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Things to do when you can’t quilt…

Day One: Machine acting up with 7-1/2 presents left on border of Christmas table runner #1 and both outside borders on #2. Start cleaning house; find out vacuum and floor steamer still work.

7-1/2 presents to go

7-1/2 presents to go

Spiral and present motifs

Spiral and present motifs

Day Two: Take machine to shop; finish cleaning house, including bathrooms. Clean deck window; search for suction cups; no luck.

Day Three: Find suction cups; hang bird sun catcher brought back from Colorado by daughter. Maketh me happy.

Bird suncatcher

Bird suncatcher

Think about doing some Itajime (folded/clamped resist shibori) with pre-reduced indigo. Nah.

Itajime folded/clamped resist

Itajime folded/clamped resist

Itajime folded/clamped resist

Itajime folded/clamped resist

Trim up my free-motion practice sandwiches; tomorrow I can zigzag the edges and then donate them as Ugly Snugglies  (cage mats) for the local animal shelter. (Stay tuned for Day Four.) Go to DMV with daughter; stop by Bentonville Convention Center and photograph Bentonville Square, a prize-winning slice quilt made by the Van Go-Go Girls, appraised for $3000.00. FOR SALE.

Bentonville Square

Bentonville Square

Stop by grocery store for dinner. No word on machine yet. Stop by Birdsong Garden and Landscaping to get picture of blue gnome I’ve been watching from highway. Find more chainsaw art. These guys have personality and attitude. Proprietor is away getting new flowers. Will go back for ornamental cabbage and a look inside.

Birdsong Gardens/Landscaping Sign

Birdsong Gardens/Landscaping Sign

Birdsong Gardens/Landscaping

Birdsong Gardens/Landscaping

Blue Gnome

Blue Gnome

Totem

Totem

Yellow/red Gnome

Yellow/red Gnome

Gnomeling

Gnomeling

Morel Totem

Morel Totem

Anxious Gnome

Anxious Gnome

Flower w/Bucky

Flower w/Bucky

Stop by the gallery, drop off packing for shipping pottery; check to see if trail is open yet; it’s not. Take pictures of haunted house instead.

Haunted House

Haunted House

Enter if you dare

Enter if you dare

D Block

D Block

Vulture

Vulture

Gun turret

Gun turret

Gargoyle

Gargoyle

Fence

Wooden Fence

Phantom 13 Bus

Phantom 13 Bus

Decide to go for walk on trail with camera. Go up on mountain bike trail; safely maneuver steep climb up and down. Take a tumble when I step off to get the last trumpet vine–basically just sat down in gravel. The step was twice as deep as I anticipated. Rewarded by both herons.

Bike ramp

Bike ramp

Hidey hole

Hidey hole

Fungus

Fungus

Splintered tree

Splintered tree

Ledge

Cave

Last of the Trumpet Vine

Last of the Trumpet Vine

Ubiquitous litter

Ubiquitous litter

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Mama heron

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Papa heron

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Maybe my machine will be ready tomorrow. If not, I’ll have to find something else to do. It’s finally cooler out so maybe it will be Tanyard Nature Trail for me.

Pix of the Day

It finally quit raining and dried up enough for me to safely navigate the Tanyard Creek Nature Trail.  The trail was closed for several months this winter to effect some much needed erosion control following major flooding in 2013.  You can still smell the lumber on one of the new bridges.  We have two resident herons here that frequent Lake Bella Vista and Tanyard Creek where I have tried to capture them with my camera.  I had two opportunities on Monday.  I was just about to capture Mrs. Heron in flight when Mr. Heron swooped by and they both took off.  They saunter along the shore and stand stock still if they sense you are there but when they’re ready to leave, it’s buh-bye right now.  Both of these photos were chosen as Pic of the Day on our local KNWA-TV Facebook page and during the news yesterday.

Heron Taking Off

Heron Taking Off

Falls

Falls

What a beautiful day Monday was.  Sunny, not too hot.  I took a group photo of a family visiting, whisked a mosquito from another visitor’s cheek and got some wonderful photos, which I’ll share in future posts.

In the meantime, back at the ranch, I finished the binding on my challenge quilt, weaved (wove?) in loose threads and now need to add some embellishments.  I am also going to add two more lines of quilting.  TIP: Easy-threading needles make weaving in thread ends so easy.  There was some major distortion where I quilted on the diagonal but I managed to square the project up.  I also got the seams to match when I joined the ends of the two-sided binding.  Here is the quilt before binding.

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I have also been doing some cleaning and am ready to return to my orange leaves.  I’ll post more about that next week.

Here’s one of my other favorite photos:

Heron

Heron

That’s it for now.  May all your photos, and your life, be in focus.

Oh Blue Heron Come to Me

The State of the Art exhibit at Crystal Bridges is coming to a close so my daughter and I went for one final look.  The part of the exhibit on the south end will close after Monday, but we will still be able to view the rest of the exhibit for perhaps a couple more weeks.  I’ll upload more photos with my next post, but here is Alexx coming out of the Reflecting Room (by Dan Steinhilber).

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This room–the walls, the ceiling, the benches, and the floor–is covered in silver mylar (think helium balloons).  There is a fan which keeps the walls suspended–until it shuts down.  Then the walls start creeping down gradually.  If you wanted the full effect, you would enter when the ceiling lights were on and the room would go dark as the walls inched down.  Somehow the timing has gotten off and the lights stayed on until the fan started again and then the lights were off for a little while.

There is a strange figure sitting atop a garbage can in the room–not sure why–and today there was a hole in the mylar on the floor–there are many patches on the floor because this room has seen a lot of feet (and perhaps a few stilettos).

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After dropping dear daughter off, I went down to the dam on Lake Bella Vista, sitting on the rocks with my cushion, waiting for the blue heron.  After weeks of cold, it was nearly 60 today.  I figured I was a little early (or a little late)–I often see one or both herons at 12:30 or 3:30, but you really never know when they will show up.  I quietly snapped pictures; I sat stock still; I even tried singing them in (yes, I have a heron song).  After two hours, I stood up to get some circulation in my derriere and sure enough, the blue heron popped by but not in front of me as I had hoped.  S(he) was quite a ways off and while trying to focus in, (s)he flew off.  Then the fisherman who had been in the same spot earlier came down across from me, so I figured it was time to go home.  I’ll try again next week after the holiday.  Have a great weekend.

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