Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Little Bells and some CQ Art

I hope you are having a great August.  The dragonflies are out in force this year and always love to see them dancing in the air while I am mowing the backyard.  Now I do wear goggles just incase one wants to get to close to me while I am flying over the grass at warp speed with the riding lawnmower and bop me in the eye.  Now isn't that a picture?   A riding lawnmower going warp speed?   Don't think that is going to happen with me driving the mower anyway.  Now I know it is a John Deere but still not gonna happen.  Once while in Arizona last year, you might remember the trip when our "Steel Stallion" acted like Christine the possessed car?    Any who, while we were in Arizona we were talking to the salesman at the place where we were having the "Stallion" put back in fine condition after a fuse died in the line of duty.   Somehow Dragonflies came into the conversation, well one came up to me like to say hi and then flitted off.  The salesman really was startled and said they just don't have them around where he was working.  Well I guess the Dragonfly knew better and just wanted to drop in and say hi.
 
 
I am on Facebook like a lot of you might be.  Mainly I just partake of the art and CQ pages.   But this little picture showed up on it and I shared and lots of people knew what they were.  The cutest little shoelace holders ever made.  One young mother said she couldn't find them anymore.   After tying your little person's shoes you had leftover shoestrings and you tucked them into the little barrel of this contraption and screwed the lid back on and those shoestrings were tied and wouldn't trip your baby going off to do what they did.   Now back in the olden days we put leather little high-top shoes, usually white in color ( which you used white shoe polish on nearly everyday)  on the toddlers and this was the look we had.   One of our daughters had tiny ankles and these shoes helped with the support of them.   AND you could hear where they were also with the little bells making their little noise.  
 
 
 
 
 

I was in a little pincushion swap and this is the pin cushion I made for it.  Not giant in size but just big enough to hold the straight pins while you are working.  It was  fun to make also.    
 
 
 
 
Here is my block for the CQJP 2015 for the month of August.   Still in the Day of the Dead theme.  
 
Close up of the little doll my friend Marilyn sent to me.  So I just made the area pretty festive to go with the whole these and hang a skull from her little hand   Loved these little dolls 
 


 
 
 
The whole finished August block and all the stitching and party time to be had.   Beads also added and the cute skull button with it's fancy headdress AKA a tiny piece of ribbon with threads going thru it.  

 
 
I am finishing up a Round Robin and these blocks were created by Juliette from England and this is how I embellished this block for her.  The little birdie is an addition and I added some color to it and of course a teapot for hot tea.  


 
 
I did get four of my blocks of the DoD put together as a wall hanging but that will be next post.  How is that for a cliff hanger?    
 
There ya be---- my doings for the last few day.  Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today . 
 
 
XOXOXO
Annette

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Our Giant Blackberry Crop of 2015

 
July is just perking along here.  It is finally getting hot, that is just good for the bones.   I am not saying the humidity is good for you though.  Oh I guess it is good so your skin won't look like leather but you know I think I will just keep leather skin over humidity.    Ladies are not ment to "glisten" I have always thought this and will stick to my story.   When you go in a restaurant it feels good to go outside and get warmed up.  When we go in the restaurant we think oh this feels so good and cool but then outside warmth.  We can never be happy can we? 
 
Now they are already sending out in the newspapers about back to school is coming.   Nooooooo, let us enjoy the warmth and casualness of Summer.    It was always my favorite time when the kids were at home and we stayed up late nights and watched horror movies together.  Yes we all went to sleep but that is part of the fun.  Eating popcorn with it all also.  I probably was the only Mother in the world to hate it when school started with all the schedules and rig a marole  that goes with school starting.  the hustle and bustle to the games be it Volleyball, football, basketball or whatever sport going on.  The band concerts just all that goes with school. 
 
Now Summer  also ment vacations or staycations as they call them today and fruit and vegetables growing and just everything getting and being pretty.   Lush greenery, well in our parts of the world you really have to water it for this little thing to happen, but we did water.   Our cotton and peanut crops did get the bulk of the water. Growing from a tiny seed to a big lush and green plant.  Yes in the Fall the leaves turned reddish and the cotton white but something about the lush green plant.    Going out to check the water----aka getting the in the pickup with hubby and going to the farms to see if the circle systems are doing what they are suppose to do.  WATER!!!!   I would a lot of times go with hubby to do that in the evenings.  A just relaxing time to me and of course we did what I call "car talk" solving the problems of the world and just what was going on for that day.  The early morning water checks?  Those Hubby got to enjoy all by himself.  Well unless it was a slow time and he went on a fishing trip and I did do that also.   Didn't mind at all. Well must confess I am not a morning person, early morning anyway.   
 
Last year I bought a blackberry plant.  How fun to get some fresh blackberries and not pay an arm and a leg for some. Now you are fixin to see the crop of the year.    We got 3, yes 3 of them.  So I ran out and took their picture.  See?  We did get three.  Well the next day the bright red one, not ripe yet, was gone.  Now what happened to it?  Well this year we have had some Bluejays.  I suspect they are the culprit that enjoyed the berrie and later the other two berries.   But they were home grown and pretty.  I guess they didn't care if they was not ripe yet.  
 
 
 
I have been busy, you figured that didn't you?  Not sure with what but Summer busy I guess.  Well a Texas Ranger game nearly every night which means good stitching time for me and reading for Hubby.
 
I am in a Round robin, where other stitchers create a set of blocks and then mailed to others and we embelish it to our taste and it goes to the next stitching lady.  
 
 
Here is a close up of one of the blocks I did and of course had to add a little frog.  Ribbit!!!

 
 
Another close up of the center of the block, now I have to confess I did do more stitching to the hat and parts of the man's attire.  Had to make him as spiffy as the lady.    

 
The whole finished block.  Ready to be shipped off to the next lady to embellish another block of similar colors.  Hope you like it, the maker of the block did.    



This one isn't one of my ciggie/silkies/pictures in the middle of the piece but I have been blessed.  I has some ciggies on Etsy and sold some but a few ladies on a Facebook site wanted me to sell some there.  Well wham bam-I sold several fast.  That was a little treat and surprise.

Well that is it for this go around and thanks for dropping by and seeing what is going on in my world and all my little bunny trails.

                                                                XOXOXO
                                                                 Annette

Monday, July 13, 2015

Missing in Action in Blog World

Hello and hope all are fine.  I have been missing in the Action of Life, well my computer has been in the hospital anyway.   Funny this is the first time ever that I have had a computer just be like a stubborn two year old and not want to play or cooperate at all.  We have had a computer since about and around 1985.  I guess this computer just wanted to be stubborn and not play.   It is mostly repaired so we will see what it wants to do next.  I bet none of you have ever had problems with you computer have you?    Did I see lots of you nodding out there that you agree with me?   Hummmmmm maybe that is why I am turning greyer and greyer in the hairdo area?   When they don't want to play correctly you are just tugging at your hair and thinking why am I doing this to myself?

I have been busy as a bee,  I promise.   I did have to look and see where I left off on the blog.  We have had lots of rain and I mean lots of rain---like over 4 inches last week.  It had been 2 weeks since we got to mow our yard so it was hot and dry today and off we went.   Thank goodness for a riding lawnmower is all I have to say.  Yep we still mow our yard and nope we are not tired of it.  When we get tired of it we will hire it done but until then we enjoy it and is our little exercise program for the two of us.   Eldon mows the front and I edge the front.  I mow the back and Eldon edges the back.  It is a great combination that we have and the yard doesn't wear us totally out when we finish doing it.  It usually takes about 3 hours and then we sit outside together and our fur babies and just enjoy the peace and quiet and seeing how the trees have grown since we have been here.   We planted 12 but one died so pretty good odds we think.   Besides the dragonflies and the faeries totally enjoy our Mother Nature time together out there.   When I use to iron a lot more that I do now, I enjoyed ironing and the thinking I could do while ironing.   Mowing is the same thing a good meditation time and enjoying our yard and what we enjoy in life and being thankful  for many things.   I won't bore you with the particulars on that subject.  

Now for the photography marathon.

Of course Crazy Quilting is one thing I have done, that is continual and a every night dance with beads and threads and oh did I say beads?    I have done 12 blocks of the Day of the Dead celebration and making a wall hanging of it.   Here is July's block and closeup.  This is a project of choice with Kathy Shaw and the CQJP 2015.   Ladies from all over the world jump in and do 12 blocks of subject and size of their choice.  Just something fun to share with like minded ladies.  Makes me feel good that there are some ladies out there that think like me.  Scary isn't it?  I have met, even in person, several like minded ladies.   Watch out world there is more than one of me. 

This block they are truly having a PARTY!!!!!

 
Close up

 
The whole block.  Dominique recognize the skull block and Janet the skeleton charm?   I am blessed that so many artists share their wares with me. 
 
 

                                   
 
Now I am in a Round Robin where we sew together blocks of our choice and send all over the country and different ladies embellish them.  These are my blocks for an Under the Sea Theme.  All the "ciggies' /Silkies I have drawn myself.   One advantage of being an artist of different medias I suppose.  
 
 
Now I did do some projects with canvases and here are some of them.  A couple of paintings, of course for sale (the prints anyway) and one a gift for a friend's mother.   Finnabair style.  
 

 
 
 
The next two canvases are 30x40 , the same size as Tatonka.    Mr. Deer, thinking of " HiaMovi the Magnificent One".   This White Tail was one that grandson has and no matter which direction he stood you could not see all of his points.  

 
 
"Wind Dancer" is also a 30x40 and this beautiful horse is a she.   I haven't painted many horses, well two now, but was proud of her. 

 
So there you go, even though computer was ill I was not and still created to my hearts desire.   More coming in the works.  
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world
 
XOXOOXXO
Annette

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June tour of the Faerie Garden

Ok June you area finally here.  Getting warm and grass is green and flowers blooming.   I didn't think you would ever come and spread your warmth.   

We were very fortunate to get some great wet stuff, RAIN.  Not the West Texas rain, sand in the air, but the real wet stuff.  Lots of Texas did get flooded and I am so sorry and feel for all the fellow Texans that got a tad bit to much rain.  Well more than a tad  bit of to much rain.  I hope by now things are getting back to normal for all.   I told hubby that this year I think we will get rain and not as hot as usual so we will see.   I hit the nail on the head about the winter this past year.   I fear this winter may be a repeat but I hope I am wrong.

Now when we moved into this house nearly 7 years ago, can't believe it has been that long and still haven't done to it what I want to, we had a raised type flower bed that just won't really really grow anything.   There were some shrubs in there and of course they promptly died, guess the old owners just planted to sell.  I know they do that.   I dilly dallied around and tried different things in it.  I even planted my wonderful Holly Ferns so pretty and hardy for the weather and just keeps pretty and green.  Well I had this idea just to make a Faerie Garden out of it.   Two of the Holly Ferns lived and I moved them to the back of the  "garden" and did plant some pretty ground cover.   It died deader than a doornail.   So I used pea gravel as my friend Pat Winter called it Faerie Pebbles and covered the bare dirt and did plant a few little begonias.  If they live they live and if they die they die.   I did want to share the garden with you though.   I could write lots of words with the pics but just a few will work with them.



 
 
Lets start at the fun beach hang out.  As you can see the Faeries have found it to just hang around.
 
 
 
Close by the beach hang out is a little trio of beach bungalows, high priced of course.  They are close to the beach.  Well a pretend beach. 


 
The first little cottage on the south side of the Faerie world.  
 
 
 
We have next to us a cute little cottage that perhaps the little mushroom growers live. 
 
 
 
Still on the South side of the world is a Faerie just hanging out on the swing. 
 

 
Now on the West end we have two giant mushrooms that I made into houses.  I found the doors at JoAnn's and of course painted them.   Loved the little gazing ball.


 
Beside the other mushroom is the red top one.  If you notice on top there is a little owl.  This little guy is tough, he stays on top during the storms, the driving rain and the wind.  He is not glued on at all, I guess he knows he is the look out for the Faeries. 


 
Now coming around on the North side  we have little acorn girl resting and watching the critters here.
 

 
Humm, acorn girl is beside the lily pad hang out for you know who.  She will walk across her little path to get a closer look at these guys.   This will lead you back to the beach houses.   I hope you enjoyed the tour. I hope the flowers will grow some and if they do I will take a pic of the whole village being as you know the layout now. 
 
I have not been idle in the painting and sewing world either.   Here is a block I did of one of my hand drawn Faeries and of course I had to do a little tree and found the little Faerie door on line with Thearica  Burroughs online site on Face Book.  Are they not the cutest little things?
 


 
A close up of the tree and oh I got the little turtle from Thearica also. 
 
I have been painting and have a couple of other blocks to show you but don't want you to get tired eyes looking at all the pretties here.  So I will promise to have another post soon.
 
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
OXOXOX
Annette

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tatonka and the Faerie

You know every once in a while you get sweet surprises in your life.  They might be in different forms or even subject matter but a surprise they are.   Even something as a little flower you forget about in your garden and it blooms and you think where did you come from?   I usually say it out loud the only one to hear me is the flower and the faeries.   The flower is so perfectly formed and the colors so perfect. 
 
I was working on a painting and you know when you feel like something is gelling?  Going together and it is just suppose to be what is developing?  Well this big guy and they are so big in real life went together like he was in command.   When I draw and paint my faeries that is how they guide me also but this big guy he led the way the whole time.  
 
I use to paint pretty realistic subject matter  in my younger days.   The time in my life when I thought I had to enter art shows and all the fluff, sorry it is true, that goes with it. I was in galleries and the whole nine yards.   I had fun at that stage of my life but there was always a void in what I was feeling about my art.   So now over 33 years have past since I did my last painting of any size.   Now my sweet little faeries they are certainly in a separate category to me.  A whimsical, fun and colorful little creature that when watching TV just calls me to paint them.  They are indeed a different category.   This big guy named the painting "Tatonka" which is Indian for Buffalo.   Well at least in the movie "Dancing with Wolves" it is.    I could imagine the Buffalo running the ranges and how it would thunder with all the noise of the hooves hitting the ground. 
 
I so enjoyed painting him and he went to a good home.   Well I have had two homes wanting him to come live with them.  So two 30 x 40 prints are going to two different states.  After all of these years I feel like maybe I am doing the type of painting, besides my sweet faeries, maybe I just wanted to create.   I took an online class with Tracy Verdugo in Australia and she sent me off on a fun journey.  Painting what is inside my heart, the little faeries do that to me a lot.
 
A young lady I know said Annette you need Etsy, so I am going to venture off and put him on Etsy just to see what he does.  He will be with my faeries and they are mischievous enough to tease and taunt him.  We will see where this adventure leads us. 
 
 
 
 
 
The second surprise is this priceless little twig house that Brayleigh, a dear friend's granddaughter made for me out of twigs from the yard.  She is 12 years old and such a talented young lady.  She has also been a model for some of my faeries.  I received  this package in the mail and she knew I had a Faerie village but this is so special I could not put it outside in the elements of rain, yes rain we are having, winds and general sand storms.  The faerie was also in the package so I pranced myself down and bought some little plants, put them in a bowl with the faerie and the house and they are in our semi finished sun room.   That really touched my heart that a 12 years old, so busy took the time to gather the twigs and make this house for me.    Thank you Brayleigh.
 


 
 
You just never know what will come to you via thoughts and ideas or in the mail.    It is always a surprise what the start of the day will bring you and I think we just need to be open and see what unfolds. 
 
 
Well that is all that is going on in my bunny trail world today and thanks for stopping by.
 
 
 
                                                                     OXXOOX
                                                                      Annette

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I looked into the Mirror today and what did I see? Me !

Hello and good April to you all.   I certainly hope the blog police don't come and get me.  I woke up this morning, that is a good thing to do and see yourself in the mirror and say you made another day,  and thought yikes I have not blogged for a few days.    So my peeps here it is.  
 
Now I have been doing things and promise not just sitting here at the computer snoozing all this time.  Spring is upon us and yea for that.   We have been doing some yard work and the poor outside pots that get to stay outside with plants that can take the cold weather----we guess what they were wimps and didn't take the freezes and snow very well at all.  Nope they were deader than a doornail.  Brown hard sticks with not a tiny tinges of green in them at all.  I did put out a humming bird feeder and to keep those tiny little things around until our red plants get to a nursery.   We know they like red tubular blooms.   Hang around little guys we are trying to help you.  
 
 I would take pics but if you like to see blurry pics to make you think your eyes are going koo koo I will but will wait til the wind calms down and show you how pretty our walkway looks.   The wind blows the little plants and they sway and dance around like little flower people.   Now those bee loving plants, don't know their name, made it thru the winter and blooming their heads off.  We did plant like 12 geraniums   in hot pink color to pop in color with the purple bee loving plants.  We read on the internet, always the internet for problem solvers, that geraniums  would help with the bees, we don't want to kill them maybe sway them to go somewhere else.   Being as yours truly is getting more and more allergic to insect bites.   Photos soon and of the faerie garden also, it got rearranged and naked ground but they survived the weather well.   Well the little beach house fell apart, pieces of it, and had to be glued back but on the whole the faeries did good !!!
 
You know we know that our bodies change every 7 years or so.  Don't think they are talking about diets and things like that though.   I use to not be allergic to things but oh my I am getting more and more so and hubby is still allergic to onions to the point of closing his throat up like crazy.  So I cook with no onions and we read labels like speed readers and tell waiters and waitresses to the point that if they want to give him mouth to mouth cut the onions.    LOL now that is to an extreme but I had to come up with something so they will really really listen.  I mean really listen.   Ok I have really wandered off the bunny trail on this one. 
 
I am still doing life book and this is one of Tammy's wonderful assignments.  This piece of watercolor paper will be cut in half, I think we were suppose to do it on two sheets but I figured one larger sheet cut in half works just as good and in a hundred years no one will know the difference.    This young lady is totally almost different  than what I do in expression but it is the one she wanted.   A fun assignment and was enough to get my hands dirty and my apron and glitter all over my face.  So I think a success and fun.   
 
 
 
 
I made this Finnabair inspired canvas for a friend .  I blocked out the faces could you tell?   I had a list of fun things to do, yep I have to make a list.  I am so glad to have learned this technique and did learn it I think last year at Life Book.   So much fun and just creative.   

 
I did do this Crazy Quilt block on a Round Robin I am in, where we embellish someone else's blocks and we send them around and just embellish one and this class has only 5 ladies so we got to embellish 1/4 of a block also.   So here is my block I did and some closeups.   Barbara  Scalise is the artist who made this block and it is a basket so I filled with flowers.  Close up is first then the whole block. 
 
 


 
 
This is my 1/4 of a block embellished    

 
 
These are the five blocks, 12inch by 12inch in size, that we did on a Day of the Dead Round Robin.  Each one of us worked on each one   They are just so fun and colorful and I think it will deserve a special place in my art room.  Just had to show it off.  

 
 
 
PLUS  I have been working on a portrait for a sweet friend of her hubby.  I think it is ready to apply color.  Funny doing a guy is so different to me than working on a lady.  Don't have a clue why but it is.  Hopefully next time or the next time I post you will get to see.  
 
 
There you go my bunny trail adventures and thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.
 
 
XOXOOX
ANNETTE


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

See ya later Alligator , warning about my Faeries and some eye candy

April Showers bring Spring flowers is the old saying.  So I wonder, we got about 4 drops on our windshield, think that counts?  We shall see what that brings besides making the car look like a spotted steel stallion with a coat of West Texas dust and 4 drops of rain. 

See ya later Alligator  and after while Crocodile.  No that is a saying isn't it?  When I had my photography business I tried the best I could to have fun with it.  When children came to be photographed by Miz Annette we got treats at the end of the session of a Tootsie Pop sucker,  I did share those with the big people also and a balloon tied to the childrens wrists.   LOL not the adults.  But if I forgot to offer a sucker to the adults they would just stand there and smile.  That was my clue---give me a Tootsie Pop sucker please.    Now when the children left I would always say  " See ya later Alligator and after while Crocodile,  I loved it, they would repeat it in their sweet little "cartoon" voices.  I did love to hear them talk.   Then when they came back they would always say that to me.   One mother said she accidently told her child that she went to Miz Annette's and it was an episode of tears. 

I do have a funny balloon story.   I had just finished using the helium tank to fill up 6 pretty pink and big balloons.  The little girl helped me cut the curly ribbon to hold all of them.  She went outside  with her Mom and the balloons.   Well I forgot something and left the "secret garden" to go inside and retrieve whatever it was.  Then when I was stepping out side to the little rock walkway I head a scream from Mom and the Princess.  I thought oh no what could have happened?  Did the turtle that we had around the yard come out and scare them or what could it be?   Well, seems like the pretty pink balloons got away from those tiny fingers and were then floating in the air.   I went over to the little girl and said don't be upset we will go blow some more up.  It is ok and she sniffled and went with me.  I told her that she just sent some balloons to the angels and she just smiled and was a happy camper then.  After that we most always gave the balloons to the angels.  The Mom's like it because they didn't have to ride home with balloons floating around in their cars. 


Now I do have my printed faeries that go to home to other Crazy Quilters so they can use them with their art.   BUT please beware sometimes they make you little things.  They are  sometimes mischievous you know.  Like making you send Miz Annette goodies.   This is just one little package sent to me and the sweet lady said at least the faeries don't drink her wine. WHEW that is good.  It is like Christmas when I get these little packages and they all say the Faeries make them do it.   Good ole Faeries I trained them well.  Ooops did I say that?
 
 
See the fabric of Faeries also?   Little stinkers aren't they?
 
Here is my 1/4 of a block I did on a Round Robin.  We did a 12 inch block and all to work on it.  This lady, wish I had thought of it, made 4 blocks and just tacked them together.   Of course the theme is you guessed it Faeries.   Really fun to embellish this one.  

 
 

 
I have been busy as a little bee but with warmer weather coming quickly upon us will probably or probably not slow down. Well we do have baseball starting up and that is when I do my stitching in the summer. 
 
I did this sweet little owl with Juliette Crane in Life Book 2015.  You might remember the little horse I did with her 4 years ago.   You remember that,  right?  
 
 
 
 
Just incase here is the Horse to cute with those blue eyes. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Onward dear readers.  Kind of sort nearly finished.  
 
Now in Kathy Shaw's CQJP 2015 I have my April block finished and here it is!!!!!   I am doing 12 blocks of Dia de Los Muertos.  What am I going to do with them you may or may not ask?  I don't have a clue but they are fun to work on with all the quirky little figures.    This is the whole block 8 inches give or take in size.  Depends on my straight stitching as you might notice.  
 
 
 
A close up of the dancing couple.
 
 

A close up on one section of the block and please take note the cute little button being featured that the Faeries sent me.   Thank you Faeries and thanks for not drinking the lady's wine. 

 
 
One more quick close up.   This subject is just fun  to do and can use all the colors I want.  I don't think it is lacking in color do you?  


 
 
 
Well dear readers that is it.  I hope your eyes didn't get worn out.  But you know I will have more soon.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world with all my little bunny trails.
 
 
 
XOXOXO
Annette