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Saturday, May 14, 2016

An Exciting Week Wraps Up

* New sewing machine arrives to replace the clunker I've used nearly every day for five year. Isn't it amazing what a hundred bucks will buy ?~! I bought the same model as the old one so all the accessories like bobbins and presser feet will fit. It's a Singer 2277. Simple, straightforward, easy to use... So Quiet !~!

* Successful Lemonade Stand with the Littles. A month-long project comes to fruition Thursday afternoon and is a rousing success.

* Fruit trees producing like crazy: cherries, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, apples, grapes, lemons.

* Ornamentals: sunflowers, roses, calendula, poppies, rhododendron, hydrangea, miniature roses, wildflowers round the base of the Australian Boxwood, finally new leaves on the Weeping Copper Beech, field irises, night-blooming jasmine, aloe bloomed for the first time ever in thirteen years, jade tree drops pieces and they take root, Red Maple stuns everyone who walks past it, cedar tree stretches for sky-I think she thinks she's sequoia !~!

May is a great month-new growth everywhere and summer rushing in.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thanks to our Thirsty Neighbors

Lemonade Stand a Rousing Success

 The girls made signs - Lemonade Stand * Thursday Afternoon * By the Office

We hung them on telephone poles at kid height and one by the Office. 
(shown here)

And today was a sunny Thursday !~!
(l to r: Scout, Piper and Ginger)

One dad built the stand itself despite house-hunting on a tight timeframe.
The girls painted it to their own specs.
We picked Atchison Village-grown lemons and squeezed them.

And the thirsty came. 

Over thirty cups were served with the "Kid Special" lemon wedge,
a big spoonful of ice and homemade deliciousness.

And huge Smiles.

Thanks to all who came out and supported us.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Now it's got Borders, Too !~!

The yellow flannel border is also the backing so it'll be soft and cuddly.

It's a Flimsy-What do you think?

Many Thanks to my Holder-In-the-Wind, Scout.

edit: I may detach, flip and re-attach those last two rows.
Those sailboats need to be "not on the bottom row".

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Baby Blanket in the Pipeline

The rough draft. Turtles, sailboats and planets. Sunflowers because: Sunflowers.

Some changes have already been incorporated and the top is two-thirds complete.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Our Yard Blooms with Color and Scent

First fruits: blueberries and lemons and apple blossoms.

Photobombing CatCat 2.0 with the smaller blueberry bush.

Scout in the nectarine tree. Already small fruits abound.

(Pic of a pic) Burp with the Tonka we sent him for Easter.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Few Pieces out for Sale

Ten days ago, I put six of my pieces out for public consumption-first time !~!

A small café, Aky's, near our refinery is owned by a kind and supportive woman who offered to let me put a few pieces into display bags with labels and prices and hang them on her tree of hooks.

I ordered from Vistaprint a packet of four different printed pieces: two-sided business cards, round stickers, rectangle stickers and one-sided 4x6 postcards. I put a postcard into the back side of each bag and a business card and one or two of the stickers on the front of each bag: the square one in the upper right hand corner with the price on it. I will go back this week and see if any have sold. 

Happy Cinco de Mayo

A large portion of why I am here instead of my beloved Tropics is cultural diversity. The Tropics, at least where I was, are a cultural wasteland and completely white bread, mostly Republican and retired. No Thanks.

Even the prospect of not swimming in the warmest salt water ever again wasn't enough after thirty years.

In light of that multiculturalism 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gratitude - Need to Remember it Every Day

What makes me so grateful 
that I must share ?~!

  • My husband of over thirty years.
  • My nearby daughter.
  • My faraway daughter and her beloved family.
  • My sisters-of-other-mothers across the world.
  • My home and neighbors.
  • My Littles and their amazing families.
  • My health care team.
  • Our Internets-without them I would be so incredibly bored and not nearly as smart.
What are you thankful for in your life ?~? 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spring Arrives with a Sunny Smile

A quadruple rainbow by Amanda Curtis. 

Remarkable, don't you think ?~!

Sun coming thru the atmosphere on Pluto;

think how far away this photo was taken !~!

Our first sunset on Mars

incredible, isn't it ?~!

Thanks NASA.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Finished Weaving Hangs in Hallway

Finished and hanging. What do you think? 

First time I fringed; for a new technique it was much easier than I had expected. I think it turned out well.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Karen Taylor and I last August at her home in Cape Coral Florida.

Some of what I am being inspired by these days
as I build potholders and placemats.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Slow Time of Year

The months fly by even when it feels like just last week that I was doing the retrospective of some of my stuff. Wow and here it is late February already.

I've been doing lots of kid wrangling and potholder/placemat stitching. My friend bought another ten pieces a couple weeks ago and I have enjoyed using new African prints for making placemats and mug rugs with the potholders. Playing in the fabrics stirs creativity-sewing strips together to "make fabric" from which I will make smaller items is the most fun. Putting strips together with no real end product in mind allows freedom to do whatever strikes me at the moment.

And still to come are the future pieces made from this "created fabric".

Looking into the future of my sewing, I see Australian Aboriginal paintings as the basis for my next batch of items. I purchased a small painting and a box of coasters with Aboriginal Artwork and I love them. The designs are unique and unusual for one who has grown up with no exposure to such magnificent art.

Have a great week, my friends,
I hope that all you do leads to peace and harmony.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pretty Creations for the Eyes

The need to see what I have created over these last years
has overtaken my good sense !~!
Let's take a gander down memory lane...

In Memory of my Late Father

my Aqua Balloon Throw 

my Daughter's Spoils

Lots of other pieces and a Baby Pic for Fun 

Thanks for taking this journey with me.

Happy New Year

May each step we take Lead to Peace