Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Chapel garden

The Wayside Chapel garden at The Center has its own beauty in each season...

End of summer, going into fall...

Always warm...

and cozy.

Almost finished with my drawing...

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey.  It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again.  
 Jean Luc Picard

Friday, September 20, 2013

Shine on...

Last night's Harvest Moon

Of course, I had to look it up just to see how long this song has been around and I learned that  "Shine on, Harvest Moon" is an early 1900's song credited to the married vaudeville team Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.  It was one of a series of Moon-related Tin Pan Alley songs of the era.  The song was debuted by Bayes and Norworth in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908.  It became a pop standard and continues to be performed and recorded even in the 21st century.
The night was mighty dark so you could hardly see,
For the moon refused to shine.
Couple sitting underneath a willow tree,
For love they did pine.
Little maid was kinda 'fraid of darkness
So she said, "I guess I'll go."
Boy began to sigh, looked up at the sky,
And told the moon his little tale of woe.
Oh, Shine on, shine on, harvest moon
Up in the sky;
I ain't had no lovin'
Since April, January, June or July.
Snow time ain't no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon;
So shine on, shine on, harvest moon,
For me and my gal.
I can't see why a boy should sigh when by his side
Is the girl he loves so true,
All he has to say is: "Won't you be my bride,
For I love you,
I can't see why I'm telling you this secret,
When I know that you can guess."
Harvest moon will smile,
Shine on all the while,
If the little girl should answer "yes."
Oh, Shine on, shine on, harvest moon
Up in the sky;
I ain't had no lovin'
Since April, January, June or July.
Snow time ain't no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon;
So shine on, shine on, harvest moon,
For me and my gal.
(The months in the chorus have been sung in different orders.  Mitch Miller and Leon Redbone used January, February, June or July.)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Catching up with myself

Yesterday was my collage class; the third week of the session already!  I gave out a list of themes for inspiration and the one I chose for this piece (that I am still working on) is "The Hearing Heart" ... unless I change it, as it keeps leading me off in different directions.

So...some are still working on creating papers to use in their collages...

Painting and stamping on the painted tissue and gesso papers that we started last week.

And some are already busy creating...


and choosing...

which papers they want to use.

Wednesday afternoon, it was on to Quilting class.

But back to Monday, it was Calligraphy class and we are practicing Bookhand lettering.

On Tuesday, it was poetry class and we have a nice big group this time, including three new poets.

Today was Pen & Ink and, as you can see, I am working on a drawing of our beloved Chapel.

Tomorrow, nothing?  Well no...the weekend will be filled with working on all these projects to help them move along to their finish. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

the labyrinth

Have you seen the labyrinth?  "The Center is creating an outdoor meditative space, which includes a Chartres-style Labyrinth.  People can come and find a place of peace and serenity in the out-of-doors."


A place to rest.
A place to pray.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Today was class, and I will post some pictures of the papers we made, but my friend Sue gave us a bin of paper that she was sorting out of her stash!

I brought it to class this morning and everyone was so excited!

Each thinking of what they could use.

Masterpieces in the making...

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Henri's day

Julie found Henri's favorite balls on clearance at her Jewel Foods Store and since this is his very favorite game, and one that he often shares with his next-door friend Wrigley, she bought 16 of them for him.  Well, he knew when she gave him one, what was in the rest of the bag so out came several.  The family was coming over for breakfast this morning and he had a grand time playing ball.

Now, everyone is gone and Henri is snoring with all the balls close by...Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Maybe I'll have a little nap too...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Class begins!

Preparing for some masterpieces, we stained papers yesterday in my collage class.  Everyone was so happy to see one another - a wonderful thing, to have fun!

We'll decorate those papers next week and then the real fun begins! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Last summer, I was invited to a garden walk with a very special friend and, at one of the homes, they featured an artist that made twig ladies.  They were fabulous!  I couldn't wait to try to make one and here is my attempt.

She is far from finished, but I was telling some of my friends about her and told them I would show them how I started. 

I had cut a twig from my Shubert Plum that looked to me that it had the right shape for a lovely poised dancing lady.

I look at her every day and I know she will be happy with what ever little piece that I add on...

Monday, September 2, 2013

our Labor Day task

A very yummy lunch off the grill yesterday at Julie's and an afternoon of peeling, coring, cutting and bagging apples.  The apple tree in their backyard is loaded!  No chemical spraying; she fed the tree something natural this year and it responded with abundance.

And, if you know me, there is no wasting one little apple!  As we cleaned the apples, Julie made up bags to freeze with all the ingredients for pie filling and the right amount of apples for each pie.  The tree is still loaded; we will be cutting for weeks!  Yum!