Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Just some Pictures

treasures from my grandparents' home
wooden thread spools in various sizes that were my grandmothers.

more thread

vintage christmas packaging decor
banner I made for my cousin     

this is what a gutted couch looks like. Takes up much less room in the trash.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What I've Been up To.

After my grandfather died, my parents drove to East Tx, then up to Missouri-Just in time for a massive snow storm.  My grandfather's remains were flown to Mo.the sat after his death.The funeral ended up being postponed for 2 weeks due to weather. He was finally laid to rest at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery on Feb 13th.  Thankfully the weather cooperated while we were there.  It was nice to see family-even briefly.
His house sold in december so my parents and aunt had been up there all this time packing up, donating and throwing stuff out.  They came home briefly, then gary and i drove back up with them on the 24th of feb.

 Gary and Dad took a u-haul trailer up to St Louis to move some things to my aunt's.  Mom and I stayed at the house and went through more stuff, supervised the "junk" guy and his helpers.  They got a few truckloads of things. Since we were at the house all day with no vehicle, we went for a late dinner in branson when the guys returned. IHOP never looked so good. :)  Not really able to cook much since we were packing up the house and trying to keep groceries to a minimum.    Wed was Gary's birthday.  he and i took the trailer back, ran few errands in town then back to the house.  We all went to lunch-KC bakery and bistro.  good sandwiches.  (this is also where donuts came from that we partook of a few times) :)   More stuff around the house.  So many things that were stored probably since the move from st louis-every check they ever wrote (other than ones we have shredded in the past.)  a neat view into their lives- Dinner at Danna's  BBQ that night.  Thurs guys got the u-haul truck we planned to drive home.  We hired some of the helpers from tues to come help load the heavy stuff-once i got all the boxes in-we had that thing basically loaded in 2 hrs-thankful for the help~  Mex food at Tequila's tonight.   We stayed at the Kimberling City Marina & Resort thurs.  Gary and I went for a walk after dark-came across 8-9 deer at the park-they just stood and watched us go by-on our return, they ran up the hill into the dark.  Pretty cool to see that many at once.
Fri we went back to the house for one final check before dad went to sign the closing papers on the house.

Gary and I took off in the truck-one final farewell.   lunch in springfield (Village Inn of course) then hit the road home.  took a very "off the beaten path" trek after I forgot what road we were on- so used to taking the "mountain" road home and hitting 40 that I forgot we were on the turnpike and needed to exit.  so we got to Tulsa and found an alternate route.    The wkend was spent emptying the truck (mostly alone on sat)
gary's help sun-in the icy cold crummy weather.   :)   I'll miss that view and house-My grandparents loved their time there-as did all who visited.   

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Harry Moody June 26, 1917- Jan 29, 2014

Me and Grandpa 1963
 My grandfather passed away wed night around 10:30.
I sat with him most of the afternoon and part of the evening. I played music for him-swing, hawaiian and Anne Murray (his favorite singer)  before i left i told him "one last song" and played Tennessee Waltz (anne murray)  and told him good-bye.  He had 96 1/2 yrs on this earth-up until the weekend before Christmas in pretty good health.  His last fall, breaking his leg, seemed to be the downfall.  My aunt and cousin got to see him the week before-I'm very grateful for that.
He is now dancing in heaven with my grandmother...
Mon Nov 11, 2013

Nov 11, 2013  grandpa's last flight.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ice Storm Dec 6th 2013

neighbor's tree from front of my house
This was our neighborhood on sat (7th)  it was like an ice rink.  Not an everyday or even yearly thing here in N Texas-it was pretty while it lasted.  I believe tomorrow it is supposed to be around 72...typical Texas winter :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! and WIP

Happy Thanksgiving to friends and family!
  Inspired by the current Cloth Paper Scissors mag I decided to try my hand at some wire art.
I decided to try this dress using rebar wire and not what the article suggested.   Let's just say I would
suggest you use same gauge wire she used.  Less cussing. 
Here is where I am at now~

dress shape is one I "winged" as I went (fabric already pinned so no before photo) 
dress with fabric skirt attached

soda bottle for size reference

side view of the "sleeves" 
  My plan is to add a layer of something to the front of the skirt-hanging off the wire "waist" and I will
add something to the bodice area too, but haven't decided what that will be-More pictures when I finish it.  I may even start another one w/20 gauge wire this time. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Quick Post

I'm feeling the need to re-do my blog. Again.  Maybe it's the right-brainer in me that I can't find one design that i can stick with.  I feel the need to change it up around halloween (for the month) or after that for "now."  So for now, i leave you with this:
and you can see if you are left brained or right brained.  me-right. 62%  38% left

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

20 Year Celebration

a sea of covers that i painted black then stenciled on

My art group celebrated it's 20th anniversary this month.  We celebrated our 10th with various members making items for us all to keep.  I wanted to do something like that too-but something that would stay together and not be "misplaced."  So I proposed a collaborative book and hunted down every person i could that was ever in our group.  Not all participated but those who did will have a book to treasure for the next 20 years.

 I can still remember the first meeting I went to.
Sitting in Maggie's living room with other like minded women I had never met.  A fledgling group.  No one really knew what to expect as "stamp groups" were a thing you only read about in RubberStampMadness back then.   None of us charter members had any idea that this would become such an integral part of our lives.
 20 years later we've been through birth, divorce, death, marriage, graduations-everything life could
throw at us and here we still are.  In twenty years of meeting once a month we have missed ONE month. That is 239 meetings.  That doesn't count the 'art days' or retreats or other get-together's we have had.  Who can forget "after the meeting's?"
Oprah had nothing on us!
We have laughed, we've cried, we've laughed until we cried, we've cheered for each other and said "what the hell were you thinking?"    My life would not be the same with out all of my art friends.     So here's to the next 20!

books with covers before the "20th" added

Patti contributed a few pages of photo memories for the book

a day that will live forever. GYUTAKU  only a few, myself included braved the awful smelling fish to do these paintings

The members who were able to attend our lunch~