July 31, 2012

late bloomers...

I can hardly believe it.  My gardenia bush is blooming again. Here it is the end of July and it's blooming for the second time this season.

July 30, 2012

The Home Depot

I have been invited to exhibit a number of my quilts at the Florida Museum for Women Artists in DeLand, FL.  I needed to get some more wooden slats to use for hanging purposes.

Here I'm at Home Depot store cutting some lattice.

I was surprised and delighted to see my work used to promote this event.  The quilt shown here is "The Eyes Have It".

July 29, 2012

Beach Walk...

I walk on the beach every Sunday morning.  I start out very early, before the sun comes up.  It's the best part of the day!

I'm always glad to finish up so I can home and enjoy a BIG breakfast.  I reserve this special treat for Sundays only.

July 28, 2012

The Ice Cream Bar

What could be more satisfying on a hot summer's day than an ice cream bar?  I challenged myself to wait until I achieved my ideal weight before succumbing to the lure of the chocolate ice cream bar lurking in my freezer.  Today is the day!!  As you can plainly see, I enjoyed every bite.

Morning Joe

The first thing I do in the morning after stumbling into the kitchen, is get the coffee brewing.  I love my Keurig machine!


Photos edited in PSE and Topaz filters.

How do you start your day?

July 27, 2012

Mama has a new pair of sunglasses...

Richard and I went shopping at the outlet mall.  He got 2 pair of shoes.  I bought myself new sunglasses!

July 26, 2012

Computer time...

There are days when it seems like I spend more time in front of my computer than at my sewing machine...gotta do something about that!

July 25, 2012


I try to get my daily walk and household chores done early so I can into my studio no later than 10 o'clock OR earlier, much earlier!

"Evolve" and "KK2" textures courtesy of Kim Klassen
"French Kiss corner brush" courtesy of French Kiss Textures
"Feliz" regular font

Linking to:
Wordless Wednesday
Another Wordless Wednesday
What's It Wednesday

July 24, 2012


See what happened when I didn't wear gloves sweeping the lanai!

"Tableaux Northern" texture from FrenchKiss; my own "mashed potato" texture; "pea noodle's girlfriends" font.

Linking to:
Sweet Shot Tuesday

July 23, 2012

Color Me Happy...

Taking a class - does that make me brave?  Frank Berna of  Photo in Naples came to my studio today.  I was terribly nervous before he arrived.  I had to keep reminding myself that I was taking a lesson because I didn't know much about my camera or how to use it properly.  If I had all the answers, why take a lesson, right?!   I had been reading several photography books and my mind was awhirl.  I was afraid of embarrassing myself. (Obviously, I have a hard time saying "I don't know.")

It was so cool having a private photo lesson with a professional.  Frank is very easy to talk to and answered my questions in layman's terms.  I learned a lot and have signed up for another lesson in August.

July 22, 2012

The Exposure Triangle

I want to learn more about my Nikon D3100.  Terms like "ISO", "shutter speed", "aperture"...  My brain is on overload.  I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it.  It is so tempting to just go "auto"!!

I'm taking a class with photography guru Frank Berna tomorrow.  I doubt he knows what he's in for!

"Glorious Grunge letter2" and "Glorious Grudge edging" overlays courtesy of  French Kiss Textures

July 21, 2012

Pumping Iron...

Funny thing - when I'm working on a quilt, I will iron fabric all day and don't mind it a bit.  If I have to iron laundry - that seems like WORK.  Weird, huh?

July 20, 2012

Bad Hair Day

What does one do when having a bad hair day - don a hat and dark glasses, of course!  Luckily I have an appointment with my hairdresser later today.

 (This photo was taken with my I-Pad2)  
I wasn't brave enough to show myself with the hair color on!!
That's better!!
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July 19, 2012


Pondering what to do now that the dishes are done.  The day is filled with possibilities!

July 18, 2012

July 17, 2012

Morning Walk

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my long walk days around the neighborhood.  I go early in the morning before the sun comes up - thus the little light I wear on my shoulder.  These mornings I get in 7 miles.  The mileage varies the rest of the week.  I walk every day, except Saturday.  I "try" to sleep in on Saturdays...

July 16, 2012

Don't Be Shy...

I've heard so much about self-portrait projects on-line, I thought it was time to give it a whirl.  Actually, I'm not new to self-portraits.  Most of my quilts are based on my story.   Posting photos of myself on-line is something new, however, thus I'm devoting this blog strictly to self-portraits. 

I am going to make an effort to take a photo of myself everyday for a year...we'll see how that works out!

I'm learning the ins and outs of DSLR photography.  I recently purchased a Nikon D3100.  I love the camera, but am struggling when I get out of the "Auto" mode.  It is a challenge!
You didn't really think I'd leave my weight on there did you!