Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Oakminster Dog Show and new wool project

We went to the first annual Oakminster Dog Show on Saturday. It was a fundraiser for our local SPCA.

Kids and puppies what can be cuter? This puppy seems to be in charge.
Not so fast, puppy, you need to heel!
This Ridgeback puppy was worn out after all the excitement. Nothing like cuddling close to Mom.
This pair won the obedience trials.
I found this cool new magazine and I couldn't resist it.
"Bags, Pillows and Pincushions, 35 Quick AND Easy Projects", a girl can never have too many projects.
I have started this pillow:

I love Quails, a lot of them live around us. We see them on our walks, the other night we counted 6 pair in one covey. There will be a lot of little ones soon.
I haven't given up on my Ladies mat, I'm working on finishing the background. I ran out of blue wool for the sky so it's on hold for a little while.
The weather has been beautiful so we've been spending a lot of time outside playing golf and pickleball. We just discovered pickleball and are enjoying it. It's a little like tennis but a lot slower and played on a court the size of a badminton court. I've re-discovered some muscles I forgot I had.
Our big project for this week and next is getting ready for a community yard sale. I'm so NOT excited, but it will be nice to get rid of some of our stuff.
Til next time, Ronda


Friday, April 26, 2013

Handy Mountain Man

I'm lucky that my Mountain Man is multi talented. He also seems to like being busy.

A few weeks ago he replaced the steps of our redwood porch. This week he repurposed the old steps by redoing my potting bench (it started it's life as a kitchen rack). I didn't stage it very well but you get the idea. 

I'll have him add some hooks to the back so I'll have a place to hang my tools.
We had some black patio furniture on our front porch that was getting faded so I bought some spray paint and MM went to work. Here is the before picture:
Here is a comparison picture:
Because they're in bright sunlight it's hard to see, so here is a closer look:

They add a touch of color to the porch.

There are several Flea Markets on the mountain this weekend, hope I'll find some treasures.
There is also a dog show in Oakhurst and a pot luck at the club house, we're going to be busy.
Hope you find something fun to do this weekend.
Til next time, Ronda

Monday, April 22, 2013

Busy few days-Ladies progress

Golf, craft fair, and pulled some loops---good times.

Played golf with MM, look at my wonderful form:

Form may not be great but the result was.
Yes it is REALLY the results of MY approach shot. I also out drove MM on one hole and had a birdie on another, good golf day.
Speaking of birdies, baby goslings were out and about.
On Saturday I went to the Vintage Days craft fair at Fresno State University. Can you tell that their mascot is a Bulldog?
This is an annual event and draws huge crowds. I was there as they were opening to avoid the crowd. Vendors seemed to be the same as last year but it was fun to be out and about. I found a shady oasis on the outskirts of the fair:
A beautiful grove of Japanese Maples.
After the fair I went to some thrift stores hunting for wool garments. Not only did I find several wool garments but they were half off---oh joy. I spent Sunday morning taking apart wool skirts, pants and blazers.
I've started the background of the Ladies:
I think I need to outline the arms and maybe the legs of the orange dress lady, they disappear into the sky.
Suppose to be in the 80's today, think I go out and enjoy the day.
Until next time, Ronda


Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Ladies, starting the backround

I finished pulling loops on The Ladies themselves, now to start on the backround:

Last week was the end of the lessons for Deanne Fitzpatrick's Hooking People in your Rugs class. I will miss it, I learned so much, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Deanne's style of people in her rugs.

As usual The Masters did not disappoint, I love that tournament.

Have a great week. Ronda


Friday, April 12, 2013

Masters weekend and rug update

The Masters Golf Tournament is this weekend and is one of my favorite sporting events of the year. The course is so beautiful, all shades of green, bright white sand traps and the Azaleas and Dogwoods are in full bloom. It is usually an exciting tournament where anything can happen.

Mountain Man and I went golfing yesterday, our course isn't as spectacular as Augusta but it's still pretty.

It was a beautiful day, bright blue skies and temp was in the 70's.

 Birds were out, this Robin was hunting worms. I saw him find one and pull it out from the ground. Pretty amazing.

Then there was this Crane. He was headed for the driving range:
I tried to warn him not to go there but he didn't listen. Good thing there wasn't anyone hitting balls at the time.
I've been working on my Ladies mat. I need to make a few changes but it's coming along. Gram's legs need to be adjusted. The Lady on the left will be wearing a skirt and a white blouse with a sweater over it. I plan to work on it over the weekend as I watch the Masters.
Enjoy your weekend. Ronda


Saturday, April 6, 2013

The "Ladies"

I started my Ladies mat but before I get to that I wanted to talk about "the girls".

Yesterday I went in for my annual mammogram, oh joy. They have a new imaging machine that takes more images, however to make this work the person being imaged has to be a contortionist. For one of the "poses" I was instructed to face the machine with my feet facing forward, put my hand on a handle in back of the machine, twist at my waist, lay my arm on the side of the machine (away from the way I was twisted, lean my head back and hold very still because the machine picks up any movement. I couldn't even breathe while the machine was at work. I swear I thought she was going to have me stand on my head next. Of course I must have moved because she had to redo two of the more painful poses. Here's hoping for good results.

Back to the Ladies. I've been nervous about starting on this mat but decided to jump right in.

I had good reason to be nervous, the hair is turning out to be a challenge. My first try on the green dress lady. Mom, turned out to look like Little Orphan Annie, she's looking a little better but I may need to tweak her "do" a little more. Gram's hair was looking good until it all pulled out. This is the second try and I'm not happy with it so I'll pull it out, which I might be doing with my hair soon. Why is women's hair such a pain?
I worked on it more last night, here is where it is as of this morning:

Gram is now hairless, Aunt Kathy's grey hair may need a little work and I need to decide what color Aunt Betty's dress will be. Also Mom's face needs to be touched up. I used a wool that raveled and it's not a good look for her.

In spite of all my complaining I'm having fun with this mat. As I pull the loops I think of each Lady and there personalities. Takes me right back to the Easter's of my childhood.

Til next time, Ronda