I'm all set up at the Christmas Goose at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. The show runs Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-4. It's one of the best holiday shows in town, so I hope you'll stop by if you are in the area. There are so many good vendors too! I regret that I didn't get a photo of Cheryl's table, but her Silly Dog Art Glass looks fantastic. There are also the most amazing soaps at the table just to the left of mine. Lots of good stuff.
Just an FYI- On Thursday afternoon I will be deactivating about half my Etsy listings for the show I'm doing on Friday and Saturday. All of these are included in that, as well as all the ornaments and greeting cards. Items that I am not bringing to the show will still be available in the shop. I'll adjust the listings and reactivate unsold items on Sunday. so, just be aware that some items may come and go over the next few days. Have a happy, colorful weekend!
'Tis the season for holiday boutiques! Now that Christmas boutiques are popping up all over the place I hope you'll also consider purchasing gifts and holiday decor from the artists on Etsy. I have recently added the hand stamped and hand painted Christmas cards above, as well as a Christmas stocking just added today.
I also have two upcoming local shows. I hope you'll consider coming out to both of these outstanding art and craft fairs.
- Christmas Goose fundraiser for Wendy's Wish cancer patient support at St. Charles Medical Center on November 17 (9-6) and 18 (9-4).
- Holiday Tails Art Fair fundraiser for the Humane Society of Central Oregon at the outlet mall on December 8 (4-7 wine and cheese reception), December 9 and December 10 (10-4).
At both of these shows I'll have mainly ornaments, acrylic paintings, watercolors and gouache paintings. I'll also have greeting cards, both printed and original painted cards.
I'll also have a few of the stitched ornaments that I made as embroidery kit samples. You can see the second bunch below ready to be finished. If there are any left over after the second show I'll be putting them in the shop.
The total solar eclipse last week was the talk of the town for pretty much the whole summer. I remember hearing dire predictions about crowd size last spring and it only got worse as time went on. By the week before the eclipse we had taken all precautions- gassed up all the vehicles, filled the pantry, and scouted out all the back road routes we might need to take to avoid traffic. Mark was out of town, so it was just Ryan and me making plans to head to the total eclipse zone for an overnight.
At our house we could have seen a 99% solar eclipse. At first it was my inclination to be satisfied with that, but after hearing my Dad's argument (and pretty much anyone who has seen a total eclipse) why we should go the extra mile (or 30) to see this once in a lifetime spectacle, I relented and started making plans.
As it turned out, while there were localized traffic jams, including a really awful, hours-long jam east of Prineville for folks going to the Symbiosis festival, in Bend we actually had very light road traffic. Our route to the eclipse would take us to Sisters and then north to where we would have 1 minute and 24 seconds of totality. But, like I said, I scouted out the back roads that I'd never tried before and since this was an adventure, Ryan and I took those back roads even if we didn't need to. It was fun to see a part of Central Oregon I'd never been to. We loaded up the pickup with camping gear and lots of food and drinks and headed to a private ranch for the eclipse party.
Rimrock Ranch is private, but the owner coordinates tours with the Deschutes Land Trust and the Sisters Astronomy Club. My dad is a member of the SAC and so we were invited to join ranch owner Gayle for a night-before star party and the eclipse viewing the following morning.
Skies were rather smoky over most of Bend and Sisters, but luckily the ranch was a bit north of the smokiest part and we had pretty good skies while we were there. This field is the place where the astronomers set up viewing telescopes for all the celestial sights.
Sunday afternoon was pretty hot and spent mostly relaxing in the shade, but by the evening the temperatures had cooled enough to make a game of frisbee a pleasant pastime.
After sunset we were treated to a fantastic star party. We had views of Saturn with moon and rings, Jupiter with two moons, globular clusters, nebulae, and beautiful meteors. We didn't get to bed until rather late.
We woke up before dawn on Monday and caught these beautiful sunrise pictures. Ryan and I are really night owls, so this whole experience is something we rarely see.
By 9 am we were breakfasted and mostly packed and ready to watch the eclipse. As I said, my Dad is an amateur astronomer and retired physicist. He was over the moon (so to speak) about the possibilities of a total solar eclipse right in his back yard. He and several others from the SAC brought telescopes and binoculars with solar filters. Of course, we also had our solar eclipse glasses. The eclipse started shortly after 9 am, but it wasn't until about 10 am that you could notice a definite shift in the light and a cooling of the air temperature.
Everyone needs glasses, including Scrabble.
This was at about 10 am. The light was changing all around, the temp was cooling by quite a bit and Scrabble was loving it. I started drawing my sketchbook page, ready for the eclipse.
In addition to the astronomy club folks and their families, there was a tour group of volcanologists that had a tour at the ranch for the eclipse.
After 10 am the light became more and more eerie.
Once totality began I tried to take a photo of the sun, but my camera wasn't focusing. I gave up on that and got this one photo of everyone in the dark. The 1 minute and 24 seconds were going by so fast! I did get a video of all of us reacting to the eclipse which you can see part of on Instagram. In addition, my Dad made a time lapse video of photos he took of the eclipse. It was an amazing sight and worth all the trouble to get there for it. Makes me want to see another one!
Here are some of the pages from my sketchbook of the two days we were at the ranch. I'm glad I was able to record my thoughts soon after the event. It was truly spectacular. If you are ever in the path of one you won't soon forget it!
January- what a month! If you follow me on Instagram none of this is new, but I thought I'd make a note of this remarkable month. I started off the year with a bad case of bronchitis and a slow recovery. We already had a couple of feet of snow on the ground when a double whammy of storms hit us in early January. My husband managed to get out to his business trip to Chicago which left me here to deal with the snow on my own. As of now we've had over 5' of snow this winter- very unusual for Central Oregon. Some of that had melted by the time the big storms hit, but still there were roof collapses all over town including a school gym (luckily no one was in the building). Lots and lots of buildings are also dealing with ice dams. The roofers are going to be super busy this summer. We were lucky to not have roof issues, but Mark spent the week after he got back dealing with roof snow and ice. There was a week there where we were out shoveling and snowblowing several times a day.
When the sun came out we were greeted with the most beautiful snowy views around Bend! We also had the good fortune to be able to ski right out the door. I spent loads of time watching and feeding the backyard birds. The feeders have been so incredibly active. Even now, more than two weeks after the last big dump of snow the snow on the ground at our house is over 18" deep with snow banks and plowed piles reaching 5' or more. We've had some melting and the roads were a mess for a while, but it's been pretty cold this past week so melting has slowed down.
When I haven't been dealing with snow I've been knitting. I ended up making 13 pussy hats. Six of them went to Washington DC for the Women's March. Six went to friends here in Bend (plus one for me) for the local Women's March. The local march was amazing and it was wonderful to see the huge marches all around the world.
I'm still using up stash yarn and decided to continue to make pussy hats. The two below are in blues because some people might not care for pink. These are available for sale in my Etsy shop.
Another thing I've been doing lately is all these little bird watercolors. I'm having so much fun with them. I've put a selection of these original paintings in the shop as well.
If you've read this far I thank you! One thing you will notice is the absence of any fabric based artwork. I haven't sewn in a couple of months now. I think I'm in a bit of a rut, though it doesn't bother me. I'll get back to it at some point. This past week has been distressing due to the death of my father-in-law and the current political climate. I plan to spend the foreseeable future knitting, painting, reading and just taking care of things at home. Quilting and sewing will happen again when I get some inspiration. I will be heading to QuiltCon in late February and that always gets me fired up.