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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Art Quilt for Road to California- done- sent

My Personal App
"Vivian's Journey "

Oh, wow what a challenge, where to begin?  I had to think about this, get it completed and sent by Jan. 5th. 
And so the process began. I usually don't work with a full size paper drawing, but this time that is where I started. Had to be 36 "x 36", and have rounded corners, the normal 3 layers, 4in. hanging sleeve, write a statement.  Thankfully, it did not have to work as a real app on my I pad.

I am not an artist that gets to work and runs for 8 hours with all falling into place immediately. With each step I have to think about the possibilities, then leave it on the design wall, so I can ruminate about where this is taking me.

Next I pulled some of my hand dyes and other fabrics. Making a mess of the studio as I went. However, "Organization" is one of my words for the New Year,, but I digress.

I took photos of the tennis shoes that I had hand Painted months ago. Jamie Fingal is putting her fabric on shoes, I just painted over white shoes because they looked dusty and I could not get them clean.
Living on a gravel road and ranch style area, you have dust.

Then the cutting, layering, placing, sewing, couching of yarns, quilting, applique, beading etc.
Did I miss anything?  Oh, yes, I tried a Kaffe Fasset fabric for the binding. It is amazing fabric but a little slippery, and had to use my brain to figure out how to connect every piece with the stripe on the diagonal. Yes, rounded corners mean cutting strips at a 45 degree angle.

I stamped words on the path, and added flowers and beading where I felt it would work.  What I wrote:

"Living near Yosemite National Park, I have a love for our rolling hills and wooded areas. We live on the Fresno River and can view the wild life first hand.. I am blessed with the path through Life being filled with so many positives.  There are the ups and down, depicted in the rolling hills. Remembering that the bright sunshine and blue skies out shine the difficult times, and I am graced with many flowers, ( friendship) blooming along the way."

I used many of my personal hand-dyes, and commercial fabrics, yarn, beading, and photography.

Now I am clearing my head, for my goals for next year, coming soon.. Why does it rush by so fast when there are so many wonderful things to create, so many things to learn, lovely people to meet, laughter, and love.. Next time I might tell you about Ralph and I saying our wedding vows again..
15 years married, 25 together. But that is another story.

If anyone is going to Road could you take some photos of the other App quilts for me? I don't think I am going to be able to go.    Happy New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Time, a Sharing Time

Beautiful Flowers, Sparkling Trees, lots of packages with ribbon and brightly colored paper. Is this your Christmas?  I am sure it is the sharing, the hugs, tears and love that goes with this season that is really foremost when all the craziness is done. Oh, did I forget the food?

I watch the weather report with everyone traveling to each others home, some in the snow, some tucked warmly in front of the fireplace. Some people are going to sit in airports.  If you are there I hope you make a party out of it, and find some wonderful new friends.

Ralph and I will be at home, and then go to Fresno for afternoon buffet with a friend that does not have family close by.  Our usual is to go to the Casino, for their wonderful buffet, but due to a tribal difference of opinion they are closed. I am saddened for all the people that lost their jobs in this "transition", yes, I am saying it nicely.

We have many blessings all year, but tend to focus on them at this time.  I put spouse, family and friends at the top of the list, pets, home,  and this is not in any order.  You can make up your own list.

We are all human, and probably no matter where you live or what you do, the lists would be mostly the same.. for some Food and a warm bed top the list along with Peace.

Peace for all man kind would be a wonderful gift for the world.  But sadly our World is not made up that way, and so we must find Peace closer to home, with in ourselves.

There are many ways to find Peace. It involves so very much, and yet so simple.

May the Christmas Season bring you Joy, Love and the Peace that you seek.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

River Water- Fresno River

Many things to be thankful for each day, sometimes we have to look hard, but they are there.  Family, Friendships, Love, Caring, and the basics of life.   I could go on but I am sure you have many personal feelings about Thankfulness.

Kind words are also appreciated.

Californian's are especially "Thankful" in the mountain and farming areas for the coming rains. We have had a tough Summer with many fires and devastation of our beautiful hills. Families have been left with just the charred ground where their house used to be.

Today I want to show you what we are very Thankful for, Water in the Fresno River.

My husband was on what we call our "Island" and on the far side, the water has made an appearance.
This is a busy season, time to do lots of trimming in the trees, but also a time to just look at the magnificence of what we are blessed with.

A quiet moment to reflect.

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