Monday, April 30, 2012

Errands & Such

I did do more on the cutwork...honest. I discovered that disappearing ink does disappear. I drew in all the floral design and left it overnight only to discover all the ink was gone. Lesson learned.

Drove in to St. George today to deliver artwork to Kayenta and Juniper Sky Fine Arts Gallery. Lovely lady there. They sold three pieces last month, yea!

I saw a swarm of bees on a tree in a parking lot in St. George. They seemed angry, but when I got close, they seemed friendly enough, honey or killer? I don't know...

Purchased more t-shirts at the Deseret Industries for more t-shirt skirt projects. Maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but it was a good deal, $1 each.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring Advances

I've been working on a cutwork project from the ALABAMA STITCH BOOK by Natalie Chanin. It's very time consuming, but fun. I like that I'm reusing old t-shirt and it's sure to be a comfortable item that I will want to wear. It takes four t-shirts. Two panels are sewn together. A pattern is embroidered with a basting stitch and the top layer is cut away to reveal the base. I saw something like this on Project Runway, too.

Such amazing color in a formation of clay! Paintbrush blooming in late spring.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


I couldn't resist adding this to yesterday's post. Tess is smelling the proverbial roses.

I was anxiously and excitedly awaiting the bloom of this giant bud on the cactus. I noticed in the middle of the night that it had opened, but I couldn't take a decent picture and I was going to wait until the morning...

Alas, some creature ate half of it during the remaining hours til morning and I was soooo disappointed. I sprinkled cayenne pepper around the remaining flower.
The bloom is as big as the cactus

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring Cactus

Finally this cactus opened. It's just gorgeous. The weather has been unpredictable and it was beautiful and cool again today after a few days of record highs. New plants got a breather and better transition opportunities.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


This is another thing about spring that I love...asparagus. This was my second bunch of the season. It was HOT today and I made a batch of ice cream, too. Time in the garden, time with friends and yoga. It was a fantastic day off.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Labradorite Set

I finally did something with these lovelies, albeit simple. Sometimes simple is just what you need.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Finch Nest

You know it's Spring at my house when the finches build a nest in the cholla.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Linen Shawl

The sewing machine had a little tune-up and she was a dream to use. I even discovered a new stitch thanks to the repairman.

Two sides, alternate fabric. It can double as a table runner.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Painted Pots

I was sewing and the machine went kaput, so I painted these flower pots and added the tri-color jade and the aloe as a substitute project.

First thing's first, though and I started the day with yoga.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Horseshoe Bend Painting

Watercolor painting of a recent visit to Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River near Page, Arizona.

The striations in the water are my favorite part of the overlook.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rock and Snow

Finally...a painting. Winter thaw on one of the east side side canyons.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Book Tree

I found this as a template. I think it needs a few alterations, but it's a great idea.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Claret Cups are Blooming

Wow! I feel like I have to stop and catch my breath. My part-time job has started back and it is full-time this week. There are paintings to deliver and the garden to plant and dogs to walk and...and...and...claret cups blooming is the harbinger of spring in this country where the Mojave, Colorado Plateau and Great Basin meet.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rapture Cactus

This is what my Mom is up to in Tucson. Aren't they beautiful? We went to a nursery together and each bought one of these. They are prolific and also beautiful. Now she just has to keep the javelinas at bay.

Monday, April 2, 2012


Gorgeous maple, bracketless shelves are now installed in the kitchen, thanks to a fantastic fine carpenter. Unfortunately, this was not Randy, but talented nonetheless. I always wanted to put the Fiestaware on display.

Boy, the wind is blowing and it's making me crazy. It's a good thing I didn't plant the garden today, it would be in Georgia.