This blog started with small daily paintings then changed to a more personal sharing of projects, events and photos. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011


What a good idea this was--we went to an earth day event where children could plant their own vegetable seedlings in these newspaper cups--the whole thing can be planted right into the ground. We chose Bok Choy and Chinese cabbage. I'm going to try cold whether vegetables this year because of our summer fog.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Black Sage at Dusk

The black sage is in bloom--a native wild plant--what a very beautiful bush this is with a delicate ring of flowers around each bud. When the buds are full of seeds you can shake out the seeds and eat them--I found this out on a nature walk--but the seeds don't really taste like much--I wonder what kinds of vitamins or minerals are in the seeds. The native American Indians toasted and ground the seeds.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bread and a Colorful Potion

It's spring break for my granddaughter--she had a play date with a friend--they made bread animals and other shapes and ended their play with a potion--wood chips, charcoal, sweet grass, rose petals, a few sugar packets and hot water, (hot enough to see steam, but not too hot to burn--the steam was the special ingredient--making the potion real)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Swim Lessons

A break in my sewing to show you swimming photos! My granddaughter is loving her swim lessons--I'm so glad her mom signed her up for them!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Just the Hem to do!

She likes it! Because of her skin sensitivity I've had to finish all the seams on the inside--this takes a bit more time, but the dress will last longer.

My granddaughter wants some lace around the bottom edge--I only have on hand a very thin delicate trim, I thought perhaps it wouldn't go with the heavier lace, but I'm going with her opinion, and she likes it--it's a go!

Almost done.

The Sleeve Dilemma

I sewed the sleeves to my granddaughter's costume--I'm trying to follow her design--We both drew pictures of what her sleeves looked like after I sewed them, but they looked even worse than these sketches--I wish I had taken a picture, but I didn't--not enough light and I quickly wanted to seam rip them apart!! Too embarrassing! It was worth a laugh, and those sleeve ends would have been great in some scary theater show, but not for her role in Toy Story. She's playing Syd's sister--Syd is the scary one--the sister likes rescuing toys and having tea parties.

I used the sleeve ends on this pattern, but I cut the length of the sleeve end or "bell" in half then added the lace--it was not meant to be!

Here's the altered sleeve, I got rid of the "bell"...

Even without it, it's big enough!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Beginning to Sew

Black on black--I need the bright daylight to sew a black dress!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Making a Costume

My granddaughter will play Syd's sister in a production of Toy Story--she designed her dress and I'm going to try to follow her design as much as I can...

Time to cut out the pieces...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

We Found a Feather

Our guess is it comes from a quail?

Feather with skulls,

Feather and fur

Sunday, April 3, 2011


My husband took these pictures of this bobcat. He often sees some great wildlife while working. I brightened the last two pictures so you can see its spots.