Monthly Archives: June 2014

Rest and Relaxation at Lake Tahoe!

Yes, we were gone for a week to our favorite place, Zephyr Point. We had cabin “A”.  We call it our cabin now, because we secure it every year at this time because it’s our anniversary. June 26th, this year 32 years of being married. We are allowed to bring things that “add to” the ambiance  of the cabin. We have brought new outdoor rugs, curtains, and next year, we are bringing a new mattress!!! I’m serious.

Remember, you too can come here to Zephyr Point for the Artistic Alchemy Retreat, September 2-5th. Check out our Blog: AND you will have a very comfortable bed to sleep in too! I promise. Not a cabin but a lovely, simple, room.DSC_0216


Here is the front of Cabin A. That’s my hubby sitting outside. And our Kayak (the red one) that went on its maiden voyage this trip.



This is our view from the deck of cabin “A”. We are on the Eastern shore so we get some amazing sunsets. What you see in front are the docks that protect the private beach that we launch our kayaks from. It is just the BEST!!!



This is Pinto, the resident cat. He belongs to the director and his wife. Pinto loves to visit and sit for a spell.  DSC_0166We buy summer season tickets for the Gondola at Heavenly Valley. The first ride up every season, scares me so much. Go to the very top of the ladder on this tower. That little blob of land right above it is Zephyr Point. And to the side is Cave Rock (the only tunnel on Tahoe). The green area close to the lake with little ponds is Edgewater Golf Course.



One more picture from the first observation deck. This is the true south shore of Lake Tahoe. The water is really that color and it has to do with the depth. Lake Tahoe is 99% pure. You can easily see the bottom at 100 feet. It is 22 miles long, 12 miles wide, 72 miles around and approximately, 1685 feet deep. It is the largest, deepest, Alpine lake on the continent .



Flying Sweetly by Kim Gann for P&B Textiles is this piece. I added the little circles of wool that I embroidered and beaded first and now I have to sew them down. Here are some close ups.



So many things I can make with this one piece. The center of a quilt, a pillow top, to name a few. I worked on quite a few other items while up there, but I want to wait to show you when they are done. Yep, a working vacation, but it really isn’t work for me, it’s relaxing! Have a super creative week and Happy 4th of July, everyone!! Hugs, Heidi


Tutorial Tuesday and other Fun Stuff!

I have been gone for a week. A few pictures later in the program…It is a most fabulous summer day (technically not until the 21st but we are soooo close) and it is time to Summerize my couches. DSC_0082


One cozy, winter looking Chenille love seat.DSC_0085 (2)


My off white, 13 oz. weight, cotton duck, slipcover has been packed away all the long winter. Out it comes looking quite wrinkled!



Work it gently over the arms. Larger couches require a zipper in a back side so that you can bring the arms of the slipcover over to the front. Slide excess fabric into the nooks and crannies of the deck (bottom under the bottom cushions).



Look in the corner here, right by the arm. See how the bottom cushion angles around the arm of the love seat. Well I am attempting to put the other cushion cover on. Always completely unzip it and work it over the  sticking out end(I know there is a technical name for this) first and it will be much easier to wiggle it onto the rest of the cushion.



Ta da!!! One fabulous summery couch. I love these things. The wrinkles really do disappear in about 24 hours. From experience I can tell you that chocolate handprints, and nosebleed residue WILL WASH OUT!!! I can’t afford a summer set of couches, and really, where would I store them?! I change out my pillows (like the gorgeous designer collaged pillow above, from a previous blog post) and voila! a whole new look. They aren’t hard to make, just very time consuming. If you live in the Grass Valley, CA area, call Judy Stokes. She is the BEST!



Maybe you remember this pic from a few posts ago. Well…it WAS ACCEPTED!! Here’s one more teaser pictureDSC_0058


Big whoop, huh? Sorry. I will ask if I can show more. My Triangle Tote will be a project in the Winter 2015 edition of Modern Patchwork. If you saw my Quilted Summer Backpack in the Spring 2014 edition of Modern Patchwork, then you know what a great magazine (more like a book, with full sized patterns included) it is. DSC_0182


This is where I was. One of my most FAVORITE places ever! Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Point FROM OUR BALCONY PEOPLE! Thursday, June 13th, 8:44p.m.  I have to show you one more shot, two minutes later. I never tire of this view.



Hugs, Heidi



Fabulous Friday!



I LOVE these two pictures. Walking to our son’s graduation from Chico State University. It was a PERFECT day! His degree  is in Business Information Systems Technology. And he HAS A JOB PEOPLE!! IN HIS FIELD!! He has a real salary, and benefits, and insurance!! We are soooooo HAPPY! DSC_0893


And the other handsome guy over there is my husband. Today, he closed his high school English classroom door for the last time. He RETIRED!! So,He ended his 38 yr. teaching career and our son has just started his. I am having REAL TROUBLE processing all this. Really! So that is one of the reasons this weeks Blog is so late.



Also, I FINALLY finished the whole instruction bit for the above project. It was sent it to Stitch Magazine on “Spec”. For some reason the editor needs to see the project in person, along with all the instructions, before she can decide if she likes it. It’s rustic looking on purpose, because it is a denim project. I was so preoccupied with “my boys” that it took a WEEK to get this thing done. Crazy.





Isn’t this spirally thing TOO FUN?!!! Here is one more.





I want to give proper credit for these. I saw this technique on Pinterest, some machine and some hand work. VERY FUN to do. I will get the woman’s name, Yikes, this will take awhile. I have tons of pins. You will like them. Help get me over 2,000 followers. Follow me! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Heidi