

Hope you can see the difference.   I like to buy the smaller packs of stamps. I am almost out of the Banana Split/ Ice Cream.  Hubby loves Banana Splits. I also bought some stamps honoring Mississippi Music . Because I was born there.  They  have a variety of sports balls on stamps, and they have a texture. So if you like a variety of stamps, be sure to ask to see the smaller packets.
I have no idea what it costs per stamp now since they don't put that on them.. Costs a chunk to send something anyway. So might as well have fun with them... They don't carry very many of the special stamps and they are the same price as the rolls. So if you see one that you like, better buy them.

Sierra Art Trails.. .busy time of year... Come see artists Sept.29-Oct. 1.

Just want to give you plenty of time to put this on your calendar.. I will be at Yosemite Lakes Clubhouse in Coarsegold, with several other artists... more about that as it gets closer to the time.
But for those who plan ahead, these are the dates.. The catalogue can be purchased on line or at Timberline and many other locations around Fresno, Oakhurst etc. and certainly from the artists.  More later, off to the studio today.!

Friday, August 11, 2017

entry done! Where are the Hens?

Just a small section of "Where are the Hens". Detail work almost completed.  Entry and accepted into the Madera Ag Show..  This one was fun. Lots of hand dyed fabrics, and commercial fabrics, buttons, and beads Hope he makes you smile... Reception at the Madera Circle Gallery is September 14th Starting at 5:30. There are some amazing art pieces, from Jewelry to oils and everything in between.  Music and lots of artists to meet. Come join in the fun.  For those that are further out... this is Central California, near Yosemite.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Little of this and A little of that, fires, quilting and

Finally had a chance to get into the studio... We have been watching the fire  North & West of us, with an area that was burning South towards us.. It was about 19 miles West,  the smoke was blowing our way.. So scary as many friends in the Mariposa area were evacuated, and some families lost their homes, but Mariposa and several small cities were saved.. The fire is still burning, but not in our direction.  
We visited a friends home for dinner, and the surprise at the end was this beautiful cake for Ralph. Not even his birthday.  Needless to say it was chocolate inside also..  I can't remember the last time I  baked a cake, but this lady loves to bake, and cook. Everything she makes is delicious.. Perfect evening with friends.

 I know everyone has wonderful tomatoes at this time of year.   (For some reason my type changed.. Ok, I'll go with this.. Today my computer has been doing funny things anyway..)  Back to the tomatoes.We have 3 plants, beautiful plants from Costco at the beginning of the summer.. 3 for about $8.00. Healthy looking.. So I placed large tubs in 3 places around the yard. Because, maybe my previous tomatoes did not like the heat. We are pretty Dry here, and this year very hot!  104 expected today. I know for most, this is a small take, but we are excited and they taste so good.. 
Make it a great day, and stay cool... enjoy what ever you are doing. Off to the studio.. need to finish this piece.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"My Personal App" quilt is back home-Presentation at Oakhurst Community Library

Home again!, "My Personal App" has been traveling with a group of quilts for the last 2 years.  Last place it was exhibited was France.  But now it is home again.

I will be speaking on "From the Traditional to the Art Quilt" on July 15th. at 10:30 -1200 at the Oakhurst Library in the Community Room.   I will have many of my Traditional quilts as well as the Art Quilts.. I look forward to questions and chatting about quilts. I also do lots of fabric dyeing, and enjoy the fun of Ice Dyeing.  Look forward to sharing ideas. You don't have to be a quilter, this is another form of art.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Still the 4th.. busy fun day, quilting!!!

Yes, I was at my sewing machine today, what fun, too hot outside.  I made a red, white & blue  journal cover. I will have a variety for sale at the Farmers Market in Oakhurst on this Thursday evening. Jacqueline Kurtt Fiber Artist and I will be there to tell about Timberline Gallery, and show a few art items that we make.

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