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“After all, hope is a form of planning. If our hopes weren’t already real within us, we couldn’t even hope them.”Gloria Steinem

Sunday, October 18, 2020

some pumpkin things

this little folk artsy fellow  was inspired by the lines of a poem about
frost on the pumpkin . Well i have not seen frost for decades! however, each fall the salt is in the air where i live because winter /fall is when the waves get larger and stronger and toss salt into the air...
so as i made this little painted fabric folk art figure. i wrote a poem  on the gown as it came to me as i made it. . in the original one i made a tiny snowman pin i called frosty,  hence 
  frosty is on the pumpkin.   Most years i make one for  my collection.

Then there is the count down to the  search for the most sincere pumpkin that Charlie Brown is forever looking for in that adorable cartoon i must watch each year. 

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown [Full Soundtrack] - Fixed

Oh, this little jack o lantern i  named punky. i made  him back in 1976 with the help of a potter that threw the pumpkin shapes for some of us to carve and  embellish and glaze.
 as you can see he has a slight astigmatism, much like his carver.... 
So each October i take punky out of the china cabinet and dig around for new votive candles. luckily my local Longs drug store (CVS)  has those stubby little candles we keep on hand in case the power goes off, again.

our very first computer had an etch a sketch

feature on it  that i was able to make this little card on.

one of my favorite Vince Guaraldi pieces came out in the 1960's and was probably the being of my love of jazz. it was played on the  radio  as you drove down the road. Dave Brubeck was also popular in his recording of "Take five" i recall hauling these LP  albums to college along with my little can listen to it if you like below


Vince Guaraldi Trio - "Cast your fate to the 


And until today i never knew it had words.
everyday  i  learn  something  new !!
Be well

A month of nights, a year of days
Octobers drifting into Mays
I set my sail when the tide comes in
I just cast my fate to the wind

I shift my course along the breeze
Won't sail upwind on memories
The empty sky is my best friend
I just cast my fate to the wind

A month of nights, a year of days
Octobers drifting into Mays
I set my sail when the tide comes in
I just cast my fate to the wind

Saturday, September 12, 2020

red fruit Friday

 a little Dragon fruit  appeared  on a stalk last week in the area that  all the Night Blooming Cereus  tangle and climb and show there silky flowers for only a short time. This is the second go round for these rain forest cacti this summer but the first time getting a fruit.

When you cut it in half this is what a common variety looks like. The taste is sorta like kiwi and green grape sorta. hard to nail down and very subtle

here it is on the leggy stem  with thorns

                                          The little buds, the four of them, look to me like
                                                             tiny brussell sprouts!

a blossom today 

These tiny cherry tomatoes are Finally  turning red and will be picked and used today and savored!
 I started the plants from  the seeds from  the plum tomatoes gone soft  purchased from  Costco
last spring.
be well, see weller, sonja

Sunday, August 9, 2020

sun dappling through window and curtain on quilt back and through kitchen window

 i am trying out the new blogger way as they say the old will be gone in Sept.  i like the oldie legacy just fine and hope i can keep up . testing 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Haleiwa Arts Festival 2020 and what i won't be doing this summer

So many gathering will not be possible or healthy to put on this summer.
One of the best outdoor summer events in Hawaii on Oahu island
is the  Haleiwa Art Festival and is a no go i am  very  sad  to say. i 
have set up  for  this juried event for the past  20 years and find it 
a big gap in my life. 
So i will catch up on projects in motion as i usually have a few 
in the works due to my shattered attention and desire to capture 
a bit of a new concept. If you are a friend or past visitor to my colorful booth
and have a request or idea to share, please don't hesitate to email me if you wish 
 So. meanwhile i shall catch up on some books, make salads and ice tea and sit a spell.
i hope you and yours are well and able to navigate the world as we all find each morning.
Gratefully, Sonja

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Shine on, Shine on

As of late, i am making more  of what some  call flags of hope.
they are also known as prayer flags by some.  they can be a silent prayer, a wish, hopes, a  yearning for all to be healed and united in the future ahead of us  .
 and since we  cannot control  things, our hair being proof of that.... however i can channel my art onto the fabric with  paint  and some threads and some words .
 i have an abundance of each  to make  a small offering of hope, encouragement
. words, words, words...
and color and motion all offered as a grateful prayer, to be carried on the wind  to where they are needed.
i have also read they are called wind horses in Tibet
Windhorse Prayer Flags
Also known as Lung-ta in Tibetan, the Windhorse coupled with the “Wish Fulfilling Jewel of Enlightenment” is an important symbol inscribed onto Tibetan prayer flags. Although they represent good fortune and luck, Tibetans believe they actually have the power to influence events in nature and society

John Cruz - Shine On

                                 grateful for the tradewinds today !
                                                                  be well, sonja