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.
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.
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.!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a wonderful safe 4th. of July.. Being Patriotic has been a memory for all of my life. Long story, but I was brought up having Parents whose roots came from Holland. Not just their roots, but born there, and my "mother" immigrated here in her 20's. My Dutch father was a teen in the Dutch military in WWI and defended Holland, then continued until he retired after WWII from the Dutch Air Force. During the war the Dutch with Americans defended Australia and other countries. To speed this up, I was adopted, in 1942 when the Dutch were stationed in Mississippi. So I was born American. Much later in my life I found my biological family, and that is a blessing to have brothers and family in that State. But recently a friend that belongs to the DAR researched and found that many of my relatives fought for the Independence of America.. So my Patriotism goes way back.
I tear up every time I see a Parade, our flag held high, and feel so blessed to live in this country. Yes, we traveled to many countries and thankfully, always came back to the U.S.A. So I celebrate with much love for this country. Happy 4th. Blessings for All..
This has been a big project that has gone on for a long time from the planning to completion.
There was so much to do.
Last minuet preparations now.
Many of the trees in the mountains have been dying. It has been very sad to see this happening because of the beetles. But the Griswold Mountain Detachment 1121, Marine Corps League, have made good use of the chips.. This is all in preparation for the Dedication of the Veterans Memorial at Ahwahnee Hills regional Park on June 14th. This area started out with just the one 40 ft. pole with the POW and American Flag.. the area will now have the 5 Service Flags on separate poles, 5 benches, and wheel chair access. This project has been a hands on for many in the community, thru donations, and sweat labor, and the generosity of Companies, Service Groups, Boy Scouts, just too many to make note here... However, be sure to come by for the Dedication, or stop by if you are in town. It is just 5 miles out of Oakhurst on the way to Mariposa on Highway 49.
Yes, I will add a photo when it is completed, and if I remember during the Dedication.
Yesterday we were working again at the Memorial at Ahwahnee Park, Calif. Hubby had given me a set of lenses that could be clipped on to an I pad or I phone. This is with the I phone. I don't know how I would get the whole circle.. But it is interesting.
Hope everyone is celebrating and remembering all those that gave their all, so we can enjoy our Freedom. We have an amazing country, and we are blessed to live here.
The Dedication of this Veterans Memorial will be Flag Day, Wed. June 14th. Everyone is invited, and suggest bringing your own chair and head cover. It will probably be hot. We will have some pop up tents available. Starting time is 10 AM. please come early so that you can be seated at the time it starts.
We still have items that need doing. The Tiger grass for the center should start next week, Electrical should be finished, although the Service Flags have their own solar light. Some tractor work is needed. Wood chips are being donated, and those need to be spread after grading is completed..
Grass cutting so people can park their vehicles. Since my hubby is the point person. I go to bed worrying about the due dates and completions. Many of men from the Griswold Mountain Detachment 1121,Marine Corps League, Oakhurst have spent a lot of time working at the location, spraying weeds, clearing rocks, laying and staining cement with the Clampers and putting the benches together. The Boy Scouts have donated 4 benches to the projects. They also learned to lay cement and build the benches. So many people, Service Clubs, and Company's have donated time and work for this project. This is a lovely spot to just sit and relax, remember or just enjoy the nature of the area.
When we were there yesterday, several people drove into the park, because they saw the flags flying.
They are delighted to see the new Veterans Memorial in the park.
Have a wonderful day with your family and friends.
My friend Diane Ward, was busy yesterday helping set up her display at Sierra Mountain Quilt Guild Show in Oakhurst at the Community Center. Be sure to stop in and say hi, and see all the gorgeous quilts. Of course, we have Venders, and lots of places to shop... and food, naturally. So much more.
SMQA has a Quilt Show every 2 years, and this is the first time in a long time we have been in town to attend... oh, yes I do have a few small pieces in the show also.. I work all day (10-4) tomorrow Sunday, so hope to see you! Be sure to take a look at the Opportunity Quilt, a ticket will be picked Sunday .. I gave out all my postcards to I don't even have a photo... but believe me, I am going to buy more tickets tomorrow. All goes to a good cause, we make many people happy with the quilts that are given away during the year.. and too much more to add. Moneys also is used to bring teaching speakers to the meetings, for us to learn new techniques. We welcome new and experienced ladies and gentleman to our first of the month Thurs. evening guild meetings.
A wall at Timberline Gallery,, My fiber piece Reflections. Hand dyed whole cloth in the center, Stenciled leaves and Machine Quilted.
To the left is a sculpture by Chris Sorenson, Pelican. Below my fiber piece, is a Giclee by Zygmund Zee, named Abandoned and at the bottom is a gourd by Gretchen Lee, Seasons of a Dogwood.
Timberline Gallery, has a large assortment of art work, we just changed out the gallery with new pieces. I could list all that we have but want you to come in and see for yourself.
It is a beautiful clear day in Oakhurst, cool breeze, few fluffy clouds, a perfect day to explore galleries and enjoy some of our local restaurants. Stop on by, open 10-5 every day..
Each artist works the gallery at least once a month, check out our Web page to find your favorite artist and when they would be sitting the gallery. Stop by and visit. Learn how an artist approaches their type of art.
I have a small fiber piece in the Yosemite Western Arts exhibit. The exhibit was initially in Oakhurst, and now is at the Circle Gallery in Madera... I have a previous commitment, so I can not attend the opening. Sure hope you can. Amazing artistry! I am an artist with the gallery, and displaying, hand dyed scarves, a gourd, and a small wall piece besides the entry into the show.
Great opportunity to meet the artists. Madera Gallery is known for wonderful Receptions with yummies to munch on.
Address: 1653 N Schnoor Ave #13, Madera, Ca. www.Maderaarts.org.
Well, Sunday, I took my hubby to the Goddess Festival after Breakfast. We walked around and looked at all the booths. He does like doing that and asking questions about the artists work.. We met a man with Indian background that had the most beautiful paintings. My hubby loves Eagles. We have had some interesting experiences with them. We discussed technique and he paints with an air brush.. they are beautiful, sorry did not get his card... Just wish we had some wall left in the house. Oh, yes, we are that point of not down sizing but clearing and organizing... more about that some other day.
This was a play day.. I asked where the Lavender Lady's Booth was and delighted to know she was there. She will also be at the Farmer's Market in Oakhurst on Thurs. evenings..
All right, yes, I bought some delicious Jam. The suggestion was to use the Spicy Lavender Apricot Jam on pork or chicken... First thing I did when we got home, defrost the pork... Oh, yes, very good!!! Next will try it on chicken, just the right amount of Spice. The other jam we bought was Lavender, White Peach Jam. So good for breakfast! Or a snack during the day on a cracker. Need a bigger jar.
In the same booth, Fantasy Oaks, Lavender soaps & Bamboo & Sugar Cane,, Goat Milk Soap. They will be sharing a booth together at the Farmer's Market on Thurs. Evenings. Don't miss them.
I really should have taken more photos, but maybe you will put it on your list for visiting Goddess in the Garden next year in Coarsegold -Ca.
Many of my friends were in attendance, Jewelry Artists, Singers, Lavender Jams ; Jellies, Psychic Readers.. And yes, there were lots of men and women walking around and enjoying.. Of course, I did not list all, like music, fantastic looking tents, ladies all dressed up and lots to buy.
My focus was on my writer friends. I never sit around and chat, and I was invited to sit with them for awhile on Saturday. What fun to see these amazing ladies talking about their books. You have met my friend Vicki Thomas, who is writing a series, about a young boy and his very special experiences in the Mystical Forest. The Long Dark Cloak- She is an amazing artist also, painting the cover for the book.
This is a photo at the book signing.
Vicki and Sandra Masters, Sandra is the writer of The Duke Series, and many more books. She has a Facebook, so look her up. These are Spicy Romance books.. covers are pretty seductive.
Cora Ramos, was showing her books and telling about being a writer. On the card that she gave, "Dance the Dream Awake", she mentioned that she also writes Spicy books. Krista Lynn is the lady with the beautiful Indian Necklace, and she writes about Supernatural, Romance Suspense. "The Canyon Series". She is also a Graphic Designer. Wow, these ladies do it all.. Amazing.
They are doing book tours all over, so am sure you can find out where they will be next.. I can give you one clue, the Christmas Boutique in Yosemite Lakes Park. Get there early for parking close, always busy... But if you don't want to wait, Try Amazon, or check for their Facebook's and get on their list of new books coming out. Lots to chose from.
Hope you can make it.. I have a little piece in this exhibit. Should be a fun time. Both Timberline and new Gallery 5 will be open with a variety of art, from the Contemporary to the Traditional. With a Special exhibit at Timberline by Photographer Wendy Denton. Both galleries will be open every day, 10-5. Hope to see you there.
Suns up, make it a great day!
Timberline Gallery, well you all know about it, and that we have some fantastic artists. There is a YWA exhibition coming up, and a quilt show in May.. Have my entries ready to go..
But, if you are looking for a gift to bring to a holiday gathering, be sure to check out the variety that we have to offer.. From beautiful wall art, to our little gift gallery, full of inviting new surprises. Tourists are starting to come in, so do check us out before they take their new prizes home away from the mountains.. As you know all of our art is by artists that are local.. The painting above is a watercolor, and we have a new artist that paints with Alcohol Inks. Bright and beautiful..
Or you can pick up one of my hand dyed scarves to be bright and beautiful for summer. Too much more to tell at this time.
Gathered some small entries for the quilt show... if you want to see them in person. Mark your calendar for May 20th and 21st. Check out Sierra Mountain Quilters web site.
My break is over and back to cleaning,, at least it is warming up and I can wash down the patios.
Hope you are having fun in your quilt studio, or art studio, or yard work,, you know what I mean. Make it a great day!!!
Our gathering of "animals" at the pond. A Flamingo is the newest arrival.. but the raft with the gorilla is sinking... look out, fish below! The plastic ducks are still floating around, no big waves. But as the sun shines more and there is less rain our "pond" is shrinking.
It sure is fun to have residents with humor on our road. Another rain is scheduled for later in the week. So everyone is busy spraying or weeding. Riding mowers are the sound in the distance, clearing of weeds on the road way, trimming of tree limbs to prevent fires. It is wonderful to have beautiful new growth and green trees. .but the weeds that I need to pull seem to be growing to the sky. The beautiful wild flowers peek between the weeds.. I want the pinks and purple of the wild flowers, so hand pulling is the only way to save the flowering plants. I can't see any of the beautiful
orange poppy plants we had in the overflow of the river.. They must have washed down stream during the storm... so sad. Hope they settle and sprout again to make someone smile. Looking to see if any have come down stream for us to enjoy... I guess they start out small, the ones we had had grown into bushes.. so beautiful.. How is your spring season coming along.. quilting?
I was going thru some paper work and decided to check out where the Personal App Exhibit is now.
I found out, it is in France.. I think this piece will have more miles then I have gone recently.
What fun, don't you just wish quilts could talk and tell us all about their travels, who they saw, the comments, well maybe not all the comments.
It is cold and rainy out today.. Glad we went to the Best of the Valley Show in Lindsay, yesterday. Although there was a time on the freeway where it was hard to see for the rain. Lindsay is several hours drive from us. But hubby and I went then stopped for lunch and ran the usual errands in Fresno.
Beautiful show, fantastic quilts, venders, that I know. So that made it fun also. We saw my friend Cathy from YoYo's with her daughter Sandy.. Wonder if they bought anything? Her husband is making an amazing quilt, large and it will be all hand quilted... I hope next year he enters it in this quilt show.. I hate to tell ages, but he is over 80.. When he finishes it I want to show it on my blog, or maybe before, need to have her send me a photo of him working on it..
I would not tackle a quilting project that size, let along hand quilt it..
The wind was not blowing this morning, so good time to get some yard art painted.. I sprayed with Rustoleum. Hope it helps.. Found the metal quilt blocks at the Tractor store on Sale.. they really needed some touching up. Trying to decide, do I hang them on the gate or on the house, the barn doors to the studio... Although the plan is to paint the doors red also.. So maybe better on the gate.
At the corner of River Knolls and 415 highway, near the mail boxes, there is a little pond. Only in the winter. But we have some fun loving inhabitants on our road.
This little to monkey was placed with his raft.
Ducky on the rock, "now where is my buddy?
There it is with family on a raft. On the rocks around the area sit, a plastic lizard, and a snake.
We have a very funny and decorative entry.. Hope you enjoy it also.
I am usually a Kindle person, but decided to join on Bea's and Mona's give away... Thank you to Mona Hodgson for sending your signed book... I am sure I will enjoy it.. She has written many other books. Check them out on Amazon. Love receiving gifts in the mail. Happy Reading!.
Wow, posting twice in one day.. Lots happening.. Taxes are done, 1 piece done for a show,, my list is going down, and tomorrow will think of a dozen more to do... Happy Quilting!
This is one block from a pattern that my friend Kathy and I put together for a class at the SMQA guild in Oakhurst. The gathering of NCQC is coming up in April and we will not be able to attend.
I have put together a simple notice that they can hand out to guilds that day. .Hope you will pick one up and contact me regarding a Presentation and Class. The basket, has buttons, beads and embroidery.
My plan is to make a table runner with English Paper Piecing with Scraps, seems to be all the rage. And there is a second benefit. Clearing out some scraps with a goal in mind.
If you can not read this, you can contact me by leaving a message, at email@example.com.
Friends keep saying it will flower, it is now about 4 ft tall not counting the plant its self. It is hard to judge the height, but up it goes.. We have had rain, then sun. Not like some of the quilters I follow who are still deep in snow and cold winds.. The winds have been cold, but not like many of the quilters who are "stuck" to their quilting machines. Ha, Stuck.. sure..
I did finish a piece yesterday, and there is a story behind it... Interested? Please check in soon...
Need to finish flyers for NCQC and get that in the mail. We can't attend this year . Would love to do some Presentations/ Trunk Shows, and classes in Calif. scheduling, after June.. So if you belong to a guild, I will be posting some info, as soon as I finish the updated announcement.
I met Vicki eons ago, she is a member of the Yosemite Western Artists and many other organizations. She is a part of Sierra Art Trails, the mountain tour of Arts Studios the first week-end in Oct.
Vicki has written a wonderful book for kids.
Talk about a true artist in all senses. Artist and writer, what an amazing combination. I don't know how she finds the time, better organized than I am.
She will be signing books at Branches Book Store this coming Saturday March 25th. from 1-3. This is so exciting for me. I love seeing friends grow and create. She is an amazing lady, artist and friend.
Be sure to stop by Branches, it is located in the Von's Shopping Center in Oakhurst.
PS, she is working on her second book.. So start buying the series now, makes a great gift.
Our Granddaughter and family are growing, yup baby chicks have arrived. Early! so now they live in the bathroom tub, under lights.
Soon they will have a home of their own, the chicken house is in process. Our Great Grandson Gavin, will learn a lot about the life of Chickens. Ordered Ameraucana, Splash Silkie, 2 Silver Laced Wyandotte. And several more, I am looking forward to seeing how they grow, and what they look like.
I have wanted Chickens, but our cats are older, and I am sure they would just love "chicken". and we also have our hands full with the llamas, and clearing the fields from the rains that brought all sorts of things down river.
Happy Saint. Pats Day...
Composition book covers, it was a busy day, and I enjoyed being in the studio all day!
Great books to write recipes in , who writes down recipes these days, but maybe could use for a daily journal,, or nice for a gift..
This one is sold.... thank you. . These composition books are all quilted and comfy to hold. Great for sitting out on a sunny porch, with a little glass of something, writing about your dreams and thoughts.
I Pad class with Susie Monday. Probably not her best student by a long shot, but having fun with Apps on my Ipad. And it is colorful.
Talk about a contrast in work, bright and colorful. Then a more pensive piece. Not sure what I will call it," Memories", of what, when? This will hang in Timberline Gallery after the 6th of March. We will be changing out Timberline Gallery, and lots of new art will be brought in and hung.. Please stop by if you are in town. We are open from 10-4.
Yesterday, I took some pieces to the Madera Arts Gallery, their Reception is Thurs. March 2. Goodies and wine will be served.. I have another commitment with the quilt guild that night, hope you can drop by, should be lots of fun.
River is down a bit, and might walk down that way.. Sun is shining, and the studio beckons. Make it a bright sunny day where you are and enjoy.
We live in beautiful area of Central Calif. They say we have been in a drought for many years. The last time we had a rain like this was 1997. Just before we moved up here.. Thankfully, our house is not in any danger, but we have some land which we call the island. This is just a part of it, and most of it has been underwater for weeks.
At some time in the past, a neighbor that has land about 1/2 a mile from us, off the dirt road, put a cargo container on the side of the road. The river came up, and swept up the container, and carried it about 4 miles down the river, until it settled on rocks.
It is pretty amazing to see what water can do.. We are fortunate, we live in hilly ground and water flows down and so the water to Hensley Lake. Many miles from us... Wonder if we had a boat we could scoop up all the wood we had stacked for our fireplace, that is now water soaked and in someone else's yard or floating in the lake.
However, most of our trees look like this all wrapped with wood, grasses, and wire from fencing. Much of it about 6 ft up the trunks.
As we watch T.V. and see the flooding in other areas of Calif. we feel very lucky to have our home high and dry.. We hope that no lives will be lost. Nature does it's thing and has a mind of it's own.
Good day for quilting.
I am a mixed media fiber/quilt artist who loves to work with gourds,and jewelry. I am easily distracted with the next project, and have many going at one time. I have been teaching Fabric Dyeing and Beginning gourd art for many years. I am blessed with my own home studio. We live in the rolling hills near Yosemite National Park, in central Calif. U.S.A. This is a place of Inspiration, Blue Skies and Great Friends. I volunteer with several organizations,and have memberships in P.E.O., Coarsegold Historical So., Sierra Art Trails, Madera Circle Gallery, Yosemite Western Artist, Timberline Gallery and Sierra Mountain Quilters. I teach at my home studio and at local quilt gatherings.
My web site is: www.vivianhelena.com,