Wednesday, March 26, 2014

                                     "Rich & Rustic"    - March 24, 2014


     I just participated in the "collections" challenge on the QuiltArt chat list on the internet.  We were to design and make a quilt about one of our collections.  I have many collections,  but I chose to make my quilt including some of my bottle cap collection.
    My quilt is titled  "Rich & Rustic" because it is made with all raw, luscious colored silk fabrics,  Swarovski crystals and bottle caps.  It is 12" x 15" in size and is machine pieced and quilted. 
   I am doing a series of quilts using bottle caps and found objects. (  I have posted an overall photo and detailed photo).

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Tallest Building in LA - US Bank - June 12, 2012

Tallest Building in LA - US Bank - June 12, 2012

        The US Bank building is the tallest building in downtown LA.  Beautiful skyline....
 Downtown LA - June 11, 2012

      Enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day in downtown Los Angeles.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Boating Off-Shore by Mt. Vernon, Va. - August 21, 2011

Boating Off-Shore by Mt. Vernon, Va. - August 21, 2011

       I spent the day boating with wonderful friends on the Potomac River.  We anchored off- shore by Mt. Vernon, Va.  and ate lunch .  I took this photo from the boat

Seven Grand - Whiskey Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, Ca. - August 20, 2011

Seven Grand - Whiskey Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, Ca. - August 20, 2011

    I went to the Seven Grand - Whiskey Bar in downtown Los Angeles, Ca.  to play pool and have drinks last week.
http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2011/06/03/seven-grand-los-angeles/

California Angels Baseball Game - August 18, 2011

California Angels Baseball Game - August 18, 2011

      I took this photo at the California Angels baseball game in Anaheim, Ca.   It was a perfect night:   the Angels won the game with a walk-off home run, the weather was perfect,  hot dogs , peanuts and beer.   You can't get any better than that.

Mercedes Grille & Martini Bar in Marina Del Rey / Venice Beach, Ca. - August 17, 2011

Mercedes Grille & Martini Bar in Marina Del Rey / Venice Beach, Ca. - August 17, 2011

    Went to the Mercedes Grille & Martini Bar in Marina Del Rey / Venice Beach , Ca. for martinis and shrimp.  Wonderful atmosphere, food and drinks . They specialize in Cuban food.

http://mercedesgrille.com/mgindex.htm

The Disney Building in Los Angeles, Ca. - August 16, 2011

The Disney Building in Los Angeles, Ca. - August 16, 2011

I took this photo of the Disney Building in downtown Los Angeles, Ca , while walking to the Farmer's Market.   I love this walk, because I pass many wonderful landmarks.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Foxtail Ferns at Brookside Garden in Wheaton, Md. - August 13, 2011

Foxtail Ferns at Brookside Garden in Wheaton, Md. - August 13, 2011

     When I was at Brookside Garden last month,  I took this photo of the Foxtail Ferns in the butterfly house. I love all the different colors of green.

Queen Anne's Lace - August 12, 2011

Queen Anne's Lace - August 12, 2011

     I have Queen Anne's lace growing in my back yard, but I took this photo at Homestead Farm in Poolsville, Md..  when I was picking blackberries there a few weeks ago.

Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Va. - August 11, 2011

Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Va. - August 11, 2011

    I took this photo of the Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Va. yesterday afternoon.
http://www.potomacpointwinery.com/       ....    We had lunch there and then had the deluxe wine tasting.  It was a wonderful afternoo

At the Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Va. - August 10, 2011

At the Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Va. - August 10, 2011

   I had a wonderful day at the Potomac Point Winery in Stafford , Va......
http://www.potomacpointwinery.com/
My friend and I ate a delicious lunch on the patio before going inside for a "deluxe wine tasting".  We had a wonderful afternoon.

The Queen Mary in Long Beach, Ca. - August 7, 2011

The Queen Mary in Long Beach, Ca. - August 7, 2011

        Here is another photo that I took of the Queen Mary when I stayed there last month in Long Beach, Ca.,  It was beautiful.

The Electric Palm Restaurant in Woodbridge, Va. - August 4, 2011

The Electric Palm Restaurant  in Woodbridge, Va. - August 4, 2011

        I took this photo of the red plastic palm tree that graced the front of the Electric Palm Restaurant in Woodbridge, Va.    -     theelectricpalm.com       -     There are many colorful plastic palm trees around the restaurant.   I had the Cuban sandwich, sweet potato fries and a beer.   Yum.....

Zoo Friends at the National Zoo in Washington DC - August 3, 2011

Zoo Friends at the National Zoo in Washington DC - August 3, 2011

     I love this photo that I took at the National Zoo in Washington DC this summer.   I've taken so many great photo of the animals there.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Blackberry Picking at Homestead Farm - July 31, 2011

Blackberry Picking at Homestead Farm - July 31, 2011

    This morning  I went blackberry picking at Homestead Farm in Poolesville, Maryland.  I came home with blackberries, yellow peaches and tomatoes.   Yummy !!!!!
Their web site is :        www.Homestead-Farm.net

"Balance" - Fiber Art and Haiku - July 30, 2011

"Balance" - Fiber Art and Haiku -  July 30, 2011

Look at how you stand...
Life is full of challenges...
Maintain your balance...

    I designed and made this fiber  art piece to go with  a haiku about balance.  I used cotton fabric, fancy yarn and shells on this piece.

Large Elephant Ear Plant in Small Side Garden - July 29, 2011

Large Elephant Ear Plant in Small Side Garden - July 29, 2011

   I took this photo of the large elephant ear plant in my other small side garden.   A friend gave me bulbs for this plant.  Now I have many bulbs to replant every spring.

At the Zoo in Washington DC - July 28,. 2011

At the Zoo in Washington DC - July 28,. 2011

     I was at the zoo in Washington DC today.  I enjoyed the elephants and the cheetahs.  .

Riding the Aqua Bus Across Long Beach Harbor - July 27, 2011

Riding the Aqua Bus Across  Long Beach Harbor - July 27, 2011

    I took this photo a few weeks ago when I was in Long Beach , California.    I took the boat  back across the harbor to the Queen Mary.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Moving Sidewalk Under the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC - July 26, 2011

Moving Sidewalk Under the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC - July 26, 2011

     I took this photo today  of the moving sidewalk under the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.   The sidewalk connects the National Gallery of Art to the Museum of Modern Art and goes under a city street.  The lights twinkle and move to put on a "light  show"  as you are moved along on the sidewalk.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunset at the Washington Monument in Washington DC - June 21, 2011

Sunset at the  Washington Monument in Washington DC  - June 21, 2011

       I took this photo at the Washington Monument at sunset in Washington DC.  We had just gone up into the monument to look out over the city.   

Dallas Texas Sunrise - June 22, 2011

Dallas Texas Sunrise - June 22, 2011

       I took this photo of the Dallas, Texas sunrise.  You can see the reflection of the sun on the tall buildings.

"Stream" haiku and Fiber Art - June 30, 2011

"Stream" haiku and Fiber Art  - June 30, 2011

It runs through the land...
Gurgling in the sunlight...
Cool and refreshing...

Butterfly Garden at Brookside Garden in Wheaton, Md. - June 20, 2011

Butterfly Garden at Brookside Garden in Wheaton, Md. - June 20, 2011

        This photo was taken in the butterfly garden in Brookside Garden in Wheaton, Maryland.   There are hundreds of butterflies fluttering all around.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dwarf Powder Puff Tree at Brookside Gardens - May 10, 2011

Dwarf Powder Puff Tree at Brookside Gardens - May 10, 2011

     I took this photo of a  "dwarf powder puff tree"  at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland on Sunday afternoon.   The red powder puff flowers are about the size of a baseball.   The tree was beautiful.

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/

Monday, May 09, 2011

Butterfly Garden at Brookside Gardens - May 9, 2011

Butterfly Garden at Brookside Gardens - May 9, 2011

    I went to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland yesterday afternoon for Mother's Day. Besides their wonderful gardens and plants, they have an enclosed  butterfly garden that is fascinating.  There were hundreds of different butterflies all around us.   The colors in their wings were so vivid.
    Here is their web site;   
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Grass Mowing "Procrastination" Haiku - April 2011

Grass Mowing "Procrastination" Haiku - April 2011

Mower sitting idle...
The grass grows taller each day...
Day dreams fill my thoughts...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Union Station Metro Escalator in Washington D.C. - March 31, 2011

Union Station Metro Escalator in Washington D. C.  - March 31, 2011

         I took this photo after getting off of the Metro under Union Station in Washington D.C.  and looking up the escalator.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sitting With Einstein - March 29, 2011

Sitting With Einstein - March 29, 2011
  
       I went to Washington D.C. again to see the cherry blossoms and tour all the monuments and sights.  I'm sitting on the Einstein sculpture in this photo.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jefferson Memorial Cherry Blossoms - March 26, 2011

Jefferson Memorial Cherry Blossoms - March 26, 2011

    I took this photo yesterday in Washington  D.C. - from the across the Tidal Basin.    Only a few more days until the blossoms are in full bloom.

Cherry Blossoms - March 25, 2011

Cherry Blossoms - March 25, 2011

       I went into the city  (  Washington D.C. ) yesterday to see the cherry blossoms.  I try to go to see them each year.   

Castor Bean 2 - March 23, 2011

Castor Bean 2 - March 23, 2011

        I designed and made this fiber art quilt in February of 2002.  I discharged a piece of purple fabric with a large castor bean leaf from my neighbor's yard.  I quilted it in copper metallic and invisible threads.  I also used fancy yarns and threads, some of which were quilted under purple tulle.  It is 19" x 18" in size.

South Sea Mirage - March 22, 2011

South Sea Mirage - March 22, 2011

     I designed and made this 13" x 14" quilt  in 2001.  This quilt won a 1st place ribbon for   "Viewer's Choice"  in the small contemporary category at the Cabin Branch Quilter's show in  October of 2001 in Woodbridge, Va.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

South Sea Cruise - A View From My Window Challenge - March 18, 2011

South Sea Cruise - A View From My Window Challenge - March 18, 2011

        I designed and made this quilt for a challenge on the QuiltArt chat list in  May of 2003.  It is  23" x 24"  in size.

http://www.quiltart.com/challenges/window/     -  ( if you scroll down the page, you'll see the other quilts in this challenge).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hearts of Hope - March 10, 2011

Hearts of Hope - March 10, 2011


    I designed and made this  24" sq. quilted fiber piece for a "Make Peace - Not War"  challenge on the Quilt Art  internet chat list.  

http://www.quiltart.com/ 

I made this piece in January 2003.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Blue Blown Glass Fish - March 6, 2011

Blue Blown Glass Fish - March 6, 2011

        I have this blue, blown glass fish hanging from a maple tree branch in my front yard.  He brings a spark of color on the cold winter days.  

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Route 66 - Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Calif. - March 4, 2011

Route 66 - Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Calif. - March 4, 2011

        I didn't know that  route 66 ended at the Santa Monica pier in Santa Monica, Calif. until I saw this sign there last week.   I've driven on Route 66 many times,  but didn't know where it ended.

Bird of Paradise - Los Angeles, Calif. - March 3, 2011

Bird of paradise - Los Angeles, Calif. - March 3, 2011

       I took this photo last week outside of the downtown Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.   It was so beautiful.  I love taking pictures of nature.

Zoltar on the Santa Monica Pier - March 2, 2011

Zoltar on the Santa Monica Pier - March 2, 2011

       I was so excited to see the Zoltar booth out on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif.    I took this photo of Zoltar last week.

The Hotel California - Santa Monica, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2011

The Hotel California - Santa Monica, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2011

       One of my favorite songs is Hotel California by The Eagles.
  <    http/www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ygI3BZxdCY   >
 . When we were driving in Santa Monica last week,  I saw this sign and we pulled over and I took this photo.   A wonderful surprise.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blue Moon Over Paris - Feb. 24, 2011

Blue Moon Over Paris - Feb 24, 2011

      I printed a photo of the Eiffel Tower on  pre-treated white fabric and used angelina fiber, beads and a Blue Moon bottle cap for this fiber piece.  The following haiku was written for this quilt. ......

My love is calling...
Rendezvous under the moon...
Paris in the spring...

Monday, February 21, 2011

"The Awakening" at National Harbor- Feb. 21, 2011

The Awakening at National Harbor - Feb. 21, 2011

     I was back at the National Harbor,  in Washington D,C.,  today with a friend.   I took this close-up photo of "The Awakening"  sculpture..

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Beach Martini - Feb. 15, 2011

Beach martini - Feb. 15, 2011

      These are four of my favorite things -  Paris, the beach/shells, pearls and a martini.   These all bring fond memories.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fiber Heart Postcard - Feb. 14, 2011

Fiber Heart Postcard - Feb. 14, 2011

    I designed and made this fabric/fiber heart postcard to send in the mail.  I titled it "Hearts Afire".   It is 4" x 6"  and it is made with cotton fabric, angelina fiber, beads  and is machine quilted. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Angels Flight - Feb. 12, 2011

Angels Flight - Feb. 12, 2011

      When I was in Los Angeles, Ca. in December of 2010, I took this photo after riding the Angels Flight train.   It is the shortest train in the world at  298 feet long.   It connects Hill and Olive Streets in the Bunker Hill section of downtown  Los Angeles. It only cost a quarter to ride it.  At the bottom of the train,  I visited the large farmer's market.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Frog in Pool - Feb. 11, 2011

Frog in Pool - Feb. 11, 2011

   I took this photo last August  ( 2010 ) at a friend's backyard pool.  There was a frog swimming around in the pool that day.  I got him out and sat him in the nearby grass.   I thought of this photo today because it is so very cold this morning in northern Virginia and  I am going to a regional swim meet this afternoon in our area for the local high schools.   I want to think warm thoughts.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Orchids at the Botanical Garden in Washington D.C.- Feb. 5, 2011

Orchids at the Botanical Garden in Washington D.C. - Feb. 5, 2011

    I took this photo last month at the Botanical Garden in Washington D.C.    They have a wonderful permanent collection of orchids.

Dining Room Mantle - Feb. 4, 2011

Dining Room Mantle - Feb. 4, 2011

      This is a photo of my dining room mantle.  The picture of the young girl was removed from behind a wall when my father was re-modeling a house we lived in when I was very young in the 1950s.   She has a sad look on her face,  but I've always loved this picture and carried it around with me for years.  My father made the walnut frame for it.