Sunday, September 18, 2016

Evening Book Reading...

Hello and thank you for visiting.  There are no photos today due to me posting from my iPad.

Mr. C and I have been reading books now that the sun is waning and the daylight hours are getting shorter.  I recently bought him "The Mechanic's Tale, Life in the Pit-Lanes of Formula One" by Steve Matchett.  We are both fans of Formula 1 racing and of Steve Matchett who is now one of the commentators for each race.  He always is so very knowledgeable and explains things extremely well.

While reading the other evening, Mr. C stopped and asked me to listen to something.  We were both so awed we read it again.  I would like to share it with you.  Page 35, Chapter Two 1989...

"To live is a tremendous privilege, simply to experience a little of the world and to devour the skills and ideas of those who have gone before.  But life is a gift on loan, and in comparison with our surroundings, even a long, full life of a hundred years is but a passing moment.  We should be resolute in enjoying the experience of the fleeting time we have, and we should try never to regret a second or waste even a moment of it in bitterness; yesterday has already gone forever."

I find these words to be very powerful and I am going to listen to them each and every day.

May you be Falling in love with all that Autumn brings...Spring for my friends across the pond.
Embracing Creative Bliss...

Friday, September 9, 2016

September Sister's Swarm/Storm/Soiree


We all survived...including Mr. C...and by this photo he actually had a little fun.  I didn't even know he knew how to photo bomb!  Well done dear.  Sisters from left are Joyce, Renee, Marie and Niece (Renee's daughter) Celeste.  Celeste drove from Tucson to Fullerton to gather up her mom and then drove here to Northern California.


Mr. C took this photo so I could be included. 


My sister Renee on the left is my Sister-of-the-Heart.  She always looked out for me and then took me in as a teenager while she had a husband and three children.  At the time I had no idea what she took on, however, now I am so very grateful and appreciative for her love and care.


You can't tell by this photo but I surprised her with an A and W root beer float...in a child's size vintage mug.  Several years ago when Renee was visiting she found two mugs in an antique shop and gifted them to me.  Our family loved to go to the drive-in A and W's for root beer floats.  Yes, I did make full sized floats for all of us.  Memories are such an important part of our lives and we shared old ones and created new ones.


This day made my heart sing!  My sister Renee is beading and my niece Celeste is sewing.  My studio and I were so very happy.  While shopping locally Celeste found her Halloween costume and was enhancing it.  I will post photos of her after the big reveal.  Renee had brought along an antique necklace of gorgeous glass beads (over 100 years old and from her paternal grandmother).  It was strung on something like bakers twine.  It had broken and a few beads were lost.  We managed to incorporate some new vintage beads and restrung it on fine jewelers wire.  I also created a pair of matching earrings.  I can't believe I forgot to take finished photos!


Here we are relaxing on the deck.  I had purchased really great canvas bags from my Chamber of Commerce gift shop and then I filled them with fun goodies.  Feather boa, feather mask, Crayola crayons, adult coloring book, jar of bubbles and a pocket letter for each sister with assorted goodies in it (chocolate!).  Everyone had fun with these. 


And because we were having a slumber party (Marie had never been to one) my daughter told me we needed to play games.  Well I don't like playing games and therefore I didn't plan any.  Bless Celeste because at the last minute I told her she was in charge of games...after all she is the youngest of us!  Well here we are having a tattoo party. This is at about 2 AM so we are all blurry eyed.  Celeste works for a company in Tucson that makes temporary tattoos and she brought a box full of all assorted styles.  We really did have fun with this.  There are tattoos that you apply and then with a smart phone app they come to life.  Celeste put on a green frog and with the app he came to life and moved all about and made the croaking sounds.  WOW! 
I am so very grateful Mr. C and I were able to host this September Sisters Swarm.  It had been five years since we all got together here.  We talked about the next one being in Tucson. 
Fall is here and the temperatures are cooler.  The deer are eating everything in their reach.  Squirrels are gathering acorns and eating pine cone seeds.  I was going to share our last road trip however I shall save it for next time.  The sisters just couldn't wait! 
Embracing Creative Bliss...(at least I hope to get back to my CQ class and my Needle Tatting).

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lovely Gifts Received...


I have recently received two gifts of the most amazing and beautiful hand crafted works of HeArt!
This CQ (Crazy Quilting) Postcard is from Mary Anne of Magpie's Mumblings. If you do not follow Mary Anne you may be missing out on not only beautiful hand crafting she does but also some very fun and informative links she shares.  There is also a daily quote.  I was so surprised to receive this.


Purple is such a Regal color.  The stitching on this is beautiful.  I was leaving on a long road trip...yes again!  So I wanted to enjoy it and took it along with me to relish in all the different stitches and techniques she has used.  I am taking my CQ online class from Kathy Shaw and need to study.  I am desperately behind in my CQ class but I am not giving up.  More on this later...


Lovely Mary Anne also included some "Ciggy's" for my future CQ projects.  I am so grateful.  Thank you very much Mary Anne for gifting me your gorgeous CQ Postcard and Ciggy's.  I shall treasure them and all the time and work you put into creating this CQ Postcard. 


This is a BLUEtiful hand crafted book that my friend and birthday twin Suz of Suztats gifted me.  Suz knows how much I love the color blue...every shade of blue...and she created this amazing work of HeArt.  Tags and Gelli printing and fabrics of velvet and brocade and a blue shoe charm!  Swoon!!


This is the inside and the white lace creates a pocket.  I believe Suz hand dyes her pieces she uses.  She also tats, knits, and gardens along with her amazing water color paintings.  I am in awe!


A lovely stenciled bird resides in this lace pocket on the back of the book.  There is also a tag with a lovely reference to blue.  It has hand dyed ribbon with bead ends.


This is the front of the BLUEtiful book and it has beaded fringe and another blue referenced quote.  Thank you so very much Suz.  I am feeling very special and spoiled. 
Now I better lie down for I feel the vapors coming on just from these enchanting pieces of true labors of love and talent. 
I will tell more about our latest long road trip on my next post.  Right now I am enjoying the last of August and Summer.  Someone very cleverly said that Summer is going too fast and should get a Speeding Ticket.  I agree!  Fall is in the air.  I must keep busy preparing for my September Sister's Swarm (one of my blog friends used this phrase and I really like it...thank you dear).  Mr. C has arranged to house-sit for a friend of his during this time.  This way he will be able to get some sleep. 
Enjoy every day and Embrace Creative Bliss...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meeting a Blog Friend...


Hello and I am so happy to be home and able to use Mr. C's desktop computer.  We have been gone and I have lots to share in the next few posts.  If you follow Carol of Just Let Me Quilt you recognize her in this photo.  I was the lucky one to be able to meet Carol while we were away visiting her home town.  We are both smiling and we had such a wonderful visit.  I felt so comfortable with her and our time together was way too short.  Carol's husband and my husband came along and were able to enjoy chatting with one another.  I would have liked to spend a day shopping with Carol and she was more than willing...however our time was overrun with meetings and data gathering.


Carol was so sweet to bring me a gift of some DecoFoil for the cards I create and send each week for Random Acts of Mail.  Thank you Carol for the time you shared with me and the gift of creative fun.  Next time I will be certain to save lots of time for the two of us to explore all the many quilt shops and more. 
Home Sweet Home and lots to do to get caught up with unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping and general house and yard cleanup.  I am already seeing some Fall decorating from some of your blogs.  I still have some Summer to enjoy.  I have a niece and three sisters arriving the first week of September.  We will be having a multi night slumber party and general all around reunion.  I am so happy that I can be the hostess for this and that my home can accommodate us all.  Mr. C might want to run away and visit lots of his guy friends.  He likes my family however he likes peace and quiet even more.  Safe Labor Day holidays to everyone.  Embracing Creative Bliss...

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Baby...

No photos as I am using my iPad.  Mr. C's laptop did not survive.  We believe it had extreme heat stroke and cannot recover.  He will take his time and "engineer" a replacement.  No ordinary off-the-shelf computer for him.  For now I shall be extremely happy I have my iPad in order to be able to see your blogs and what you are doing to enjoy this Last of Summer.
I always say August is my most favorite month and it definitely is.  Today is my daughter, Jenifer Michelle's, birthday.  She is a woman now and I am so proud to be her Mom.  Happy Birthday Honey!
As for me...I am enjoying a lazy summer and some new adventures.  I'll explain later.
Stay cool in a pool and sip some delicious fruit infused water while you make memories.
Embracing Creative Bliss...