Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two Trees Too Many

The last two days we have had "entertainment" in the yard.
There were two trees that were huge and past their prime. It was time for them to come down.

The tree trimmers appeared yesterday before noon.

I took this photo from my second floor studio window. This was shortly after he climbed into the tree and started cutting it down. You can see from how high he is if you look at his location (see the red in the tree) and compare it to the buildings, people and fence. All of these photos are clickable so you can see larger photos.

The last time he trimmed one of our trees it made me nervous to watch. This time I almost enjoyed it and also enjoyed watching how they handled each branch as the 2 men on the ground guided it down.

When he would get in places like this it did make me a little nervous.

This position made me nervous too.

I had plans to meet a friend for lunch so off I went leaving "the boss" in charge. When I got home after our 4 hour lunch this was all that remained of the tree.

They were back early this morning to finish taking down the trunk. I caught this photo of the crotch of the tree falling as I took the photo. This was an extremely large piece.

These are some of the pieces of the trunk before they disposed of them.

It is all cleaned up now. Tomorrow they will be back to take down one more tree. It is not even 1/4 the size of this one, but it does have to go.

I really hate to see a tree come down. These trees were in danger of blowing over if we had a bad storm and would have blown over onto the house and shed.

Most of the time when you take a tree down you feel there is an empty space. The rest of our trees are so big and there are so many that you won't miss these. We still will not have sun in the yard for more than a few hours a day in a few very small areas.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Racine Washington Park High School Class of '57 Reunion

Last week I was fortunate to be able to get together with 4 other "girls" from our high school graduating class.

I had not seen any of these "girls" since we graduated 53 years ago. What a lovely groups of ladies.
I recognized each of them immediately. Look at those happy smiles!

What fun to catch up on our lives over the intervening years.
Children, grandchildren, jobs, spouses, friends - we could have talked for many more hours.

'Til me meet again next year!

We met at a lovely restaurant on the lake in Cudahy, WI - The Sheridan Inn. The food was great too. Although the company was the star of the show.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Where Do I Begin

My life is continuing to be busy. I am enjoying every day and every minute.

Guests, family, Ladies Who Lunch, selling on eBay, organizing and getting rid of things, enjoying our perfect weather - can it get any better than this?

This was another one of the things in the boxes of my "vintage" clothes from my attic. Jessica loved this and it fit her perfectly. It matched the new sandals she bought that day. The ones she modeled this time were NOT polyester double knit. I can't remember exactly when I made and wore this but it was many years ago! This was one of 3 that went home with her.

I found this shirt I had embroidered for my husband and Blake loved it. It went home with him and he plans to wear it at college.

I am very flattered that my grandchildren love these things and will be wearing them.

I'll try hard to be back with posts more often.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Jumping Good Times

When my family was here this weekend I enjoyed seeing a photo of my oldest grandson Blake and 3 of his friends JUMPING while he was in Spain studying this summer.
I didn't realize you could catch a photo like this so easily.

When I was taking the departure photos I decided to see if I could take a JUMPING photo and it worked. I had to work fast as they were in a hurry to leave and the mosquitoes were eating them alive.
Fortunately the cooler weather (and a Bounce Dryer sheet in my pocket) have helped drive away the mosquitoes.

My youngest grandson was her for a while yesterday. I showed him the jumping photos and he wanted me to take his picture JUMPING.
Here it is. He really worked hard to do a good jump as you can see.

Until next time I hope you have a JUMPING good time!

Monday, August 16, 2010

I'm back!

It's been a busy time in my life. I have been very busy organizing and getting rid of things. I've had a very busy week on eBay.

This weekend was a wonderful fun and family filled time.

My son Greg, his wife Julie and their 4 children were here for the weekend. I always enjoy spending time with them.

Greg spent a great deal of time working on my computer and other devices. This is my first post from my new computer.

On Sunday morning my sister Karen and her husband Clay joined us for brunch. Karen brought her fabulous berry muffins. I am not sure whether the recipe came to our family through Karen or my sister Connie. I have to mention both of them so I don't get in trouble. If you have sisters you may understand!

I have other family photos to share with you soon.

If you look closely you will see one of my quilts in the background.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's Only Just Begun - Week 4 on eBay

I'm still busy with finding treasures in my closets and auctioning them on eBay.
Sunday evening I listed 26 more pieces.

This week they are ALL BLUE FISH clothing.
Even after I get done selling off a large part of my collection I will still have enough to keep me in style for years to come.

I am parting with some fantastic pieces this week. If I haven't worn it it is time to share it with someone else out there.

This is one of those rare pieces that no one wants to give up. I decided it is time for someone else to enjoy it since I never even wore it. And you are probably asking how could I have enjoyed this if I never wore it?
Well, I enjoy just looking at these special pieces and studying the details and colors.

Another lovely outfit, with each piece for sale separately.

I've tried to do a color or theme story each week. You can see "the rest of the story" for this week at:

I have heard from some of you who had never heard of BLUE FISH clothing.
There is nothing else like it.

I have also received so many thank yous from happy buyers who appreciate the fact that I am offering these things at very affordable prices. So many sellers have the prices so high buyers can't really afford them.

Although the company is still in business in Taos, New Mexico the prices are quite high. But - the clothing is worth it. I like to think of "Cost Per Wearing" when I buy something.

It outlasts any other clothing I have worn. That is why I have so much to part with - it still looks great and is in great condition for the most part. They use organic cotton. They are very environmentally conscious, using each and every scrap and making it into something.

I hope you are enjoying these posts that have nothing to do with quilting but everything to do with color!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Week 3 ends tonight

Tonight concludes the third week of selling things on eBay.
I should be seeing results in my closets by now, but I still have a long way to go!

This week most of the things I am offering are either FLAX or BLUE FISH clothing.

Some of my favorite casual things from BLUE FISH

More BLUE FISH in one of my favorite colors.

A more sophisticated business like FLAX outfit.

I have spent a great deal of time washing and ironing the things, taking photos and writing the auctions.

They will all end between 7 and 9 p.m. PST this evening (Sunday).

If any of you want to see the auctions you can go to:


I have also spent a lot of time this past week getting new auctions ready that will start between 7 and 9 pm. PST this week and end next Sunday, August 15th.
Thee are almost all BLUE FISH clothing, a highly collectible line.

I'm treating this like a job - a job that will help me clear some space.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sun Spots?

This is another work in progress that I created at least 10 years ago.
When I made it I was not so sure I liked it.

10 years later it looks a lot better to me! I dye painted a piece of fabric making use of the fact that the dyes will spread slightly. I designed this attic windows quilt to effectively use the piece of fabric I created.

Although I am still keeping busy posting my eBay things, I have found a few moments today to get a few quilts out to layer and get ready for quilting.
Once I have them layered I can work on the quilting in stolen moments now and then.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


How many of you think of the TV show when you hear the word lost?

LOST is the working title of this quilt. I had made some other pieces to go in the center of this and I cannot find them.
I am guessing I might have thought they were scraps and thrown them out.

I often tell people if they make something and they don't like it that they should put it away for 6 months and when they take it out see if they like it then.
That was the case with this quilt. I made the sections but did not put them together.

I put them on the design wall, took a photo and printed it. When I looked at the photo I really liked it. Not six months later, but over 6 years later.
Today I took it out and fused the sections to a piece of batting.
I am going to have to resolve the center issue. This was done with a lot of scrap fabrics so I do not have many of those fabrics available to remake the center. Maybe if I wait a few days the LOST sections will turn up!
And maybe I will decide I like the center just the way it is!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Dream Along With Me - A Perfectly Neat Organized Home

I've had a hard time finding time to write a blog post recently.

Why, you ask?

I have been conscientiously working on getting things straightened out, organized and disposed of in my studio.

I have spent a lot of time the last two weeks listing things on eBay. I realized that one source of clutter in my studio was things I meant to list on eBay - so I decided there was no time like the present and last night I posted 20 items to close next Sunday evening. It takes a lot of time to take a decent photo, edit it, measure the garments, write the descriptions and fill out the form for the auction. Then after it sells there is the packaging and shipping to be done.

Last night and this morning I packed the items I sold last night, printed the labels and had them shipped. I have 4 more to ship and I will be able to start thinking about what I am going to list next week. I am starting the prices very low and so far everything has sold.

This may look like a jumbled mess to you, but it is really all carefully washed, ironed and stacked in piles of things in related categories.

I have bulging closets of like new collectible clothing: Blue Fish, Flax, Oh My Gauze, Eileen Fisher, Nothing Matches, etc and I am listing lots of it on eBay so I'll have a little more room in my closets. Would you believe I was running out of hangers. That was the breaking point!

I will be also listing other things that are not clothing in the next few auctions.

As I am writing this post I am thinking maybe I should list some of the sewing/quilting related items I have to sell at a fixed reasonable price on my blog and they will be available to anyone of you who might be interested. What do you think?

I think it is time to get back to work. See you again soon!