Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Moke Hill Trip

Along California Highway 49 is the little town of Mokelumne Hill or Moke Hill for short.  It has a population of about 650 people.  No fast food joints, no modern stores. But quite a few tourists.  The name is said to originate from the local Miwok Indian tribe.

The Hotel Leger is one of the oldest operating hotels in California.  In operation since 1851.  In the early days this was a town with quite the reputation for trouble among the gold miners.


And yes, people still ride their horses into town.

Snapped this through the car window.

Lots of old buildings.

We drove around the corner and came across this great old pumpkin patch.

 And as we drove around town we came across a lot filled with vegetables and the owner was selling freshly picked vegetables.  I loaded up with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and corn.  Yum!  Freshly picked right out of the garden.

We passed this little one room schoolhouse on the trip home.  Looks like it has a new life as a flea market.  Will have to go back and check that out one day.  But glad someone has maintained the building.

This was another interesting sight of the day.  Not everyday you see a helicopter on top of a building.

And of course I had to snap a picture of every old barn we drove by.  I just love those old barns.  So many of them we passed have finally bit the dust and collapsed from old age.  But these were still standing.

Here, only the chimney of an old settlers house was left standing.

Gorgeous old Oak tree standing atop a lonely hill.

 The air wasn't bad, not too much of the smoke from the fires this day.

And then the trip was over and we were back in civilization.  Here we spotted a brand new Lamborghini.

Such a contrast from the historic area we drove through earlier in the day.

Happy Travels!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween is Coming

We had such a treat last week.  A whole week of Fall weather but then this week we are back to Summer and the high 90's.

Our evenings have been very beautiful around sunset.  Probably from the smoke still lingering in the atmosphere.  At least it isn't visible any longer, our skies are blue again.

I made a quick trip to the Dollar Store and came home with a bag of Halloween goodies.  Including these cute little fences that will be in the front yard for Halloween decorations.

I thought they needed a little something extra so I used hot glue to add red eyes to each skull.

Ah yes, so much scarier, now.

I am so looking forward to the cooler weather of Fall.  That little taste of last week's cool temps.  have me in the mood to finish my Fall and Halloween decoration.

First of October the front yard will get decorated.  Pictures to follow.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kenny G Concert + George Benson

We just celebrated our Anniversary this year with a trip to Ironestone Vineyards in Murphy's,  CA.  It is such a beautiful spot for a little wine and music.

This winery is tucked away in the old Gold Rush region of California.

The concert began with Kenny G arriving from the back of the crowd as he played his Sax.  By the way it is the same sax he played in high school.

After playing through the audience he struck a note and continued to play the note as he walked to the stage.  He held that note for at least 5 minutes.

He does hold the world record for the longest note played at 48 minutes and 45 seconds.  But it was still amazing to hear that long, long note played for this concert.

The night was perfect as the heat of the day melted away and a gentle breeze brought in cooler refreshing air as we listened to his beautiful notes drift across the audience and over the surrounding hills.

Got a really good picture at intermission while Kenny G was signing autographs.

It was pretty dark by the time George Benson came on stage.  Couldn't get a very good picture.

It was a fun night, perfect weather and a perfect setting.

Happy Travels!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Restoring Sunflowers

This time of year I love to decorate around the house with fresh sunflowers.  The only problem is that the yellow petals dry up and fall off way to soon and I am left with just the dried brown centers.

So I had the idea of restoring the yellow petals using yellow crepe paper streamers.

I began by accordion folding the streams a little wider than I wanted my finished petals.

Next I cut out the shape of the petal leaving the top a little wider at the point.

I ended up needing 20 petals for this sunflower.  I twisted the top of each petal into a point.

Then I folded the bottom edge with a pleat in the center.

Using hot glue I glued each petal in place overlapping slightly.

first petal glued in place

Here is the sunflower half finished.

And here it is with all the petals glued in place.  I really looks like a fresh sunflower again.  I have a whole bouquet of these with stems still attached drying.  Once dry I can add new petals and arrange in a vase for Fall.

I placed this one in a Fall birdcage arraignment with a pumpkin and a faux book page feather I made last year.

It is really hard to tell this isn't a fresh sunflower, perfect for Fall decorating.

Here is an entire bouquet with it's new yellow petals.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Angel Wall Hanging

I have been on the lookout for something to hang above our bed.  I wanted it to look like an architectural piece but without the weight of a heavy concrete piece.

I found these paper mache angels for 75 cents. They had a very bad crackle finish that was done over bright gold.

They were chipped and stained.

Using light gray, dark gray and white chalk paint I created the look of aged concrete.

I glued a corded tassel to the back with hot glue to make a hanger.

Next I painted this very lightweight plastic ceiling tile in light gray with white on the raised areas.

Again using hot glue I attached the angels to the ceiling tile.

I really love the way this turned out.  It looks like heavy concrete but really only ways a few ounces.  After all we do live in California land of earthquakes.  Definitely don't want concrete falling on our heads in a big shake.

This piece hangs over the headboard I built a few years ago to resemble a white picket fence along with a couple of straw hats and a swag of lace.

Happy Crafting!