Friday, December 31, 2010

Sacred Feminine Janet RR

In 2010, I participated in a Round Robin swap of art journals with the Sketchbook Project, a Yahoo Group. Every month  a journal arrived and and  two pages created for the theme selected by the books owner.  My favorite was Janet's.  I never showed my photos of it as I wanted it to be a surprise.  I suspected the lack of reverence, deep thought and introspection  was  disappointing. It was fun!
When we were in Tuscon the theme and what to design occupied my  mind .  When we were driving around the University area I was completely blown away by the football Stadium.  It dominated the area, had to have cost millions to build and dwarfed the academic buildings.  It struck me that here was todays temple and sports the god.  So this was my inspiration for Ballz Goddess of Sport
the cover made from a crumpled painted  brown paper bag  covered with gel medium

This Ballz on a background of painted torn tissue paper that was coated with high gloss gel medium.  The balls from various sports are buttons and stickers.
here are photos of other stadiums.  It does not appear to bother anyone that even in third world countries vast sums of money are poured into these temples to soccer, Rugby, athletics etc. 

Women seem to take on endless work and tasks.  So now we have Hyper Goddess of Multitasking.  ipods, ipads and computers have only added to the list from gardening, cooking,sewing, working out, working at home and at work.

This was my offering bag for all and any goddess to accept donations in return for help!

I really had fun and enjoyed this theme.  Once I had an idea it was hard to stop.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Another Christmas is over

 Before surgery i set up our only chair with arms and a little higher than the others for me to sit in.  While hospitalized it was taken oven by The KING, Spunky.  He needs shaking off it for me to sit down.  He does let me have it for my coffee every morning.  but expects me to drink that second cup quickly.

On to Christmas dinner

We started with a fine white  Navarro 2009, Pinot Gris.  Here I am with the Cab Sav 2005 also a Navarro.  Smooth and superb taste. 

After the fine rib steaks we moved to the Christmas Pudding.  Of this course I have no memory.

The sauce was liberally laced with brandy, Remy Martin.

Before teaten the brandy was poured over the pudding and set alight.  You will not see the flame as apparently I was madly searching for the camera.

Ah, ha the mince pies.  the glowing eyes in the background are from tripper who was not a participant in the feast, and moved in to claim his couch seat, disappointed there was no ice cream.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Mexico Travel Journal

 Santa Fe is my favorite city in the US.  It is old,  quaint and also a friendly city. It appears to be a favorite place for older women enjoying life.   It came as a surprise that i had never made a journal of our trips their.  The last visit was just before my mastectomy and this visit was for celebrating life. 


My travel books consist of pages from gathered travel catalogs and moments glued onto pages then assembled into a book.  This is a little different.  I started with folded sheets of card stock dividing the trip into the route to Santa Fe, Santa Fe and Taos.

The cover (above)is made from my fabric paper sewn to Peltex and cotton fabric.  We head west on back roads.  The land scape is desolate and the marker at the Fort Sumner State Park told how millions of years ago ancient people scraped a living from the semi barren earth before moving on.  Nothing has changed, spirit of those ancient people remains, the wind blows, the dust swirls and the sun beats down.  

Above is  the inside, fabric covered and our trail on the opposite side.
 Thats the reservoir at Ft Sumner

 Santa Fe has one of the best Farmers Markets in the country even though they tarted it up with a grand building and park like setting. (The land is owned by the railroad). They managed to hire designers who had vision.  There is an art and craft section in the park that is quite unique.

The food is a major attraction in Santa Fe.  Top chefs have expanded the local cuisine and the Coyote Cafe had the best chips and salsa ever eaten, washed down with an excellent 'rita as well as over the top entrĂ©es.  We ate at Amavi for our wedding anni, (the number eludes me!).  it was a delightful setting on a side street and we sat out.

 The galleries of Santa Fe cover the range of all art.  My favorite is the Jane Sauer gallery, as it carries fiber art and some very different art that exemplifies craftsmanship and skill.  

We managed to visit The Golondrinas Ranch museum.  The last stop before SF for early travelers.  The volunteers, mostly women, are sort of in costume and very knowledgeable.  There was a fiber show mostly weaving and colcha embroidery.  Experimented with ways to store information, from lacing, weaving, and pockets.

 This is how all the travel information is stored so I can find it next time we visit.

North of Santa Fe is Taos, a center for skiing and trendy artists.  Artemisia is a superb art to wear boutique, outta my price range!!!

  Ledoux street has many shops and galleries plus two museums.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hip Hip hurrah

After 9 months of increasing pain I finally had hip replacement surgery October 13.  I blamed the pain on a ligament and the Arimidex, my cancer drug.  Finally with my GP leaving his practice I went to the orthopedic surgeon.  Hip replacement.  "NO NO not me, I'm a fitness freak this only happens to overweight people!!!!"  I then tried cortisone injections so that I could go on my vacation: it was a pain filled trip.  Returning from vacation I immediately set up the surgery.  

All comfy and recovering at Syd Peterson.
My oncologist Rebecca Barrington stopped the Arimidex after 4 years and new information, a week before surgery.  Wow!  I am me again.  Surgery went fine but the pain killing drug spun me into the world of hallucinations.  Morphine ones were cute green, sparkly butterflies as well as smiling golden worms.  The Hydrocodone were the sixties psychedelic scene and Tramadol was scary psychedelic backgrounds with leaping cats and dark shadows.  So I dropped the pain killers and switched to Tylenol.   The PT came, a delightful young positive, man called Russell.  As a result i was able to walk with a cane at the end of the second week and improvement continues.  Peterson Home care sent out aides to bathe me and nurses to check my progress.  They were all very good and really helpful.

For a small town Kerrville has a lovely hospital with fabulous nurses, aides and doctors.  Dr Robert Mitchell, my surgeon has great passion for his work and is honest and cautious. A perfectionist where you need one. He too inspire confidence.  After all, his work on my carpal tunnel went great and that hand functions perfectly.   It turns out that during surgery  he found a fracture in the femur, that was not on the x-rays so I am now wired up around the new joint.   
Home and receiving loving care from Chris.

My progress continues and hopefully by thanksgiving I will be able to walk up the viewing stand at the state park in Mission and see the elusive green jay.

Friday, October 8, 2010


I am in an inspiration card swap with the Sketchbook Project, a Yahoo group and due to some challenges in my life fell behind.
here are some of my contributions.  A list of "prompts" was used as inspiration.  This is not my kind of inspiration as I am more visual than verbal when it come to inspiration.  They are all about 4X 6inches  (everything is "about" when one is measurement challenged).  They were all put in envelopes not just mailed.  Most of mine are sent in clear envelopes, many of the folks i swapped with made envelopes out of calendar pages, catalogs and newspapers. Very interesting.

The prompt for this is "a rare pair of shoes both stylish and comfortable".  I chose this as I liked the idea of doing shoes.  I made computer cards for the other side.  They have addresses on them and decided it's not good to publish addresses for strangers to see.

These are called "music that makes you move your body". I just love Zumba, well the sort modified for us old girls and it was what ultimately led to my hip problem.  For nine months I thought it was a pulled ligament!  Zumba music is a compilation of salsa, mambo, tango and hip hop.  That is the goal after surgery to get back to ZUMBA!
 "surprising yourself with spontaneous wildness"   quilted velvet background, silver body part charms, button head, leaves flowers, vintage trim. 

No prompt needed for this one.  I was inspired by a swap Lorena created for "My Imaginary Vacation."  She just wanted chocolates and Johnny Depp.   So I made her more chocolates. (I have no idea why the fonts changed size a blogger mystery).  It is a pop up box based on a design by a Japanese paper artist for Canon photos.  it folds down into a card.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Homeward bound

We left Chicago and headed south through Illinois and into Missouri spending the night in Cuba, MO at the Candy Cane RV.  We had managed to avoid the Labor Day crush as we left in the morning.  The other side of St Louis the traffic was very heavy and we saw three accident.  We found this RV camp way back of the road.  Just perfect for an overnight stay.  Soon the clouds rolled in it was the outer band of a hurricane that slipped into Texas moving northeast from the pacific.

we visited Ruth and Ron in Carthage MO.  It always rains when we visit them, it was on and off alday and poured all night.

I do miss Ruth and wish it was not so far away.  

Chicago 2

Chris walked along the river and around the lake just about every morning.

Chicago is full of fountains small and large.   

   This is the water district display.

This is the cancer survivors garden.  it is very close to John and Liz's apartment. 


Chicago s now my favorite city.  It brims over with energy and excitement.  The diversified population puts a sparkle into everything.  The neighborhoods, the food, music, art, lifestyle.  Our visit was enhanced by our friends and the weather, sunny all the time.  Our friends live overlooking the lake, Grant park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  It is easy to go anywhere and find incredible food. 

Chris and I attended the Jazz Festival a three day free event in the park.

   The farmers markets are all over the city.  They are very Yuppy events but the fresh produce and bread is wonderful especially in early September.