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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Who Owns This Land?

We recently put land that we 'own' into the Mississippi Valley Conservancy.  An organization whose job it is to protect land from development.  Eighty acres along a river, in a river valley surrounded by forested hills is now under the protection of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy.  Along with this organization we will work to preserve,  conserve and to keep a wild sanctuary for all time.  The wildlife that lives here is protected, the ground that plants grow on is protected.   I say work to preserve and conserve because we commit to be diligent care-takers and observers of what's happening on this land, we want the riparian ecology to flourish,  we want native plants and animals to thrive.

We have joined others who have decided to do this and they have inspired us.  It is our firm belief  that too much land has come under human development and because we 'own' this land we have  promised by working with the MVC that it will be here, as it is now, in the future.  Thank you Mississippi Valley Conservancy for making this possible.










Jack-in-the-Pulpit


Showy Orchid



Nodding Trillium


Fringed Gentian



Red-Tail Hawk


Re-opening my ETSY store  -  check out 'shop' at the top




Friday, December 11, 2015

Tis the Season










The Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin decked out for the holiday season.  We were there to hear music of Christmas, daughter sings with the Madison Symphony Choir.  Center lobby twinkling lights and changing colors light up the walls - so pretty.  A full view of the stage from way up in the balcony!





Waiting for snow here.  Colors of the season.  Happy Holidays to you and yours.




My new tags.














  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Rainy Halloween Day



A Wyoming Herringbone sky.   Wyoming was the rainiest place in our travels west.



Could be a spooky Halloween night in Hot Springs, S.D.  


A paper cut in a house we stayed at in Hot Springs.  The lady had so much great art.  We found out Air BNB is a fine way to travel, meet new people and stay in interesting places.





Guys want color and original too, he walked in, tried on a few vests and decided on this one.
He is a singer and wanted something for performances.  He let me take his picture, it's a good fit and looks fabulous.



A store window in Ogden, Utah.  Unfortunately it was closed.


Trick or Treat

OK -  I tried to think of a way to pull this disjointed post together and it didn't work.  The title has Halloween in it and it's Halloween today.  Thus the photos from downtown Hot Springs, which are spooky looking, even though the town didn't have a spooky feel.  And really, that herringbone sky was remarkable and decided me on a pattern for a weaving.  I had to include the cool guy who bought a vest, he was the first man to come in and seriously look at a vest for himself.  I was really happy when he decided he wanted one.  I love everyone who tries on my handwoven wearables, whether they buy or not, they make it fun to do the art fairs.  The photos of the shop window was just interesting to me, so it's here.  Second time in Ogden, UT, it's got a great main street with little shops and restaurants.  The birds didn't want any tricks, just treats.
















Tuesday, September 8, 2015

In Praise of the Humble Loom

... that just sits tight and holds it all together while I play with shuttles.













The Loom, itself, is a work of art.  It's a prehistoric, simple but complicated machine that allows the craft of the weaver.   This compilation of cords, lamms, harnesses, heddles, beams and treadles enables work that ends with a fabric made from criss-cross fibers.  The artist-weaver is the engineer creator making simple or intricate handwoven cloth.  It is beautiful and photogenic but, it's the weaver that brings it to it's full glory.  A symbiotic relationship.


Box Crops - Handwoven - Made on My Loom

  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sky Dancing


Sky Dancing, neck ornament - experimenting and playing at the end of the warp, colors and pattern.  
       
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We have been traveling and some of the sights we saw are too spectacular and wondrous for words, some need an explanation.  Loving summer!


The Falls of the Sioux


Art Sculpture in downtown Sioux Falls - I love the downtown, I don't know how long they have been featuring sculptures from around the country, they're good and different every year.  Some of the businesses purchase the art pieces making their stay in Sioux Falls permanent. 


Sky watching was our entertainment across Wyoming.  Lots of rain in these parts this year, flooding in some towns, everywhere fields and ditches were blooming with wildflowers and green grasses.


The Tetons




Bitteroot and mallow.  So many wildflowers.


Hanging around the campground.


Our destination, cute little house in Boise!


Paint brush clouds, downtown Boise.  Love that light blue brick.



Flowers in the lava cracks at Craters of the Moon, Idaho.


Lots of big sky, miles and miles...




The Mitchell, South Dakota Corn Palace.  The guys on the scaffolding were scraping off the corn cobs, I'm guessing getting ready for the new crop when it arrives.  They have lots of work left.


Yes -- corn cobs make up this building's art.  First time seeing it.  The domes were sitting beside the building - someday I want to see the it with the domes on and decorated.  Even more impressive!