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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


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Monday, August 8, 2022

aloha august

summertime and the living is sticky, humidty is high and trade winds are missing and icky. black orchids are in their prime and the honey heavy secented air is thick and sweet.
Lucy the cat sitting. lately These two geckos join me when i take my coffee and a couple blueberry strudels,to which i add a few walnuts, out on the deck to read the paper. these colorful guys are called Gold Dust Day, common name. they are a dayglo shade of yellow chartruse green with a blue eye liner and scattered orange spots. they love anything sweet! so while i was reading ,they climbed into the glass that held my sweet morning treat.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

mango love

i have been feasting on nectarines as they are only a short time available. we are now on the second box has only 3 left as we have made fruit salad or just eatings them as a snack. i had a plan to make cobbler but the fruit seem to disappear before it is cool enough to bake.The only stone fruit we have is the mango and i am allergic to them, sadly. they taste like really wild peaches but i developed an allergy to them in the early 70's The mango tree is so many shades of green leaves as it finally gets to a dark bluish green. i made a quilt label long ago and i just found it amongst forgotten bits and bobs and unused stuff that might be good sometime. ...just like the junk drawer in the kitchen. in my studio i can get so lost when looking for something in particular and i side track easily into found treaures/ possibilities and whatnots, i'm dowm a rabbit hole again, ya? if i can remember how to scan label into computer and if I find it, i'll add it here. Aloha July.

Friday, July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

once upon a time and long ago,i made lotsa postcard size art to mail .it gave me an opportunity to experiment and work in a way that suited my short attention span.So at a retreat decade ago, i made some sketches of a figure i came to call Seaweed Sue. i have a friend that manages this vintage beach houses and allowes a group of ladies that love to make things with fabric, a wonderful places to camp indoors on the sea shore.  we stay one or two nights or were day trippers. We shared meals, stories, laughter andmany days of swimming and rolling up on the beach after being tossed there by a wave. collecting lotsa sand in your swimsuit
....a cause more laughter. later i sketched some ideas into pencil and paper, later to cloth and paint and later sewn and quilted. i made these two   postcards to exchange with online artistic friends, Linda in Manahattan and Kate in Texas. they helped me start this blogging hobby i still enjoy. i admire those who can post often and have much wisdom and humor to share. i do well if i get one a month posted.my world has gotten smaller and i have less to share. i have less as i do less.i read a lot and find sometime just the daily maintenance takes as long as it takes.many doors close as one gets up in the years. any moment i will turn 78 and that is big number. i think we feel much younger than the number on your expired drivers license that need to be renewed every 2 years now. Be well, laugh when you can, especially at yourself and make art from the heart if you are so inclinded. that is so much better than housekeeping to me!!!!! sonja

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

June moon is waxing

  

                                                        

                               Hello June, hello moon!   and once again it's spider lily blooming time!


 The June moon is waxing. she peeks in  to the sky light over our dinner table and winks at me, being a moonchild , i wink back.  

 
i am a month out after bilateral cataract surgery and almost ready for the eye check for new glasses. with the cataracts gone i see colors blindly bright and what i thought was orange is some situations turns out to be a more magenta pink! who knew?? one eye is sharp seeing and the other is a bit fuzzy when i look out at some thing like green leaves on a tree in the blazing sun.  then there is the astigmatism to deal with. I have put off this elective procedure  for some long decade
and now it is over!  


soon the moon will shine in her full brightness and my kitties will no doubt dance by the light of the moon.
stay well, sonja



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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_gWWzLph24












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  

https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/848261319133449954/1826701500975695272

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. 


                                                            so                                                           
 who  knows  where  the   time    goes ?

sandy dennis sings " who know where the time goes"
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oBMDcLf6WA

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


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EdlTA5n2h8&t=5s
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