Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Directions

My art supplies are waiting patiently for me. Will I find the time?

Oh there are curtains to make, the big house to keep clean, golf to be played.

How will I find the time?

I'll simply follow my heart...it will lead me in the right direction.

Anemometer

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Quilt is Hung

Too many choices paralyze me.

Sometimes that is a good thing, as in when there are so many choices of wonderful things to buy, I can't make up my mind, and so I buy nothing. This saves me money on many an occasion.

Part of the dilemma is feeling the need to make the perfect choice. Not just any choice, not just a good choice, but the perfect choice.

And so I am hamstrung in my decorating with quilts, because I cannot decide just which quilts should grace the walls of our bedroom, painted beautiful Provence Cream.

The Provence Cream is part of the issue. If the walls were still boring white, it would be easier to patch a mistake. But the Provence Cream walls require the extra step of finding the can of Provence Cream paint and blending the paint seamlessly into the rest of the wall. Not something to be undertaken lightly!

But finally, I found a home for one of my favorite quilts, "A Boat in the Yard".

Boat in the Yard Quilt

Destined for over the fireplace, but somehow it looked all wrong to me there, it now site on a wall that would probably otherwise not have been used for anything, besides all the light switches, since it is in the main path to the closets and bathroom, and a too-tight turn would result in injury if anything jutted too far out from the wall.

This quilt is special to me for many reasons. First, it is an image of a place that is probably the source of my happiest childhood memories, the house at Ortley Beach.

Boat in the Yard Quilt

Next, it is special because I painted the center, and I love to paint. And I am pretty happy with the painting, even though it is a bit primitive.

Boat in the Yard Quilt

Boat in the Yard Quilt

And finally, I am happy with the design of the quilt, and the way the free-motion machine quilting added dimension and texture.

Boat in the Yard Quilt

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reach for the Sky

What is this giant, reaching it's towering blue cone to the equally blue sky?
It's lupine season, and I have seen some images like this, calling themselves wild lupines, different from the more purple and lower-growing lupines all over the hills right now.

Whatever you are, oh giant coned spike of gorgeous blue flowers, you have captured my heart today!

Blue Flower Spike

Friday, March 26, 2010

Poppyful and Purpleful

This seems to be quite the season for complimentary colors, for along with the gorgeous orange of the poppies...

Orange Poppies

are the purples of the wisteria...


Wisteria Detail

and daisy-like flowers...

Purple Daisies

Thank you, Mother Nature, for the glorious palette!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Poppyful!

It is full-bore California poppy season.

They are such a delicate flower...
California Poppies

but with such intensity of color!

California Poppies

Yes, I am proud to say, I did take these pictures, right at the corner of Country Club and Killarney, in the large vacant lot that is covered in poppies right now!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oh How Lucky I Am...

Oh how lucky I am, to live in this beautiful neighborhood, where I want to take pictures because I see such beauty, I want to capture it, remember it, savor it...

Wisteria


California Poppy

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blast from the Flora Past

"FORSYTHIA" I exclaim, each time I pass it.

Forsythia!!

We don't have forsythia in California! And so it is such a blast from the flora past to see a forsythia on my daily travels...


currently approaching full bloom!

Forsythia

Monday, March 15, 2010

I think that I shall never see...

...a poem as lovely as a tree.



I pass these trees every day - they're California Live Oaks (quercus agrifolia). At times I have found them somewhat ugly. I remember having one in my yard in Saratoga, and feeling it was quite a nuisance, dropping tons of acorns on the ground that needed to be swept up and disposed of.

It took a visit from a New Jersey teenager to remind me that California Live Oaks are quite unique and beautiful to behold!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Smitten with Yankee Candle Gnomes

Yankee Candle has won my heart, and taken a few pennies from my wallet, with their new spring collection.

These newest additions to the gnome collection need some names.

I'm thinking the couple...Dora and Lars. The others have not come to me yet.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Blue Sky Day

I love the contrast of the stunningly blue sky with the reddish-brown tile roof, and the perfect lines formed by the white trim.

I love the deepness of the hue, the perfection of the saturation, the unbroken-ness of the sky continuum.



I love to gaze upon it and drink in the blue.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quilts on High

How nice to have a railing, on which to hang a few quilts!



On the left, my "Hawaiian Baseballs" hand-appliqued quilt, and on the right, "Fragrant Hills" (80"x 92"), one of my Big Block Bargello quilts.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Getting the Runner Around

There I go again, not only designing and making a table runner, but actually using a table runner. I threw this runner over my work table when we were showing the old Stern house, and found I quite liked it there, so here it is again, back on the work table, skirted with some of my collection of vintage tablecloths, and hiding treasures underneath.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Local Color Encore

From high atop the hill, we get to observe some weather! When you live in a valley, you look up, you see the sky, you're done. But from the hill, you can look around for hours on end, observing the microclimates...a shower here, a sunny spot there, and a rainbow in between.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March

And so I did...out the door, down the street, over the bridge, up the hill, to what has become one of my favorite views...the 17th in March.



And down by my feet, the most vibrant purple wild lupines, here against the backdrop of a beach (ok, so it's a sand trap).