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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Frosty Dec. 26 2015

Another amazing frozen vista from the house.  We did  not get snow, but a stillness this morning of frozen trees. It is about 28 degrees, and the leaves are crunching as I walk.  There are some cute little fat birds hopping around looking between the crisp leaves for what ever food they can find.. I shall set out something for them later on as it warms under this endless blue sky.

Patches looks up hoping to get some early breakfast, sorry will wait till it is warmer and walk down when it is not so slippery. 

This is Christmas day in the Valley. Beautiful, clear and getting greener. We lunched with friends at the Home Town Buffet. It is unusual to drive the almost deserted streets and see  empty parking lots. 

For many years I have wanted to get a photo of this building just off 41, going towards home.
Most times the weather, the traffic, or lack of my camera, have stopped me, but Christmas day was a perfect sky, just the right moment. Ralph turned the car around and we stopped to enjoy the blessings of the day.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Mail, Catalogs, and Requests, Christmas letter, for New Years again.

I was going through my mail, which had the usual Order Catalogs, and requests for monies. I stopped to look at one sent by St. Joseph's Indian School for Lakota Children.  The artist in me made me stop. Stickers and a tree shape to put them on, FUN.. I scanned it in on some of my Christmas paper.  Yes, one bell is on the bottom for a cat or doggy to ring in the end of one year, the beginning of another.
We gave all our ornaments to our grand kids several years ago, and we hope they enjoy them. We have some little "fake" pine trees on our front porch and put a Christmas bulb on each that we got at the Dollar store, each time someone passes, they sing, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.. to say the cats are enjoying, might be a stretch. 

Merry Christmas! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas from Vegas.  We were in Vegas to visit with Ralph's daughter, Deanna, her son, Brandon,, fiance' Ashley, and a few other very important friends.  Don't mean to forget Santa. Great idea Deanna, to have photos taken with Santa. Can't remember the last time we had that done!
We forgot to check the distance, and took us 8 hrs. Amazing how that city has grown.

 Before we left home, it was freezing out. This is the windshield of the Truck. Might make a nice back ground on one of the art apps.

View from the house,, you can see the river rising. It is getting close to our burn pile. The house is safe we are on high ground

Can you imagine, several weeks ago there, this was a dry river bed.

Still have not had an opportunity to work in the studio, maybe this afternoon... How are your preparations coming along,, Christmas will soon be here.  And they are saying we will get snow and have a white Christmas..

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Timberline art Gallery, Splash Exhibit, taking entries.

Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst is sponsoring a fiber art show, exhibition, which will hang from Feb.29 - March 28. This is open to any fiber artist in Calif. Are you a basket weaver, fiber wall hangings, have something unique that would fit the contemporary fiber category, check out the information at Timberline Art Gallery web site in Oakhurst. 

All information is on   www.timberlineartgallery.com. Dead line is Jan 17th. 2016.  Looking forward to seeing your entry.     

Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Art Affair at Madera Circle Gallery

I  received this post card in the mail from Madera Circle Gallery. How exciting to see my ribbon winning fiber piece  included on the cover. "Colorful Cauliflower". Sorry, I did not get this out sooner..oops and I need to pick it up next week.. so if you want it, stop in at Circle Gallery, Madera..

This time of year is so busy, even for us, retiree's.. Interesting word as we have been busier than when we worked.   Hope you can stop in the see all the wonderful Holiday selections at Timberline in Oakhurst and Circle Gallery Madera


 I have some new earrings that will be going into Timberline Gallery tomorrow afternoon  The little red and gold balls look like Christmas, so do stop by before you go to your next party..If you like to collect Dragonflies, the other pair is perfect for you. I have a nice collection  to chose from, along with others items for Christmas Gifts.. Remember shop local.

The beginning of this year my art will only be seen at Timberline Gallery.. I am working on Dec. 9th so be sure to come in, unless there is snow.   Say hi and enjoy Christmas cheer. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving,  It is a frosty morning here in the mountains, but the snow did not get down to where we live, just the frost.  It has all melted while I cook the turkey, and goodies for Dinner this afternoon. Even the cats have shared a bit of the cooked gizzards.  Friends are stopping in later.

So many have listed all that they are grateful for this year and past years.. Health seem to be at the top of the list, with out that we can not enjoy every day comforts. So may you have a healthy, prosperous Thanksgiving day. Big hugs to share with everyone.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cleaning out cupboards, FUN? What is this?

No, cleaning out it not fun.. I had to because I saw water coming from under a large cabinet in the "garage" / studio.  It is one that I keep canned goods, and odds and ends.. thought it was the connection to the refrigerator, and panicked when I saw the water seeping under the wall board etc.

I started to take the items out of the large cupboard and found that an old bottle of water had sprung a leak. Oh, thank goodness, cancel the call to the plumber... It was this water bottle leaking. So I proceeded to clear out and see what I had in that area. 

Among, many empty bottles for dyeing or grease, checking the date on some canned veggies etc. I found an old scale from Weight Watchers (toss), and this metal can with the insert above. 
I have no idea what it is for.. would it work for dyeing fabric in some way?  How could I re- purpose 
it?  Anyone know what it is supposed to be used for?.. I am not much of a cook with lots of utensil's so if anyone knows, great. 
Would love to hear the real use, and ideas for art use.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sitting Timberline Gallery today.

I posted several photos (on Facebook)of various art pieces in Timberline today.. But then thought why not write a short blog also.. Timberline is now on Winter Hours, which means we are open from 10-4.

The Gallery has been rehung and is looking fantastic.  As I  mentioned I posted some photos on Facebook, with  written comments, but when I checked it, they had put all the photos together, and I had to click on them to see what I wrote... I will have to check when I get home if it looks that way on Ralph's computer. If so, just click on the photo and the dialogue comes up. They keep changing things with out telling and I never know what is going to happen next.

The above photo is of the Angel Garden Stakes I painted. All the Halloween Stakes were sold during Art Trails.  I love to see the little Angels covering up some old yard stakes, and have some in pots with the flowers growing around them. 

Guess I need to make a few for the Thanksgiving celebration. Angels are year round, not just for the holidays.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Day of the Dead Celebrations.

I might have shown this before, but it was probably a year ago. I love making these little mixed media fiber wall hangings.  Pieced, applique, fused, quilted, beading, small buttons and little skulls along the base.
It is 10" in wide x 24" long. Hand dyed fabric and commercial fabrics.  It is for sale for $350.00.
Hope you all have a wonderful celebration. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Baby quilt for Gavin

It has been years since I made a baby quilt.  I made a pillow first and then had time to complete this Modern Quilt for Gavin, our great gran.  His mom Jade, has chosen the room theme to be little duckies. I lucked out and found some Ducky fabric. I completed it at PB camp.
Gavin is enjoying looking at all the colors and can find his toys on the open white sections.

I forgot to take a photo of the pillow. Lots of fun, no pattern just simple ideas, and quilted with variegated thread.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Colorful Cauliflower, Madera Arts Ag Show.

On top of everything the Reception for the Ag Art Show at Madera Circle Gallery was the day before Judy Andes and I had to install our art work for Sierra Art Trails.
I put 2 pieces in the Show, one gourd, and this piece called "Colorful Cauliflower."
Several months ago Ralph and I were at Kaiser Hosp. for a Dr. appoint. It was the same day they have their weekly Veggie Market. I was so impressed with the many colors of cauliflower that I took several photos. Then I printed the photo on fabric after changing it in a Waterlogue App.  Used my hand dyes for the border, and painted a Gallery Canvas with a purplish acrylic paint. I always enclose the back with black felt. 

Ralph had a Dr. appoint. that day for a recheck on the surgery on his shoulder.  We were tired but really wanted to attend the Reception. Some days end with a wonderful award.
When entering an art show with mixed media art, one never knows what will happen. So I am delighted to be included and have a fiber piece given an Honorable Mention. We were all given  beautiful looking certificates printed by the Calif. State Legislature, and signed by Frank Bigelow our District 5 Assembly-member.
We were very happy that we went. It was a lovely reception with music, munchies and an excellent attendance. I did not take any photos because I was more concerned about keeping Ralph's arm from getting bumped in the crowd.

All the Ag entries are still at Circle Gallery in Madera, Ca. and most are for sale.  There is some amazing art and well worth stopping in to see all the different styles. I think every entry is a winner. Madera Circle Gallery is not open every day, so check out the hours on Facebook or their web site.

My plan is to get back to writing my blogs, with all that was going on I really missed sharing with friends and hearing from you. 

I did something crazy, but will tell about that later on,, maybe next week.. now, to clean out the studio!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sierra Art Trails starts Oct. 2,

Usually I am very organized and everything for Trails is in order by this date.

But with Ralph's Shoulder surgery this last Fri.. Everything has turned into a scramble.
PT for his arm, Dr. appoint., meals etc... that I could just pass off before and leave for him to handle, and somethings I still want to make special for Trails are still on my to do list. But there will be lots to see. Judy has some marvelous Pastels she is excited to show, and I have several new pieces to share with you also.

Be sure to come by, we are easy to find, just below the Casino on Hwy 41. Watch for our signs.  I will be having a sale of some items also.. Special for the Christmas Holidays..
At this time of the year we have a chance to see friends that have been elusive during the year, and we love the surprise visits..

Judy and I are trying to think of projects we can be working on at the time of your visit. Lots to get ready.
Docents will be available to show you the Historic Adobe that has been refurbished and answer any questions.  

Bring your lunch and enjoy a break sitting at the picnic tables under the oaks..
We look forward to seeing you and meeting new friends.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Banana Split Party

Our Neighbor Al making a special treat for me. This all started with my husband, Ralph. He is addicted to Banana Splits.
Al used to work at the local Indian Casino, and he would make the Banana Split for him.  Did not matter if it was breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Casino has been closed for some time, and will open soon. But since Ralph is having some surgery on his right arm, he wanted to have a party with lots of ice cream at our house.
We had all the necessary ingredients. Al was a wonderful sport and he was the surprise of the evening, even answered the door for our guests.  We had a table full of guests and loads of Ice Cream and all the goodies that go with them.. We made a list of all the ingredients that our friends wanted, even to the Marshmallow Fluff.  I won't bore you with all the photos.

Hats off to a very fun evening. Thank you to all our friends for a fun, silly evening.
Ralph is doing well after shoulder Surgery, but I am tired!

 If you are looking for great shaped bowls for Banana Splits, we bought ours at the Dollar Store in Oakhurst.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Rough Fire / Rain

I had to share this fantastic photo of the Rough Fire and our amazing Firemen.   As I type this there is a patter on our roof.  It is rain! We really need the rain, all the rain that is falling. 

But wouldn't you know it,  I washed rugs and hung them outside, that it would be rain!
Maybe I should put the rugs in the washer more often!
Smells so good out side. I need to put the car out there also..
Hope you have a rainy day where you are  in Calif. 
Blessing to those who have lost so very much with the fires.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sierra Art Trails Gala Reception is THIS Saturday

Do you have your catalog in hand? You can always buy one at the Gala Reception this Sat. September 12. Starting at 4, and going through till 9PM.
Art, Music, Great munchies, wonderful conversation, artists, art lovers, meet them all.
40982 Hwy.41, Oakhurst, Ca. -559-658-8844

This is always a fun get together, meeting locals, visitors from all over, and oh, yes, the artists.
Look at all the art and check the artists location in your catalog, and be ready to set up your Art Trail for Oct. 2,3,4.  Three Fun Filled Days in the Mountains.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Madera Ag Art Show, at Madera Circle Gallery.

Lately seems like I am posting many posters, lots going on at this time of year.  Even the heat is going up again. So come to cool places. This year I have 2 pieces in the Ag Show. That is exciting and I am so honored! 
Soon I will be posting the poster and telling about Sierra Art Trails, so stick with me, this is a crazy time of the month. Busy on all fronts, and great fun. 
Ok, the house and the yard have to wait, just as well, the fires in the mountains are still sending lots of smoke our way, so very hazy still.   Hope it is clear where you are.

If you are in our area, we are safe and busy.. Be sure to stop in at these wonderful opportunities for entertainment.. 

Marine Corp, supports Scholarships.

It's that time of year again, to support the qualified graduating seniors with a fund raiser for when they go to College. This is a one time special presentation by and at the Golden Chain Theater. So come join the fun, we are almost sold out, and we like a full house.  These actors, dancers, and staff have been working for weeks on this one time special, so support your community and enjoy  with neighbors and friends.  For additional info Sierra News Online, or give a call to Jim Winney, number on the poster.  This Friday, September 11th. 

Golden Chain Theater- Odd Couple

As most of you know we live in the rolling hills, on the way to Yosemite National Park. Neither Oakhurst or Coarsegold are much to look at when driving thru, but we have some hidden treasures.

The Golden Chain Theater being one of them.. It is located just above Oakhurst.  Guess I should have looked up some details to give you history about the theater, but I didn't.  The Theater has been known for it's Melodramas, Can Can dancing and generally fun entertainment,  pop corn, hot dogs, sodas, and drinks etc.
They are changing their venue a bit now, offering some more serious plays, and musicals. They are also offering Season Tickets. Ralph and I went with my P.E.O. Chapter, to the last Sunday afternoon, of the Odd Couple, the Female Version, By Neil Simon. It was very funny and enjoyed the afternoon, in the cool theater. 

Our Chapter is also planning to see Fiddler on the Roof in November 7.

Their Web site is http:www.goldenchaintheatre.org , they are also on Facebook or the phone # 559-683-7112

Thursday, September 3, 2015

EBHQ Opportunity Quilts March 2016

It seems like just a few days ago, I was planning on what to bring to camp. And now I am home unpacking the unfinished projects, needles, pins,etc.  But I still have Point B and my quilt friends in my mind. We are  sending emails back and forth and checking in on Facebook.  Along with the silly photos that were taken.
No, the quilts you are seeing are not any of mine, the two above are close ups of the East Bay Heritage Quilters Quilt Opportunity Quilts. They have  Two amazing quilts.

Voices in Cloth is 2016, they are starting early to sell tickets for these quilts, and I have purchased mine. 
I wanted to let you know you can contact at EBHQVoicesInCloth@gmail.com, plan to attend, there will be 400 quilts and I hear that you will be overwhelmed with the quilts,venders etc. and the location is amazing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What a year this has been, Onward. Postmarkd'art, Fabric Postcards.

A Story- Postmarkd'art

I started making Fabric Postcards in about 2006, it has been a wonderful time of meeting the most amazing ladies.  The postcards have traveled all around the world.  My e friend Franki Kohler wrote a book, Fun Fast & Easy, Fabric Postcards, about how to make fabric postcards and at that time and since, more articles have been written. Don't want to forget Bonnie Sobel and Louii-Philippe O'Donnell with their book Positively Postcards,through That Patchwork Place.
Judi Warren wrote a book also, but way before the wild fun, Fabric Postcards, 1993, with the American Quilters Society.  All the books are amazing and very different. I think the email and internet was a big boost to the activities.  Many of my e-friends are in Aussie Land, New Z, England, and Europe. Some turn out to be almost next door in the U.S.A.   I have 13 white binders full of the amazing cards. Have even had some hanging in art exhibitions, quilt shows and others have been sold or commissioned. 

Fabric Postcards have been a great project for our YoYo group, some are silly, others are really works of art. These cards have brought a smile to sad faces, laughter at difficult times, and admiration for the beauty they contain. 
This year I am going to pass on making fabric postcards. I do it with a heavy heart and hope that I can continue keeping in touch with many of these wonderful ladies. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Quilt Camp

Beautiful grey skies, room full of quilters, the humm of sewing machines, great food. What more can you ask for?  I am binding a quilt I started 20 years ago.  Hope you are enjoying your day. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Timberline Gallery today

It has been a bit quiet today. However, the owners of Alice's Cook House, stopped in, to see what is left of the Show we did for the restaurants.  I had two pieces, one wall hanging that included their menu. But they have changed their food prices, so will add something to that area. Will stop by there and take some photos. So had a sale today.
This piece in the photograph is " World Population". The little square on the left is several prints from my shoe, used hand dyed fabrics. It has traveled to several shows and is now home in the gallery.
It must be about 104f outside, so a little toasty?
Finish packing tomorrow for camp. Hope I remember everything!  Now, that I can blog from my IPad, I will be posting more often, this is fun!  Stay cool! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Packing for Quilt Retreat

I can't decide what to work on for a week at PB,  so packing more than I will ever finish. While looking through my stuff I found quilts tops that need quilting. Where did this year go? I had such plans to be organized, so many ideas that I wanted to follow through and complete.  I am setting goals for next year. Am I starting early or did I just miss this year?
First week end in Oct. is Sierra Art Trails, Judy and I will be at the Coarsegold Historical Museum on Hiwy 41. Don't forget to buy your catalogue. They are beautiful. But more about that later. 
Can you see if I forgot anything? Oh, yes clothes! 


Ok, now I am testing having Blogger connection with my IPad.  This is a waterlogue photo from my IPad , so far this is progress, couple more buttons to hit and we will see what happens. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Quilt, Knit and Stitch... Portland, Oregon

I was just notified that my quilt Variable Toile Stars, has traveled to the Quilt, Knit and Stitch Show in Portland, Oregon

This quilt might get more miles than we did on our trip.

I really appreciate the ladies that let me and the other quilters know where their quilt is hanging.  It is fun to share.
Sorry, I don't live near there to see the show, but I am sure everyone will have a wonderful time. If you attend, drop me a line to tell all that you bought and saw.

Friday, July 31, 2015

I am back- We are back

The minute we returned home from the trip, I jumped back to work on this Timberline Project. It felt like I was on one of the little animal wheels and constantly spinning.  Although, honestly, I had my computer, I pad, kindle, and I phone with me, not to say that we didn't both have all the electronic gadgets.  It got to be funny, as the first thing we looked for in a motel/hotel room, were the wall plugs.  I love the plugs that are on the lamps. And also my I pad with Verizon to work in the car.

I wrote articles and kept in touch with the newspapers all the way across the U.S. Total mileage was about 8,600 miles. And Ralph did all the driving.. yes, we are still married.  But the last week was a bit snappish on my part. I found it was easier to Facebook from my phone so most of the trip is on that.  I really need to learn how to blog from my I pad..

Jacqueline and hubby left about a month after we did, but did not head so far East, at one point we were heading West and they were heading East, and we were about 200 miles apart.  We kept playing ideas off of each other, and what one of us did not think of the other did. So it worked out well. We got home about 2 weeks before she did, and we were off and running.

The first two exhibits went spectacularly, and we expect the same for the last one that is this Sat. August 1.  2-4.  5 Restaurants will be featured.  We have been blessed because all of the advertisers understood that this is a community project and supported this with lots of articles and photographs.  The restaurants in the first two out did them selves with the trays of food. Our music by Terry, is delightful, and people brought their chairs in and sat and listened and chatted. Patti's Japanese Floral arrangements and her explanations intrigued everyone that watched. She is planning to give some classes at the gallery in the future.

As I mentioned before the last gathering for "Celebration of Tasteful Art at Timberline" is this Sat. August 1,  2-4. If you have not been by, do come.  Terry will be playing his musical instruments again, and I am sure these 5 restaurants will bring delicious goodies and we do have a dessert table.  The art for this exhibition will be up through Sunday.  Several of the pieces have been sold, but will be there till the end of the Show..

We look forward to seeing you... 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

More Texas, Lakeway, Corpus Christi

I just noticed that I forgot to take photos in Fredricksburg.. Darn.. oh. well, it is a lovely town with lots of shops. It did not get damaged by the floods. One Art Town in Texas was swept away... very sad.
A lady at an art gallery, told us that Fredricksburg is working together to make it a Tourist city to visit, they want to be number 1 in Texas..  There is an amazing war History Museum  that is well worth the visit, about the back ground of the wars with beautiful  memorials. Bought a little gift at the gallery.

Arrived in Lakeway, Tx.  Did not ask if we could post Gavin's photo on my blog, so you just get this photo of Great Grandpa and Gavin. He is about 2 months old. Beautiful little boy with lots of hair.  Ralph is so good with babies!

 It is a beautiful area, of rolling hills, the lake I showed above, is walking distance. Lots of stores close, and the perfect place to start with a new house, and friendly neighborhood.  The humidity would probably get to a Californian. They have repainted and put in a new wood floor, everything looks beautiful. 
We dropped off the antique chair from our house, and boxes with books on gardening, house decorating and french recipes, along with some french books that I had from my teens.. But then the language does not change.much and Jade loves anything French. Also, missed seeing a blog P.E.O  friend, always tough to connect when we don't know distance and plans.. Have to stay kind of loose.

We had planned to visit the Texas Quilt Museum in Le Grange Texas, but it was closed the days that we were near..  Off to see more Italian Cousins.
Larry and Barbara are planning to leave the end of the week for a cruise to Alaska.. but opened their home to spend the night.. Again chatting most of the time about family.
On the way to their place we did have to turn around once because of a road wash out.. Big spout shooting in the air where the road would be, we turned around and were directed to another road that was open. Seeing lots of goats, white cows, and small ranches.. Near Austin.

Then off again, driving south to Corpus Christi, to see Ralph's other Aunt Lee and her son Orey Jr.. Finally had a meal at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant.  Very good Pork Chop.   Again lots of cars, rushing back and forth, this city is divided down the middle with a freeway. Sunny still, yeah..

Back on the freeways to Houston.. Next, Aunt  and cousins in Louisiana.

still in Texas

Tough to take photos with a messed up windshield that we could not clean.. Found out at Larry and Barbara's cousins of Ralph that W d 40 is amazing, but that is a bit later. A little Vinegar after and clean as new.  That is my tip for the day.
Big fluffy clouds, but not dangerous.. thankfully.. no road wash out yet.

So much open land, but not welcoming land. There is very little top soil in much of what we see. Only good for cattle and wild things. 

Wow, does this look inviting, so much good looking food.

Even the perfect snack for Italians... Salami, and cantaloupe, or hard boiled eggs.  Could be really healthy here.. just did not show, the fried chicken, hot dogs, and the rest of the food.
still traveling a lot of open country.
As we traveled further,, there was a terrible accident that had us held up for over an hour on the highway. No choices of by ways here.


Beautiful Blue skies... Looks like we are traveling behind the storms.. bringing Ca. sun to Texas.

We are not American, if we don't stop at Walmart.  Some road construction sprayed black top on the windshield..

Eating healthy,  Pizza Hut.  Ralph's eyes are always bigger than mine.
Tomorrow Salad!
Lots of road to Jade's, baby Gavin and Warren.
Have the Texas road conditions on my phone and all is clear!

New Mexico

New Mexico

Talk about open land and lots of rocks!

Cochise and Geronimo Country

Can not help thinking about the settlers that came across this country.  Would I have been so brave?. I think not.  Thankful for air conditioning and an 80 mile an hour speed limit.
Everything just sort of whizzes by.. Look at the strength of that tree, clinging to that rock. So amazing.
Wish we had the time/ energy to take out my drawing tablet.

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