Sketching with Jane and Wine

 

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Sketching at Silver Vines Winery with my friend Jane who has had lessons.  Here is a sketch she drew of me.    She was way too kind.

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Here is one I did of Jane.   Yikes!  Trying to figure out glasses and eyes……  Hey I was in a dark wine bar…….😕🍷 and drinking wine…………

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Here are sketches we did of the same woman.

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And of the same man.  Jane gave him a smile.  I drew it as I saw it (no smile).  Jane is really sweet.

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And one I did of a guy sitting at the bar.  With a broccoli ear.  Well that’s how it looked in the dark wine bar…

Jane will be able to help me with shading and a ton of other stuff.  Maybe being kinder and sweet.

We both are learning to be quick.

I tend to pick a distinctive feature to start with.  Jane uses her lessons and works on proportions and detail.

I thought that maybe I need to take lessons but Jane said to let my skills develop a little bit before I take lessons and worry about things like proportions and detail later. Isn’t she sweet?

 

 

Argentine Tango

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Romantic Argentine Tango.

The gentleman does not speak to the lady but catches her eyes from across the room.

With the lifting of his eyebrows and a nod towards the dance floor he asks her if she cares to dance.

With a confident smile and a graceful nod of her head she indicates yes.

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They dance the close embrace.

Heart to heart.

 

Thank you Alex, Knit and Crochet for Charity update.

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Thank you Alex for sending these awesome squares for the prayer blankets.

These patterns are amazing!

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Our church is collecting 10 inch squares from knitters and crocheters to sew into prayer blankets.  We are thrilled to have some travel all the way from Arizona to add to our collection!

 

Update on Knitting for Charity

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These are my first mittens!  They are a lot smaller than they look, for a first grader’s itty bitty hands.

I am also making a matching scarf.  This is also my first scarf.

They will be given to a grade school child (I am sure a girl because of the bright pink!) at one of the two schools our church knitting and crocheting group is making mittens and scarves for disadvantaged children.

This project is rewarding.  Another blogger told me that to receive something someone put time and effort into was a huge gift emotionally.  Next up are some boys’ mittens in an appropriate boy color.

I am leaving the little strings for my teacher to make sure I finished properly and that these mittens don’t unravel away….

Finally a Real Knitting Project

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So after months and months of practicing knitting squares, trying to learn stitches and get some tension control, I am finally starting a real project.

Our knit and crochet for charity group is making mittens for underprivileged children at two elementary schools.  I am making mittens with a matching scarf.

I am also learning how to knit in the round, yay – no seam to sew!

Can’t tell how my tension is because I have only done a few rows:)

I’ll let you know if I can figure out the pattern when I get to the thumb, sigh.

Anyway, wish me luck……

Iron Casting Performance, Ceramics Raku, and Torch Glass Demonstrations, Arvada Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Mary Lou’s mold after it was cast in iron during the Iron Pour and Performance at the Arvada Center by the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance.

 

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Molds were available for carving on the spot.

This one is Mary Lou’s before the the iron was poured into it and then placed into a cupola or furnace.

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There was also on display a ceramic firing technique called Raku and a glass demonstration.

Haley and Matt clowning with the Yak & Yeti, a local restaurant serving cuisine of India, Nepal and Tibet (and awesome brewpub).

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Happy Halloween!

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Simpson United Methodist Church is having a Trunk or Treat event October 30th from 3:30 to 7:00pm. There will be vehicles in the church parking lot decorated for Halloween.  The neighborhood children will be able to go from trunk to trunk for a safe Halloween experience.

My talented daughter decided to decorate a pumpkin for the event.  Yikes, I would have never been able to put this together, it is even cuter in person.  Buster demanded to be in the picture, note his goofy smile as he tries to mimic the pumpkin witch 🙂

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Here is the back of the pumpkin witch.

We picked up our pumpkin from this pumpkin patch (located on the corner of Wadsworth and 68th in Arvada) so we were able to do a double donation!

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Charity Knitting, Crochet and Sewing at Simpson United Methodist Church Update

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October 4, 2015 Paster Tezenlo Thong blessed the projects of the charity knitting, crochet and sewing group.

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The group has been busy, hats for chemotherapy patients, mittens for local elementary school children, squares for prayer blankets, more hats and scarves for Denver’s homeless community, small socks for preemies and tons more.

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The group has also been blessed with many donations.  Including some ladies who actually donated part or all of their stashes!  Giving up part of your stash is giving up something you discovered in your travels so it is not only a selfless donation but it is sharing memories that travel with the stash.  Those ladies who gave up part or all of their stashes are real heroes, generous of heart and deed.

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After the blessing we took some of the finished projects to a local yarn shop, Knit Knack located in our own down town Arvada.  Knit Knack works closely with a group called Knitting4Peace and gratefully accepted the donations.  The owner of the shop also gave us all discounts towards purchases for future projects.  Thank you Gerri Bragdon!

Guest Bog Post From Monty, Quilting by Aunt Sandy



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Hi, my name is Monty and I’m a guest blogger here on sanseilife.

One of my favorite topics is my Aunt Sandy’s quilting adventures.

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Here mom didn’t think the pink squares were going to work but it was awesome.  Mom took a horrible picture so you can’t really tell how awesome it was.  Aunt Sandy is way more talented than Mom’s awful picture!

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A very cute baby blanket don’t you think ?

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