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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Postmarkd'art- Houses

Had to think about this one for a bit, and then I found some dog fabric in my stash.

Dog houses.  This is just one of the exchange cards with Postmarkd'art for this theme.  Several others were done with various scraps of fabric so each one looks a bit different.

Now, I can look forward to receiving a wonderful variety of cards.

Enjoy your Christmas Season.
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Time

Welcome to our front door. We are not doing much decorating this year, but have the gate and the front door done. Our kids and grand kids are scattered all around the state, so at this time of year we enjoy our friends here in the mountains. We do keep busy with lots of cheer and parties.

Ralph, and the Marine Corp.League  have been very busy with Toys for Tots. Gathering and distributing to all the organizations to be sure all our mountain families have gifts for their children.

We are always amazed at how generous everyone is when it comes to making sure the little ones
have a fantastic Christmas. 

My outside flag,, "Let It Snow" but only when I am cozy at home, with a fire and a good book.

Hope you all,, have a very Merry Christmas!

Hug those near to you.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Postmarkd'Art- Letter W.

Just completed my postcards with the letter "W" for walk.  I love taking photos when we are at the beach.

But especially love the markings are in the sand.. The birds, seaweed, little rocks and shells.

And then the shoes of all designs and patterns, or bare feet, big and small.

This is our last grouping of the alphabet for Postmarkd'art, it has been great fun, with so many wonderful ideas.

I dyed the cloth, smeared paint on the bottom of a tennis shoe, and printed all over the fabric. With a stencil I printed the W. with a wonderful turquoise fabric paint,  added stitching and a mix of gold and white beads for the foam of the ocean..

And now they are ready to mail.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Playing with Dye

Great way to hide, a spot of juice on a new  cotton Turtle neck top.

I have not worn it yet, but thought I would show you how fantastic this color combination came out.

I love experimenting,,, my big down fall, not keeping good records.. But really, you think I could

 achieve this again? ...This is really serendipitous!
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Postal Pets- Tarantula

Life in the country.  Some days we come face to face with Tarantula's.. I have mentioned before our little crawly, hairy Fall guests and the Tarantula Festival.

But did not expect to meet one in the Post Office the other evening. He looked lost, so I did help him out the door.

When we first moved here you could see them crossing the roads in fair abundance. Now, sadly I  just see one or two in the season, even late in the season...

I miss the surprise entrance of these little fuzzy,  men searching for their women.

 Life is just too short, remember to enjoy each day.
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Seasons Change, Fall to Winter

Leaves are falling all golden yellow, must be Fall... how fast the seasons breeze by.

 Trees are turning and dropping their leaves. We  gather the wood for the fireplace.

Now, the leaves have turned a brown and orange with just the touches of a golden Fall still in them.

The fog creeps in, swirling around, dampening every branch and leaf. Making a mystery of the river and the trees. The sounds have muted, listen for the sounds,, all is quiet.

Enjoy a meditation with the trees, now hear the music.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Madera Circle Gallery- Timberline Gallery

Sometimes I forget what I have put in which gallery.. So before I delivered these pieces I took a quick photo..
If you are looking for  handmade Christmas Gifts, be sure and stop by Madera Circle Gallery..

 Call first for their hours, the gallery is run by Volunteers.

 I have also dropped off some silk scarfs and fiber bowls at PLCs Mind Shop

 and Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst.

 Might even be a hand dyed soc or two left.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Embassy Suites- Napa Ca.

Napa Valley, Ca... A few weeks ago we took a trip to Napa Valley.  Ralph had a meeting there and I planned to work on the computer, knit, and just relax.

I did all of the above.. It was a beautiful place to stay, and was amazed by the size of the complex. There were all the luxuries. But the "wild Life" was the most fun.

White swans, black swans and Mallard ducks swam around in the interior court.
Fountains splashed and a light rain fell.

Breakfast was a wonderful choice of foods, and that lasted me most of the day.
Yes, I said most.. a little too much eating, but then that is what trips are for.

We did take a drive up through the vineyards, and through St. Helena.
Sadly, we did not have time to explore.

If you are ever up that way, this was a fun place to stay. No, this is not an advertisement,
just telling where I hid for a couple of days, with my computer, knitting, sewing and t.v.
oh, yes and ate.

Everyone needs a break once in awhile. Enjoy your day!
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Postmarkd'art- Doors- Harmony, Calif.

Harmony Calif. is a delightful town of, according to the web, has 18 inhabitants.
It is off of Highway 1.

" Harmony was founded in 1869 around several dairy ranches and a creamery. The operation changed hands repeatedly because of rivalries that led to a killing. In 1907, owners and ranchers agreed to call off their feud and called the town by its present name as a symbol of their truce."

Our Quilt retreat group loves to stop and look in the "Open Daily" Harmony Glass Shop.
They have an amazing collection of glass works, and they give lessons.  Dyed T. Shirts, wonderful glass jewelry. Fun place to stop for gifts.

This is just one of the stops on our travels, when we are not relaxing, quilting, or walking on the beach.

The door is not really yellow, I was playing with Photoshop, something I really need to learn.

Postmarkd'art has one of it's themes for Round 16, "Doors." I think these are particularly interesting of the Chapel in Harmony.

Fabric Postcards off in the mail!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Silly frog- Pensive

I would like to be Silly, this frog is pensive. So at this moment so am I, about what ?? Being Silly.

I receive the Daily Om, and that is what got me thinking today. Here are their wise words.

Giving yourself permission to be silly will nourish your creativity and is a good exercise in letting go.

I just could not delete this message, and needed to really think about it.  What else don't I give myself permission to do?

I am more of an introvert, I guess I worry about looking silly. But that is silly in itself.  Who cares if I look silly, guess it is just me.. I might make others laugh and that would be a good thing.

Have a good laugh and be Silly! 

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