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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

Saturday, March 21, 2020

self sequestered

Every  picture tells a story ( don 't it?) 

Every Picture Tells A Story - YouTube
was an  early rod stewart song
(also know as the doughnut song )
Ron Wood is a ANIMAL on guitar. Any wonder the Stones wanted him?
i do believe this is one of the great albums ever, and
the title song is one of the most Kick-ass Rock n' Roll songs of all time!
makes me get up and dance
and just for the moment, i'm back in 1971 and my skin fits finer!


now back to some sewing  and perhaps some painting of cloth
and  then to make something that did not exist before. 
be well, sonja

Friday, February 14, 2020

hearts and flowers and chocolate day

i would show you the chocolates but i already hid them 
in the freezer so we can devour them after dinner !!

this is a 3 inch piece , 
started by a painting upon a coffee filter,  layered, quilted and beaded all around 

 have a sweet day
Be well, Sonja

Friday, January 3, 2020

Healthy new year ! some happy intentions

More painting!!  
That tops of my list of  some  happy intentions

                                                                    and watching paint dry

                                                                        more silliness

and  more sleep

        with  more nature and gardening and daydreaming moments

                                            For now  theses are some of my  good intentions for 2020.
                                                                            be well, Sonja                 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Mele Kalikimaka!

Wishing all a 
                                                 Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year  2020!
Be well, Sonja 

Saturday, July 20, 2019


While i was away at the HAF this spindery orchid took to blooming. She has the slight fragrance of spice and has the most long spidery  petals i have seen on an orchid..

Lucy in the sky with blue eyes supervises from the latest flat box placed
 from an advantageous  spot for her. She spends about an hour in the morning galloping,  racing around and grabbing up throw rugs and giving the rugs a good thrashing, especially the rag rugs. She is a rescue of sorts as she spied on us the the hedges for awhile before strolling on to the deck. 
And in no times she took over as in ...everything here is mine.

At the festival i have 3 tent poles and cables at which i place a bucket of tropical flowers and greens in a bucket. I wrap each bucket with a half yard of my my hand painted fabric so the edges of my area are.well, colorful . I brought my new Nikon along  but once again as the day unfolded, 
 as people walk in and i begin to talk about process and field questions of all kinds,  i did not get a chance to make shots of details . Lucky for me my helper Sherry took some just as i was starting the day. Thank you Sherry for helping me all weekend. you are an angel.

I bring  my Singer FW 221 along for display and for a useful prop. i can put bills under the presser foot whilst making change.( i do remove the needle and bobbin case at home  for safety.)
The sweet cat under the arm was Noodles, one of our rescue cats. If i were to put a title to this  this sweet  photo i would have to say,   Nothing purrs like a Feather Weight.
Yes it works, still used for straight seams and i get to tell the story of sewing a prom dress on this great machine back in the day.
This was a great fair the 20th time i have juried in and set up and get to  talk story with a lot of folks. Thanks to all that spent some time under the canopy and sharing and shopping.
I hope to see some of you again at next paint class,
Wishing a Happy Summertime to all!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

How long did it take to make?

Sometimes i take photos of various stages of making  a project . This is  probably due to my desire to see what i do from a distance and it helps when i am asked that most unanswerable question, the one most frequently asked  of " how long did it take?" straight  off i would have  say
 "i have no idea but i had a great time making this.". So if asked  i might  explain about the time before i begin , the lifetime of gathering information  to get to the place this  idea seed  popped up, and wool gathering , and  before i can get the concept what materials to gather to make this, the  redo when it goes arye, and how it changes as i work through the project
 and the problems i solve that i set in motion.... 
That might be too much info for folks. Thank you if you have read this far.
This week i am making some journal covers of paint, cloth and  thread. And imagination!!

i start with a plain vanilla cotton fabric, in this case a heavy cotton, and some fabric paints diluted slightly screen printing ink in squeeze bottles, oh and paint brushes.
after cloth is dry it is time to layer up a bat sandwich and
picking out threads i wish to use, takes a moment..

i call this free motion quilting  pattern 
"Pebbles in a stream, drifting"
after a song line in  "And this is my beloved" from Kismet
 after free motion  quilting  is done  and if i used different colors, 
i need to weave back the the tails of starts and stops, that is so much less fun than watching paint dry!

watching paint dry...........

inside of a journal, the lining 

Wa La!...probably could have googled  on
" How to make a journal cover to fit the composition book you just  bought."
instead of reinventing the wheel. 
So yes, stuff  takes time, Art takes longer.
From glimmer of  that idea seed to the time you can pick it up and turn it over in  your hand,
I still  think my best answer is
"It took all the time!"
 I'll be in my colorful booth # 88  near info tent
The Haleiwa Arts Festival
 July 13 and 14  10AM to 5PM  both days!

Be well, Sonja

Sunday, June 23, 2019

HI HO come to the Fair ! HALEIWA ARTS FESTIVAL 2019, one more time

With less than  three weeks away, the Haleiwa Arts Festival
 is looming largely  on the   horizon .
I have several project in the partially made stage, a few more almost ready and a few that need the final touch.  As a curious maker of ideas with cloth and color  into something perhaps 
 tangible, touchable, shareable, i get even more ideas as i work .

                                                             some coaster drying in the sun
                                 painted mostly with  what i like to call the original paint brush... finger tips!

This orchid with freckles makes me smile as i make yet more dots

Photo of one of the ladies from Yokohama paint class of 2012, in action dotting away.
We poured small amounts of paint into small recycled  plastic lids and well, play with color!

I'll be maning  booth # 88 near the front of festival near community and info tent. 

 This memorial is at the front of the 
Haleiwa Beach park, front entrance to Haleiwa Arts Festival

wonder what i'll make today with this yummy  sherbert color fabric? 
Come see what can  happens in 3 weeks! 
AND there will be some "dotty"  things including 
some little notebooks available as well
dotty little notebooklettes

July 13/14 2019
Sat/Sun 10 am-5pm
Haleiwa beach Park=North Shore Oahu
110 Artists/Live Entertainment/ it's free
Hi Ho !
This is the 22nd  annual 
Haleiwa Arts Festival!!