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Avery Island Pepper Plants

Avery Island Pepper Plants

Posted 08 February 2010 | By | Categories: Food, Scenery, Travels | 1 Comment

This past October we took a cross country train trip on Amtrak’s Empire Builder, Capitol Limited,  Acela,  Crescent and the City of New Orleans.  We stopped in  Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, and New Orleans, before getting  back to Portland and our car.   When we got to New Orleans we rented a car for [...]

Good Eats

Good Eats

Posted 02 February 2010 | By | Categories: Family, Food | 5 Comments

Homemade tomato pasta Crispy pesto bruchetta on Aunt Lynn’s  artisan bread tomato pasta with early spring asparagas

Technical Nightmare

Technical Nightmare

Posted 31 January 2010 | By | Categories: Art, Donna, Fiber Arts | 7 Comments

I had a nice idea.  Make a red and green quilt.  Make two large circles with lots of tiny pieces.  The complimentary red and green will visually help the circles to “vibrate”.  All’s well,and no, these are not Christmas Tree skirts. Back in August I didn’t really know where the design was going…. The fabric [...]

When it doesn’t rain….

When it doesn’t rain….

Posted 31 January 2010 | By | Categories: Donna, Family, Scenery | 3 Comments

We are finally receiving some much needed rain.  Last year we had something like13 inches of rain with normal being perhaps 25.  Those of us who use the streets and trails for exercise got rather spoiled by not having the rain to hamper our outings.  I normally take a long ride on Sundays…22 round trip [...]

Socks Make the Man

Socks Make the Man

Posted 26 January 2010 | By | Categories: Donna, Fiber Arts | 1 Comment

It’s nice that Durry will wear hand knit socks that are intentionally mismatched.

When it rains on a Monday….

When it rains on a Monday….

Posted 25 January 2010 | By | Categories: Donna, Durry, Fiber Arts, Food, Genealogy | 2 Comments

When it rains on a Monday, you can find us inside….getting stuff done.  Durry has spent the day at his computer researching the Watts family in Kentucky in the 1820′s and ’30s.  My day was spent correcting lots of technical errors on a quilt I have been struggling with since August.  Perhaps by the end [...]

Walnut Rye Rolls

Walnut Rye Rolls

Posted 18 January 2010 | By | Categories: Food | 5 Comments

I was out all day and this is what I was on the counter when I got home.  It may be storming outside, but it’s all good indoors.  Thank you, Durry.

Haiti Earthquake Relief

Haiti Earthquake Relief

Posted 13 January 2010 | By | Categories: Donna, Fiber Arts | 8 Comments

Over this past weekend I started knitting some hats experimenting with a new pattern.  With each hat I imagined sending one  to Adam, Nathan, and Bryce….all cold-country cousins.  But this morning as I was watching reports about the earthquake in Haiti, and realizing how lucky we were this past weekend when we rocked and rolled [...]

Three Quilts Today

Three Quilts Today

Posted 11 January 2010 | By | Categories: Donna, Fiber Arts | 11 Comments

Apparently, I have a lot for quilts to show you.  Believe me, the house is FULL of fiber art. Paint Chips 49″x50″ $350 Red Tail Lights 26″ x 31″ $175 Color Can’t Hurt You 30″ x 36″ $175

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Posted 09 January 2010 | By | Categories: Donna, Fiber Arts | No Comments

In 2003, Sandi Globus from Ocean Wave Quilts challenged me to make a quilt using the colors in this Frida Kahlo self-potrait (below) — salmon, ochre, olive, burgandy, with a touch of scarlett.  Earlier that year I had taken a class from Margaret Miller in which she was testing her angle-play techniques for her up-coming [...]