Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sunshine in the winter.

I have had enough of winter.
Lets think summer.
Lots of sunshine and flowers to brighten our day.

 The blue birds are back but it doesn't look like this
but soon it will and winter will be a distant memory.
Their houses are waiting for them.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A new day in the sun.

Woke up to a sunny but (-4) cold day.
Had to take more snow pictures.
My son said this is like it was when he was little.
We don't have snows like this very often.

 I did get a little work done yesterday.
I need to get some painting done.
Got back to the red gesso background swamp scene.

 I first added the darks.
Finally it is time to add color.
Started with the light range of green.
Starting to look like something.
I will work on it Thursday.
Keep warm.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Nine inches and counting.

Working on my homework for class on Friday.
Made a double batch of brownies.
What  is the best remedy for stress.
Chocolate. Howling winds and snow call for chocolate.

 We have to make a bowl,
 a tall form and a tile with the sprigs on it.
Sprigs are forms to fill with clay
to adorn a pottery piece.
Just have to make a vase yet.
Raw clay looks so drab.
  Just had to throw some color in.
June in the garden.
Tiger Lilies and Hydrangeas.
 This hydrangea bush is 5 foot across.
Covered with blooms every June.
We sit outside and this is our view in the summer.
Soon it will be spring.
The storm should be over by Wednesday supper.
Just have to get through the lake effect Wednesday afternoon.
My sister lives 1 miles from Lake Michigan.
She will get twice the snow we get.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Getting Ready For the Storm

I really should be painting.
But the big storm coming makes me nervous.
Sewing calms me for some reason.
So here I am at the machine with these squares I made last week.
Made a few more.
I added a border of zebra strip.
Wanda Hansen was right.
A touch of black helps the quilt pop.
Now I have to decide what to do with this.
Make a table topper, a quilt or some aprons. 
Any suggestions?
In the morning I will prepare.
Fill the bath tub with water.
Fill a couple of pitcher with water.
Our power always goes with a storm.
Must get the neighbors organized to trim trees this summer.
I already filled the bird feeders today.
Ran my errands in town.
Set the flashlights ready.
I will start a hand quilted piece in the morning.
We lived through the 1967 storm of 23 inches.
I remember the 7 foot drifts.
I still have the photos of that one.
I remember making a pot of soup and homemade bread.
Playing with the kids in the drifts.
Keep safe everyone. If you are in the path of this storm.
Stay home. Being stuck out on the road in a storm is dangerous.
The last storm in January the rescue crews could not keep up.
Relax and stay warm. Read a book, knit  and create.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Think Summer.

My daughter Kathy and I took a trip to Michigan.
We found a dahlia grower and had to explore the field.
We both love flowers and gardening.
Kathy has a greenhouse and starts plants for the summer.

 Imagine a field full of color like these beauties.
We really enjoyed the warm sunny day together.
 Looks like the sun doesn't it.
 On another day of our trip we went to the Meier's Gardens.
They are in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
If you are ever near there it is worth the time.

The sculptures are fantastic. The gardens are lovely
A great way to spend a few days in September.