Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Weaving at Asilomar

In early May, I went to a weaving conference at Asilomar Beach and Conference Grounds.  What a wonderful place to stay.  There are many historic buildings designed by Julia Morgan.  Asilomar was first conceived as a place for members of the YWCA  from around the country to meet.  If you are interested you can read the history of Asilomar here

 Merrill Hall

     We gathered in Merrill Hall for meetings and speeches and our vendor.

Looking up in Merrill Hall

More ceiling views

Fireplace in Hearst Building

There were paved and board walks all around the facility.  We were right on the beach.

A boardwalk leading to the ocean.

Ah, the ocean.  So beautiful. 

Well, as I mentioned I was there for weaving.  I took a class on weaving with neutrals.  This was bold for me as I prefer color and more  color.  But I enjoyed it very much.  There were 20 students and therefore, 20 looms in a light airy room (but it was pretty cold outside most of the time) We learned a lot about what one tie-up can produce by varying the threading and the pattern.    Below are some of our work in progress.  We were weaving only samples so there wasn't a finished piece.

My start

Another's loom


When we were done we cut our samples up so everyone got a 2" square of everyone's efforts for future reference along with the patterns.

When I arrived home I still had unused warp on the loom so I  wove a bit more.

I enjoyed seeing what differences just changing the shades of weft would do.

Just below a very light view our our classroom.

Thanks for stopping by. 
Rejoice!  this is a day the Lord has made.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Making Book Again

 A couple of years ago I mentioned making a journal here in my blog. Making Book and Need a Journal

It's nearly full. Only 3 pages left to fill.  I don't write every day, but I sometimes write a lot or I sometimes write big.  So anyway time to make another.

This time I used a graham cracker crumbs box. 

I decided to make this journal more square and this box was squarish. 

To cover the covers, made from the crumb box, measure the paper 1/2 -1 inch larger all the way around.  Score the paper where it should fold over the cardboard.

Glue, but don't leave it like this. Smooth it with a foam brush or your fingers.

Center the cardboard on the paper and smooth it. Then fold up the sides and the top and bottom edges and smooth.  Using the bone folder helps.

Next I cut a piece of paper to fit the inside of the covers except for about 1/4 inch all around.
(I missed a few photo opportunities throughout the process. Please don't consider this a true tutorial.)

This is the inside of the other cover.

The outside back cover.

The front cover.

The signatures with stitching holes poked.

 About halfway through the stitching process.  I love the colored cord.

 Finished.  In this photo you can see the curved needle.  It makes the sewing up easier, but a straight needle can be used.

Ready now for recording anything I might need to say.

Here is the book I absolutely love for making books.  Very easy to follow directions.

A peek inside.  Coptic Binding is the binding I'm more familiar with.  But I have made a couple of other kinds.

I made this one using a glued binding.

I found this idea on YouTube. HERE . Sea Lemon has some very nice book making tutorials.

That is all for today and, really that's enough.

Ta Ta,

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Is it True?

They sometimes say
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

It's also been said
That violets are blue and roses are red

I've heard reports
That some like the arts while others like sports.

Have they been discussed
Preventing  decay or removing rust?

On occasion they speak
Of  what they've found and who they seek.

Have there been mentions
Of heavenly streets paved with good intentions?

Has it been proclaimed
Who is at fault and who will be blamed?

You may well ask
 Is this the right time to complete the task?

One mustn't whine
It is almost the end and everything's fine.

The End

This poem was indeed written by me.  I like it perhaps you do too.  There may be more poems as I have plenty of them.  Please, if you use it, give me authorship.  Thank you

As it is nearly Easter, here is my favorite resurrection hymn.
May the Lord bless you every day.

Monday, March 27, 2017


A Sunrise from my Window

Jean Louis, a
 skier from France.

Whitley Bay, a place I would like to go.

Easter on the Prairie

Still Life with Wine

Handspun yarn in Muted Conversation
Spun and plied by moi

Goofy socks, I loved them so much I bought two pair. A year later I met the man who does Goofy's voice, but, alas, I wasn't wearing my socks.

In an old Bunker

Princess Sophie Louisa Marie Tucker Jean 

Vintage 1971
Ponchos and VW Bug

A Cabin Wall 2014

A Glorious Sunset in Cayucos after a storm.

Come back again sometime, please.  It will be grand having you back.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bad, Bad Blogger

So it has been more than a month since I wrote anything.  And to be honest, I really didn't want to do this today.  Nevertheless, here I am.   Ahhh. Now what to write about.  Okay.  I'll start with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.   

Last fall I auditioned for a part in the Imagination Theater production of Alice.  Lo and behold, I was chosen for a part.  It was not Alice nor was it the White Rabbit.  This is fine as Alice is a young girl, not a woman and the Rabbit needed high energy.  Not me, ha.

Nope, I wasn't chosen for the Cheshire Cat.  But that is fine as the one who did get it is wonderful.

I was not invited to the tea party.

Perhaps you would never guess, so I will just give you a hint.

As I mentioned, not Alice, soooooo

Yup, I'm Dum.
(He's the one in the middle.)

Here are some photos of the current portrayals.

The wonderful Sarah as the White Rabbit.

Alice by Taryn

Here is Alice by Tessa along with the Caterpillar (Mackenzie)

Two young ladies were cast as Alice. They do alternate performances both are excellent.

The Mad Hatter and March Hare at the Tea Party
Jan (l) and Morgan

Don't you love her Cheshire Cat grin?

The talking flowers

The Knave of Hearts and the other cards.

The fabulous Queen (Kathleen) and delightful Bud (Gianna)

And of course, the Tweedles

Tweedle Dee (Kim)

Tweedle Dum (yours truly)

Ours is a small but wonderful local theater.  They have produced many great shows including Les Miserables which I participated in.  2013
Imagination Theater

I want to thank them for making my dream of singing, dancing and acting on stage a reality.

 Although I didn't mention every actor or character, all of my cast mates do a grand job and are fun to be with. Here are the ladies of dressing room A being goofy.

Come see us any Thursday or Friday evening or Saturday or Sunday afternoon in February 2017.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine
 Proverbs 17:22