Sunday, October 31, 2010


Every year my husband decorates our home for all the seasons.  Waaaayyy too much work but he does it every year.  Doesn't it look great!



Saturday, October 30, 2010


We are almost into winter and I am still picking strawberries and tomatoes!  That is California for you.  I hate the heat in the summer but everything else is great.  I put in a little veggie garden but will not show you until my plants are bigger.  I planted swiss chard, broccoli, and caulibrocoli.  (A cross between broccoli and looks like cauliflower, is light green and taste just like broccoli!)  Yummmm

It is a wonderful rainy day today so I had better get busy sewing!


Had a wonderful time at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival)!  So many spectacular quilts to view, vendors to visit, and, not to mention the good company of daughter, sisters, neice, and many friends.  Something to look forward to every year!  Now we have a pact to keep....several of us have decided to be ten pounds lighter next year!  Needless to say, I went off sugar the day I got back....I swear, if I can not each sugar (in any form other than natural fruit) and butter, I can certainly do that.  I am trying not to eat anything white.....rice, potatoes, bread, sugar, well, you get it.  Hidden in almost everything other than fruits and veggies is SUGAR.  I swear, I love it.....I am doing good though...switched from coffee to tea, am using an artificial sweetener, and I am really enjoying it  Well, stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


And here is McAllister....12" all handmade German mohair all jointed teddy for your collection!  He is all dressed up in his finest tartan plaid wool vest.  HERE ARE SOME NEW THINGS I HAVE ADDED TO MY ETSY SITE.
Here are some new things I have added to my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


What a great trip and a beautiful place.....Portland, Oregon.  It was so nice to get away and be with others who love what they do.  They had great teachers, rooms were perfect, food was excellent, and I got a little down time but still was able to finish some unfinished projects.  I took a class on how to dye silk and it was a real joy.  Easier than I thought!  It was like Christmas every time I unwrapped a dyed piece of silk.  I made a silk scarf with silk yo yos on the bottom for my friend whose idea it was to go!  Hope I can go next year!  Just a few more days and I will be off to PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) in Santa Clara, CA.   I have been attending this event for fifteen years and look forward to another spectacular time.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Looks like Easter but this is a cute bunny doll I made because the pattern was sitting there staring at me!  Who says you can't have bunnies around in the fall?


Went out to see what my fall garden looked like after I spent so much time gathering up leaves which have really started falling.  Well, it looks just like before I cleaned them up.  I guess that's why they call it FALL!  Took a picture of my angel watching over the pot of parsley and the gorgeous late tomatoes.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Not much of anything happening here, so when my good friend's email was called "wild idea", I was very much interested.  We are going to the ART AND SOUL RETREAT in Portland, Oregon!  What a nice week long gathering of like minded comrades and friends we have not yet met.  Just think:  cool weather, inspiration, fun and laughter, and did I mention INSPIRATION?  The idea of retreats like this one are so good for the soul and therefore very befitting the name Art and Soul retreat!  It is so nice to get away and come back refreshed and flowing over with new ideas and creativity.  I am so looking forward to it!  Her husband is a pilot and my son is a when I told her husband how weird was the idea of us both being afraid of flying he said "maybe you two know something we don't!"  We will be holding each others' hand upon every takeoff and landing!  Where there is a will, there is a way.  See you when I return fully refreshed and with a new creative spirit.