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New Treasury

My bug pin is in a new treasury on Etsy.


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New Treasury

My green bug is in a new Etsy treasury. What a fun collection.


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Tioga Pass Trip

This blog seems to be turning into more of a travel log than a blog about my art. I guess it’s because I am more likely to take pictures when I am relaxing and traveling. When I am working and creating I am into the process and don’t stop the flow to take pictures.

So here are the latest photos from our last trip.

Petunias at Happy Burger

We are back now from one of the most beautiful trips I think I have ever taken. It is getting to be an annual tradition in the family to try and travel over Tioga Pass soon after it opens for the summer. This year it opened after the heavy winter/spring snows on June 5, 2010.  Jim, Jen and I, took off the morning of Wednesday June 9. We tried a new route for us this time. Usually we go to Yosemite by highway 41 and enter from the south. But this time we went through Mariposa and came in by the river from the west. We hoped to meet up with nephew Jared for lunch but that didn’t work out, but it didn’t stop us from us having a great lunch at Happy Burgers in Mariposa.

The inside of the cafe is decorated with old record albums on the ceiling and walls. Brought back a lot of memories and made me feel a little old. Will they one day decorate with CD’s?


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Janet Farris and Jim Franklin celebrated 35 years of marriage on Tuesday April 20, 2010. Funny because I thought I was only 35 years old – so I must have gotten married at birth. We took the day off and roamed the foothills in the rain. Had a nice lunch in North Fork and saw some snow on the hills above Bass Lake.

Some sunshine and some clouds – it was a beautiful day.

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Wine and Chocolate WeekendHere is an inside shot at Ficklin Vineyard as the winery is getting set up for the event. This was shot from my perspective – I had a table displaying my jewelry that was for sale. Ficklin makes wonderful ports and we have been fans for many years. This was the first time that I showed my jewelry at one of their events and it was a great success.

What a fun event – there was wine, tasty chocolate, cigars, toe-tapping music, beautiful artwork, wild cats, and boy scouts making a tri-tip lunch.

After a long and fun weekend at the Wine and Chocolate event we were greeted with a beautiful sunset as we were driving home.

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Boy Scouts

Today is the 100 anniversary of the Boy Scouts, so here is a photo from the grounds of the Kern County Fair. It caught my eye when I was there as a vendor at the Cotton Patch Quilters Guild Quilt Show at the end of January.

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Editing and posting the  photo of one of my Monarch butterfly pins showed a mistake I made when the pin was created.  Look at the bottom wings of the butterfly, I applied the right wing upside down. Didn’t notice on the actual piece but it really showed up to me when I saw the photo.

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