Aug 11, 2014


It has been a long process but Tuesday we will be moving finally.  Then the unpacking will begin and setting up my new studio.  I have done a bit of it in between but still a lot to do before I can begin working in there again.  I thank you all for your patience during this huge undertaking.

To make things a bit more complicated my dear mother fell at home and broke her hip.
She had surgery and is doing fairly well considering her age but will need several months of therapy before being able to go home again.  They will move her from the hospital to a health care facility called Rocky Knoll.   My mother is a very independent person and also a private person so this is going to be a challenge for her and I hope she can adapt to being  in this new situation for this length of time.  She still lives in our family home out in the countryside and is used to the privacy she has there.

To make this even more complicated she has dementia and her short term memory is not good now.  So this makes it an even bigger challenge.

So hopefully I will be able to get back to work soon and share more with you.

Jul 29, 2014


 Here is the kitchen when we bought the house.  Ugly gold walls against these hickory cabinets made them look orange.  Floor you can not see but a vinyl beige grey with medallions.

Kitchen grey with new tile  backsplash (done by my daughter Molly and me) and all new appliances and dark flooring.  Transformation is shocking.  The cabinet above the refrigerator is being resized so we could fit this beautiful refrigerator into the opening.  Should have it back in a a day or so.

Made my first dinner in here works beautifully.

Jul 27, 2014


 This poor sad shed was on the property.  Inside it actually was fine...but  outside...sad and dilapidated.

Now...happy and alive again in a deep red.   Now this was actually the hardest project of all due to wasps wanting to move back into this building.  They did not like me being there doing everything I could to keep them away.   It was a constant battle between us but in the end I persevered thank goodness.

Jul 14, 2014


 Well....what used to be a bunch of half dead junipers is now a softscape of various plants mulched and leading you to the front door.  What a job that was.  We left an opening so you could walk along the front porch if it is raining.

 The I planted these stone terraced beds .... rebuilding the stone walls as this was totally in ruin.   Looks a little sparse right now but it will fill in nicely in time.

 The opposite side had some day lilies still in it but the rest was empty and also falling down so now it is all planted and back in shape.  We also planted the river birch you see in the foreground.  I love birches and had to have at least one in the yard.

Notice how there are now stone steps so if you are in the front yard you can step down this terrace to get to the back yard instead of walking all the way around.   My arms are
getting fit and trim after tackling this.

Jul 12, 2014


 Finished painting my new STUDIO today.  It is a darker grey and is larger then my present studio.   It does have carpet as it used to be the former owners home office.  What makes it really really nice is the HUGE walk in closet that is fully lined with shelves.

I am so excited to start bringing my fabric and batting etc etc over and organize it all on these shelves.

Jul 10, 2014


 Whenever I sell an Art Quilt of mine I am always very grateful and joyous.  However, when I sell one to a Hospital or Health Care Facility I am even more honored because I know it will be viewed by many people, some of whom are sick and in need of something to take their minds off of their problems if even for a moment.   Today I sold three of my art quilts to UW Madison Health At the American Center....a new facility being opened in August of 2015.
 I am honored to be part of this art Collection which will be in this  Center.

I hope the my work brings peace to each person who views it.

I am also very happy that some of my work is now in a Wisconsin hospital so very close by.

Jul 6, 2014


My daughter, Molly, came down with her husband Mark to help work on the new house.
We did the kitchen backsplash tile.  It was a first for me....she did it with Mark at their house about a year ago.  It is not near as hard as you think and the cutting part is sort of
where quilting comes in when figuring out where to mark the tile to make the right cuts.
It is somewhat messy especially when cutting the tiles but all in all very rewarding.  I am so happy with the results and can't wait until the appliances come in two weeks so we can finish the other wall.  I need the microwave in to be sure how far up to go above the range.

Jul 4, 2014


Embracing the beauty of all life at the new house including this green fellow who  was peeking in my kitchen window today.

UPDATE:  Seems this is not a beetle but a Stink Bug.

Jul 2, 2014


Every day I bring a few things with me to the new house.  Mostly things like winter jackets and storage things....but today I brought a few personal things and placed them around the fireplace just to give this house some homeyness.   Feels good to be there now that the whole first floor is finished other then the tile backsplash (doing that this weekend) and all the professionally done things like flooring and appliances.

Now to tackle the bedrooms and baths upstairs.

Jul 1, 2014


 Looking from messy living room into the den.

 New light fixture in dinette between living room and kitchen

 Living Room and Den

 Freshly painted Den.  No more Packer Green.

 Looking from Den into Living Room

 Goodbye Packer Green in Dining Room

 Almost finished today but not quite.

 Looking from Dining Room into Den and past the Front Door.

Looking from Den into Dining Room...ignore the foyer color is not green like that...just neutral.

Whew!  Tomorrow will finish dining room and then wash windows on this floor....and then it will be finished for new flooring and appliance delivery.

Will start painting upstairs next.  It is all white....the white that builders paint it and only one bedroom was ever painted and that is the bright yellow one that is going to go.  But first will do the Master and the Master bath as that is getting new floors and he is coming
on the 17th to do that so must get it finished before hand.  Have plenty of time so that is good.

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