Thursday, December 27, 2012

Art Card

Greeting card made from 
painted papers...
torn...and woven.
Glued down. 
Great fun. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

German Christmas Day

Hans Stubenrauch (German artist, 1875-1941)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

California Christmas view from the hillside out to the Pacific Ocean.

May your Christmas be merry and bright!

Savor the moments...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Peace ???

Where to find some peace in the world?
This "holiday season" seems so 
full of difficult happenings.
It makes me weary.
My heart aches.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy Second Birthday Owen !!!

What a difference two whole years makes!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Farewell Amethyst Pearl!
You were a great companion for 13 years and 144,000 miles!
As the last of 4 vans over 25 years you will 
be missed but not forgotten.
You are being donated to someone who needs you more....
with my blessing.  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Hiding From Black Friday ???

Actually he's "hiding"  from Grammie.   

Covered eyes mean hiding .

Grammie must go around the house calling for him.

Way more fun than Black Friday anywhere.  

Friday, November 16, 2012


When I say  I'm retired most folks say....what are you going to DO???

I've spent my whole life "doing".

Now I'm going to just BE.   Every single day.   It's just that simple.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Appreciation for the Universe

Does life get any better than this?  No!  
An almost 2 year old has total appreciation for the universe.
He takes Grammie along for the ride.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Can Artists Be Minimalists?

I think I want to be a minimalist.  Sorta'.   I am giving away, consigning, donating and/or trying to sell lots of my "stuff" like the Platzgraff Christmas dishes pictured above.   It feels good to unload...but then I see another art idea I want to try...or I go on Pinterest...or flip through a magazine...and there I go again!  These forays often involve more or different "stuff".   Hmmmmm.   Can artists be minimalists?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Big Sur River

Spent a few days in a rustic cabin on the Big Sur River.  Made my first rock tower.   Was cold at last and it felt great.   Walked some...ate excellent food...and all during the week.  Like I was retired or something!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fun in the Yard

Is this guy having fun or what?   Helping in the yard digging, "weeding", doesn't get much better for Grammie or Owen.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

No Longer On the Fence!!!!!!!!

I had been wonder whether or not to blog again.   However......a lovely post from Glitter Sister Lisa and an excellent response from Anna inspired me to start again.  Thanks to both of you....these 2 ladies helped me decide to hop off the  "do I/don't"  I fence and just start.   I'm baaaaaaack!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Summer Moon

Summer moon over Ventura.   Taken outside my house.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

First beach glass score of the season!  Found at the beach at the end of Seaward Avenue, Ventura, California.  The day is clear and beautiful and it feels like summer is in full swing.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Close up of part of the Contemporary Boro jacket from Jude Hill's online class....Should I call it "Retirement"?   I have used scrap from long ago projects, sale remnants, woad dyed fabric, antique boro squares, linens, woven cloth and 1920's quilt blocks. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Text Addition to Last Post

The pictures on previous post are of my jacket made in Jude Hill's online class (Contemporary Boro). I spent  this last week putting it all together and it is wearable...but needs much added decorative stitching.   That will be done over time.   I am very pleased with the almost final result but am not pleased that I couldn't figure out how to add this text to the pictures in last post!

First Week of Retirement Obsession

Friday, June 15, 2012

Retired at last!   After 35 years of report cards, meetings, yard duty, discipline, testing, grading, listening for bells, tying shoes, suiting up and showing up I am DONE.  Now on to Grammiehood, sewing, crafts, painting, beach glass, reading, travel, tea shops, thrift stores and relaxing.   Hard to believe it's really my turn.   Let the good times roll........

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Contemporary Boro Class

Working on Jude Hill's class over at her Spirit Cloth blog is great fun.   Patches of this and that.  Weaving strips of cloth to make new pieces for a jacket or purse.   Hand sewing.  What better way to prepare for retirement in 17 school days?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why I Can't Wait to Retire

Well, one of the reasons anyway!   The best, cutest and most heart felt of the lot. He charms me every time I see him.  It is the purest love in the world.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Back At Last!!!

Has it really been almost a year????   The urge to blog again has been growing in me and here I am back at it at last.   As per my last post ( January 30, 2011) I wasn't sure where I would go next...but here I am: getting ready to retire, loving Grammiehood, exploring art, wanting to connect and reconnect.  Looking forward to the next phase of life.   Plan on doing it up right!