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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

Friday, May 6, 2022

hello May

 hello May, i

 have been away, 

doing  so  little 

so  here is not much to say.

be well , sonja

Sunday, February 13, 2022

hearts and flowers, the art of


vintage anthuriums

anthuriums  in the garden

post card hearts mine

postcard   exchange,    valentines !!

                                                   painted fabric hearts 

                                                     flowers of all colors

                     and just for fun,  a newer release from Jackson Browne, my music heart throb and  fav song writer of  amazing  timeless  lyrics and rock music

                                                             of the last  many , many decades !

 "MY Cleveland Heart " 

My newest favorite song!

Saturday, January 1, 2022

happy new year 2022

I wish you a happy new year filed with hope and bright moments.

                                                                be well, sonja 

Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry holidays

 merry holidays to all!
this little arrangement came to be
after a walk around the yard,
with colors of the season
another reason, to share them  now with you!
mahalo, sonja


Monday, December 6, 2021

December remember

So ,  remembering  that i had been making stars blocks of red, green and off white  fabrics randomly and stashing them in an empty valentine chocolate box during the past year,  i finally put them together and  she is now under the darning foot of my Bernina 830 record and almost finished.  The strawberry fabric you see is the backing as this is not a Christmas quilt, i did not use any Xmas fabrics, just pulled  R/G/W fabrics from my collection accumulated decades ago. Am  almost to the hand stitching the binding. part, the home stretch, and then to make a label, then she will be done . This quilt is about 54 inches square and was a bit of a wrangle under the domestic and well aged Bernina, Bernie. i do have one a bit older and she is  known as Bernadette. i name my cats, my cars,  currently Ruby Ruby, and  sewing machines that i have become fond of. My oldest singer featherweight 221 is  known as Peppy Dora" as my mom gave it to me long ago. Oh and i always sew barefooted.

Monday, October 18, 2021

october is here again

 last year was the year of my finest October post according to me. 
i just checked  it out and there were lots of photos  as well. 
BE Well, Sonja 

some pumpkin things

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

cursor blues

 i have some problems with computer/ mouse and tech stuff, this last week perhaps the problem is me. can't say so i walk away and try again.  and again, devices are not on my list of fun things to deal with. i would rather be painting or walking or eating a ripe avocado. the mouse jumps about and sticks and is making me sad.  then i updated drivers? and keeping my fingers crossed that will help .i can walk with fingers crossed but not type  or paint so i will  take a much needed walk.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021

where does the time go?

So if you had all the time in the world to do what you love, in my case that would be  painting fabric and turning my hand painted fabrics into something that was not here before, touchable before. what would you do?. And this the last year has been as such a time, Did you use it well? i did not. i fell into that camp of people that were sort of frozen. it all started  with viewing  you tubes on how to make cloth face covering masks until i was completely numb. i have a lot of fabric to tinker with but i was not inspired . i  experimented . i found pony tail elastics hurt my ears as i  could not get my hands on  that soft, thin elastic that was a limited as toilet paper at the beginning of the Covid 19 season. there is a difference in stocking up and hoarding  

i managed to bake a bit when i was able to find flour at grocery store. That accounted for some yummy things and the extra pounds i carry around still. 

i found i was often not inspired, often tired and well just sorta lazy.  so many options were limited or curtailed  and   then there was.... " i look at the floor and see it needs sweeping..."  

reading and caching up on the 3 magazines i still subscribe to and falling asleep in the big red leather chair while doing so.

Finally i started with the old tee shirts my DH had all stacked up. i found  the sleeves made good covering and the 1 1/2 inch ripped strips were comfortable on my ears. and  i could paint them any color i wished! 

this  one is my favorite so far and it washes up fine after a wearing to the food store .
It hangs from my rearview mirror between stops reminding me of the years, well decades gone by, when we hung our graduation  cap tassels from just such a mirror. 

 who  knows  where  the   time    goes ?

sandy dennis sings " who know where the time goes"

be well, sonja

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sunday, January 17, 2021

to new year 2021, please be kind

                                                                  ideas for the new year 2021

 when out, be kind to those you meet, 
hold the door for someone younger or older than yourself.

arrange food in a harmonious way and eat the art.

 or make soup if it is chilly outside 

chop up a bunch of veggies

and use up those small bowls of delicious planned overs before 

you  have  to give them to the chickens.

Then make a mocktail of ginger ale and cranberry juice, garnish with orange slice.

be kind, stay well and don't forget to dance when you get a notion!


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

a Charlie Brown Christmas music and wisdom
Charlie Brown Christmas sound track

the poinsettias bloom

Christmas cactus Isabela  does too

 a felty  festive snow dude wishing
 a Happy Christmas to all of you !


                                                              be  well, stay safe, sonja 


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