Day 5: Red House on a Hill

Not a very original title, I know.  I wish I had more time to do something wonderful.  This one has some flaws, and I’m not too excited about it, but at least I am keeping up with the challenge!  Only 25 days to go.   Blue sky courtesy of Picmonkey.

by Pam Schoessow

by Pam Schoessow

China Flowers

More pictures from my recent trip to China.  I don’t claim to be a great photographer, but I thought I would share these anyway.   The trees and flowers were just gorgeous!  Especially as we have nary a leaf on a tree yet here in Chicago, I’m so glad that wasn’t the case on our April trip.

These pics are from a 1000 year old garden in Suzhou.  Even though it was a little rainy that day, it was still quite beautiful.

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The Chinese love their rocks.  You will see them prominently displayed everywhere.Image

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Kularb, Mike, (my brother & his wife),  Pam (that’s me!) and my hubby, David.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Loved this cute umbrella that a little girl was carrying.Image

Outside the garden, there was a farmers’ market.  The fruit was as pretty as the flowers.

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Not sure I recognize these!

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On the way back we stopped at a flower market in Shanghai.  I’ve never seen orchids like these!

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Tabletop trees made of live bamboo.

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Tiny dried gourds–about 3″ long.  Not sure what you would do with them, but they were cute nonetheless.Image

 

Here at home, I’m just hoping my tulips will finally bloom this week!

 

 

Winter Fox

Woodland creatures seem to be all the rage now.  I did see a fox in our neighborhood over the summer.  It was a treat.  Who knows where he came from.  This fox looks a little cold.  At least he has a few friends to keep him company.

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5″ x 5″ on Ampersand Aquabord

 

Lil’ Lamb

I’ve been having fun painting a few pictures these last few days.  I’m away from home–away from my quilting machine– so this is my creative outlet while I’m visiting my Mom.  I can paint and visit with her at the same time, so it’s been great.  There’s no particular inspiration for this piece.  I just like houses and little critters, I guess.

Image  Lil’ Lamb original watercolor 5 x 7 inches with easel 

Manner of Happiness

This is a re-do of a painting I did a few months ago.  The former was on paper and too large for my scanner so I could never make a good copy.  I shrunk it down a little, painted it on aqua board ( 5″x7″) and I like it just the same.  Today  I’ve gotten in some good quilting and painting  and am now cozy by my fire.  Bliss.   Hope you have been able to live happy today!

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Quilter’s Home

Can you tell a quilter lives here?  If you are a quilter, can people tell as soon as they walk through your door?  How about before they even come in?  I must admit I proclaim my addiction right on my front porch where there is always a seasonal quilt tossed over a chair.  If that wasn’t clue enough, guests are bombarded with quilting first thing in my front foyer.  What’s your quilting house like?

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Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland

After almost a year without any significant snowfall in the Chicago area, today we were treated to some beautiful snowfall. This is the view out my front door. As much as I hate shoveling snow, I couldn’t help but marvel at the beautiful scene out of every window. I stayed warm and toasty inside and gazed out at my “winter wonderland”.

Quilt Block One: Bear Paw

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Quilt Block One: Bear Paw

After a few days of quilting, it’s time to get back to painting. Sometimes I struggle with what to draw so I thought I would do as many other artists have done–pick a theme. So this weeks’ theme is going to be quilt blocks–something I know. How blocks got their names is a subject for a book. Many blocks are known by more than one name. This one is a classic–Bear Paw. I’m going to try to paint most days and then post the one or two I like best at the end of the week on Leslie’s blog.

Day 22 The House on the Hill

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Day 22  The House on the Hill

I thought I would try a landscape. Pretty wild, huh? Maybe not that successful, but I’m learning. I was going to call it “Down in the Valley” but then I thought that it’s always better to look up. Our view is so much better from the top–you can see the flowers, bask in the sunshine and have a much better perspective on life.