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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Midsummer memories

Not the happiest summer of my life. A difficult divorce in my daughter's family and the closing of the fabric store where I had a part-time job for many years.

Here are photos, in no special order...

 

Garden flowers from the front yard.

We pose by that front garden...floaty cotton dress is cool on super hot days.

A garden party art show and sale...so much fun, mot much $$$$!

Trying to paint my daughter and granddaughter together...

Hydrangeas are fabulous this year...I try watercolor...

 

Neighbors and Steve out by the hydrangea garden...

My favorite photo of Steve this year...

The last day at Hancocks, Fayetteville, AR.
 
 
Horses at my brother's....

The view from my daughter's deck.

My granddaughter, almost 17.

 

Her birthday...beautiful cake! Coconut!

Making coconut shrimp for my girls...

 

Smudging cweremony with the sage smudge sticks which I made using that Oregon trail sage!

 

Another view of the lake.

The family room after "staging"!

A wonderful moment, holding my new great niece!

He uncle Dan holding her..

 

Fresh peaches!

Grandkids....the younger ones...

They are back in school already!

Some days it has been cool enough to paint out in my backporch/studio!

 

And finally, Laura and the twins!

 

Life is good, even with challenges!

 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wow! Now May is almost gone!

We started the month in Idaho!

Visiting our son and his family!

He has two wonderful boys, ages 4 1/2 and 1, but has requested that I don't use their photos on my Blog.

I understand.

While there, we went to the downtown Saturday market.

 

Saw these beautiful flowers there!

 

 

We hiked two different days!

One hike was on the Oregon trail! I gathered sage....love the smell! All that sunshine and fresh desert air!

AND wind, forget "good hair"!

 

Along with the sagebrush, these wild flowers (and others) were everywhere!

When we got home, I made 9 of the smudge sticks with the sage, adding lavender, rosemary and rose buds.. ..

 

My project on our trip was this knitted scarf for granddaughter, Lilia!

Very simple pattern using NORO yarn which changes color as you knit. I love it!

Back home, we started cleaning out and decluttering!

I found this weaving which I had done I. The early 1970's. Spruce and aspen trees.

And this tapestry...going to my daughter's.

 

And a watercolor from exactly 10 years ago, of my mother's back yard that May.

 

 

I taught a class on this flag quilt....

And I sold this art piece

Here is the woman who received it for Mother's Day.

 

So, a busy, happy month here!

And soon, off to see these little ones!

 

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Almost through April...sewing and baking...prom time too!

My grandson (who made his first soccer goal...and then played goalie...)

 

asked for an outfit...Naturo, some kind of Ninja anime character...

So I set to work to collect some orange durable, but inexpensive fabric(s).,,and to find a pattern which I could adapt...

Cut and sewed...to get it to him before he outgrows it....

He got it today....and I got this photo!

Looks like it fits!

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Granddaughter went to junior prom...beautiful!

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I tried a recipe for Japanese cheesecake....

Soft as a cloud, but still has the cream cheese, butter and egg taste! Oh, and I used coconut flour so it is gluten free! Not too sweet, either!

 

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This quilt came back from Sonja Koch the long arm quilter!

It is for my great nephew, Lane also a junior in high school! Blocks were started by Mom. Lane is her first great grandchild!

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Check my painting blog to see how I am struggling to do a double portrait....her is a rough sketch...

And a background....

 

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