Saturday, December 6, 2014

Striped Stitchery

 This is my latest creation from the Stupendous Stitchery class on Craftsy.  Doing this kind of stitching is so much fun and liberating from the strictures of matching corners, etc.  I even put on a few crystals - couldn't resist (see below detail).  I highly recommend this technique for anyone who is a doodler, or is even playing with Zentangle.  My 14-year old sewing machine is more wonderful than I realized.

Friendship or Personality Quilt is Finished!

Finished, with a new technique for binding.  Love this quilt.  I'm not showing the back, because it is a panel, which I managed to put upside down and crooked - No one is perfect, but this is the utter limit.  However, I love this little quilt.  The blocks are treasures and fit the personality of my quilting friends to a "T".  Wouldn't this kind of quilt be fun to do in a family?  Each person could design their own block - (Remember Dwight's quilt, Louise) - and then for those who don't do embroidery, others could finish up.  Just a thought - not asking for more work.  Or, one person could design the blocks.  That's what you can do in your spare time!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friendship Quilt in Progress

This is the present stage of my friendship quilt from our quilt guild.  It will gain another border, and perhaps some lettering.  However, Louise is going to help me figure out how to quilt the embroidered blocks.    The personality of each one of the quilters is revealed in her block.  Clever!

Monday, November 10, 2014

P.S. to post below

Class is called Stupendous Stitching, not sewing.  Oops.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Newest Sewing Project

These are pictures of a sewing project from an online class at Craftsy, called Stupendous Sewing.  I had a lot of fun making this from a fat quarter of batik, using stitches on my sewing machine that I have never experimented with before.  The piece has rick-rack, rattail cord, and yarn applied, then embroidery stitches from the sewing machine, then hand embroidery to finish the top.  The top is quilted, and can either be a pillow or a picture.  This piece is far from perfect, but it was lots of fun to make.  Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Rainbows Aren't Always a Bow

Usually we see rainbows in a wide bow across the sky, but this particular one fizzled out in the middle.  At least we know where the pot of gold is - it is in the Bear River Range of mountains just to the east of us.  And it hasn't rained for about 1-1/2 weeks.  We had the wettest September ever - In just 4 days, I measured 4-1/2" in a little black bucket that I had in the front yard.  Our lots to the south of us never turned brown this year - they're lush and green.  Looks like a park.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Turkey Buzzards are Back

Our neighbor to the east has a huge cottonwood tree that is over 100 years old.  It grows partway down in Creamery Hollow just to the east of their house.  The tree is so tall that when the air is perfectly still on the ground, there is a wind draft in the top of this tree. Sometimes in the summer, we can see eagles circling.
 We are in the path of migrating turkey buzzards, and they often stop over to rest and fly in huge circles in the sky.  I ran to get my camera, but was not quick enough, and only four are in evidence in this picture. (A camera with better telescopic lens would do a better job, but this one gives you the general idea.)  Our neighbor tells us that in the early mornings, the birds are sitting hunched over, (Snoopy vulture style), waiting for their feathers to dry out so that they can fly.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Completion of Ron's Work for the Week

Ron's plan this week was to save the garden shed (19 years old) from disintegration - the cedar was looking very old and beaten up.  His plan was to use Olympic stain to preserve the wood.  He asked me about color - I suggested either a mossy green or a light tan.  Of course, Preston didn't have Olympic stain, so he went to Logan to get some - not cheap!  He came home and set to work on the hottest and most decrepit side (south).  The dried cedar was just swallowing up the paint, so he went uptown here to see if there was some sort of a primer compatible to the paint that he could use as an undercoat.  He was assured that a certain product would do just that, so he began to work on the support boards on the front of the building.  After a while, he came in and said that he was given the wrong information - and no, the Olympic stain won't go on over this new stuff.  Frustration!  The result is that now the shed looks European - In the village I lived in in Germany, we had the white buildings with the dark brown supporting timbers - very picturesque.   Now, all we need is a window with a window box of geraniums, and we'll be finished.  Just kidding.  The fact that Ron did all of this in 85+ degree weather tells of his dedication to getting the job done.  And, he must live right, because he finished yesterday morning, the stuff had all day to cure in the hot sun, and last night came the heavy rains - and its been raining ever since.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Big Sky Country

These pictures are from southern Montana - waaaay south of Butte.  Thought the history was interesting, and thought of Grandpa Wasden, and wondered how he went from Scipio to Butte to work in the mines in the 1890s.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Daylilies in Kelso

 Kemp picked some of the last blossoms from his daylily plants on the hillside behind his house.  They are still so beautiful.  The colors are so pure, and the blossoms huge.

And here's Bethany, blessed with a happy nature and a beautiful smile, willingly posing with some of the flowers.  Nice visit to Sonja, Kemp, Bethany, and Benjamin.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mt. Hood

For once, when we drove along the Columbia River last month, we enjoyed a rare view of Mt. Hood.  Just before this picture, we went through the smoke from a small fire - thought we wouldn't see the mountain this time, but there it is!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Summer Visitors

I've come to the conclusion that great-grandchildren are as wonderful as grandchildren.  Mandy and John's family came to see us this summer, and we loved the energy, the activity, and yes, the "cuteness and charm" of these delightful children.  We're always grateful when our offspring makes the effort to come to our remote part of the world to touch bases and allow us to get to know our family better.  Perfect!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Family Visits

Sara, Hayden and Frank came to see us before we made our Washington trip.  We had such a nice visit.  Hayden, at 12, has really grown - taller than both of us.  He doesn't look so tall in these pictures, because both Sara and Frank are very tall.  Hayden's great sense of humor is evident - kind of like his father's wit.  Sara is still suffering the indignities of adult braces, but her smile is still there - gives her more empathy with her daughter who had to undergo the same procedure.  We feel blessed to have family come - the distance of travel is still great, and we appreciate the effort.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hail Does Come through the Downspouts!

Tony took this picture at the corner of the shop.

More pictures from Saturday's Hail Storm

These pictures tell the story.  Be sure to enlarge each one.  We laughed at the evening news weather lady when she showed a picture of the hail under a downspout and said that the photographer may have piled the hail up - no, and no.  This size of hail makes the garden a destruction zone.  We feel so sorry for the farmers around there, who are losing their grain, hay, and corn crops.  Disaster!