From a friend who had her painting stolen up in Virginia City!!!!

STOLEN PAINTING ALERT- Please Share!! I’m stunned and shaken to report that I’ve had yet another painting stolen in Northern Nevada. This time one of my paintings from my picture book project show at St. Mary’s St Marys Art Center in Virginia City, NV was taken sometime this last week between 4/25/2015 -4/30/2015. I wasn’t selling these pieces because they are part of my picture book artwork that I’ve been working on to get published. This is the second theft of my work in less than 4 months in Nevada. The Cosmonaut 64 painting has yet to be returned. **Please refrain from telling me this is a compliment or that I should be flattered- this is theft of my livelihood and personal property and it is unacceptable.
Please share this widely and help me get it returned. I just want the painting back- no questions asked.

Holiday Craft Fair ~ Sparks Christian Fellowship ~ November 3rd, 2012

Hey all local folks!

I’ll be sharing a booth with two of my friends this Saturday, November 3rd at Sparks Christian Fellowship’s Holiday Craft Fair.

FREE ADMISSION! Last Sunday we were told there will be over 75 vendors.

9 am to 4 pm.

510 Greenbrae Drive (for all us “oldies” it’s in the old $1 Movie Theatre)
Between Pyramid and 4th Street.

I’ll be having 4 different cold processed soaps; about 6 quilts; lots of leather wrapped bracelets; hammered copper bookmarks; earrings and pendants; made some of my photographs into notecards…my friends have made lots of jewelry (silver, copper, swarovski Christmas trees and snowmen).

We’ll take your hard earned cash and credit cards! 🙂

Artown 2011 ~ Reno, Nevada

We’ve been enjoying all the Artown concerts that have been going on downtown this month. Luckily for us, most of them are just a short walk along the river to get there.


Last night we went to First United Methodist Church to see Pat Esters. Sample of her music on napster ~ and a Sample from Amazon. She (and Roger on Sax/Flute, Peter Supersano on piano, Phil Jerome on bass) was WONDERFUL!

We listened to a Billie Holiday song (forgot to write it down…was just humming)
Chaka Kahn and Bruce Hornsby’s Love Me Still.
Gladys Knight ~ Neither One of Us
Manha de Carnaval ~ A Day in the Life of a Fool
Aretha Franklin ~ Until You Come Back to Me and Do Right Woman
Nancy Wilson ~ Guess Who I Saw Today
Benny’s From Heaven
Ella Fitzgerald ~ Miss Otis Regrets
Nat King Cole ~ L-O-V-E
Amazing Grace to the tune of House of the Rising Sun AWESOME!
Oh Happy Day

The next concert at FUMC is on July 19th ~ Bella Voce (outstanding women’s vocal group serenades us with songs of America). Then July 26th ~ Brassakwards Swing Band (Always entertaining, Larry Machado has plenty of surprises for you this year with this incredible swing band).

They also have a Quilt Show ongoing for the month of July. Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm in the church parlor and Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm. QUILTS THEN AND NOW by The First Quilters of the First United Methodist Church of Reno.

Also ~ Stained Glass Tour on Sunday July 24th from 11am-1pm.


Last week (July 5th) we went across the river to the Trinity Episcopal Church to the Pipes & Rails concert by the Carson City Symphony.

Nevada State March ~ J.P. Meder
Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra ~ Alexandre Guilmant
Great Crush Collision March ~ Scott Joplin
Ashford Celebration ~ Ralph Ford
Entrance of the Gladiators ~ Julius Fucik
Wabash Cannonball ~ arr. James McLeod
The Great Locomotive Chase ~ Robert W. Smith (AWESOME!!!!!)
Vocals for the next two was Olivia Hakel (great voice…fun songs!)
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe ~ Johnny Mercer & Harry Warren
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie ~ Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling and Milton Gabler
Semper Fidelis March ~ John Philip Sousa

The Trinity’s upcoming events are ~ July 19th, Toccata (The Orchestra & Community Choral Artists fo the Tahoe Area) with guest pianist Eric Koa. July 26th Lisa Vroman in concert. (These may cost about $10, but I don’t think they will turn you away.

Also EVERY FRIDAY AT NOON! FREE! Pipes on the River! July 15th, Angela Kraft Cross (organist from Congregational Church of San Mateo, Ca). July 22nd, John Renke (organist from Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Honolulu, HI). July 29th Gail Archer (organist, Director of Music Program Barnard College, NY).


Tonight at Wingfield Park is Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys! CAJUN music! I’m so ready for this one! 🙂 This concert is part of the World Music Series.

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys set the standard for modern Cajun music with more than 20 years of playing together and a reputation for excellence. Complete with a button box warm crackling fiddle guitar and rhythm section that keeps the toes tapping the band revels with a hot two-step before turning on a dime to deliver an a cappella ballad. And it’s all combined with lyrics in 17th century French that’ll make you feel like you’re in the backwaters of Louisiana.

Portola’s Cabin Fever Quilt Show April 16-17, 2011

Ooooohhhhh…Portola, Ca had a quilt show today (and tomorrow) at the Memorial Hall Building (veteran’s hall).

Annual Quilt Show
Sat. 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sun. 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Lorraine, 530-832-0446
Sponsored by the Cabin Fever Quilters at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall in Portola, CA located on Highway 70. The theme for the show this year is: Spring Romance”. Lunch available. Old & New quilts will be displayed, Opportuinity quilt, country store, vendors, Hoffman Challenge. Door prizes. Donation $5 Saturday: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sunday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Proceeds from the show and ticket sales for the opportunity quilt drawing will help the guild continue with its many community service projects. For additional information call 530-832-0446.

I dropped my husband off at the rail yard (Railroad Museum) and drove around the old part of Portola (over the bridge, south of the river) looking for the show. Stopped off at Homestead Fabrics, asked for directions, and found three VERY PRETTY batiks!

I got the three, from the right, pink, purple, and cream/brown from at Homestead…the brown, on the left, is from the quilt show (me thinks it was from Blue Petunia Gifts).

I didn’t know I could bring in my camera so all the pictures were taken with my blackberry phone.

My two favorites were wall hangings ~ approximately 36″x36″ in size…give or take a few inches. The first is a lighthouse done with Storm at Sea blocks…wee ITTY BITTY blocks! The second…the CUTEST barn with sheep, with columbine flowers and flying geese blocks.

I thought of Shari (Tickled Red) when I saw this wall-hanging…California Surfer Girl.

Here is a wee (36×36) Underground Railroad!

Very pretty 3-D flowers (not really sure how to describe it other than the flowers are dimensional)…one is a crazy quilt.

The rest are just very pretty quilts that caught my eye.

Sweetwater Labels & Patterns

While Moda’s Bake Shop was having a giveaway a while ago, I discovered a blog of a fabric designer that I really liked (sunkissed, pure, authentic, make life…I have some of them all!). Then noticed that they made labels! 🙂 I fell in love with them. Big Sigh.

Some of the labels and patterns I have gotten (missing are the animal ones), I can’t wait to make a bunch of those cute buckets!

Their ETSY shop ~ Sweetwater Scrapbook

Their website ~ Sweetwater

Their Blog ~ Make Life Sweet

Their fabrics.

I had some custom labels made up for a few of my quilts that I just made…and will definitely get more for my future quilts.

Leo Villareal at the Nevada Museum of Art

Some pictures I took yesterday of the new exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Leo Villareal ~ Animating Light

Leo Villareal is the most prominent light sculptor of his generation. In 1997, he abandoned his work with interactive television and began creating sculptures in which he combined strobe lights, neon, and most recently, LED bulbs activated by the artist’s own custom-made software.

The magic of Villareal’s work lies in its sequencing. Thousands of tiny white LEDs may resemble a starry night as seen in a planetarium, while tubes of colored LEDs masked by a diffuser are like a Monet painting of water lilies set in motion. His hypnotic and exhilarating light sculptures will be appreciated by both the young and old, experienced and inexperienced art viewers, students of both the arts and sciences, and engineers who will be tempted to analyze the artist’s algorithms.

I took pictures with my Blackberry Torch…if I would have known that we were allowed to take pictures of this exhibit I would have brought my real camera! I’m definitely going back!

Love the Big Bang…so many colors, so many patterns!

For Today ~ 08 November 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 08 November 2010

Outside My Window… Snow up in the mountains! Leaves on the ground. It be chilly! 36F right now at 7:34 am.

I am thinking… I really enjoyed my trip to Apple Hill by myself. My Pontiac G6 GT sure drove nice up and down the Sierra…it loves twisties! 🙂

I’m also thinking that my Buffalo Bills look a lot better than an 0-8 team. Big sigh. Sure wish we played the Cowboys…we could pick up a game! ROFL!

I am thankful for…all the quilts I made! I love piling them on and crawling underneath them with the window open…makes for a nice sleep.

From the kitchen…Left over tri-tip and sauteed mushrooms.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, grey 3/4-sleaved shirt, pony tail frozen from cold.

I am creating… I finished all of the blocks for the ‘All Patched Up’ quilt I’m working on, just need to square them up and then I can start sewing the quilt top together.

I am going… to turn the heater on under my desk…it’s a bit nippy here at work.

I am reading… a Michael Perry book, and all the magazines that I’ve been bombarded with. I’m not sure how I get onto mailing lists as I don’t sign up for them.

I am hoping…it rains some more. Wendy’s baked potato and a cup of chili sounds good for lunch, no?

I am hearing… hvac, liquid nitrogen tank, ice machine, doors slamming.

Around the house… just a few dishes in the sink.

One of my favorite things… If this doesn’t make you smile…you’re weird.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… quilt and go to the Nevada Museum of Art to see Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… more from my trip to Apple Hill…up in the Sierra.


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Tuesday’s Rambles ~ 12 October 2010

YEA GIANTS!!!!!!!! What an awesome game last night guys!!!! Thanks Cody, you were AWESOME! Maddie! And Thank You BRIAN for that ‘I Can’t Watch the Ninth Inning!’…I was peeking through my fingers like I do on some horror films!



Two pictures…just because they make me smile! 🙂 Can’t remember, but I think they are Getty pictures.


Check out Blaze Bratcher’s new Store Front…she has some amazing watercolours! I’m saving my money up for the My Quilt II print. Blaze is a great artist ~ SUPPORT HER! 🙂


I made 3 quarts and 6 pints of Purple Tomatillo Salsa on Sunday while listening to game 3 of the Giants & Braves. My sister grew some tomatillos so I can make salsa for my BIL. 🙂 Has a nice purple tint to the salsa, eh? I used last years RECIPE, the one from New Mexico State University. Only this time I added some serrano peppers to the mix…and roasted the tomatillos and peppers before putting them through the food processor! 🙂


Sunday, after church, we drove over to Ferrari Farms along the Truckee River on Mill Street.

Isn’t she a cutie-patootie?


My two itty-bitty pumpkins I bought at Ferrari Farms…next to a bowl I painted a few years back.


Still stuck in a Nickelback groove…love the Dark Horse album. Where it says ‘Embedding disabled by request’ just click on Watch on Youtube. Love this song.


Empire Mine Historical Park in Grass Valley, CA.

Silver Maple Spoons by Moonlight Shenanigans

Over the weekend I went to the Magic of Santa craft fair at the Reno Livestock & Event Center…it’s on of our oldest craft fairs in the Reno area.

I found a booth called Moonlight Shenanigans, David Rully of Penn Valley, CA. He makes ergonomic wooden sppons, utensils, bowls, and flights of imagination….

I fondled most of his spoons and whatnots ( 🙂 ) hanging from the booth, before picking out my favorite two pieces…a Silver Maple spoon and a Maple spatula. Then came back for another spoon made of Silver Maple (thanks mom!). He had all types of utensils made of different woods. I walked around rubbing my new finds and no less than 5 people asked where I had gotten them…after taking them out of my hands to pet them too.

Each spoon is hand made from preminum grades of select dry hardwoods. Spoons are individually cut crom boards or tree limbs with a band saw, then rough shaped on a disc sander. The bowl is carved by hand then finished sanded. Each utensil is twice soaked in water, dried and sanded before a coating of olive oil is applied.

You can contact David via his email.

Vinton – Chilcoot Cemetery ~ Sierra Valley, CA

We have a favorite area that we like to take rides up to ~ Sierra Valley (Chilcoot, Loyalton, Sierraville) and then on over to Portola, Ca.

I’ve driven by the Vinton-Chilcoot Cemetery a gazillon times, but have never stopped…that is until last Sunday.

There are some beautiful carved statues on some of those tombstones…thought I’d share. The place is dedicated to the Swiss-Italian Dairymen that settled the Sierra Valley in the mid-1800’s.



I absolutely LOVE this statue…she’s beautiful!





So is this pretty wee angel ~