Cindy's work... 825 Post

kiln plates from Cindy
These plates and mugs are the pieces that Cindy took out of her Kiln the other day. She is back doing wonderful work after breaking her wrist last year.
Her new slogan for some of her plates are -
"What happens at the cabin, stays at the Cabin."
Good one, Cindy.
Who wouldn't want one of her wonderful pieces of art!
Happy Birthday to my brother, Harry
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams



Caroline's racoon.
My very talented sister Caroline's newest painting of a racoon!
Beautiful work, Caroline!


AZ. Hike..

Jim on hike
az. hike San Tan regional park
Jim and I went on a little hike up this hill looking into San Tan Regional Park. Beautiful day, a mite windy but it was lovely to walk in the cool weather.


Handknitted scarf..

my new scarf from Frosso
I recieved this beautiful handknit scarf from my dear friend, Frosso. She took it along on her holiday to Mexico, so it is well travelled already!.
Thank you darling Fro for this lovely gift...I will wear it for many years to come!


Cookie and Pebbles..

Sock and Glove Book
This a a lovely book with simple instructions to make some pretty amazing little friends! I bought it on line at It arrived in about 4 days!
Pebbles and Cookie
These two are the ones I made yesterday. Pebbles is the larger white one with the handknitted pink scarf and Cookie is the one with the blue scarf and swallow pin.
I finished off both scraves so it was a fun learning process all around.
Christa got an early birthday gift of her Itouch and last night we had fun over skype setting it up! What fun she will have with that on her and Mike's long trip between both of their homes every weekend!



This is a photo of "Hope".
Caroline and Larry fostered her from the SPCA, where she and several other dogs came from the Brockett Native Reserve in Alberta!
She now has a forever home with them! Caroline says that she is a lovely dog and starting to be less timid. So proud of you Caroline to save and love another dog.

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Knitting practice...

Last night I decided that I wanted to learn to knit.
My Mom knitted so beautifully and I am sure that she tried to teach me many times. She always said that the tension should be in the wool, not in me.
This is my practice work, and I am not at all good at fixing mistakes.
I will learn.
There are so many helpful website that have videos where I can learn from.

I have had this magazine for some time, as well as some wool and #10 needles.
copyright 1979!

My new felted brooch that I finished off yesterday and the ones from the class by Betz White..I am going to make a few more with Christmas colors!

Happiness in having 3 birthdays to celebrate today!!
My sister Evelyne enjoying their place in the Baja.
My dear friend Shannon enjoying her birthday here in sunny AZ.
Our friend Leighton flying his helicopter somewhere in BC.
Sening the 3 of you love and happiness on your special day!


Felted Fun!!!

my  felted penguin
My attempt at a felted Penguin!
2 felted roses
Enjoyed making another felted rose. Was able to sit outside in the sunshine and craft.
Somerset Artful Blogging Magazine.
fleted gift box
My British Country Living magazine.
An altered felted treasure box! Another fun day was had!
Jim enjoyed his as well as he went golfing with 3 other guys!
But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.
Benjamin Disraeli


What I am working on today...

IMG_9554-1pretty little felts
Yesterday, I made this felted brooch. Working on another one today!
I always have been interested in felting and roving wool.
Here is my first sample, and if you have a chance to get this lovely little craft book, do so. It is filled with all kinds of clever projects to fill your days and to make gifts to give away!
Sommetset studio
Lots of reading to do, crafts to make, bike to ride, shopping to do, fun to have...
Does it get any better than this?
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
Lady Blessington


My felted pinecones and Tree...

Felted Christmas tree.

These are the start of my Christmas themed oranments that I am doing on-line with Betz White .
Today I will be working on the pine trees. They are fun to make and as I make more, of course, they get easier and look better. Sprinkled some glue on the green one on the right hand side to give it a snowy look.

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Art work in Sedona

sedona 2
A beautiful large bronze in the middle of the marketplace.
sedona 1
Metal Cacti everywhere.
frog prince sedona
My frog prince!



Pink Jeep Tours
Jim and I back from the Ancient Ruins with the Pink Jeep Tour.
Great trip, but was it ever cold.
(I did not take my purse on the walk)
from airport looking east.
I took this picture looking east towards Sedona when we went to the airport plateau to watch the sunset.
ancient pictures
Ancient rock paintings.


Ancient Sedona

We went out to see these ruins today and they were an amazing site to see!

One of the most common myths associated with Sedona is that ancient peoples only came here for ceremonial purposes. But once you actually explore the wilds of Sedona, you discover that there are ruins everywhere. Ancient people, in other words, from different tribes and time periods, lived all over the area.

While some of the ruins featured on this website are well known and heavily trafficked, we're primarily interested in the ones that are far removed from the beaten path.

A few quick statistics:

According to Coconino National Forest officials, the 160,000 acres that make up Sedona's red rock country has been populated by human beings for at least 8,000 years!

Today, Sedona is home to about 12,000 people, many of whom are devoted hikers and environmentalists. The area also attracts about four million visitors annually.

Along with human beings, Sedona is also home to deer, coyote, mountain lions, more than 550 types of seed plants, 80 kinds of fish, amphibians, and reptiles, over 180 birds, and 55 mammals. Within 10 miles of Sedona you can also visit seven distinct biological communities.

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Heading to Sedona

Heading to Sedona tomorrow for the weekend, just a little get away.
I will take some photos, but unitl I get my new camera, I will just show you the ones I got off their website by:
Ron Niebrugge


Table-Top Cacti

This is the planter that Shannon gave me to keep for a short while, re-planted with some new cact. Hopefully it will fill out over the winter here. Weather is changing today, maybe a bit of rain in forcast, we need it down here.
Today is Rememberance Day.
We are thankful for all of the soldiers that have kept our country free.
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Dwight D. Eisenhower


Felt and Stitch Holiday...

I am taking this online course from Betz White.
These are the first 2 projects we will be doing.
These are her samples!!
Cool, Eh!
I will be posting what I have made with in the next week or so.


Laurie and Shane

Shane sent us this photo of he and Laurie at a beach about 30 miles south of Colombo, Sri Lanka where they will be living for the next 3 to 4 years. Their baby will be born in Austraila in January and then Laurie, Shane and the new grandbaby will head back to Sri Lanka to continue their lives together.

We are hoping to and visit them soon and until that happens, we will see the new baby when they install Skpe and have their web cam on.
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Dosmestice B;iss
This is a series of photos that I took when I went shopping in Mesa at
Domestic Bliss and at Anthropologie...
Cindy, can you quess what I might of found for you?
Thanks to everyone that e-mailed, phoned and sent a card regarding Cookie...We apprciated them all so much. It feels still very sad for Jim and I to be alone without our pets...but we are so happy to have had them for so long.
Don't let the heart have to ask the brain's permission too often.


A Tribute to Cookie

Cookie May Swift
May 11,1994 - November 5, 2009
It is a sad day in the Swift household today. Cookie has crossed over the rainbow Bridge and gone to meet up with Pebbles and her old buddy Sable.
Her time with us was long and loving but it is always so hard to say goodbye.
Your Pets In Heaven
by Ken D. Conover
To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.
I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives.
My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.
Today I am as I was in my youth.
The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.
I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth.
There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.
We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique.
Don't hold the love that you have within yourself.
Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.


Domestic Bliss

I took the time when I came back from visiting Shannon today to stop into one of my all time favorite stores...."Domestic Bliss"
It is a visual treat for the eyes and senses!!
Found all kind of inspirational ideas for my blog and crafting time!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
Domistic Bliss


Doggy Day Care...

Cindy takes Emmy Lou to All Day Play while she does her shopping and visiting in Nelson.
What a lovely idea, EL gets to socialize, play and tire out while Cindy has lunch, shops and gets to relax and take home a very tired dog!
This is Dwight lounging on a tray that I gave Cindy for her new Ottoman and the new tablecloth that she found while doing what we love best...thrift shopping.
Thanks to my gal pal, Cindy for keeping me entertained with her pets!
Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow.
They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist