Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"I Gotta Rock"

Who can ever forget the famous words of the beloved Peanuts character
Charlie Brown.
As Autumn approaches,  I am reading more and more blogs about Fall, and Halloween so I am reminded of one of my favorite Peanuts films,  "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" 
Poor Charlie Brown's Trick or Treating adventure turned into disappointment when all of his friends were delightfully shouting out all of the candy and goodies they received, only to find "a rock" in his trick or treat bag. 

Well, unlike Charlie Brown, for as long as I can remember, I've always loved Rocks.
(maybe not so much if I would have received them while Trick or Treating) 

I remember every time I would travel with my parents, I would manage to find more rocks to bring home. 

After a while, I had so many rocks, that Dad gave me his old fishing tackle box to store them in.

that I found and gave to my Mother when I was young. 

This isn't the best photo, but maybe you can see the small cross on the rock.
I guess my Mom cherished this so much she had it mounted on a piece of marble and wrote this on the back. 

So, there you have it...My rock collection.
I don't keep them in a fishing tackle box anymore, I like to display them in my garden so I can enjoy them and be reminded of the fun times I had collecting them. 

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not, 
but rejoices for those 
which he has.

Do you still have some collections or items that you've saved over the years?
I'd love to hear about them.
Looking forward to the weekend already!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

It's Sunday, and I decided to play along in my first photo challenge.

1. Bokeh
2. Business
3. Eco-Friendly
4. Repetition
5. Music

Here's my interpretation for this weeks challenge. 






Each week you are encouraged to take 5 new photographs.
I must admit the "Music" photograph came from my photo archive.  As soon as I saw "Music" on the list I knew I wanted to use this photo because I liked how it turned out with the guitar reflection in the piano.  I took this photo about a year ago. 

If you'd like to see more photos, or want to participate in the 
Sunday Scavenger Hunt

So, what have you been up to? 
Have you taken any new photos this weekend?


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

looking for seashells with Dad

Hi friends! 
Thank you for all of your comments about my last post, I had fun with that song!
Now, if you're listening, take in the sounds of the ocean...

Over the last few days I've been able to work on another fabric collage.
This is me and my Dad taking a walk on Ocean Beach in Oregon 1966.
I like to think that my love for the ocean began right here, on the beach, looking for seashells with Dad.

Thanks for dropping by.
Hope your week is off to a great start!


Thursday, August 19, 2010


Song lyrics by Paul Simon
(turn your sound on if you care to listen along with this post)

(The following photographs were taken by me with a digital Nikon.)

"You give us those nice bright colors"

"You give us the greens of summers"

"Makes you think all the worlds a sunny day...oh yeah!"

"I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph"

(stock photo)

(stock photo)
"So mama, don't take my Kodachrome away"

Celebrating 75 years


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Eternal Sunshine

After visiting one of my blog friends today, 
Noelle's post got me thinking about what was blooming in my garden right now? 
Noelle lives in a climate similar to mine when you compare summer temperatures, but the desert where she lives receives more rain in the summer, or what is known as the 

So, what's "blooming" in my garden right now?  Well, not that much really, it's all I can do to just keep what's still green from turning brown and crunchy from the high and dry heat.

I'm not sure this thing is really working, but you get the idea. 

Here's something in my garden that loves the dry desert soil and heat, 
the Mexican Fan Palm.
This thing grows like a weed here and eventually gets so tall you will probably have to hire someone to trim the palm fronds. 

Humm, even the fake grass looks a little brown in this photo. LOL
I guess that makes it appear more "real."

Not exactly a desert tortoise, but this guy hangs around to remind me of how much I love the ocean. 

The only kind of umbrella we need here is a big one to provide some relief from the suns rays. 

This Lantana does well in our desert soil, and just about the only "color" I have right now.
I think in a few more weeks as the morning and evening temperatures cool off I will plan on adding some container color, but for now it's all about keeping what I do have from burning in the sun. 
This post goes out to all of my blogging friends who have posted about the cold and rainy weather they are experiencing right now. (I would love some of your cooler and rainy).

Here's sending a little of our Eternal Sunshine your way! 


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Mason Ball Jar with Flowers

One of my favorite photo shoots.
An old fashioned Mason Ball Jar with flowers.

Enjoying a peaceful, relaxing, stress free weekend.
Wishing the same for you.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Learning to sew

Hi everyone, as I mentioned last week, I have been practicing my sewing and followed the directions carefully and learned how to make a quilted book cover! 

I know, this "quilting" part isn't considered difficult quilting, but for someone like me that is learning to sew on my own, I was pleased with how it turned out. 

I have a friend at work that saw this and wants me to make one for her bible.  Hopefully, I can get the measurements right.  
I'm more of a fabric, "collagey," "you want me to measure what?" kind of gal. LOL! 

...but, now I'm kind of tempted to try another one.  Maybe I'll get crazy and practice some "free motion" on the front instead of straight lines, what do you think? 

I must tell you though, that my new blogging friend, Jillayne, from "A Fine Seam" www.quiltingfabrications.blogspot.com
has encouraged me, and is helping me along over the internet, to learn some basic quilting tips, and a fun project.  Here in the photo, I am reading her instructions, and learning how to make a yo-yo.  I've never made one of those before! 

This is Fetzer thinking I should drink less wine and pay more attention to Jillayne's instructions! 

One of my favorite parts to this project is the hand stitching.  I find it so relaxing. 
If you get a chance, you should head on over to Jillayne's blog here and see the beautiful work she does!

Finally, I am sad to tell you that the only quilting store near where I live, Nancy's Quilt Shop, is closing it's doors forever!  
Everything was 50% off, so I bought some beautiful quilting bundles, but I would rather see them stick around.  Of course, there's still the larger craft places to buy fabric, but the quilting shops are so different and fun. 

This has been a long & stressful work week for me and I feel like I haven't had much time to get caught up on blogging or creating,  so I'm looking forward to the weekend, where hopefully I'll have a bit more time to play.
Hope you're looking forward to a fun and eventful weekend too!