Happy Mother's Day!!! I hope all the moms out there had as beautiful of a day as I did!
I was woken up at 6 because the kids couldn't wait to see me! Pretty cute! We had brunch at Faith, Hope & Charity vineyards - named after the three sisters mountains. It is a young vineyard but such a beautiful setting. I am hoping that next summer I can have my 40th birthday there. Anyway, the day continued in the back yard getting everything ready for planting. The kids played in the pool! It turned into a nudest colony.... The kids love to be naked and gardening topless is a great way to keep the tan lines away! We are very comfortable in our own bodies..... To end the evening we had dinner at the brewery! What a great day!
Happy Saturday!!! It is a awesome day in Sisters, OR!!! The Kennedy house or should I say garden was full of life today... We did a ton of clean up, all the kids helped, the cats were out playing in the dirt. Complete happiness! I have never had the garden ready for planting before market. I am so happy! After we were done in the garden, Ross went to town the little ones took a nap and Olivia and I went into the studio and made her dress.
My pic for today.....
Now we are enjoying a BBQ at friends house! What a great day!!!!!
Mom and I headed out this morning to meet up with the ladies - very talented ladies - that participated in The Quilt For Two Rivers. This project is a collaboration of quilt artists and the forest service..... I don't have the best words to describe it so here is what is on the blog....
By Maret Pajutee, Ecologist, Sisters Ranger District, U.S.ForestService
To date, the Tale of Two Rivers conservation campaign has generated an original microbrew, an annual cycling event, a plein air paint-a-thon and a movie screening.
Now up: a modern quilting bee.
A collaboration between the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service, Quilt for Two Rivers brings together 20 leading Pacific Northwest fiber artists who are combining talents on a single work; a 40-foot quilt with Whychus Creek running through each individual segment.
Fulfilling one aim of the Treasured Landscapes program, the project is strengthening community connections to the outdoors, specifically to two Wild & Scenic-designated Oregon rivers, Whychus and the Metolius River.
“These are not your grandma’s quilts, they are works of modern art,” notes Ann Richardson, Executive Director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, a co-sponsor of Quilt for Two Rivers. “And this is a unique, inspiring way to tell the story of how salmon and steelhead are making a comeback in these important waterways.”
Jean Wells, founder of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (the world’s largest outdoor quilting festival), named her segment of the quilt “Coming Home,” honoring restoration work that is bringing back native fish to Whychus Creek. Her project is a family endeavor:
“My son Jason took me to the magical place on Whychus that you mostly see in the piece. Other elements come from a hike to waterfalls in the upper reach I took with my six-year-old granddaughter, Livy, who took some of the photos I used in conceptualizing the work. My daughter Valori is going to paint steelhead in the water section of the quilt. My dream is to see them coming home to Whychus, and having Jason be able to go fishing there.”
The 17-panel final masterpiece will be sold either as a complete installation or as individual quilts. A second, smaller quilt (four panels, seven feet long) along the same theme is also in development. Half the proceeds from sales of the quilts will go to restoration projects on the two rivers, with the other half going to the quilters. Both quilts will be unveiled June 1, with the large work exhibited at the Sisters quilt show as well as in Portland and Tacoma.
One goal has already been met: encouraging people from different walks of life to visit outstanding natural areas they may not know about in their own back yards.
Stay tuned for the upcoming “name the quilt” contest, blog posts and a short video by Liking the Quilt for Two Rivers Facebook page.
I was lucky enough to be a part of this awesome project.....I wanted to make one of the panels myself but it just wasn't douable so I got to be a part of moms....I painted the steelhead.
Today we took a picture of all of the quilts and some of the artists.... I had Ann take a quick pick for me for my pic of the day....well there are four.
This is how the quilt will hang ..... If you put the two together you would see the river flow....isn't that cool!!!
I am a big fan of Instagram and while I was looking through it this weekend I saw a friend of mine - HappyZombie - was doing A photo a day in May..... I figured I can do that. Especially since I take at least one photo a day... SO here is my start....
May 1, 2012
May 2, 2012
May 3, 2012
May 4, 2012
May 5, 2012
May 6, 2012
Today the photo has not been taken..... will come later.
I am very lucky to be a part of the shop, along with a place to buy fabric and yarn our gift shop provides for all sorts of good finds. In January we were at gift show buying for Twigs and came across these awesome belt buckles..... Besides the fact that the designs were really cool the company did custom buckles! Oh lala!!!
Yesterday our six custom Valori Wells Designs buckles arrived! Thought I would share.... Hopefully we will have them up on the Twigs web site this week.
We live in such an amazing, giving community! Every year there is a fundraiser for the music and arts in our schools called My Own Two Hands. They have a theme each year that is sent out to local artists and all the school kids. The theme is the inspiration for the art work. On a Friday night in April the town and local businesses come together and have an art stroll showing off the art work and the musicians of our town. All of the school kids get together and have a parade with their creations.
I have been a part of the fund raiser since the beginning. And now with my kids becoming more and more involved I find myself taking part in all the activities. This was my first year at the parade..... So fun to see the kids and teachers out celebrating our community and "Looking Up". (the theme of the year)
Here are a few pics I took at the parade....
My parents recently sold the house I grew up in....
They moved into their new house about 3 years ago and I had not been back to the old house since.
I grew up in this house. We moved in when I was 6. I came home A LOT during college and after I moved into the little studio apartment above the garage while I saved money to build the house we live in now. Ross proposed to me in that little apartment and a little late we were married in the yard. I watched my girls play in the creek and have family dinners on the deck. So many memories and so many stories....
Before the keys were handed over I went back to the house. I couldn't go in - it was completely empty and it would of been creepy. So I said good-bye by exploring the property and some of my favorite places....
My mom and I planted this Crab-apple tree when we moved in. It was so tiny and now big and beautiful, right outside my childhood bedroom window. I still have dreams about that room. I only tried to sneak out once from those windows and got caught. Teenagers are so stupid!
I spent A LOT of time outside as a kid and we had 8 acres to play on. These rocks were close enough to the house but just far enough away, I used to have forts in the rocks finding pieces of plywood to put over the top. There were enough groupings that is was like a little village.
Then there was my brother and the neighbor boy's tree house. I was NEVER allowed up there. They had a bit more complexity to their fort, I had a piece of wood rested between branches. I was tempted to go up there but not sure after all of these years how stable it is....
The back side of the house by the yard.....I spent a lot of time photographing the flowers in my mom's yard when I was in college. I was the artist that did the pretty work not the social or political work....got a lot of grief on that. I loved discovering what was blooming when I took my time to just be in the yard...I always found things mom didn't see.
This rose bush was from my Great Grandma's yard.....it is like a weed with these beautiful little yellow roses..... Some of it came home with me and I hope will take root and grow in my garden. Ross thought I was crazy when I came home with garden trellises that were left behind and part of a rose bush. Mom was happy that I thought about it....she has put that house out of her mind.
Ross and got married in the gazebo....the there was a beautiful slate walkway that is now overgrown with grass.....we planted wildflowers all along the edges and placed the chairs in the flowers for our guests....it was so beautiful....
Have a great day!