Monday, April 26, 2010

Arts & Jazz

It was the perfect weekend for an outdoor music festival. 
I helped our friend, Ken Carpenter, in his jewelry booth.

Jon and I watched the talented steel drum band from UNT.

Dear friends and their four darling children joined us to hear the drums.
Their new, new baby snoozed through it all.

Mr. Personality (who used to be the new baby) kept us company
 while the bigger boys were off playing in the sand.

Perfect weather and great music. What a gift!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Beetle Stamp

My friend Carol carved a month of stamps in March. 
I thought it was a great idea so I made one too.

Thank you Carol for the inspiration!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I spent a fun weekend retreating in a wonderful old house/quilt shop 
called the Alford Inn in Van Alstyne, Texas. 

In addition to lots of visiting and eating, I made two purses for the auction and sewed patches on four boy scout uniforms. As I left home I grabbed a big box of fancy fabrics that were intended for a silk jacket many years ago. The background fabric was a light blue silk. Also in the box was brown, beige, blue and olive green, silk, rayon, satin and taffeta. I piece 20 blocks on foundation paper. I'm not sure what these blocks will be, but it was fun to piece for a change.

I also pieced and lined three more purses to be donated to the
 "It's in the Bag" and Denton Quilt Guild auctions. 

What a nice way to spend a few days.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's in the Bag

The Greater Denton Arts Council is hosting a fundraiser on May 13.
"It's in the Bag" is a silent auction of one-of-a-kind handbags.

I've made several.
This is "Far Out Fossil." It's a recycled Fossil purse that 
I doodled on with Sharpie markers.

On the left is a bag made of the fabric I created in a Judy Coates Perez Mixed Media Class. On the right is a bag created with a leaf panel by Houston artist Lisa Qualls.

This little bag has two inside pockets and one outside. 
Perfect for an art show.

"It's in the Bag" is open to the public and will be held at the Center for Visual Arts in Denton. Tickets are $20 at the door and include High Tea and Bellinis during the silent auction. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Riding in Oklahoma

We took a weekend motorcycle ride through eastern Oklahoma 
a few weeks ago.
My parents drove up from southern Louisiana and joined us.

We took the scenic  Kiamichi Trace north out of Antlers to Talihina.

The next day we took the Cherokee Trail up to Miami.

Vintage Iron in Miami has a wonderful motorcycle museum.

Near Miami is an old section of Route 66 called the Ribbon Highway. 
It was originally one lane.

Look closely and you can see the concrete curb with asphalt in the center.
It's been widened to a two-lane road by adding dirt on either side.