Wednesday, August 17, 2022
After ten years in this dream space of 1,000 square feet, I am moving home to begin my next chapter
I donated the bulk of my shelving to some friends who were starting a new business
Lots of sorting stuff which is never fun
I hired my handyman to come and take down all of the high up quilts and this bicycle
Bulk fabric in Rubbermaid bins which I had to order on line because they didn’t have them at Home Depot or Target
It is slowly shrinking
My big design table rolled out the back door and across the parking lot to my neighbor Erickson Surfaces
Taking some time to rest and relax on my most favorite couch
Wednesday, April 06, 2022
I started the 100 Day Project with vessels
Then abandoned it when the invasion of Ukraine took place
On a whim, Libby Williamson and I drove to Phoenix to go to QuiltCon for one day!
It wa great fun to surprise friends!
Clean up on Aisle 5. Purging more stuff
An old painting that inspires me everyday!
Self portrait. Painter, quilter and gardener
New Succulent garden!
The big pink flower village!
Present day me. My grands call wrinkles folds and I call them wise folds!
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Happy New Year! 2022 and we’re still wearing masks!
Things that I am thinking about for the new year!
This is an Instagram positivity challenge organized by Tracy Verdugo, Lori Siebert and Kenzie Elston. I love that they gave us 2 days to produce something!
1-2 Joyful and Ecstatic and one of my happy places…the garden. Slaying weeds!
3-4 Peaceful and Calm…reading and a Chai Latte
5-6 Energized and Excited - created a Sweet Pea garden with month and a half seedlings!
7-8 Authentic and Genuine- in my drawing studio at home
9-10 Adventurous and Brave - Do Something Scary Every Day! Take risks! Be brave!
11-12 Intuitive and Flowing - that’s my imagination! Stay tuned for the next group.
Sunday, January 02, 2022
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah 500+ pages (beaches in Seattle)
Book 18 The another Woman by Daniel Silva 520 pages
Small Cures by Sella Hicks Wilson 168 lovely poetic pages of love❤️
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts 366 pages
Book 20 The Order by Daniel Silva 448 pages
Book 1 Dublin Murder Squad - In the Woods by Tana French 496 pages
Book 2 DMS - The Likeness by Tana French 470 pages
Book 3 DMS - Faithful Place by Tana French 438 pages (did not like)
Book 4 DMS - Broken Harbor by Tana French 451 pages
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah 450 pages
10 Feb 7
Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths 323 pages
Sorrow and bliss by Meg Mason 346 pages about depression
The Authenticity Project by Clare Poole 357 pages meh
The Restoration of Celia Fairchild by Marie Bostwick 391 pages❤️
The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths 316 pages
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue 383 pages Book Club
The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs 360 pages
Other People’s Houses by Abbyi Waxman 334 pages
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab 444 pages - I Remember You - such a good book - oh my! ❤️❤️
Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs 358 pages
20 April 3
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel 390 pages - excellent book
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 689 pages
The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen 401 pages - so wonderful
The Over Story by Richard Powers 502 pages - BOOK CLUB
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron 265 Pages
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 390 pages ❤️❤️
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave 310 pages ❤️
800 Grapes by Laura Dave 263 pages about Sonoma wine making
The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis 306 pages NF so good
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed 284 pages Pakistan
30 May 15
Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev 482 pages
The Hangman by Louise Penny book 6-1/2 97 pages
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean 323 pages
Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand 339 pages ❤️
A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand 405 pages
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley 342 pages
The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliette Ashton 265 pages - sib drama/happy end
The Girl from Berlin by Kate Hewitt 443 pages WW2 historical fiction 🏆📚
The Edelweiss Sisters by Kate Hewitt 442 pages WWII historical fiction❤️
The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica 439 pages a page turner/thriller🔥
40 June 17
Into the Darkest Day by Kate Hewitt 414 pages
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid 371 pages - soon to be on Hulu ❤️
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Reid Jenkins 352 pages -soon to be on Amazon Prime
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Reid Jenkins 97 pages
After I Do by Taylor Reid Jenkins 352 pages
The Sixth Wedding by Elin Hilderbrand 76 pages and too short
The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths 251 pages ❤️
While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams 367 pages - so good 🏆📚
Somebody’s Daughter: a Memoir by Ashley C Ford 213 pages
The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron 394 pages- excellent!
50 July 8
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams 308 pages
The Whispered Word #2 by Ellery Adams 298 pages
The Book of Candlelight #3 by Ellery Adams 294 pages
Ink and Shadows #4 by Ellery Adams 294 pages
The Cellist #21 by Daniel Silva 472 pages - so good 🏆📚 in pandemic times
The Paper Palace by Miranda Crowley Heller 389 pages NY meh
It’s Better this Way by Debbie Macomber 311 pages trite
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn 376 pages fun
Book 1 On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle 276 pages - coffeehouse mysteries
Book 2 Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle 276 pages
60 August 12
Book 3 Latte Trouble 238 pages
Book 4 Murder Most Frothy 230 pages
Book 5 Decaffeinated Corpse 287 pages
Book 6 French Pressed
The Winner by David Baldacci 528 pages
Book 7 Espresso Shot 334 pages
Book 8 Holiday Grind
The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny 436 pages❤️
Midnight Library by Matt Haig 289 pages BOOK CLUB I didn’t like the message that in order to be happy, you have to be married and have a child
Book 9 Roast Mortem 354 pages
70 September 3
False Witness by Karin Slaughter 440 pages riveting
Triptych (Will Trent Book 1) by Karin Slaughter 484 pages wow❤️
Book 10 Murder by Mocha 366 pages
See Jane Snap by Bethany Crandell 336 pages
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty 469 pages
Book 11 A Brew to a Kill 371 pages meh, not my favorite
Fractured (Will Trent book 2) by Karin Slaughter 516 pages a page turner
Undone (Will Trent book 3) by Karin Slaughter 440 pages wow
Broken (Will Trent book 4) by Karin Slaughter 503 pages so good
Fallen (Will Trent book 5) by Karin Slaughter 387 pages
80 September 29
Criminal (Will Trent book 6) by Karin Slaughter 427 pages
Unseen (Will Trent book 7) by Karin Slaughter 380 pages
The Kept Woman (Will Trent book 8) by Karin Slaughter 455 pages
The Last Widow (Will Trent book 9) by Karin Slaughter 448 pages very suspenseful- bit my fingernails over this one
The Silent Wife (Will Trent book 10) by Karin Slaughter 490 pages powerful, stunning and guessed who the murderer was at 380 pages
Book 12 Holiday Buzz 372 pages
State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton 500 pages ❤️
Cleaning the Gold by Karin Slaughter and Lee Child 83 pages
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Reid Jenkins 343 pages
Blindsighted (Grant County book 1) by Karin Slaughter 462 pages
90 October 26
Kisscut (Grant County book 2) by Karin Slaughter 500 pages
A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County book 3) by Karin Slaughter 501 pages - wow
Indelible (Grant County book 4) by Karin Slaughter 477 pages with long backstory about Jeffrey and Sara
Faithless (Grant County book 5) by Karin Slaughter 554 pages - religion, guns, murder, sex, drugs, beatings all controlled by men who beat up and murder women. Sick bastards all in the name of religion.
Beyond Reach (Grant County book 6) by Karin Slaughter 578 pages - oh my! White supremacy and meth
Dutch House by Ann Patchett 338 pages. Re-read for book club. Resentment, a house, abandonment, joy. Expectations bring disappointment
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter 485 pages - a gem - soon on Netflix
Blond Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter 103 pages prequel to Pretty Girls
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter 535 pages - great twists and turns…wow!
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter 513 pages - intriguing characters and she is an amazing author!
100 November 12
A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie 198 pages - cozy mystery #1
I’ll Be Seeing You: A Memoir by Elizabeth Berg 207 pages
Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica 338 pages too choppy
If the Fates Allow by Rainbow Rowell 39 pages loves Jello. Wear a mask.
Doctors and Friends by Kimmery Martin 373 pages Covid 19
Go Tell The Bees that I Am Gone (Book 9) by Diana Galbaldan 968 pages❤️
Lucky by Marissa Stapley 268 pages
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier 342 pages
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier 313 pages - never saw that coming
The First Wife by Jill Childs 242 pages
110 December 30
The most books I’ve read in one year!
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
I decoupaged this wooden mailbox decades ago. It is so faded and grungy now
I sanded it and painted it with Gesso
With a pencil and really not thinking about where the center line was, I sketched out my design. Awful. Move it all over!
Rough paint job so far, but I like how it looks!
Posca marker hit the scene for my classic black outline in all of my work
It’s coming together!
It made my mailman smile!
It’s been varnished, but frankly it might need another layer. It made it through the rainstorm this week. So happy!
Friday, December 03, 2021
Nothing like getting together with friends. Jill Berry from Portland and Libby Williamson. We had a fine day walking around downtown Orange and having lunch together!
Tried a new coffee, courtesy of my daughter who found this shop after she got her booster shot in Santa Ana
And together we went to this gem in Garden Grove. Good coffee and pastries. We sat outside and enjoyed the fresh air!
My Thanksgiving post! So thankful!
Desserts for Thanksgiving. My daughter made three pies, and happily I didn’t have to make one!
One of our traditions is to put the lights on the house the day after Thanksgiving. Daughter and her boyfriend took the reigns! They did an excellent job!
What could be better than pumpkin pie and coffee for breakfast? Sitting across from my daughter was the best!
One of our house guests. Meet Sam. The sweetest pup!
The Pod House. Pods and seeds from Wisteria trees. I had no idea that they are poisonous. We spent many days picking up hundreds of pods and seeds so that the backyard would be safe for Sam. Next year, I am going to cut the pods off before they do their bursting show.
And now the season of Christmas can begin. The girls are out and ready to greet guests! I didn’t make them and was sad to see when I bought them that there were no maker tags. I would love to know who made them. Such treasures.
Friday, November 19, 2021
The beginning. Not in the best condition Duncan Phyfe table
It really needed some help. It’s a fabulous table with the drop leaves, and you can add another leaf in the middle!
I actually took the legs off and it needed a special wrench that I had to order, but it was nice to be able to get them tighter
Underneath, the flaps are blue. In hindsight, I should have painted all of this blue when the table was in this position
The table top has been painted with Gesso as my primer
I painted the flowers on in January
Started back up in November to just get it done. Added more to the flowers, used a Posca marker for the outline work
I love how it looks! Three coats for Gloss Varnish! Yay!
I could not be happier with how it turned out. It will get some use during the holidays! And it’s a nice showpiece doe the living room! Woot!