SUNRISE

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Renewal

It`s spring here. Always a sign of renewal. I`m not sure if this new phase of my life is a renewal. I guess in a way it is. God`s hand is leading the way. I am so very blessed.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.


The air is fresh,  Flowers are blooming.

Year after year a neighbors yard blooms.
The creosote put on a white display.

Grand Canyon by helicopter

Bright Angel Trail Grand Canyon fresh and green

Our beloved wild horses

Sunset
Thank you

Cathy

Friday, January 3, 2014

Life Changes

Some of you know I have not been posting lately because my husband was ill. He was in hospice care at home and passed away this morning. I lost the love of my life, 42 years of heaven. There is much I have to do, so I won`t be posting for a little while longer. Thank you readers.

Cathy

Friday, November 22, 2013

Blog Hops, Giveaways and Kona Fabric Sale!

Kona Solids were on sale yesterday at Fabric Deopt. I bought a few yards  for my projects in the upcoming Wake Up To Kona Blog Hop sponsored by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt.

Visit the bloggers participating in  the Blog Hop Party. You might find some new bloggy friends and there are lots of giveaways. I`m still working my way through the blog list.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways


Cold, wet and windy here today. We are snug and warm so no big deal. Snow is falling in Flagstaff getting their ski season off to a good start.There may be a light snow on the cliffs behind my house later. Pretty cool view from my bedroom window.


Happy Thanksgiving America and Happy Thanksgiving to our military members!

Cathy

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas Sewing

Happy to say I`m sewing again. I try to do an hour a morning after the treadmill. Beautiful weather, a little crispy in the morning. Perfect Fall desert weather.
I started a few scrappy little projects for gifts like these little mug rugs. The lion and wiseman prints were won in a Giveaway last year. The green fabric to right is Debbie Mumm.

More of the Christmas fabric I won including the gingerbread print.

This is a nine patch block for a scrappy table runner.

I am busy cleaning up flower beds, grooming dogs and getting ready for Thanksgiving. My son and daughter in law will cook the turkey while his dad I make dressing and pies. It`s going to be a great holiday! I am blessed to have this beautiful family. Friends from Iowa have been visiting . It`s been a great month.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Cathy

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Zippered Pouch and Arizona Pictures.

Good Morning! It is a beautiful Fall day in our part of northwestern Arizona. It`s not daylight yet, but the crispy air says it all.

 I made a nice little zippered pouch yesterday to hold my smaller crochet hooks. The outside  print was sent to me by a friend. I used  green calico for the lining.  I chose Heat`n Bond High Loft fusible fleece  to give the bag some body. It took me a little while to put the zipper in, bumbling fingers and all that. The bag is 7.5" x 5.5". I purchased the zipper, a lot of zippers, from Zipit, a nice Etsy store with super customer service and a huge selection of sizes and colors. This is the first time I purchased zippers in bulk. It`s great!


We drove to the well two days ago to haul water and we were greeted by these beautiful flowers. They
make my allergies go crazy. It had been raining all night. The Joshua trees and sage look extra green in the mist.


Still at the well while another storm moves in. The Grand Wash Cliffs and the road to the Skywalk is in the distant background. Every place has a beauty of it`s own.


 We`re supposed to be 70 today. Splendid!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Sew & Show Blog. The Door To Blog Hops.

Hi, I`m popping in again. I`ve been so busy with my husband I havn`t had the time I promised you. Wish I had some autumn pictures to share, but no changing leaves here The cactus is always green. Tourist traffic has been heavy with the closure of Grand Canyon and many folks are coming here to see the Skywalk. It`s on the reservation, not in the national park. The Skywalk is open for business.

 Like to sew and share your creativity? Well you must visit  Mdm. Samm, blog hop hostess with a passion for fun and great Blog Hops. That is Madam`s link below this paragraph. I was  new to blog hops and never shared a project online before, sort of on the shy side. I was hooked after my first hop and they can be habit forming. So many  ladies from everywhere on the globe share their talent.  Sew & Show sums up what the Hops are all about. The fabulous cheerleaders are essential to keeping our fun organized. I hope you try something new. Share you sewing talents with fantastic people. It`s all fun and a goodtime. 

Thank you so much for visiting. I appreciate it. And don`t forget to visit the Sew & Show Blog.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Arizona Pictures and what`s been happening!



Hello. It`s a lovely desert day.  A friend sent me these wonderful scraps and fabric samples. How lucky am I! They are just right for my craft show projects. See the bundle of zippers? I bought a lot of 25  from  Zipit Zippers , a great Etsy shop. Huge selection ,good customer service, really good prices and fast shipping! I`ve been so busy and sometimes a little tired so am just now getting started with my sewing. 


  Now I`ll share a few pictures of our Arizona beauty.  It`s cooler, 50`s in early morning, and we have an unusual resurgence of yellow flowers and green mountains.There was lots of flooding and it brought our desert back to life.

 This is about ten miles from home. We never have smog, once in a while smoke from fires. You can`t see them but there are hundreds of black and yellow caterpillers crossing the road

 The tree to the left is a Cat`s Claw and it sure matches that description. The white flowers are gourd blossoms. It is Datura. I don`t know the name of the yellow flowers. They make  the landscape glow.

 On the back side of all this green is a dry lake bed, Red Lake. It`s a little mucky and soggy from all the rain. Lots of car commercials are filmed on that lake bed. If you happen to drive by when they are filming you can see the cars smashed up in the process of filming the commercials. Movies are filmed out here too.

 The hills are not normally that green, or green at all.

 More Datura, sage and flowers.

Almost home!

Thank you for visiting.. I heard geese going south last week. Made my day. Bless you all,
Cathy

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunrises


How`s this for a sunrise? The Grand Wash Cliffs in the background. Joshua trees silhouette the landscape. The tour buses are finding their way to the Skywalk. The fantastic colors were created by  dwindling storms at dawn. I got lucky, stepping outside at just the right time. Thank you for visiting.
Cathy


Monday, August 12, 2013

For The Love Of Hand Embroidery

Jane , a great talented gal, has gathered a group of women who will share their embroidery talents on Jane`s blog every Monday, August through December. These guest postings are called For The Love Of Hand Embroidery.




Jane is a fabulous embroiderer. Her projects were posted last week and WOW! You don`t want to miss it! I will be a guest poster in September. Today`s guest is Kris from Kris Loves Fabric. Well worth a visit. Kris`s handwork is lovely. Please visit Jane every Monday. You will not be disappointed. Thanks a bunch!
 



Monday, August 5, 2013

HO HO HO Blog Hop! My Day!

Hello! It`s my day to share my HO HO HO Blog Hop project. Thank you Madam Samm for your genius in creating these Hops and thank you Carol for being our outstanding Cheerleader! I am happy to be able to participate.

My project is a table topper. I used Moda`s Blitzen charm squares. The backing is a red cotton Christmas holly print from my stash.


 
 
Thank you for making time to visit, I really appreciate it. Please visit the other blogs at the links below. They all have beautiful projects to share and perhaps a Giveaway or two. Thank you!  You will notice I have not displayed my project hanging in a Joshua Tree. The quail families have taken over, resting in the shade provided by the trees.