Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Q: What does 4 cubic inches of fun look like?

A: Like this...

Q: And what does it look like when you take the lid off??
Here's 4 cubic inches of HOT...

And here's 4 cubic inches of Black & Silver, after having been put through Francie's Anal-izing process - each piece unraveled, straightened, finger-wound, filed in it's own compartment, and RTU!

Each cube has 50-60 yards of gorgeous fibers inside... and there are cubes in many other colors... blue, green, purple, gold... O be still my heart...!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Keeps on keepin' on...

It's been cold and foggy every day, we've hardly seen the sun for a week, the drip system is broken, the weeds and the leaves from the deciduous trees are six inches deep everywhere... and still the roses keep going. My mother fussed over her roses like they were infants; my grandmother basically ignored hers and left them to their own devices... both women wound up with spectacular roses that won prizes in local garden shows. Given my own lazy streak, I've chosen to follow Grandma Catharine's path, and, hot dang!... my babies look pretty good too!

Here's Leonidas...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Beauty in the Greenhouse

Here's the Chanukkah addition to the Greenhouse in the Loo. Don't know her name... and don't care, as usual... I just know she's one classy lady, and she whispered "Buy me", when I walked by her in the supermarket nursery. One of these days I'll get around to looking her up in my orchid dictionary, but for now, I'll call her Helen, after my classy mother.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pillowcase Posse Rides Again!

Here's the amazing Sheriff Nancy and 265 pillowcases made by the members of her Pillowcase Posse, a sub-group within the larger Vallejo Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Some of the pillowcases will be donated to the kids at Foster A Dream, and others to an organization that sends a touch of home to the awesome members of our military forces. This is the second year Nancy has headed up this project with, as you can see, prodigious results. Nancy's one of those super-women who scares the shit out of a lazy slug like me - she does sooooooo much every day of her life, always does it with a smile, and is always willing to do more when everyone else balks. She's a walking embodiment of the saying, "If you want to get something done, ask a busy person!" Way to go, Nancy!
In case you weren't able to grasp the scope of 265 pillowcases, here's a picture of the table from the other end...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today his Her feast day... Party on!!

I love Guadalupe. I don't believe in her miracles or anything she stands for, but she's so beautiful! She's always surrounded by roses (my favorite flowers) and gold and glitz and all of that stuff I love to play with. I have her images in my Greenhouse in the Loo, and have made, and am continuing to make, quilts in her image. Her artistic possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Diffference Between Heaven and Hell...

I've always wondered about this..

In Heaven:

The Chefs are French,
The Lovers are Italian,
The Auto Mechanics are German,
The Police are English,
and the place is run by the Swiss.

In Hell:

The Chefs are English,
The Lovers are Swiss,
The Auto Mechanics are French,
The Police are German,
and the place is run by the Italians.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Weird Holiday Humor...

Now here's someone with a truly deranged sense of humor... he felt he'd totally outdone himself with his holiday decorations this year. Unfortunately, he had to take them down after just a couple of days, for three reasons:

First, the cops advised him that the decorations would cause traffic accidents, as they, themselves, had almost run into a parked car as they drove by...

Second, a 60-year old woman grabbed the 75 pound ladder and almost killed herself putting it up against the house and climbing nearly to the top before she realized the "decorations" were fake (she was NOT happy). She was only one of quite a few people who attempted the same thing...

Third, his lawn and front yard rose bushes were taking a beating from the tire tracks where people literally drove up into his yard...