May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Family Story

Once upon a time, my mother was young, single, fun-loving and serving as a WAVE in the US Navy in Washington, D.C. Some of that fun turned out to be an unexpected pregnancy.  There is quite the story to go with this but for now, I'll just show some pictures of a happy family reunion.  My mom put the baby up for adoption and 73 years later, he found us.  This is a miracle for sure and it is basically thanks to DNA.  We were able to meet together in San Diego this past June. Here are some pictures.  Story to be added later. 
Me and my new found brother, Michael Rowe

Ruth Mattern Callaway's three sons, Charlie, Bill and Mike

Four of the five siblings.  Missing Cindy

Visiting Mom's internment site at Fort Rosecrans National
Cemetery in Point Loma, California

Mike, Leslie and Jon atop Mt. Helix in La Mesa, California

Mike wanted to visit a California Winery so we went to 
Callaway Vineyards of course

Our brother Mike.  He said "I was once an only child and 
now I have a family."

I Am A Developing Artist

Thanks to having taken a class at Craft Napa in January 2018, I have expanded my creative horizons.  I am now dabbling with quilt art, fused quilt art, lettering, card making, stamping, embossing, art name it.  Conventional quilting has been on the back burner lately but still holds my heart and interest.  It is so exciting and liberating to try new things.
The finished project from the Personal Symbols class.  My 
word was "Grace" and I used the theme of "three" to represent
the trinity.

One small project using my "new to me" Cricut Machine.  

Getting organized.  Now I know I am getting serious about this
new crafting opportunity.

Art Journaling needs pens and water colors and 
paints.  Really enjoying this. 

A basket full of die-cut goodies to play with 
and enjoy.  
Thanks to the wonder of the internet, I have bid on
and won several cartridges for the Cricut.  I think I 
am seriously hooked on least for now. 
A place to practice becoming an artist.  My teacher at 
Craft Napa, Deborah Broschart, said that we are all
Developing Artists.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time Marches On

I guess I am a little less interested in keeping a blog up-to-date.  For awhile, I was pretty regular every month but lately months go by before I think about it.  If it becomes an obligation, then I am not interested.   So I will keep going.......jotting down a few thoughts and pictures as the mood hits me.   My original intention was more oriented towards recording my quilt projects than family events.  It has become both.

Having just checked, I last posted on this blog March 2017.  Considering that today is February 27, 2018 it has been almost a year.  So much for keeping up to date.  I'll need to cover 12 months of activity to catch up.

 Lots and lots of quilts have been produced over the last few months.  Nice to document my work and see the different techniques that I have tried.

Going to Road To California with my friend Mary Moore Paine was fun as always.  We tried new things and took a class in printing on fabric with stamps.  Stretching myself outside the box.

There is snow on them thar hills in Ontario.  California was getting quite a bit of of rain and snow in January 2017,

Always fun to travel with a friend.

Something new......fabric printing

Wahoo!!!!  A new iPhone 6s for me.  Loving it. 
And now some pictures of our small but comfy patio with new planters and plants.  It is really becoming a cozy place to eat or hang out when the weather co-operates and the wind doesn't blow.

Some garden bounty to make guacamole...onions, cilantro and parsley.

New Stools for the family room

Closing this post with a beautiful beach picture from Cambria, CA.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Catching Up On Quilts and Life

August?  Really August??  That was the last time I wrote a blog entry?  I am not one of those bloggers who has a zillion followers.  I blog to record some of my personal history and every once in a while, I order a print copy of the blog.  I was trying to do this at least once a year.  I am a little behind. 

I think this catch up may come in two parts.  Let's start with September through December. School began and the DGDs were off to 4th and 6th grade.  Makayla is now in middle school at Julia Morgan School for Girls.  She seems to be thriving there.  She gave up piano for now but is enthusiastically enjoying rock climbing.  Violet, ever the busy one, plays viola, is doing track, and participating in a spring play.

A few pictures of the DGDs
Makayla's visit to shop with Auntie Cheryl

No.  She didn't eat it.  It was her dad's order.

Makayla channeling Freida Kahlo for Halloween 2016

Little Red Riding Hood Violet
In August, Jon's family adopted a dog.  He is a mix breed terrier and the sweetest dog ever.  His name is Rudyard Kipling......Kip for short or Kipster, Kippers, KipKip.
Enjoying his special blanket made by me. 

Another Christmas celebrated at home.
Kip came over for Christmas

The annual Christmas Eve dinner

Leslie and Santa Claus
Love them forever and always

And to close this entry.........a few quilt projects.
Kits are so easy and fast to do

From a pattern and then I won her book with lots of patterns

Wonky Diamonds......what do I do with them?

Nine down, three to go for an even dozen.

Alameda Quilt Guild workshop with Terry Hodges

Raffle item for Callaway Family Reunion

Baby Quilt for the woman who gives me facials, Kate.

Challenge entry for Colors of the Vineyard (AVQ)