I’ve lived in Northern Nevada most of my life…moved from Canyon Country, California to Washoe Valley, NV in 1980.  As much as I miss my ocean, I do love the high desert and the Sierra Nevada.  I made the best of it ~ instead of going to Scripps Institute of Oceanography for Marine Archaelogy…I ended up at the University of Nevada and studied Historical Archaeology and Geology.

I live in Sparks now after many moves around NW Nevada.

Love to quilt and take lots of pictures…but I also make cold process soap, soy candles, paint, play with seed beads (loom and flowers), garden, watch birdies, walk in the desert & mountains, you name it…I like to dabble in it. 


44 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. Uh-oh, Quilty got here first! But I’m following close behind and am very impressed that you have already blogrolled my little site. Welcome to the world of blogging! 🙂

  2. Do!

    Meanwhile, I’ve blogrolled you too. But don’t blame me if you get some strange types coming your way. It will probably have far more to do with Plum’s and the Toadykin’s blogs. 😀

  3. Hey, don’t laugh. It could be serious. She just might sock it to me. 😉
    Knit 1 Purl 1; blue ones, yellow ones (that sounds like bruising!); small ones, BIG ones … right, I’m outta here!

  4. Hi from the Enchanted Garden on Mayberry and Sherwood. We have a beautiful Angelica in full bloom this year, every other year. Sure enjoyed your website, we are not really that sophisitcated. Just thought I would drop a line. Tim Elam

  5. Hi, Michelle!!! Talked to your mother and she gave me your website. Are you still making candles? I love the one I bought when you mom was working at the little shop and loved it but it is about to die in the bathroom. I need another really nice one. I only burn soy candles and the one I like is oatmeal, milk & honey. Do you have any more? Hope so!! Norma

  6. I stumbled across youre website this morning when i was looking for pumpkin patches What great pictures. I grew up in Empire right outside of Gerlach My Dad was the office manager at USG for 33 years. How was your trip? Your website is great, I have to leave right now , but i will be contcting about your candles Thanks Jenny!!!

  7. Just found your site. Have lived in Reno most of my life. Quilting is my passion. I feed birds, make wreaths, soap, anything I can do with my hands. Am 60+, but have lots of experience. Most groups are gone now, maybe I need to venture out more.

  8. Hey there! I’m another Santa Clarita native that left the ‘burbs for the mountains. Haven’t looked back.

    Digging your blog.

  9. Hi! I might be a neighbor someday…I live in Orange County now, looking to retire in Northern Nevada in about 3 years…Have looked at Minden and Gardenerville so far. Next is Yerington…Any suggestions? I love to sew, make jam, quilt, garden, and craft. Will I fit in? Love your blog!

    • Hello soon to be neighbor!

      All three are great places…Yerington is very small town, surrounded by great farming. I like it a lot…great little county fair, wonderful 4th of July fireworks. Minden/Gardnerville is nice too ~ close to Carson…I love the old houses on the west side of Carson. I like Washoe Valley (between Carson & Reno), that’s were I lived during high school…no to Fernley (sorry to any Fernley folks, but after living out there for 4 years, ACK!)

      • Yerington is out..Too little and different. We flew to Reno to see Chickenfoot concert in Tahoe and drove thru Yerington, Wellington, Smith, and onto Tahoe. Drove to Garderville on Sat. and like that the most. I guess I need more retail around me! Plus it’s down the hill from Lake Tahoe. Still in the discovering phase…

  10. How funny! It was my husbands bday! Have you been to the Heyday Inn in Wellington? We went there for lunch- Very quaint and great food!

  11. Just wanted to let you know I loved your sunflower pictures. You beautifully showed clear details of flowers from all angles and different detail levels. I was looking to paint some sunflowers and it is good to understand the way it grows and how it fits together….Thank you for Sharing….PS I have an ETSY website, too. Look up CraftFanatic there.

  12. Hey I found your blog on Tasty Kitchen! I was so excited to find a Northern Nevadan! I grew up in Reno and have family all over the area. I now live in CO. Your blog is super cute. I was also wondering when you adopted your cat from the humane society?

      • Nice, My little sister works at the Humane Society… Maybe she is the one who adopted your cat to you? I am sorry about your other cat, I have a Ragdoll cat myself.

  13. I love your site and that you are into Historical Archeology, how cool is that! I am going to have to try your mustard sauce with my turnovers one day. I look forward to discovering more on your blog.

  14. I love your sugar eggs, r u going to make them this year for Easter. I remember writing to you last year and you said you didn’t plan to make them, please make them because I would like one for myself and one for my mother in law and maybe one for my daughter. I live in Bullhead City, Arizona. Please write to me and let me know. They are absolutely beautiful. Please write to me. Thank you. I want to order at least four of them. Also, can you send me a page of ones that you make? I love them.

  15. Thanks for the community garden tip in CC. I will call them next week. I’m still in shock that the growing season here is mid-May to September. I just moved from Indiana and Nevada is the complete opposite type of environment. A challenge.

    I’ve been trying to get into mosaic with found glass. I’m not good at applying grout though… Need to practice more I guess.

    All the best,

  16. Michelle, your Mom gave me your blogsite when I called her to ask about the sugar Easter eggs. As others have asked, I know someone who might like some next year as she is on a ranch and has lots of kid visitors.

    Your photos from San Fran are amazing. So what type of camera are you using?

    How about lunch sometime, later May is best for me.

    I love your blog.


    • Marilyn! It’s been a long time!

      Yes, next year I’ll make a bunch of sugar Easter eggs.

      I have Canon Power Shot S2IS…with only 5.0 Mega Pixels. But I love it. I’d buy another, more updated, version someday.

  17. I enjoyed the photos of our area and thought you were a resident.
    We publish community and cat photos in the Sierra Booster and would love to meet you next time you are in Loyalton. Drop by and say hi! We try to be open week day mornings at 411 Second Street, north of the gas station.
    Thanks for your fun website.

    • Nope…just a neighbor! I love Sierra Valley and try to get up there as often as I can. Usually we drive up on the weekends, I’d have to take a day off from work to meet you all.

      Until then, you’ll keep finding pictures of your area on my blog!

  18. Good Morning, Sleepycat,

    I have my cat on my lap WITH my laptop

    Also just purchased at an Estate Sale a beautiful, well crafted, French Beaded Bouquet under a 14 inch glass dome. It was originally purchased about 1880 by the Great Grandmother of the owner, at the time I bought it.??

    How do I clean or preserve it ???

    Your work is magnificent ! Glad I took the time this morning to discover you… Thanks for positing.

    Ginny Little in Rockville, Maryland.

  19. ‘Thanks for stopping by my blog’ seems to be a common sentiment ’round these parts. It shows your generosity and curiosity, so for that, I’m thankful.

    While I spend my summers here in the Hudson Valley, I head back home to Northern California in the winters. When I’m one place I miss the other. Neither is home (Pittsburgh, PA) but my heart is in the Hudson Valley.

  20. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


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