Monday, May 21, 2018

Painted Canvas.....Tote Bag 2

Remember when we made some

I used a piece of my canvas to make this tote bag:

I didn't take in-process photos while stitching up

the tote it is all sewn up and waiting

for the painted handles to dry...

Here it is completed with the handles...

It is lined...

The sides and bottom are quilted...

I created this bag in a class

It is a 2 sided bag.....lots of FUN!

Here are a few of the students with their 

messy painted canvas tote bags:






We celebrated with margaritas!

Many Thanks to our instructor, Donna Irons.

She came all the way from Idaho 
to teach this class!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Iris Blooming...

The Iris bed is beginning to wake up...

After a very wet, long winter...

the Iris are beginning to bloom!

The light today was just right for photographs...

The yellow iris always bloom first and fast!

Be sure to double click photos to enlarge them...

The Lupine are also in bloom...

Over the years, my photography has inspired

some of my quilt making...

This is an iris quilt created in 2011:

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dottie.....The Chicken

A peaceful evening in the cow fields...

Each evening we check on the cattle...

They are all content in grass up to their bellies!

This is Mary Black Feather

This is a heifer with her very first calf...

Happy Mother's Day!

Mama and Baby are doing just fine.

We were working yearling cattle in our corral

here at home...

Dottie, one of our hens, shut down production.

She got into the corral and began pecking around for worms, clearly oblivious that 57 head of  500 pound yearlings were in the corral with her.

We were afraid she would get trampled.

She walked closer to the yearlings and...

they all backed up....afraid of her!

Enjoy the Dottie Video:

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Moving Cattle...

The lilacs are blooming...

That means it is time to move the cattle...

Most of the cows have calved.

The winter pasture is exhausted.

It is time to move the cattle up river

to spring pasture...

2 miles of narrow and winding road...

The cow and calf pairs are on the road...

The cows do this every year,

they know the way.

There are three of us on the cattle drive today...

It is a beautiful day to move cows...

First stop is the barn lot.

We will sort of the cows for breeding...

Some of the cows will be bred by Shorthorn bulls.

The others will be bred by Angus bulls.

The sorting is all done.

Time to move them down the road again.

The cattle are happy to be in lush, green fields.

Everything went smoothly today.

Very little traffic on the road.

The cows and calves all cooperated.

The bulls loaded in the trailer easily.

It was a good day!

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

Friday, May 11, 2018

Jello Printing.....Class Prep

I am leading a class in Jello Printing in June...

I am feeling a bit rusty,

so I decided to play a bit today.

Golden Open Acrylics

Give you more open time

I am printing on a Gelli Plate today.

I prefer a Jello Plate made with Knox Gelatin,

but this is an impromptu play day,

so no time to wait for the gelatin to set up.

I am using lots of found objects

and a few commercial stencils...

Ghost Print.....always my favorite!

Just like riding a bike...

Gelli Printing comes right back to you!

Jello Printing.....Class Samples

Remember this pretty heifer?

Golden Girl

We have been watching her grow 

for more than 2 years...

This week she had her very first baby.....awww

Golden Girl adores her new baby.

She is a wonderful, attentive, loving mother.

We are at the tail end of calving season.

We are hoping to finish up in the next few weeks.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi