Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Summer Vacation Alaska

My daughter Michelle & her family have been visiting this past week. It's been soooo MUCH FUN!

This little guy Sean JR is a delight!

We did a road trip to Homer & stayed over night. What was intended to be camping became hotelling instead because the winds were so high the tents would've blown us all into the ocean!
Sylvia & S-JR found an old truck (no motor) for kids in front of the Sourdough Express where we ate a good breakfast. It was perfect for them to play while we ate on the picnic table outside. It was sunny & warm there.

Sean SR found an old Mercury motor & sported for me, in a Freddy Mercury pose. He sings in a Queen cover band, & does the Freddy Mercury parts. He also has a salon in Seattle named Mercury.

We played a little on the windy beach, & Sear JR manged to get a little wet of course.

The waves aren't usually this big in summer.

Signs of autumn were all over.

Crows were fluffing up against the winds.

Michelle & Sean dropped in to the Salty Dawg Saloon, to just check it out, while the rest of us hung out outside.

Later we stopped at a nice restaurant, where the boy ate PB&J.
We took a side trip to Seward, but it was cold & windy there too, so we pressed on & came home late. The next day we set up a tent in the backyard for Sylvia to get to have her camp out with her dad, & we took a day-trip to the local zoo. 

Another day, we went up the hill from our house to a park to play.

More to come, but we've got dinner to get & kids need to catch their flight soon. I will miss the joyful chaos of this past week.

Another Day in Rayna's Class

Rayna Gillman's class (over a week ago already) was really energizing. Here Rayna was helping try different arrangements on some pies Nan Thompson put on the wall.
Diane Melms jumped in to play too.  I really enjoyed the group interaction & critiques.

This was where I had slapped mine together for the critique,

& we all agreed the stripes in the background were too much.

Below is a piece George taylor did.

& Diane Melms.(below)

& Kate Chandler.(below)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rayna Gillman Class

I'm sure you are all tired of seeing my vacation pictures lingering here. Work has been stressful lately, & this weekend I am rewarding myself by taking a 3 day quilting workshop.
 We are so lucky to have gotten Rayna Gillman up to Anchorage, thanks to the efforts of Nan Thompson from Seward. The picture above is the fabric wrapped welcome gift I made for her lecture Thursday evening. Below is what was inside. The bead is one of my own lampwork beads, The  folder is made of Timtex covered with paper towels, that I had used for cleanup on dyes (too pretty to throw away). Next I layered on bits of fabric, threads, Angelina fibers & topped it with Tulle & last a silk organza. Couched down yarns,

& lined with cottons. Added a tablet, pen & pencil.

Rayna's class, first day was fun.

It's Cinderella Quilts; taking orphan or ugly blocks & making them into something more artful.

Below is the block I started with

Here is the same block in progress. Tomorrow I will try to get shots of some of the other's work. Mine is pathetic in comparison to what else was there. It's OK though, I had a GREAT time, & it beats working!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

More of our Florida vacation

Just trying to get our vacation photos posted.  Here are some more from our days at Universal Studios. I loved, loved, loved time spent with the family & playing i the wizarding world of Harry Potter!