Archive for April, 2011

March Ogden Art Group

April 22, 2011

We had a great meeting last month.  Show and tell was terrific as usual, but I couldn’t post some of the pictures because the quilts will be entered in juried shows, and lots of them do not allow images to be posted on the internet until after the event has occurred.

Karen was working on another thread wrapped basket:

Lucy finished a very dramatic wall hanging.  It has beading on it, and I’m not too sure if you can see it in the photo:

She also made the necklace she is wearing:


Is that necklace stunningly elegant or what? 

I finished knitting my lace sweater, but haven’t attached the sleeve yet.  As soon as I do, I’ll take a photo of it and post it to the blog.



One Last Snow Dyeing Session – from March

April 20, 2011

Upon arrival home, we were welcomed by snow, lots of it.  Since I had lots of sunshine stored up in recent memory, I took a positive attitude about it, and enjoyed a session of snow dyeing. 

Here is a picture of a snow dyed t-shirt:

The top had a big rust stain on it from a bad, bad laundromat washing machine, and now it will be one of my favorite summer t-shirts.  It’s actually a bit bluer than in this photo, and I love it.

I also dyed some Roclon muslin and some cotton/seacell fabric that is not supposed to be washed.  Well, it went through the washing machine and dryer just fine, thank-you very much.  All 3 were dyed with the same batch of dyes, and it’s very interesting to me to see how each base fabric takes the dye a bit differently.  I don’t have a picture of that, but the Roclon muslin dyed the darkest, and the cotton/seacell blend was a lighter version of the t-shirt – which made sense as it was underneath the t-shirt on the basket, so the dye had to filter through the t-shirt to get to the fabric.

There is one post about what I did in March.  It only took me a month to post about March, but my excuse is I was sick from the restaurant in Texas, then promptly caught the stomach flu when I got home.  All I can say is I’m very glad March is gone.


San Antonio

April 14, 2011

I never did get around to posting any pictures from our trip to San Antonio.  Most likely it was because I wasn’t crazy about San Antonio.  Now it’s most likely a very nice place, but I got sick from eating at a restaurant – I mean really sick – and that most likely influenced my feelings about the city. 

Not only did I get sick, the KOA in San Antonio put another RV in our reserved spot while we were out shopping, then the employee had the nerve to give us attitude about it.  She actually said, “Do you expect me to know where everybody is parked?”  Um, excuse me, yes.  That was her job.  She’s the person who looks at the computer, then shows you to the RV spot that you’ve paid for ahead of time.  No apology from the woman, just lots of attitude.  So on top of being sick, we came back to our RV hook-up taken.  It was a nice level spot with lots of shade too.  We were put in another spot that required us to take out our leveling blocks, and had no shade. 

The office was closed by then, but the next morning I mentioned it to the manager.  I was going to keep quiet about it, but it really was quite rude of that employee to blame us for her not doing her job.  We moved to yet a third spot, and while it wasn’t as nice as our original spot, it was better than the unlevel, shadeless one. 

Anywho, San Antonio just had negative memories for me, but I wasn’t about to let one rude employee, and a very sick stomach ruin the rest of our vacation. 

We saw The Alamo, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, the San Fernando Cathedral, La Villita, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum – with the Texas Ranger Museum in the same building, and strolled along the Riverwalk.  We used public transportation to get us downtown the first two days, and drove around town in our little RV for 4 more days.  Parking downtown was not feasible for us, but we would park in one of the Mission parking lots, then hop on a trolley to take us back downtown.  It was a great way to get around San Antonio.

We also went clay shooting.  My husband is an avid clay shooter and manages to locate shooting clay clubs in every state we visit.  The one in Texas was humongous.   It was a gorgeous sunny day, and I was happy to take a walk in the woods with my husband, and push the button to release the clay pigeons when he said, “Pull”. 

We spent 6 days in San Antonio, then headed home a bit early.  It was getting way too hot and humid for me.  I much preferred the weather in Arizona, and we will definitely go back to Arizona again next year.  We’ll probably spend a day or two in San Antonio again too.  There were a few places we’d still like to visit, and South Padre Island would be a nice place to visit also.  And I can’t forget Fredericksburg.  After we passed it to get to San Antonio, we realized there were a lot of places we’d like to see near Fredericksburg, so will be sure to make time for that on our next trek out west.

This is the end of my reports on our most excellent vacation.  We had a wonderful time, and as you can tell, I’m already planning our next road trip.