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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, February 14, 2024

hearts and flowers

happy day of valentines
i made a dozen heart cards and sent them out before making a picture. here is a sampling of what some looked like.
painting on cloth and triming and sewing on to cardstock was the way i made them this year.
one of my christmas cactus bloomed in time for Valentines day! Hey, aint nature grand! be well, sonja

Monday, December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!
I am still making more stars in hopes to join them up and quilt on my Bernina record, the manual one. This is a quilt made last year in the photo.It now hangs in a friends home. Cozy!
Yeaterday i came upon a box of just that kind of fabric parts that i had made years ago, just waiting to be joined up. now i only have to pick which pieces get in each star. i think this is a "sawtooth star" but someone else who sees these and has a different name for them, let me know. I wish you all a merry little Christmas and a healthy new year 2024.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

wordless Wednesday

do you know this plant? stapelia gigantea/ carrion flower

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 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!

Saturday, January 1, 2022

happy new year 2022

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

                                                                be well, sonja