Saturday, December 26, 2009

That went by fast...

We all had such a fun time watching Madison open her presents. She wanted to just play with the first gift...her tea set. But finally got the idea. She was so sweet. She sat in her new chair Earl made...I have to paint it...

Wish LE and Jon could have been here....but we will see them in Jan. LE got me a new washer and Earl got me a dryer. Anyone need a gas dryer and a washer? They still work. New ones coming next weekend.
The good fairy Susan brought us goodies from the world renown Solvang sweet of her.
Nice to have the weekend yet to get things done. Hope everyone is enjoying their family and friends.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Like little kids.....

...we just ran away...Colleen and I had a fun day. We headed for Cambria to our fave: Birds of a Feather. She had the most stuff I have ever seen there. We could have looked an other hour and not seen it all.

We stopped in at our old fave: Hearts Ease, then Taco Temple for a great lunch in Morro Bay along with a quick stop at The Cotton Ball and then on to San Luis Obispo to Jeff Claassen Gallery.

Teesha and Tracy had told us about him last May and we had been wanting to go ever since. Sweet guy and he gave us lots of tips and good info. He sells some great spray paint. It is from Spain and has amazing colors. I got a silk screen kit too.

We hit Hands Gallery real quick and we were off to Grover Beach to Georgia Moon. Basically it is a junk store for an assemblage artist. I got a bird cage and a suitcase. I think you need to come check it all the time to see what is new.
We popped in Ron's Garden to see his Christmas displays.

Our 40% off coupons were burning a hole in our pockets so we stopped by Michael's, grab a Pollo Loco tamale and were back home before they knew we were gone....

I feel like I charge up the batteries and got the creative juices flowing again. So Sunday I was hot to do some spraying....I am now looking around for more stuff to spray.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A fun day

Madison had her first Santa encounter ...and to my surprise it went really well. She sat in his lap even. He got a baby doll from Santa that now accompanies Tigie. She also got a little folio wrapped chocolate with Santa on it. She gave it to her new doll.

Later in the day I taught a sock creature class at the Solvang Library.

I had some great little artists. It is so fun to see what they come up with. One girl was trying to figure out how to do a nose ring....

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday time

Instead of a Charlie Brown tree .....this is a recession tree.....a limb off the neighbor's tree.....but I like it.

Here is Madison in her rocking chair. She love to get in it all by herself.
Had a little get together with high school buddies.

We could have laughed and talked for days. Khristine came out from IL to visit her family and took time to visit. So good to see her. Marion, Sally and sister, Susan, Melinda, Linda and good to see you all. Thanks Linda for making it happen.
We had a fun day at the ART CLINIC last Thurs A brown bag/ornament exchange/Food bank collection/UFO (unfinished object) get together...

fun day...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Carol and I had some fun the ART CLINIC today. From an example we saw of Sukie B. we started our personalized calendar...Really fun. We also had a visit from Marti Fast's watercolor class. Fun to share ideas with everyone.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Madison's first snowman

We went to the Santa Barbara Zoo for snow leopard day. They brought in snow. Maddie was not to sure about it. She liked to go point out the wayward snowballs on the grass. She did build a "snowman" Jill and I watched her put one piece of snow on top of another...I call that a snowman.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


We spent it in Cortez, CO with Earl's family.

The drive is long but we had a good book on tape and great scenery. There was snow in Williams which made it feel Christmasy.
I got to hold a new baby (this is John, Earl's brother-in-law holding Lua),
work on a baby quilt,
have 3 pieces of pie (this is only half the pies Cherie made),
have a great meal and catch up with family.
We got home about 7 Sunday so I got a quick visit with Jill and Maddie.

The bad news Tumnis, LE's cat that has been visiting with us for many years, was in bad shape and Monday had to be put to sleep. This is Madison talking to Tumnis on Halloween. We will miss you Tummi....

Earl could not get to AZ for his business trip because of snow so he came home and put up the Xmas lights...those who know me know that is my favorite part of Christmas. Thank you Earl! So the season has officially started....

I am back in the swing...

Just took Maddie to day care..we call it "school"....It was tough because she has a new love..."Tigie"...He had to stay in the car. This pink striped stuffed tiger can't come to school so it was very tearful. She puts him down for his nap, feeds him, kisses him while she is eating and pretty much has him in a headlock the rest of the time.

I will post more tonight...but I am burning daylight.....

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rec¢· la· ma¢·tion

Come see the show if you get a chance. Sue, Sukey, Carol and I are in it.

Rec¢· la· ma¢·tion Cheryl Weiss, Curator

Santa Maria -- The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission presents Rec¢· la· ma¢·tion,

a mixed media exhibition of regional artists curated by Cheryl Weiss, Professor of Art, Allan Hancock College and Vice President of the Nipomo Arts Commission, facilitated by John Hood, Professor of Art, Allan Hancock College and Arts Commissioner from the 5th District, from November 23, 2009 to February 19, 2010 at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside, Santa Maria.

The opening reception will be Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 4-6pm.

Rec¢· la· ma¢·tion showcases the work of regional artists who use mixed media and found objects to explore ideas about the act and process of transformation and revitalization. Artists featured in the exhibition are: Larry Delinger, Anthony Hicks, Juan Manuel Perez, Natasha Stanton and Patti Screen-Smith.

Cheryl Weiss said, “According to the dictionary, reclamation is the act or process of reformation, the restoration of use or recovery. As a theme, this seems especially timely to me. When artists use mixed media and found objects, their works transform what may be commonplace and discarded. What was lost, is regained. By revitalizing what appears useless and worn, these pieces elevate our perceptions. It is exciting, emotionally moving and thought-provoking when our imaginations are actively involved in the creative process as we view the work. What emerges reconnects us to our shared humanity, our spirit, a reverence for all life, and often our sense of humor and sense of wonder.” Among the artists participating are some for whom the Central Coast was once home. “I invited their participation, so they could return here through their art, to reclaim and reaffirm their connection to this community,” Weiss said.

This exhibition is a project of the County Arts in Public Places (CAPP) Committee of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission with generous funding support provided by the following: Esther Bates, Charles L. Bloom Foundation, Ginny Brush & Mari Bartoli, Teen Conlon, Joan Cyr, Joan Davidson, Phyllis De Picciotto, Jacqueline Dyson, 7 Day Nursery, Mary Heebner, Joanne Holderman, Betty and Bob Klausner, Elaine LeVasseur, Jon and Lillian Lovelace, The Palm Loft Gallery, Frances Puccinelli, Scott Rowland, Rick and Ro Sanders, William Prindle, C. Dana White and Jana Zimmer.

Montecito Magazine

I am "published". The painting, The Critics, I did 2 years ago. It belongs to Esther Bates. The color looks great. Thank you Christine, Lynn and Esther.

Had an early Thanksgiving...

at Faria Beach Colony in Ventura. We had a beautiful day, great food and the joy of being with family.... with all the babies there were 28....I am so lucky! We were all there except LE and Jon and Steph's son, Thatcher. Baby Eric is the newest member, Steve and Patty's 3 month sweet....And big news....Bethany and Kevin are going to make Mark and Lori grandparents in May.
Madison almost warmed up to everyone...lots of air kisses on the way out.
I love the ocean. It is something that always brings back a flood of good memories. I think Maddie is on her way to her own flood....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

That was a dry spell...I know...

I am still coming back from the whirlwind Queen of Arts. This was such a great event. They tried to give me the credit but I am not worthy....Really it just works. Everyone (36 artists and the Elverhoj Museum staff) does their job and it all happens. Esther at the Elverhoj is the real work force. This 3 day event is so amazing on so many levels. The first impression is WOW...everyone is so talented! You look around at everything and are amazed at the polished look of it all. We had several new artists and they really took it up another notch. I defy you to find an event with a more diverse array of great art. Another level is the feeling of community. One artist wished she could go camping with everyone. I know what she has a "good times" feel to it all. And one more level is the growth in the artists that I have seen over the years. That is very exciting for me.

I was gifted with the most amazing art from all the artists! I brought home my basket of goodies and I was blown away as I combed over each special piece. It was better than Xmas. Not only did I get things I had been eyeing, I got beautiful things I had not seen and were pick out by the artist for me....which makes the gift special in new way. Thank you everyone. I really don't know how to express my gratitude.

After the event Shelly, Carol, Ruth and I went out to the sushi place to unwind. This is such a sweet pic of Ruth and Carol....