July 31, 2010

I started another blog...


I started another blog...actually two.
I have been doing more printing lately and this blog and another are connected.
I will probably still post things here also but for right now and working on building up the blog over there.
It has been cool here, in the 50's...and we have been wearing jackets to the beach.  But we haven't had to use an air conditioner...more like wool blankets at night. lol.
Hope you all are staying cool and having a wonderful summer.

July 5, 2010

Lynn Stopped By Today!!!

I feel very blessed with a visit from Lynn at Getting My Feet Wet.
Lynn and I have been blogging friends for almost a year.  When we had an earthquake in January she emailed me to make sure we were ok.  She is thoughtful and extremely creative.

Well today she came by for a visit.  She brought her husband Fred.  We had a good time having show and tell.  She gave me a couple pillow cases that she had embroidered on her trip.  I  wanted to get them on here before she gets home.

They are so beautiful.  They are the nicest pillow cases I have ever owned. 
Thank you, Lynn.

June 12, 2010

Handcarved ATC and Gardening in June

Here are some pictures of my garden now. 
 The fennel and kale have taken off nicely.  There is an onion in the foreground and in the very back are calendula flowers that Catherine planted.

These are our broccoli plants that I bought at the farmers market in Arcata.
I havested some radishes, garlic and chives out of the garden.  I used them in some potato salad that we are going to have on a picnic in the redwoods later today.
I have been doing some hand carved linoleum stamps.  The face on the left is my attempt at carving Abby Sutherland's face.  I think she is a hero and example to all teenagers.  She is a hero because she dreamed and worked hard to make her dreams come true. Her dream didn't come out of some experts idea of what a teenager had the right to dream about.  She was prepared and didn't take unnecessary risk.  When it was time to throw in the towel she did.  I totally admire her and her parents.  Here boat was well equipped and it had five water tight chambers. She also had a crew monitoring her and keep up with her.  I am glad that we live in a place where we are allowed to dream big and the freedom to pursue our dreams, provided we have the money and means to do so.
    I haven't finished carving her face yet. The picture is from the point of view that she is looking in the sun.. 
    Last night I decided to cut my Japanese carving tools down.  I should have done it before now, but I didn't want to ruin them. They were to precious, more so than I guess my hand was trying to manipulate it to cut at a 30 degree angle. You can see in the picture how the man is carving with them. Also if you go to the link it has an article about how to use them and the other hand to control the cut. Well I cut off a half an inch and they are still too long, so I am going to sand them down till they are right.  I will say they are much better now than they were and I really started enjoying carving a lot more than I have in the past.
   The board that all the tools and stamp are sitting on is called a bench hook  I am going to modify that so that the cut out at the top is closer to the center.  You can wedge your linoleum block in the cut out and then you are free to use your hands to guide the blade.  Right now because I am doing ATC size blocks the bench hook makes the carving too far away to carve with out hurting my back.
    I am thinking about doing the SKETCHBOOK PROJECT. I was considering the theme Face In The Crowd. It would be a book of my lino-cut faces. When I thought about seriously doing this I thought I have to cut my tools down...and it wasn't such a big deal anymore.
    I wonder if anyone visiting my blog has joined or thought of joining this?  If so what is your theme and will you be blogging about it?

May 26, 2010

March - Vision Calendar

March flag is about giving up coffee.  
I had a very strong coffee habit. No, rather it had me.
The coffee made it where I did not sleep well at night and then I felt tired the next day,
till I had another cup of coffee.
If I stopped drinking coffee I would get a headache.
  It was also causing me problems with my teeth and gums.  

But I loved coffee.
DH and I had a date that involved going out for coffee on Saturday mornings.  
I just thought I would show you my coffee pot collection.  
Coffee was as much about making it and steaming the milk as drinking it.
March was also the month that I got my hexagon quilt 'Moonflower' basted and ready for quilting.  
 I was exploring personal symbols as well and so I included the symbol of the cicada. 
I like the way I did the letter P and am going to go back and heavily fill in a satin stitch around the letters I and M of my other two flags.

May 18, 2010


This is February's flag on my Vision Calendar. 
The theme is tea.  I actually started to have more tea parties in December and January because of this lovely
tea cozy that Ancient Cloth sent me.
Well I had to be honest with myself and admit that drinking caffeinated tea was not good for me.
I love Earlgrey.  We have had a love affair for a long time, to the detriment of the family and my head.
You see I get head aches when I don''t have the same dose of caffeine as the day before.
I start trying to manage my caffeine like a drug junkie.
It just doesn't work for me.  I need more to get me "going" harder the next day.  After a few weeks of this kind of yo yo managing I finally admit that I can't keep doing this...usually after I have also over ate (I don't know what they connection is but it is a kind of self medicating) then crash...with a migraine and nausea.
I decided in February to give up all caffeinated teas.
Migraine headaches are not the only thing that I have suffered from Earl Grey.  I have also received gut wrenching gall bladder attacks.
I have been a pain slut too long for Earl Grey and I am not going to let him take advantage of me anymore.

To be honest this was one of the easier improvements that I have made.
Success breeds success...as you will see in my next Calendar Flag.

I wanted to keep the ritual of tea celebrations...but without the bad side affect.
There is a sprig of mint in the design on my flag, which reminds me there are alternatives...choices.
I grow two  different kinds, spearmint and chocolate peppermint.
  I also have a chia tea mix that I love to brew.

Becky's Chia Tea Mix
1/2c cinnamon pieces
1/2 c roasted chicory
2T Peppercorns cracked
3 T Fennel
2T whole cloves
1 t ground nutmeg
1/3 c cardamon in green pods.
3T organic orange peels
add 1 t fresh ginger

Bring a 2 cups of water to a boil.
Put 2 T chia tea mix and ginger in the boiling water.
(being careful because it make boil over when you add it...
so I wait for it to cool just a bit or add right before boiling)
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain.
Heat 1 cup of milk.
Add to the chia and sweeten preferably with palm sugar
which you can get at an oriental grocery store.

May 13, 2010

The Lady of Shallots

Isaac finished his cage for the rabbit.
He changes the grass and rearranges the cage to make it interesting for them.
I have created a shallot garden.  

It reminds me of this song when I see it.
  Here are my strawberry plants. 
I decided to keep them in pots to try to minimize the weeds.
My herb garden has mint, oregano, thyme, marjoram and rosemary.
Today I transplanted my cactus plants. 
Two of these have won blue ribbons for Isaac in the Coos Country Fair.
Here is Catherine's wheatgrass. 
We have been talking about going on a raw food diet.
It will probably not be 100 percent raw ...but just some additions to our diet.
Here are my new raised beds that I got a month ago.

Here they are today.  
I have a lot of clean up work still to do...
but I am really proud of all the progress that I have made. 
We have onions, fennel, calendula, radishes, kale and broccoli in the garden so far.

Last year my garden was created from pallots with cardboard boxes to hold the dirt.  The above picture is from last year and is where my shallot garden is now.Right now we have been having some really nice weather so it is time to garden.

I have been working on my hexagon quilt at night...and shortly I will have some other surprises to show you.

May 6, 2010

Handcarved ATC

Seems I have been very quiet on my blog.  Thank you for those of you who have visited and even left comments wondering how I am doing.  I have been busy...as you will see.

This is a print from a linocut of a rooster that I did last week.  I thought it was funny that after I had finished my two ATC for the month...I am trading within a group... I opened my mail from them.  One of the women wrote:  "Faces are okay but they should look different.  Are you doing any women?  Why not?"
Well as you can see I did some different kinds of faces...but neither one was a woman.  Why am I doing male faces?  I like them.  Why don't I do women...they are suppose to be soft and pretty and I don't want to do soft and pretty...hard and coarse from work and worry is what I enjoy capturing in faces.  Also I don't think I have figured out how to do faces well enough...so the more I do the better I think I will get.
     My daughter, Catherine, actually turned me on to doing faces.  She drew faces for a whole year.  Mostly just girls...or anemia ..which to me look unisex.  One day, a couple years ago, Catherine wanted to do a hand carved stamp.  She drew a picture of a face.  I told her that it would never look like a face, it is just to hard to carve and that she should start with something easier.  Like a red head she never let that kind of talk stop her.
Now for an eleven year old I was pretty impressed with these images.  So I thought I would try to do some faces.  I was pretty surprised how well mine turned out...even in the drawing stage because I didn't normally draw faces....so that is how it all began.  Here are a couple of linocut of women that I did a while back.
    The one on the right, her hat is shading part of her face.  I may have to try to do women again...but you can see the old and the young.  Maybe the young is looking into the face herself old....maybe this is why I like to do men I can distance myself from the fact I am aging.
One of the things I like to do is line up all the images that I printed and look at them like a Andy Warhol painting.  I am not a consistent printer.  Isaac is a better printer than I am and he didn't want to help me because I want him to print too many.

May 5, 2010


Here are two of my hexagon flowers. 
I wanted the flowers to have the motion of opening up. 
So I made the center a more solid looking small print, 
then the middle section was a little medium size print 
and the last row around the flower a large print.
The flower on the right is from material that my grandmother
sent me.  
It reminds me of the beautiful flowers in Breckenridge, Colorado where 
Joe and I went on vacation with her and my Aunt Aurie.

The Pink Pig flower, is a scrap from a short pant/ dress that my mother made me.
I think it is kinda funny that I picked out that fabric.
I wonder what I was thinking?
I know that I loved to smile and be funny...and so this fit my personality.

I wanted the quilt to have some pictures on it so that one could make up stories.
I really like this farm flower, with all the farm animals.
At the time that I put the large flowers together
I didn't have that many different scraps of cotton fabric.
Fortunately a friend in Alabama, had been sent a huge 
box of scraps from her mother and she allowed me to pick through
the box and put together my flowers from the scraps in there.
I don't think I would have had all the flowers finished
in nine months if it had not been for her.
Isaac made us this wonderful loaf of Challah bread with rasins last night.
It was soo good.

April 21, 2010

How to make a hexagon quilt

So far I have hand quilted nine flowers and all the hexagons in between.
I thought I would share with you how I made my hexagon quilt.
First my DH drew and cut out my hexagon template for me.
Then I traced the hexagon on recycled printer paper.
I laid the paper on my fabric and basted it to the fabric.
I cut out the hexagon leaving a one forth inch seam allowance all around the hexagon.
I folded over the seam allowance using the paper as my guide and basted the edges down to the paper.

I butt the edges together and whip stitch them.
This is what it looks like on the front side.
I might make a little sewing kit like this one to carry with me in my purse.
This is a great project to carry with you.
I like having my thread wound on a bobbin so that it is convenient to  carry in my tin.

I am hoping that I can finish it by the end of July.
It is a full size quilt with a two foot hang on either side and enough length to cover the pillows.

I will talk more about the pattern in my next post.

April 16, 2010

Easter Rabbits

Here is our rabbit hutch that we got off of free cycle.
This is Catherine's rabbit Athena. 
This is Isaac's rabbit, Ms. Gray
 This is Isaac holding his rabbit.
Here is Isaac and Catherine building a rabbit run so the rabbits can get some exercise.

April 9, 2010

OINK the Pig

When we lived in Oregon, Winston was 3 and he wanted a elephant.  We couldn't get him an elephant, so we got him a pig instead.  We built a fenced in place up in the woods.  But our pig was social able and wasn't used to being quarantined.  As a result we were never able to keep him in the fenced in area for longer than 15 minutes.  He laid around the yard and the chickens would follow him and clean up after him.  He would run up in the woods and get muddy in the stream. We had a huge gas bottle and OINK would knock it over and turn it on and it would just spew gas. When we walked OINK went on a walk with us.  It was kinda scary because it was a country road and there were a lot of blind curves.  We were afraid that someone might hit OINK, and we would be responsible for it.   So one day Joe decided to tie OINK up.  We had an old farm tractor and we chained OINK to that using a VW seat belt for a "leash" around his middle.  Oink grew and grew.
     One day I was getting Winston and I ready to go to town and Joe started screaming.  He was in the Pig pen getting it some food when he accidentally got the chain wrapped around his leg.  I really didn't know what I could do because if the pig jerked one way the chain would probably tighten.  So I just had to hold my breath and watch.  Fortunately nothing serious happened.
     When OINK was really small he was adorable but when he got big, it wasn't hard for us to turn him into ham and pork chops.  OINK provided the best bacon we had ever had.  It didn't reduce in the pan but held it's shape.  It was also totally delicious cooked on a wood cook stove.  YUM.

 This gives you an idea how big the hexagons are.

 My goal is to quilt everything I can inside the hoop and move it over once a day.

I really enjoy quilting.
Last weekend I bought the new thimbles.  
I really like the gray one, and I am going to go back and get one for my thumb.

April 5, 2010

New Tesla Video

Hi Hope everyone had a great Easter.
We had a busy Easter...complete with a couple new bunnies...I will have to get some pictures. 
It rained a lot this weekend.
However my husband and son had fun making this last week.
DH made this video last night.  Hope you enjoy.

I have been working on my hexagon quilt.  So nothing creative happening right now.  "Rest Before Action"  I am feeling like I need a creative break to just dream.

March 31, 2010

Moonflower Quilt

This is a quilt I started for Catherine before she was born.

This is the center of the quilt.
The fabric was given to me by mother.
These are mother's favorite colors to wear.

It is for a full size bed with a two foot over hang.
I want to just show a flower at a time for now.
When I get it done I will show the whole thing.
I named it Moonflower because these flowers bloom at night.
The boys and I had been collecting and we had been researching moths that summer.
Isaac found a very large caterpillar that summer, we put it in a jar and it made a cocoon.  
We went to the library to find out what it was, but we weren't able to identify it till it hatched out.
Winston had found a couple very large moths that turned out to be the same breed as the caterpillar.
One of the moths was a female and she laid all her eggs in the large gallon jar.
They are active at night.

Not the same moth as the ones the boys found.
But I guess for me there was this connection.

March 30, 2010

Love this Quote from Winston Chruchill

I love getting the Painter's Keys Twice-Weekly Letter.  When I read the quote below I thought of our boy named Winston.  He is going to love it when I share it with him.

In his remarkable little book, Painting as a Pastime, Winston Churchill said, "I have always had a curious nature; I enjoy learning, but I dislike being taught." Winston understood one of the basics of learning--self-direction--the way of the autodidact. He would have been proud to announce the triumph of independent curiosity.

I am waiting for the batteries to recharge to show you some things I have been working on.

You might like to visit my other blogs.

Hard Times Living More With Less

Art Swap Barter Trade 

I haven't been doing as much on them as I would like...so I think I am just making a micro movement to posting more on them.

March 26, 2010

Not Feeling Well

I have the flu so I am not going to be blogging or doing email till Monday.

March 24, 2010


To regard these paintings is to participate in an act of translation – to move from a map, a diagram, archaeology of overlapping circuits, into an experience. Jaudon is concerned with setting up the conditions of observation, showing the viewer how to look, not what to see.


This video has made me think about experience vs. our memory of the experience and how this relates to happiness.  Not only does our mind spend a lot of time playing these memories over and over but we are also concerned with making future memories or avoiding unpleasant future memories.

Comparing one-week and two-week vacations in the same place:
“For the remembering self, the two week vacation is barely better than the one week vacation because there are no new memories added. You have not changed the story. Time is actually the critical variable that distinguishes our remembering self from our experiencing self. Time has very little impact on the remembered story.”

“We actually don’t choose between experiences; we choose between memories of experiences. And even when we think about the future, we don’t think about future experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories. You can look at this as the tyranny of the remembering self, and you can think of the remembering self dragging the experiencing self through a set of experiences it doesn’t need. I have the sense that when we go on vacations, this is very frequently the case. We go on vacations in the service of the remembering self.”

Daniel De La Harpe Golden said:
  • Mar 6 2010: I believe training or modifying memories through safe recall, story telling, and interaction with a participant in the process forms a major part of many psychotherapeutic techniques.

     I read this blog by Jane Schner, about a "found photograph" art project she did in response to "What anchors us in these situations?"

    So I was thinking what anchors me?  I wrote this to a friend:
    My anchor has always been the memories that I am making...the more good memories the stronger the anchor.  I would like to say that people are our anchor...but only in relation to the connections we are making with them.  If we treat people like a fixture in our life then they become an object, we are probably not going to be thinking about the memories we are making with them any more than you think about the memories you are making with your tv...even though you may spend time with you tv.  But if you think about how much time you are spending laughing and enjoying each other...that is the anchor part.  


    In reading this now I think that even in thinking about people in the context of being memories is somewhat like making them an object of my happiness....so I don't think that is necessarily true.
    But I think what I was trying to say was that the emotional aspect of the memory is important.  But wonder if one negative become the focus of an otherwise perfect memory?  This would be like taking a beautiful picture and painting black over the whole thing...We could chose to put the black paint brush down..but how do you do this mentally?

    The Ten Coolest Art Therapy Interventions

    I am interested in Art as Therapy as a language to translate our experiences so that we can have control over how they will effect us rather than just letting them control our lives.

    How can we gain better ways of seeing so that we are happier?
    There was a poem that someone quoted to me one time....I can't quote it and I don't know who wrote it and haven't been able to find it though I have looked for it.

    The poem is something about some cream someone had. 
    The flies got into the cream. 
    That totally ruined the cream for this person, until
    he was able to look at the cream and ignore the flies.
    The point being that there will always be flies in our cream and if we want to be happy we need to learn to ignore what we can't control, and be grateful with what we can.

    So how do you do this with regard to memories or future memories?  Teach me...if you have developed a way of looking at the terrain of your memories that will translate in creating more happiness.  It may even be illogical as in Valerie's painting.  Or as in looking at the cream rather than the fly.  

    I have just thought of the serenity prayer and this is a good place to start.
    The secret is in the STORY.  
    I am sure that sometimes there are experiences that are painful and may never be "fixed" completely...and we have to learn to let go of our attachment to repeat the story line or believe in the shame of the story.  The story is there to teach us to practice a different way of looking.
    These are just the tailend of my thoughts after writing this, I am not a therapist and I cannot provide much more than questions as I am a pilgrim searching.

March 22, 2010

I love this commercial, it is so powerful

Here's to the crazy ones.  The misfits.
The rebels.  The troublemakers.  The round peg in a square hole.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And  they have no respect for status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
They can change the world
Are the ones who do.

(in order) Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), R. Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog), Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso. The commercial ends with an image of a young girl, Shaan Sahota, opening her closed eyes, as if to see the possibilities before her.

March 17, 2010

A Magical Garden

This is starting to get a fairy tale quality about it.
I have a "story" in mind but I want to leave it up to the viewer to create their own interpretation
or story line that suits them.
Also this makes it where the story can continue to grow and change
and that makes it more interesting for me as I work on it.

An ancient video of a top that Winston made

This was made about three years ago.  Look at how small Catherine is?  She is really going at it chewing her chewing gum.  We didn't buy that for them very often so that was a real treat.

  I thought I would share this because I don't have a lot to show in cloth right now.  I have been cleaning house and cooking.

March 11, 2010

My Magic Garden

"All the worlds a stage and we are merely actors."

I wanted to create a magical stage that I might add little pieces
that could be moved around and played with.

When I was a child I really enjoyed creating the scenes or props for my dolls.  
After I had kids I enjoyed giving them props and 
watching them in their environment.  
I think this is just a extension of playing and having fun.

The Spiral - a symbol.

(This cloth was made for me by Ancient Cloth.  Thank you!!!)
The Spiral
For me the spiral mean Expansion.  
It is a Unfolding of a seed.
It is Growth.
It shows a Journey and
a logical Progression.
It starts from Within and moves out...
But also what is out can also effect what comes in.
Ebb and Flow.
 Yin and  Yang.
It is not about speed.
It is not the shortest distance between two points.
It is about Digestion,