Happy Spring! An Overdue Update

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Greetings! Hope this spring finds you all well! The roses are blooming with all their heart…. and I am kind of jealous of all the gorgeous geranium bushes everywhere I look as mine died this past winter due to lack of water. I blame the pets.

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And speaking of pets, here is Peaches this past winter all curled up on one of the second quilts I ever made for my dear Grandma Athy. She looooooved her blue and white anything….. especially her kitchen and laundry room. I think Peaches is a wise kitty to curl up on it in the sewing room.

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I took a class to learn how to make curved flying geese, which I have since forgotten completely how to do. It involved drafting and paper-piecing….scary stuff.

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So I took a class recently with Ann Hinman (sp?) and turned it into a bag. I still need to finish the elastic gather…… will do!

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So, if you are into quilting then you probably know about the FWQ craze. (oh fine…..Farmer’s Wife Quilt) It’s like 500 blocks (oh fine again…..111 in the book but you need 145 if you make the king sized version) and they’re all template cut. No way around it, we tried. I mean, there’s a blog out there somewhere that turned them into rotary cut directions but I digress. The blocks are 6.5″ unfinished. That sure is small when there are like 25 pieces in ONE block. But I wanna play too, so ya. Those are mine so far.

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A little scrappy do-hicky thingy from Halloweenie.

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FINALLY got this ready to pin after many years of being in UFO status….. it’s a lot of balloons and “Happy Birthday!” fabrics…… just in time for my bday next month.

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Poor kitteh, but it was too perfect to pass up.

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Kitteh likes his hat.

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No more kitteh hat.

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I made a doodle. Want to explore mandalas in thread w/ beads… this morphed into a flower.

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Another multi-year UFO top now COMPLETED and ready to be pinned. Yay! #highfive (LOL, I don’t even have a Twitter account. What does that hashtag even do? I’m SO OUT OF IT!) Oh, and this was a class with Mary Mashuta.

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And just for fun, me and my Dad having Christmas dinner together at my house.

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And another just for fun, me and my Mom pretending to be Mermaids on a shop hop last year.

Busy Summer!

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Well, I have started TWO new ventures this summer and both are working amazingly well TOGETHER! First, I have began doing a mobile massage business. I come to YOUR house when it’s convenient for YOU to give you a luxurious and relaxing 1 hour massage. I bring my table, clean sheets, oils, incense, and relaxing music. I am trained in Swedish, deep tissue, and basic shiatsu techniques and have been doing this on the side for family and friends since 2000. I charge $40/hour and will do back to back massages for you and 1 other person (husband, friend, mom). I also do gift certificates w/ a receipt.

The other thing I started doing is being a consultant for Arbonne skincare, makeup, and health and wellness products. It’s vegan, all natural, and absolutely works. I can give you a sample of the #1 skincare line on the market called RE9 or a sample of just one of their many health and wellness drinks- the chocolate protein shake (my favorite). I love using Arbonne on my massage clients as they also sell massage oils and who doesn’t enjoy a facial when they’re pampering their entire body?

Last thing, I have two new classes to add to my summer schedule at Calico Mermaid in Porterville, CA.

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Merry Christmas Wallhanging Wednesday, July 10 & 17 (2days) 5 – 8

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Spring Garden Wallhanging Wednesday, July 10 & 17 (2 days) 10 – 4

If you and a friend sign up for a class, you will both receive $5 off the class fee!

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer and doing what you love. I know I am, and I feel so very blessed!

Summer Classes!!!

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I’m so pleased to announce that I am teaching quilting classes at Thimble Towne and Calico Mermaid this summer!

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This above quilt is “Technique Sampler” and will be offered in Porterville in July. It is 3 Saturdays- July 6, 13, & 20 from 10-6! We will go over a LOT of techniques such as Y-seams, hand and machine applique, paper piecing, half square triangles, and template making. If you’d like to practice these skills, then come join me in Calico Mermaid. The 3 day class is $50.

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I am teaching “Candy Wrappers” as a 2 day class in Visalia from 10-2 on Tuesday, July 23 & Aug. 6th. The blocks are simply adorable with a dimensional ruffle “wrapper” and tiny bows. I had so much fun making mine and would love to share what I know. This class is $35.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mermaid Circus Online Art Class

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I decided to create art journals and during my voracious consumption of tutorials via Pinterest ( I mean, who isn’t addicted to it?) I came across two lovely creatures named Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore. I could just tell from Jane’s YouTube channel that she was a force to be reckoned with….. and well, Teesha’s collage journaling is just awesome. I totally wanted to be in this art journal world…. and then I stumbled upon “Mermaid Circus” the online class devoted to drawing mermaids with a circus flair. I had to, simply HAD to be a part of this experience.

It has changed my world. It just has, and I LOVE it so dearly and completely and wholly.

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Contemplation by Victor Nizovtsev