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Friday, December 30, 2011

Mother's Knitting needles

This Christmas we decided to pull all the X-mas labeled boxes down from the barn attic. There isn't any standing room, so it is a bit difficult. We were planning on seeing the kids in Orange Co.. and this was a perfect opportunity to take tree decorations to them.. Well, about 8 boxes went, and about 4 stayed.
The little square tag you see in the middle of the needles is the sticker from Super Yarn Store, "pay only  35.cents". That was one of my first jobs in Pasadena, while in High School. Wonder what we bought for .35.

I had been  looking for my Mothers leather knitting needle container, off and on, and there it lay at the bottom of one of the boxes... She had done all the tooling of the flowers, and the words on the leather wrap.. It reminded me of when I was a teenager. While watching T.V. we knitted sweaters. Mother enjoyed the intricate knitting designs, I loved to do colored patterns. ( I will post those photos later, yes, I have 2 sweaters left)

The case has deteriorated beyond keeping, so now I have a photo of it. Most of the needles were still in fine shape,  some are rusty, and the aluminum ones have pock marks where the out side coating sort of ate away..  I thought I would have to throw those away.. but then I started to think creatively... Why not use them for plant stakes?

I know the pansies don't need a stake,, but this will remind me in the Spring when flowers grow tall and I need stakes to keep them straight..  The other thing I have started to do as plates break or chip, is to put them in the garden also.. Love the color, especially at this time of year, when there are mostly brown leaves scattered about.

Mother died about 25 years ago... but there are always reminders, they turn up at unusual moments.
Memories are like that, something reminds us of the past, some pleasant, some not so pleasant. A New Year is coming, keep the happy thoughts, and learn from the times that were not so wonderful. 


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Big City- Costa Mesa Ca.,Ikea shopping

Ok,, So we don't get to the BIG City very often... or like my art friends in New York who send wonderful photos of graffiti, and buildings that are being renewed or demolished. Any Ikea is about a 3 hour drive from us... so we take advantage when we visit the kids in So. Cal.

It has been a long time since I have seen a public pay telephone on a curb... Love the yellow color.

Any one know what a "jump break " is relating to a blog? or what it does??? I thought I had solved my issue with typing under a photo.... but no that was not it... hummmm



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Journal Covers-

My friend Karen Musgrave suggested that I post my Journal covers again.. She is making the kind that you can take off and transfer to a new journal.. I wanted mine to be permanent.. Some I have sold through our local book store.

I use the standard black and white books that you can find in most stores. Duct tape is used for the binding area and I make the cover as I would one of my postcards that I send to my Postmarkd'art group.  I sell the English Paper Piecing hexagons and patterns,, these were some pieces that were left from a project.  Great way to use scraps, buttons, hand sewing and machine applique.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Silk Tie Tree, Creativity

Do you have lots of Ties laying around, or  you can run to your local Thrift Store.. Each year members of our Positive Living Center create amazing Christmas Trees. People bid on them to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club in our area..
This year the Christmas Tie Tree was a big hit.. There is still time to be Creative with Ties.   no sewing, a few lights, and a little base tree... Enjoy !


Merry Christmas, may it sparkle on each one of you and each of your friends and family




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Sunday, December 18, 2011

P G & E, Gratitude

Like the blossoms on this flower, Gratitude can multiply and unfurl.

Several weeks ago I wrote about PG & E, and our refrig.. Just to fill you in.
The parts came in for the refrigerator, and it is humming quietly, keeping everything wonderful and cold... and it was before Thanksgiving, so we were very fortunate that is was not the holiday week-end...
PG & E, were true to their word, and after filing the proper papers they paid for the repair and the food that was spoiled... A kind sounding gentleman called to inform us that the check was on the way.. In the mean time I found out that our DVD player was also not working, and mentioned it to the claims person. I suggested waiting to have our son check it out, because he is better at electrical devices.

When the family came to visit at Thanksgiving he checked it and yes, the circuit board had blown also... We bought a new one on sale at the local Radio Shack that week-end.

I called the number that the PG & E man gave me and left a message.. I received a call stating that that sounded fair and a follow -up check was in the mail... We appreciate the help that PG & E gave us and the kind live man on the other end of the phone.

Gifts come in different size packages, sometimes we recognize them and sometimes, they are so small they go unnoticed..

Especially at this season, the season for giving and receiving.. We feel gratitude for our refrigerator, our electrical system and everything that makes our life so much easier..
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Friday, December 16, 2011

P.E.O. Christmas luncheon, 2011

Christmas luncheon at a P.E.O. member, Sandy's home, was a real treat for all of us, especially those that have their decorations in the top of the attic, or barn, and debate taking them down.

Our family comes up during the summer, so the kids can go to Yosemite, or just play in the field... or help us around the yard.. which we appreciate..

So it was wonderful to see a house that is totally decorated.. I have only shown a few of the decorations, I think there were about 7 trees set up with Theme decorations, and every corner has a delightful surprise.  I fell in love with this almost life size Santa..

 Hope you are all ready for the Christmas Holiday Season....  and a Very Merry Christmas to you and yours. 

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Knit Sox, done

Several years ago, I started knitting some socks for my husband. My friend said they are EASY to knit on circular needles.. Well, they are still in the basket, just could not visualize how to complete them... So I started another pair with 4 needles, larger yarn, and I finished them... Now I am trying to finish the pair on the circular needles... part of my cleaning up, UFO's... If I get them done, I am on my way to completing one New Years resolution before the New Year starts.... and my hubby will get his Christmas present,, a couple years late.. but in time for winter...
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Birthdays, come too fast

Most Sundays we have breakfast with friends. We usually eat the same things, eggs, bacon, hash browns, etc,, part of mine goes home to our dog, this is the one day he meets us at the door dancing.

Thinking that we were ready to leave the restaurant, I started to get up when the staff came smiling and carrying the rest of Breakfast! Topped off with a candle... The plate is amazing and fun, and it was decorated with whip cream,ice cream, chocolate cake, strawberry and chocolate sauce... Thanks to the staff at the Chukchansi Casino. Thanks to my husband who is an ice cream, whip cream crazy person... Everyone got a bite and their sweats for the day.
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Seasons, Fall-Winter

Each day can be so very fragile in the Fall,  leaves fall, winds blow, gray skies.

One moment it is gray and cold, the fog comes in quietly and suddenly all is quiet, the next moment the sun shines brightly and my bones are warmed again... listen to the golden leaves rustling, see them shimmering 

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Burning Brush Art Gallery

My dear friend Joan, has opened her new Burning Brush Art Gallery in Oakhurst. She has had a gallery in North Fork for years, but now has moved it to a rustic spot on Hwy 41, Plaza Forty-One, on the highway to Yosemite..

Joan Constable is a marvelous, world renowned artist, and teacher of all the arts and piano... The mural you are looking at is one that she has painted on the side of the building and you can see it on your travels, be sure to stop in a say hello.. She has some wonderful treasures, and  a variety of local artists that display with Joan. 

Next year there is a new hotel being built right next door, and she is across the street from the Best Western... We wish her success.


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving, 2011,

Thanksgiving week could not have been more perfect.  Ralph's son and Fiance' came up to help around the property. The weather was sunny and wonderful. We had friends and family in for the traditional turkey and trimmings.


Last winter we had an Oak Tree fall, and have needed to get it out of the rivers way for this winter. With lots of help from friends and family, we have been able to cut and pull most of it to safe ground.

There is always something that needs doing when you own some property.  But we feel that is what keeps us healthy and young.   Well sort of, pass the Aleve, please.

We have so much to be Thankful for.. and that is what we focus on this time of year... or any time is the right time to be Thankful. I will not make a list because each one of us knows in our hearts the blessings we want to send out to the Universe.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Our Wild Lands" Art Exhibition 2011

"Our Wild Lands" a juried  Exhibition put on by Sierra Art Trails at the Stellar Gallery, open till December 4th. in Oakhurst, Calif.

My piece " Reflections", is a whole cloth, hand dyed cotton fiber, machine quilted piece with leaves stenciled along the base.

"Love it, Don't Leave It" was inspired one day, when I was  picking up trash along the road way.  Of course, I had to use pop tops, but also some found pieces. I incorporated rubbings with oil paint sticks, hand dyed fabrics, stencils that I made, beading, hand dyed threads and a copper piece I found in the plumbing department at a Lowe's store is used as hanger. It has machine and hand quilting.

We had a good turn out, guitar music and refreshments.  I enjoy creating for a Theme, especially when it relates to the area we live in.. I have to  focus on the different aspects and sort through a variety of possibilities, gets my creative juices flowing..  Usually it is a short time frame that gets in the way and I need to review what I want to say, it is fun to have a message that the viewers appreciate.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Timberline Gallery Change Out November

While I sat the Gallery the first week in November, it was very quiet, Thankfully, as Jacqueline Kurtt and I worked on straightening up after the big long day of changing out the gallery the day before.

This happens every 2 months,,  I thought this time I would show the variety of items available,,, and of course, I am going to show you some of my jewelry pieces. I have a locked case that is by the front door, with a variety of earrings, hand made glass items, my little gourd necklace figures, and a small framed fabric landscape.

In another corner of the gallery,  we set a few of my gourd pieces and David Caris's ceramic pieces.

And below see Lura and Kerby's wonderful fiber piece of our local Father Christmas, Wayne Boring.







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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fabric dyeing- Fun- Nov. 2011

Miss the fun???  We had a grand time, playing with some new colors, experimenting, painting on colors, and totally enjoying the day... Will let you know when I plan to have another exciting class.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beads and More Beads

Our little Historic Village in Coarsegold, Hwy. 41 & 415, has tents with venders set up most week-ends.. Gary, our bead buddy, has a regular booth, among several other venders... You can find a great variety of goodies from rusty items, to old saddles, pots, pans, and yard ornaments... But my favorite are these luscious looking beads.

Gary is there daily, if you are visiting Yosemite, be sure and stop at our little Village area..Tell him, Vivian sent you.... I have lots of beads, and rusty yard "art" supplied by Gary.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Timberline Gallery- Dream Time

Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, Dream Time Show open Now... This showing will run through the holidays till Jan. If you have not been in lately, be sure to come by and chat with the artist sitting that day. You can check out the schedule on the Timberline Web Site and see this months schedule, open 10-4 every day.  We have Joyce Wycoff to thank for this wonderful poster.

If you are not registered to receive a mailing, there is a special happening, starting Friday, the day after Thanksgiving... better come by, we open at 10 AM. and see what all the excitement is about... maybe you will find the perfect special Christmas gift.... remember buy local...promote the local arts.

There is a Reception at Stellar Gallery this Saturday, Nov. 12, 4-8, "Our Wild Lands". I am delighted that I have 2 pieces juried into this show..Come join in the fun, wonderful Art, music, food, visit with the artists and your neighbors.
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