Friday, April 13, 2018

It’s Orange

I think this is the brightest blanket I’ve made in a while. It’s a lap blanket in 2 shades of orange with a wiggle line between the  colors. It will make a ten year old feel warm in more ways than one. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring and Things

It’s April and that means Spring is in the air. The flowers are having a grand time. Rock Roses, and Lavender and Azaleas and Dogwood and everything else are strutting their stuff. It’s a beautiful time of the year.
It’s also Awards Time at Chico State...and this year my young friend received the prestigious Volunteer of the Year award and scholarship  
And last but not least, it’s birthday season...and I’ve been celebrating for a couple of weeks ... with more to come.

Stuff

Nighttime at Lake Ellis in Marysville.
 
What happens when you are away for birthday parties? You celebrate them late
...and have a cake decorated that says it all. 
Meet Dixie. She greets me every morning when I walk. She is in a large field with two very woolly sheep who are not good company. I think she is lonely. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

1951 Studebaker

I saw this beautiful 1951 Studebaker the other day...and since her owner was there, I asked him a bunch of questions.
He bought her from eBay 11 years ago and he’s slowly been restoring her. In 1951, this beauty was driven down the streets in style with her bullet nose and fancy lights leading the way. Her hood ornament even lit up!
 
Her deep wine color told the world she was not ordinary. Look at those suicide doors! At the time they were advertised as the easier way to get into the back seat of the car.  The back seat was roomy with both head room and leg room AND a pull down arm-rest in the middle of the bench seat, so two people could sit in comfort!
 
The curved back window with the sleek chrome bar down the middle is an added touch of class. This car even had an automatic transmission, which was very advanced in 1951.  
If you look at the dash board, you see an integrated state of the art AM Radio (no add-ons here). There’s a dash mounted rear view mirror giving the driver a clear unobstructed view out the front window.  The Studebaker Land Cruiser was a luxury car. Back in the day you could buy this beauty for less than $2300. That was a lot of money for a car when you consider the following facts:
What Things Cost in 1951: Car: $1,800 Gasoline: 27 cents/gal House: $16,000 Bread: 16 cents/loaf Milk: 92 cents/gal Postage Stamp: 3 cents Stock Market: 269 Average Annual Salary: $4,200 Minimum Wage: 75 cents per hour 
Sadly, all good things come to an end. The Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company that started in 1852 making wagons in South Bend, Indiana, ceased production in 1966. My dad said that was a sad day for cars. To that end, it’s a treat to see one of the icons of American automobile history still looking gorgeous 67 years later!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Coasters, Angels and Blankets

I’ve branched out...I’ve designed and made a few coasters too. I placed an angel on top of the coasters to show their size...just big enough for a glass not to leave a ring on a table. 
I’ve just finished another blanket...and 
...it’s ready to be delivered to Project Linus.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Another R

Reflections 
 It’s the time of year to look back, evaluate, reflect and make plans to move forward.
The optimism of Spring.
 

Three R's of Spring

 I’m not talking about Readin', Ritin', nor Rithmetic...this is another set of "R's"—

Rock Roses or Rockies for short...these fragile flowers just started to appear...soon, the bushes will be covered in pink!
Redbuds...the second R. For a short two weeks a year we enjoy the magenta madness of the redbud...then the trees leaf out, and melt into the background...until the following spring.
Roadwork...the third R of spring. After the rains, the gravel road needs some repairs.
The grasses are greening, the wildflowers are beginning to blossom, the rabbits are acting crazy...spring is just around the corner.