We have lots of noisy frogs and tiny baby ducks in the pond, so apparently they think it's supposed to be spring! Some day. . . .
Saturday, April 26, 2008
We walked the circumference of this field. It was all one field of tulips - probably millions of tulips! What a wonderful sight. It took us about an hour to walk around it, but that was taking lots of photos.
We had lunch at a nice little cafe with great sandwiches, then we went to an art show by local artists that was in a barn (not the one pictured!). I found a watercolor that just had to come home with me.
I was really impressed by how beautiful the sky was that day. I could see why all the artists had to paint it. It really reminded me of a European sky - it looked like the sky in the old Masters' oil paintings. So much so that it didn't look real - it looked painted. I hope my photos will help you see what I mean.
Then we went off on a little drive and ended up on Camano Island. DH had to go see the water - he misses the ocean. Well, we saw the Sound but it was close enough.
I'll leave you to enjoy the photos and, as always, click on the small picture to see it bigger.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
You Are a Blue Crayon
Your world is colored in calm, understated, deep colors. You are a loyal person, and the truest friend anyone could hope to find. On the inside, you tend to be emotional and even a bit moody. However, you know that people depend on you. So you put on a strong front. Your color wheel opposite is orange. Orange people may be opinionated, but you feel they lack the depth to truly understand what they're saying.
Honest to God, I didn't skew the quiz to get this answer!
I love taking these silly quizzes! They have a quiz for just about everything - enough to keep me busy for hours! Silly but fun!
What color crayon are you?? Take the quiz and find out!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The first one is Spring Meadow. It was a charm packet from Moda by that name. I actually used 2 charm packs, and just put them together rather randomly. You can see some of the fabrics a little better in the closeup. (You can see the edge of the matching pillowcase in the upper right hand corner as well.)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
(I was going to put in a kitty picture, but Blogger seems to be having "technical difficulties" doing that. Oh well.)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
We got the hostas planted that day, but ran out of steam and good weather to do anything else. Now the pretty new flowers are going to have to live in the garage for a few days. We're having unseasonably cold weather this week. I'd bring them in the house, but I think the wee hairy beasts would eat them. Probably not good for the flowers OR the cats!
Monday, April 07, 2008
I have another hobby, that I don't do nearly as often as quilting. It's pottery. I took up pottery after carpal tunnel surgery about 5 or 6 years ago. I was hoping it would be physical therapy for my hand. And it was something for DH and I to do together at the time our daughter and son-in-law were living with us. DH took to it extremely well, and now we have a home studio, with all the necessary tools and appliances.
I've learned, over the years, that I'm a process person, meaning the process of making something is more enjoyable for me than the finished product. (It was very helpful to learn that about myself. Explains a lot of things.) Anyway, I also like immediate gratification when working on something. So pottery takes some work for me. I don't have a lot of patience for certain stages of it, and for the fact that it just takes TIME. So, I don't do too much of it. I have to be in the mood, so to speak.
Anyway, we had a pottery session a while ago, and did a bunch of extrusions. It's better to do a whole bunch at one time before you have to clean the extruder! We got this bunch of extrusions out of the kiln right before I went to California, so hadn't had a lot of time to fondle the pottery when it was done (a very important part of the process!). Anyway, I thought I would share some of my latest pottery. It's not great art, or even great pottery, but it was fun. Most of it isn't for sale, as I don't think it's that good. Or, in some cases, it was too much work to sell it for next-to-nothing! DH sells most of his pottery, which is much better than mine.
The top piece was an attempt at adding a dart, like in sewing clothes, to make the opening smaller, so that the flowers don't all fall to one side. Then a funky vase. Next is a small box. I have an affinity for little boxes. I always seem to be making little boxes in pottery. And this last piece was compulsion-in-action! I couldn't stop with the little dots! This piece is actually 2-sided. And that piece of clay across the top is to, hopefully, help the flowers stand up straighter. We'll see about that, I guess.
Back to quilting!
Saturday, April 05, 2008
I had a wonderful trip to California. It was so great to see all my friends that I haven't seen in a year. (But, now I miss them again.) We had so much fun at the retreat! We all got lots of sewing done - it was so much fun to see everyone's projects. Check out Pam's blog for photos and more info. And here's one of Berta's projects. Jill was a wonderful hostess and chauffeur. We shopped, we ate, and we sewed and sewed! Oh, and we talked and talked! It was a blast! Hopefully I can get some photos of my projects in the next few days. California was close to the end of spring. The tulips were almost done, the trees were all blooming, the poppies were covering the hillsides, and it was nice and warm.
In the meantime and in contrast to Spring in California, I will show you some photos that DH took while I was gone. I missed the biggest snowstorm of the year! DH said the snow was coming down so fast and the flakes were so big, that it looked like a snow globe. Click on the photos for a bigger photo, to see all the snowy goodness. We're starting in the backyard, then moving to the front of the house. Then, after the storm the next morning, with 8 to 9 inches of snow!