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A Busy Week-end

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

We have had a plethora of sun. It is there when we wake up, and it doesn’t set until 9 pm. The temperatures have been mostly in the 70s — just perfect. For today’s sketch. I attempted a city sunset – where you get that rosy glow off in the distance.

We had such a good time with M & M on Friday. We all love Toy Story 3 and then we went out for sushi (after a side trip to REI to buy Grandma a new pair of Teva’s)

Here we are at the sushi bar.

I loved the soy sauce container.

Here is Mia enjoying her California roll.

On Saturday morning, the parents came to retrieve them and we all spent the morning tromping around the neighborhood giant garage sale. I bought a bunch of National Geographic for 10 cents each. Mia is always looking for something to read. I also bought a small indigo batik piece. I am not sure what it is. It has pockets. It could be an apron, but there are no ties. I will try to post a photo tomorrow.

Today, after church, I got a lot of work done in the garden. I planted some zinnias, marigolds, an eggplant and a couple of cucumbers. We also got the drip irrigation system going. Our raspberry plants are finally bearing fruit.

Can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow.

After the gardening, I de-cluttered the house. I knew I would be stalled tomorrow if I had to face a messy house. Now I am ready to face a busy week of appointments and time in the studio.

Hope you had a great week-end, too!

Garden Update

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

We have had nothing but rain with very occasional sun breaks for the month of May. The grasses in our front yard love it.

As do the lettuce and kale:

The green beans, peppers and tomatoes are almost dormant as they, like me, are craving sun.

There are lots of wannabe raspberries from the starts we planted last year.

I have 3 peonies. They need way more sun than they are getting on my studio patio. I think I need to move them.

Late today, the sun came out. I am really hoping it stays around for a few days.

I have been diligently quilting the Old Growth Forest piece. I have the background don, after running out of thread and making a trip to the quilt shop. I have 3 trees stitched down. I hope to finish them tomorrow and get it ready to be photographed. I need to get my entry overnighted on Tuesday. I think I can make that.

Take a Deep Breath

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

It has been a whirlwind few days. Lots of up time and some down time.

We had a great time having brunch with M & M and their parents. Mia managed to consume the Farmer’s Waffle Special and a hot chocolate. I think she is a growing girl. Today, I got phone calls from Mark and Lisa. So, mother’s day was great. Mr C and Scooter gave me some awesome striped Smart Wool Socks in two different color ways.

After checking in at the show, we went to the nursery to get some plants. The sun has come back and I was itchy to do some planting. I planted my herbs in the new kitchen garden bed, but decided to wait to plant the “farm” down below. We may still have a couple of cold nights and then I think I can plant them.

In my quiet times, I have been cutting yellow aspen leaves.

I was able to get the tree fabric misty fused this afternoon before Mr C came down to do more work in my studio. I am so excited because the drywall work has done and he has started painting. I love it.

As you can see from the first photo, I cut a strip of tree fabric to see how it looks on the background. I love the background! I think the tree fabric is working, too.

Tomorrow, I have to go back to Trinity and help take down the show. That has been a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed showing my work and getting lots of questions and nice comments about it. However, my sales were very pitiful. People were not really looking at my small items. Most people were after the traditional art forms – photography, paintings, etc. The last time I was in this show, I said I would not do it again. When they asked me to be the featured artist, I thought I would give it a go again.

I did get a lead from another vendor for a newish gallery near me that she thinks would love my small wall pieces. So I am going to check on that.

My daughter Lisa had a two page spread in the SF Chronicle today, about her collecting. Click on this link to read it. Be sure to check out the slide show of photos of her home.

Today, I found out that the husband of a frequent commenter who is a  long time online friend, passed away. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and went very quickly. Christine, you are in my thoughts.

Bet You Can’t Make Just One

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I had enough of the  velvet to make one more piece. The other two are made with hand-dyed fabric. I like the ground fabric because it looks like fallen Aspen leaves.

Mr C has The Farm ready for me to plant. I think I will wait another week to make sure that my shoulder is healed.

I spent some time trying to photograph Scooter with my new camera. Here are some of the better shots.

He has a pine cone in his mouth. Sometimes, he brings them into the house and makes a mess.

This is funny! His ears are flying and it is almost hard to tell which end is which!!

Bouncing Back

Monday, April 19th, 2010

I am bouncing back from the back/shoulder injury. I did not need the sling today, and I managed to take a nice walk with Scooter. I picked up my unsold inventory at the Japanese Garden. I sold two scarves. There were not a lot of sales, period. The Garden rep said she liked my kimonos and was surprised they did not sell. I price my work to cover my time and materials and perhaps the right clientele did not come along.

I have now made two tops for the Twelve X Twelve Kilauea challenge. A detail on the second one is at the top of this post. I changed it to gray scale to disguise it. Her is a detail from the other:

I hope to get them quilted tomorrow. I am not sure which one will be the official piece. I need to get to work on some things for the Artists Among Us show. I need to do sleeves and hanging slats on several of the big quilts that have never been in a show.

Today, the dirt arrived for my garden beds. That is another big job to work on. Here is my new kitchen garden ready to be planted. It is up on the side of the garage. I will do some herbs and lettuces and maybe some tomatoes, later in the spring.

Scooter is checking it for me.

This morning on my walk, I saw a group of Dogwood trees that were just gorgeous. I took these photos with my iPhone. I am always impressed with the quality of the iPhone pics.

So, I am so happy to have gotten through this injury fairly well. I am still not doing any heavy lifting.