May 2010


well, that was interesting!  just returned from a long show in fallon, nv.  we essentially had about a half-day show that was spread out over the course of 4 days.  i ended up ok, money-wise.  they did take really good care of us – kept us well fed, at least.  but the show format was definitely NOT good.  they have promised many changes for next year – beginning with eliminating at least one day!!  i will give it at least one more shot as i think it has potential.

then, there was my own little drama – what IS it about that area thay has me ‘lose’ my keys???  this time i did not find them until the next morning!!  which meant i had to be towed to the rv park and had poor tom on call to bring the extra set!  that’s 150 miles, over the summit – each way!!  and the weather was iffy – snow and ice sat. night!  i won’t bore you with the whole long drama – i finally did find them sunday morning.  i had evidently picked them up with the bag full of bags that went back into the box with the register.  i guess i had set the bag on the register table – on top of the keys.  funny thing is – we did search that box before it even left the building!  yes, did take that bag out, set it down and then pick it up and put it back in after checking the register.  didn’t feel them.  only found them when they clanked against the old cc handcranker as i was putting the bag back into the box on sunday morning – having decided to just begin checking everything again.  amazing.  not sure who was happier – me or tom! ^_^

so, all’s well that ends well.  now it’s time to prepare for santa rosa.  and the other two shows i have in june.  also, will be beginning the ‘block of the month’ at the shop in drytown.  will be using the new beginners’ patterns.  so, if you live in the area and are interested – contact roseanne at The Old General Store.  – in drytown.  sorry, forgot to look up the link before writing this.  i’ll post again later with it – or just search the old general store and go for the one in drytown, ca.  there is a webpage.  first day will be june 29th, i believe.  ah, here’s the phone #  209-245-6914.  and here’s the picture of the wallhanging.

yes, there are still 2 open spaces.  perhaps by the time we get to them i’ll have them filled? ^_^  or, i save the last one for folks to do whatever they’d like.

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not a lot to say – weather has finally gone sunny.  still a bit of a breeze, which means it hasn’t settled in for the long haul.  there do seem to be some clouds out there on the western horizen!  hmmm

as for me, just did some beading today and finished another pin.  i must admit, there is something poking at me – one of those ‘is that all there is?’ kind of pokes.  a hint of ‘boredom’???  keep looking at fabric and trying to figure out where i’m going.  no, won’t stop doing the applique patterns – just looking at doing something more in the art/ready-made arena.  beaded wallhangings – very small!!  we shall see what shows up.  in the mean time, here’s the latest one.  doesn’t have a back yet, so not officially finished.

and – have you ever gone to the mailbox and opened it to find a million tiny ants!!  guess it’s good i wanted to mail something so the postman didn’t get the surprise!!  used a powder – sure hope they were mostly gone by the time he/she got here!!

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often by now the lawn is  tending toward its summer golden-brown and probably even the first signs of those star thistles are evident.  not this year!  as my friend ruth told me, it’s just the way it cycles around here.  this is what occurs as we come out of the ‘drought’ part of the cycle.  so, we had major rain again yesterday – with the usual bit of hail on and off.  most always part of really heavy rain here.  then, just after dark – the rain/hail hit bigtime – the hardest i’ve ever heard.  when i left to come home from big house later – still plenty of that ‘popcorn’ snow on the ground. so here’s how it still looked this morning!

 

anyone for a slushy?? ^_^

my poor little petunias had just finally gotten all new blooms – replacing the ones that looked like lace after the last hail storm.  and the dogwood had nearly righted itself after the heavy wind and rain and hail – now, bent even farther over than before.  poor baby – those tons of blossoms get heavy with all that water/ice on them!

the afternoon storm had really heavy wind and the rain was kinda ‘sideways, so i’m sure it was already bending over when the late hail hit!

so, obviously, i stayed in all day – till the late afternoon call to get ready to go out for dinner.  combo celebration for brittany’s b.d. and mother’s day.  well, ok then! ^_^   and here is what i finished early on – before moving on to the next one.

sun is shining today and my guess is, it will get up to 70 deg – even tho it was in the 30’s over night and only just 40 deg a bit ago.  seeing mostly blue sky – except for a big mostly white cloud over there on the western horizen!

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will be leaving in less than an hour to setup in drytown.  one day, outdoor show tomorrow.  not exactly a quilt show – more a ‘craft’ faire.  on lawn of The Old General Store, which is a sewing machine and sewing store.  so, in addition to some of my patterns and kits, i will have the jewelry as well.  at bargain prices!!  well, except for the pins – they will remain at normal prices. ^_^  the rest of it just needs to be gone from here – of no value to anyone collecting dust in here.

the weather is lovely right now, so if you are within the area of a ‘day trip’ – come on up into the foothills and enjoy the sights.

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big benefits.  since i believe that whatever i am experiencing today is a result of what i have thought and done in the past – i must believe that in order to change conditions/experiences it is necessary to change both thoughts and actions.  soooo – i am choosing to start with what looks like something very small.  a daily habit.

so here’s what i have learned over all these many years – some actions have become so habitual as to become ‘invisible’.  rather like the air i breathe and the process of getting the air to my lungs and back out!  for instance – my mornings.  i won’t bore you with all the details, but after i finish my form of meditation(journaling) and reading for the day – it’s straight to this contraption and often that’s the end of all the inspiration i had when i got up from my chair!!!  not to mention i often forget to eat – or even put on real clothes!

today, i chose differently and am happy to report have actually accomplished several things already – was able to stay away from here until about noon – awesome! ^_^ (i was up around 6 am!)  i mean – i showered and dressed!  ate!  have sheets on the line and finished another pin front!  oh, and the thread order came and it is unpacked and repacked. 

so, the next goal is to add a little walking.  i am hoping to adopt the routine i use while on the road – which i do to give sophie some exercise since she will be in the van all day.  excercise is something we both need – everyday!!  so, stay tuned! ^_^

ok, since you suffered thru all of that to get here – here’s your reward. ^_^  the latest pin ‘front’ and the 4 waiting to be done.

  

look a little like easter eggs, don’t they. ^_^  am hoping the one bead order arrives today.  perhaps i’ll work on the peach one until then.

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a few days ago i promised (or threatened?) to put a picture of the latest pin here – finally got the extra fabric sewn toward the back so i could take the picture.  that means, this pin does not yet have a back with pin attached – this is only the ‘front’.

as always happens when i start working on pins – i have now ordered beads again!!  from two different places.  it is an addiction much like the fabric – only worse!!  takes a lot more bead orders to get a really good selection to be more ‘freely creative’.  dang!  i’m also searching for a really nice way to display them in the booth at shows.  been pretty tacky about it so far.  i had a box on my order form and then removed it.  it was for rings and i was just ‘hoping’ it would work.  decided not to risk the $18 right now and to just keep ‘thinking about it’ in hopes of coming up with something creative using something i already have.  we shall see.  for sure, there was not one piece of display offered for pins.  am i the only one???

have finished restocking all the beginner kits, so that is good.  will unload the van today and at some point this week decide just what i am taking to the one-day, outdoor deal in drytown.  had originally planned to only take jewelry – to see if i could manage to sell at least a little of it.  then roseanne said, no, bring everything.  a compromise is in order, me thinks! ^_^

ok, washer has stopped and there is a little breeze today, so to the clothesline it is.  happy sunshine!!

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