Monday, January 15, 2018

Delightful Story Without Names (And No Pictures)

I live a serendipitous life and love when special people appear to make an otherwise boring time interesting and memorable.
On a recent flight most of the passengers were even older than me…yes, that is possible!
I was sitting in my usual aisle seat and the other two seats were empty.
The flight attendant was helping a very young girl who was flying unattended for the first time find a seat. I asked if she would like to sit in my row.
She took the window seat.
She looked a little scared, yet confident.
I asked her how old she was and what her name was. I told her my name.
I showed her pictures of some of my grandchildren that were the closest to her age.
That broke the ice. She was one of the most delightful children I have ever met.
She shared her home made chocolate chip cookies with me. We both agreed they were far better than the treat the airline was giving out.
She gave me her Dad’s business card and I gave her one of mine.
She really got excited when I started to show her some of my Ice Dyed Mandalas. I told her about my upcoming show, Florida Ice.
After the flight I received a message from her Mom telling me how excited she was about the show and that she told her mom  “Mom, We have to come to it”. I sure hope they do.
I know this little girl is going to have an amazing life and will accomplish great things.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Florida Ice–Show Details!

I was waiting until all details had been confirmed to share this blog post with everyone.
My show will open March 16, 2018 at the Ocala, Florida City Hall.
There will be an opening reception from 12:30-2 p.m. on March 16th.
The show closes on April 26, 2018.
The city hall is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
It is a beautiful building which will highlight my work. These are my Ice Tapestries that started as white cloth and I have dyed using my own unique method of ice dyeing.
There is a large free parking lot.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Greetings From Edon, Ohio

We lived in Edon, Ohio from 1961-1963.
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I found these postcards on eBay a few years ago and I love the style of them. They are from 1909 and 1917. The postage to send them was a penny!
I have many fond memories of the short time we lived there. Almost 10 years ago I reconnected with our long lost couple friends from there. Sally and I now live 15 miles from each other and see each other often. Grace was able to come from Omaha, Nebraska to visit us a few years ago.
More recently I found a mail list from the area and joined. I am now in close touch with several people from Edon. Only one still lives there. All of us treasure those years. People were very welcoming and friendly.
It was a great place to live. When we lived there the population was around 500. As of the 2010 census the population was slightly over 800.
So here’s to you my Edon friends: Sally Rue, Grace and Vern Thomsen, Nancy Herman Dunnavan, Karen Jones, Carol Darr Moore and Dan Thiel.
55 years and counting since we left Edon!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Record Clock

This is my new clock from ReVisions Gallery in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
It is made entirely of old records or discs.
The artist is Deborah Dickenson.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Honey, I’m Home….Again!

My reservation has been honored here at Seldom Inn

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Thanks Andy and Tina for picking me up at the airport in your Cadillac.
Here we are having dinner at the Olive Garden on the way home.
An enjoyable time seeing both of you.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Last Memories From Christmas 2017

Since this blog is also my personal diary I am going to include a LOT of pictures on this one last Christmas post. I can access them when I want to remember the experience and if for some reason the blog would ever be shut down I print each year in a book to keep them forever.
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Fisherman Nick’s fishy gifts!
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Jared’s treasures
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It looks like these top knots have inspired these guys to become sumo wrestlers!
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Julie is sharing her Christopher Radko New Years Ornament, so appropriate as we celebrated Christmas New Years Eve.
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Heidi and Jessica and hand crocheted tree ornaments
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Greg enjoying a book of pictures

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Jared and his Santas.
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Jessica with her fingerless mitts and her felted bowl.

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Julie enjoying Grandma Sorensen’s antique cobalt blue and clear butter dish.
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Julie with the felted bag I knit for her.
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Jessica with her Door County bag of coins.
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Oh Christmas Tree!
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One more time! These men are the best dressed!
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Our Green Bay Packer elf off the shelf says “See you all next year!”

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Christmas To Remember

Although not everyone in the family could make it to celebrate Christmas together, we had a wonderful entertaining delicious time!
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Many years ago a friend of my mothers knit stockings for the then members of our family. After she lost her sight it took me over two years to get a copy of the pattern from the designer. I knit several more for newer family members. Since I know longer fill these HUGE stockings I thought it was time to give them to everyone to take home.
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Here is Jessica with the last stocking I knit.
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Heidi’s stocking was the first one I knit.
The grandchildren who joined the family later received needlepoint stockings with their names.
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Being the tallest member of the family Nick received Grandpa Jerry’s HUGE afghan I had knit for Florida.
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My grandson’s love to fish so they were recipients of my fish plate collection in various sizes.
Stay tuned….Christmas continues!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Christmas- It’s Not Over Til It’s Over

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Heidi is looking at the opening in the back of her Christmas pillow.
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Two pillows in one. Inside is a polyester double knit pillow!
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Since each couple shares a bag of gifts sometimes someone gets confused about who an item is for!
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I have to laugh each time I see this picture of Kevin!
Yes, our Christmas gift night was very entertaining!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Two Special Quilts For Two Grandsons

When Cooper and Caleb came to visit Friday night I had these quilts waiting for them.

Cooper's is their family picture from a few years ago. I designed the fabric from the photo and had it printed commercially.
This is the picture so you can see what I used.

Caleb’s is one of those cut and stuff prints that was an exercise for my students in one of my classes. His favorite color is yellow and there is a lot of yellow in it. The print was little chickens before it was cut into triangles.

I found this picture of the original panel I used for his quilt.  He had so much fun playing with it.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Quilt Picks

I am sharing individual photos of the quilts everyone picked as you can see them much better.
Since some of these were created a while ago. I developed a new appreciation of what great designs they were. It is like looking at someone else’s work when you haven’t see them for a while.
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Julie and Greg got first pick and chose this quilt with an original block I designed.
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Jared chose this quilt, an original design of mine.
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Jessica and Kevin chose this one, another original design my me. I taught this class many times.
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I LOVE the strong graphic image of this Amish inspired quilt.It’s one of my favorites.
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This is Heidi and Nate’s quilt. It contains hand painted and hand dyed fabrics.

Friday, January 5, 2018

My Very Favorite Picture Celebrating Christmas

I took a lot of pictures as we celebrated Christmas on New Years eve.
This turned out to be my favorite. For those who don’t know I bring out a lot of quilts and let each family member/couple chose a quilt to take home.
What makes this even better is Oliver is looking at Greg and Julies quilt and Isla is looking at Jessica’s.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Knitted Bowl Ready For Felting


This is the largest bowl I have ever knitted. It currently measures 18 inches long and 16 inches (32 inch circumference) across.

I used a variegated yarn with a long color change for part of the yarns in this. The color changes in the yarn dictated to me what size to make this.

It will be greatly reduced in size when it is wet felted in my washing machine.

Do not expect to see the felted bowl soon as I wait until I have 5 or 6 pieces to felt at once.