Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday when I went to the Huntington I knew I had to take along a hat so I grabbed this old Helen Kaminski straw from the early 90's....very popular at the time and very well made I might add. The necklace is from an Etsy designer and the shirt is new. I started out with a chocolate ruffled sweater but left it in the car (85 deg) All in all this made a fabulous outfit...but it was the accessories that made it fun. I did tote along my rescue pack
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This 40' by 40' baby quilt is a sweet little piece I made for my daughter's childhood friend's first child. Her neighborhood friends and their Mom's gave her a shower a princess would have loved. We all had a good time painting onesies and sipping wine. I hope this little quilt will keep this baby warm at night.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Today I went to the Huntington library and botanical gardens in San Marino which borders Pasadena. I had heard that the wisteria was in full bloom in the Japanese gardens and it absolutely inspired me to go. I took my art "rescue pack" with me and vowed to sit in public and draw/ watercolor. This is the result. I sat for about an hour and a half and met several visitors who were also interested in watching me do my art. I felt a little self conscience at first but after 4 year old Aiden told me I was a good artist I settled in. I told him the bridge was giving me a little trouble and he encouraged me just to do my best. I will admit that this bridge would be a little tough to walk over but I am pleased with the result. The wisteria is on the arbor in the background. The arbor is about 50 ft long making the wisteria very dramatic. It is a lighter orchid color than mine at home and others in this garden but it none the less was beautiful.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I am still working on my local landscape quilt.The pieces have all been attached to the background and embroidery, beads, and sequins have been stitched in. Next I will add my sycamore tree in felt and then a treat at the end. This is unfolding slowly this month but I am pleased so far. It is a beautiful time of year on the hillside here.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Kate turned 2 on March 13. She has figured out the joy of presents and of being the center of attention on your birthday. Her mommy and daddy rented a bounce house and set it up at the end of the Cul de Sac but while her friends and neighbors bounced in the house, Kate took her doll and Nana on a walk in the neighborhood. Kate loves fire trucks, trains, trash trucks, Dora, Diego, the Backyardagins and bugs (particularly snails). She is truly a joy to be with. Happy Birthday sweet baby Kate
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
We started the day with pancakes. Kate and Ella both wanted to help mix the batter ingredients. Then we walked to our neighborhood park and did some serious playing. Ella likes to get into my closet to see what she can find to style it up. We had a great day together. It was fun, wasn't it girls?
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The delicate petals of the poppy just wait for a gentle breeze to scatter them to the earth. It's going to rain any minute so I had to capture this before its wholeness was broken
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This tree is in full bloom outside my bedroom window. It is a fabulous hot pink color. It will now take until late July to turn to fruit and ripen. This is in my orchard section of my garden. I have a tiny yard (about 8 ft by 40 ft) on the side of my house and a front porch that occasionally invades the "community space" but I have 6 fruit producing trees. The peach tree gives me about 200 pounds each summer. It is the pink blossoms this time of year that are breathtaking.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
This was a fun quilt to make. I found the pattern in a magazine honoring breast cancer patients. The entire issue was themed around PINK. This was my take on the raggy pink rose. The background of the blocks is machine pieced. Each block flower is raw edge machine appliqued. What makes this quilt one of my favorites is the fabrics. I used all scrap fabric. There is at least one piece of cotton chenille in each rose. Did you know that chenille is French for caterpillar? We will be seeing a lot of those this month as spring is upon us in California