Rose Painting

My friend Terrie and I recently took a rose painting class with artist Christy Repasy.  We headed down to Fallbrook, and spent a day in her studio having fun and learning how to paint roses in Christy’s style – Victorian/Shabby Chic (my rose is third from left).


Still Life

Finally finished painting my Still Life.  I am really starting to enjoy painting.  I find myself looking at things with a different perspective. Always thinking how it would translate on to canvas.  As always, my mind races, and is way ahead of my skill level.  Oh well, as they say, practice, practice, practice…


Still Hiking

I have found such peace and satisfaction in hiking… New boots that don’t pinch, goofing off, and enjoying my surroundings…2016StillHiking

Baby Booties

Another friend of mine became a grandmother, for the fourth time! 🙂 – she has an adorable granddaughter.  I saw this on Pinterest, and of course just had to make a pair:


Spring Break Hike

DH and I took the opportunity to join Dear Daughter on a Spring Break hiking trip.  We started with the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, then on to Inspiration Point.  The views were spectacular! And on the advice of our Innkeeper, we climbed Grass Mountain.  Well, I managed 1,950 feet climb before it got too steep and gravelly, and my mild high anxiety kicked in :).  DH and DD sallied forth and made it to the top, another 150 feet climb or so.  This time of year, the wild flowers were in full bloom and amazing! And we managed to fit in a hike up to the Gaviota Wind Caves, another hike with gorgeous views.


Zentangle Challenge #261 Stacked Bijou

Today has been one of those “anything but…” days.  So, rather than do what I needed to do around the house, I checked in with the Diva to see what was going on.  It’s been almost three years since I did a Zentangle challenge, so it was a nice change of pace.  I even broke out my water colors to paint the different size tiles.  Here is my Stacked Bijou:


Challenge#261StackedBijou_BlogA little hurried… Today was the last day for this challenge.

Tagging Along

DH had a business trip to the State Capital, so I tagged along.  Some sightseeing, shopping, and eating out.  Fun, but I prefer playing tourist with the company of others.  Found some nice quilt shops along the way.  Spent a night in Cambria on the way down home, and even had time to do pebble art – day dreaming of a seaside cottage one day… Came back in time for my Longarm rental day – finished the quilt I started at the retreat!