Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Back to work

Two new hooked owls perched in the rosemary outside. They will be at the Waldorf Winter Faire on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Goleta.

I was in my studio looking for some beads and came across this striped sweater  and decided to make some cats for the Faire. I think they look quite humorous before stuffing so I took a photo just for fun.

One of my favorite places to walk is by the ocean. If I am downtown doing errands I try and get my daily walk in before I drive up the mountain. The fog was coming in as the weather changed giving the coast an ethereal look.
For this evening I have 5 mermaids to finish up, 2 dog softies, 7 little foxes, and a new hooked squirrel that is almost done. And stuff  the striped cats and give them faces....will see how much I get done!

Friday, November 23, 2012


Here's my leftover turkey. Mine, all mine.

Today we slept in, checked emails, pinned for a while and made a list of things to finish up for the next craft show. Henry kept me company.

I have fun setting the table for our Holiday dinners. I locate all the turkeys that I can find around the house, add some mushrooms and gnomes and candles and my favorite Nathalie Lete plates and a couple of thrift store linen table cloths and we are ready. Spent most of the day cooking. We got in a family hike on the Fremont Trail near our home up here in the mountains and then back to cooking.
So nice to have both boys home for the weekend. Although Justin managed to bring about 3 weeks of laundry for mom....now he's off to play beach volleyball with his old friends and Jason is downtown selling an iphone. Quiet here....just me and the cats. Hope to get some sewing done today and maybe some hooking tonight. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving Day as well....

Here's funny cat I made awhile back...just added the wool skirt.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks!

Grateful for all of you who come by for a visit! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a feeling that this is going to be a busy week so I am wishing you an early 
"Happy Thanksgiving!"
Here are a few of the things I am working on around here. Above are some small yoyo's made of recycled kimono silk. I think they will become a necklace soon.

Some funky foxes for the next craft show.

Thought I would do some wolves too....

And a new hooked squirrel is almost done.

Hearts got embellished a bit...may do more...

Had to show you this fun thrift store find! An apron with teacup pockets.
Too pretty to cut up, but will I actually wear it?

And I couldn't pass this up either....such beautiful embroidery but it had moth holes on one end. Will see what I can do with this later. Maybe a part of a purse for our upcoming workshop in Oaxaca, filling up fast, by the way!

And I couldn't resist a photo of my favorite store's window. I was downtown on the First Thursday of November for the art galleries late night openings and this caught my eye. The turkey is actually a vinyl blow up turkey!!! They sell them for $13.95. Made me smile....
So much to be grateful for and wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and week to come.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hooking for the Winter Faire at the Waldorf School

My next craft fair will be Dec. 1 at the Waldorf School in Goleta so I've been busy making some more things to fill up my table. A little mushroom house and ornament just got finished up today.

A little owl will be ready for a new home soon.

A heart with flying bird is my latest hooked piece, waiting to be sewn and stuffed. I try and put in a tiny bit of lavender inside to keep any moths from nibbling on the wool.

And yesterday was my husband's birthday and he wanted to do a family brunch with the boys so we picked up Justin from UCSB and had a delicious breakfast at the Succulent Cafe in Solvang. We sat outdoors and it was actually a bit chilly for a change. Our weather went from 94 F to 63 F in one week.
Now we are having a cozy fire in the fireplace at night to keep us warm. After our meal we took a hike up to Nojoqui Falls. Not much water but the boys had fun throwing bay laurel nuts at each other.

Jason taking photos of the ferns...

The boys walking ahead through the oaks, sycamores, and bay laurels.

And a cat photo...our black kitty had to check out my vintage suitcase for a safe sleeping spot.

I have lots more projects on my "to do" list so I'd best get back to work....after a piece of the cheesecake I made for Dennis for his birthday....

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Queen of Arts Show and Sale in Solvang, CA

We had a beautiful day and nice turnout for the Queen of Arts show and sale last weekend. I managed to get some photos taken before the crowds arrived.  So many wonderful things to look at!

Cindy's display full of glittery things.

Syd's wonderful paintings and fun stuff.

Jill's beautiful jewelry.

Angela's colorful felted scarves and ornaments.

Georgeanne's kimono fabric purses and scarves.

Tina's fun needle felted owls.

Norah's earthy ceramics.

Cari's cuddly softies.

Mike's cool cat tails-metal and ceramic.

These are just a few of the amazing artists that participated in the show.
Thanks to all who came and helped support the local artists!