Portland OR. Jelly Bellied Cabin Fever Or Update

Desperate situation here in Oregon. Heavy snowstorms, Eating Jelly Bellies (the candy) to survive, limited food, and now we’re starting to get cabin fever, it’s going on 4 days . Everybody up in Portland OR and the rest of the state, holed up. We’re having a snow storm. Thank goodness for cable!

 This post was going to be a progress update on my Time Lapse Quilt [stay with me, explanation later]  I’m timing myself making this one. If you’d like to the follow the making of an art quilt and the time involved  I’m posting a series of photos in a time lapse. That was the plan, a new progress report from my last 3[?] progress posts, but then. the weather…

2/8/2014  Snow now for several days. I’m  really  cooking on thread painting those Hollyhocks for my new quilt. We’ve been snowed in.  I’ve got the time and I’ve got an unfinished art quilt to fill it.  Here’s  my latest update and a weather report. 2/8/201  Oregon, a snow storm ? What ???!!!01 This Oregon for crying out loud, rain we do rain. We're great with rain.

This is Oregon and we’re having a snow storm, two in fact, right on top of each other. What??!! In Oregon? Karen McTavish made me laugh out loud with a recent FB post about our record breaking snowstorms [one piled on top of the other] “I have 12″, you?”. Here we are and not a snow shovel to our names, how’s a broom for moving that snow? Funny comments and lively. Many made by Oregonians themselves, we have great senses of humor here in OR. No snow blowers? Maybe a leaf blower would do. Can’t remember it all, but laughed a lot. One Oregonian lady observed that we may not have snow shovels, but we have our car window ice scrapers. Yep, we’ve got our window scrapers,  yesirerre !

Karen is a Minnesotan, this weather is like a summer breeze for Minnesotans. they know snow.  We’re  Oregonians we do rain and you know what? We don’t even use umbrellas, yeah you heard me, no umbrellas! We’re Oregonians!!

In my defense, I’m  a Vegas girl, growd and raised  Las Vegan [ you’ll always be where you came from in your heart I think] and we Vegans do heat. that’s right! Bring em on, those 110 degree days. Not much rain or snow, but heat? That’s Las Vegas, To keep our brains from boiling in our heads,  We buy soda in these huge over sized plastic tubs , like Xtra large movie popcorn tubs, our “go cups”., which we suck on the entire day . If it’s a really big scorcher,  you’ll needn two. It’s hot enough to make you faint.  We Vegans have grit that’s for doggone sure. OK, there’s  AC. AC is everywhere, but there’s still that long walk from the AC house to the AC car to the to AC store, we’re tuff in Vegas.

Coming from the dry hot desert, I may have lived here a long spell, but I use an umbrella, don’t have a snow shovel, I’ve got my car window scraper handy and I know where to buy Big Gulps when the temps are rising. A word about umbrellas, myself & OR. Don’t let one single drop of rain ever fall on my skin, I worked for hours on this hair, in this humidity., and nothing is going to mess with this hair, that’s for sure. I use my umbrella, the second  a drop of rain hits me, I’ll melt. Just like the Wizard Of Oz, “help me, I’m melting…”. you know the quote, water thrown on the wicked witch who promptly melts, me too. A well kept Oregon secret, umbrellas are a dead give away of a non- Oregonian or even [gasp] a Californian? Nobody should have it that good. How are you ever going to develop any kind of character with that kind of perfect weather?

Now onto the progress report for my Time Lapse art quilt.

I decided to see how long it takes me to make an art quilt. My motive?  I’ve had a good year of functioning with little or no sleep, A lot of women have sleep issues and know all about that. Unfortunately,  I’ve lost my super powers Without them I must sleep as mere mortals do. I can’t work  making fiber art 24/7. as I did, Super powers gone, my fiber art output has taken a drastic drop… I don’t feel this is a desirable thing when it comes to having an Etsy shop. The goal of having a shop on Etsy, is to sell your work [how crass that sounds, as if you are selling sacks of potatoes. Selling your art is a strange thing. You value it, are proud of what you have created, but if your goal is sale and not showing it, that involves a commercial element ]. I find with my super powers gone, replenishing work is a lot harder than selling work.  And a full shop is better than one less full, yes?

My Time Lapse quilt idea was to spur me on and to gauge my self. How long to make one of my art quilts. I know it is a long process, but I should place an actual number on it.  And so the idea of a a timed art quilt was launched.


I have progressed from thread painting one hollyhock to 3 1/2 out of my total 10, That’s progress! Time froze with our snow storm and so I  work.  We’re snowed in, believe you me! So here’s my time lapse quilt progress.

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They take time. Progress achieved since my last post. Hoo Ra!


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Beginning stages

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Several more hollyhocks completed, only 7 1/2  to go. Is that all?

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A side facing one and a few buds and finish uo\p some stems, Woo Whoo

 2/8/2014- I finished 9 hollyhocks, 1 more flower and a couple of buds to thread paint and I can move right onto completing  stems

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Have You Ever Been Scolded By A Hummer? And Thoughts of Spring

It is so cold you’re frozen to the bone. Where do the little birds go in this cold weather I have asked? I’m still not sure, but they need food, more so with the limited sources available. I’m aware & am diligent in keeping the feeders full. Most of my non migrating birds are happy to find a food source and easy to please.

With our cold snap came a layer of snow. A agreement has been established between myself and my front yard humming-bird, whose feeder hangs from a suction cup attached to my kitchen window. We have a reached a working relationship. All the details and duties have been established to the satisfaction of all. It is the following; I will provide food, immediately when needed. That’s the entire arrangement. It’s simple, I provide food instantly and reliably. If I fail to live up to my side of the agreement, I’m subjected to a sound humming-bird scolding.

There is no doubt in my mind when I am receiving a scolding, he makes it clear, he is directing this at me, no if ands or buts. We have more contact through the window glass than most hummers prefer, from his perspective it is tolerable as long as I keep the sugar-water coming. Still he will flit away when startled. However, he loses his shyness when provoked by violations of our agreement. Eye contact is established and he makes little angry hummer scolding sounds, while looking at me directly. I’m left in no doubt that I’d better get that feeder filled and fast!

As I mentioned in a post a while back, one day he discovered “it” was empty.  A breach of contract had occurred. He went to each hole, stuck his little beak in it, checking. “Yes” just as he had suspected ,”it” was indeed empty. Coming up empty at every hole, his displeasure increased more and more. Clearly someone had violated the agreement. We both knew who was responsible. Obviously me, because he had no obligations what so ever on his side of our agreement, except to eat. At each empty hole, he would look directly at me, so there was no mistaking his meaning, and he make angry little scolding sounds. He went entirely around the feeder, testing each hole and at each hole, he would repeat the scolding, eye contact and little angry sounds, buzzt buzzt . He let me know what he thought about this situation. It was not a happy vibe I was picking up, let me tell you that.

Now back to the present. The cold has frozen both the front and back feeders. And we all know whose fault that was. So I’ve been busy making sure those feeders are thawed and stay that way. I have not made a direct arrangement with my back dive bombing hummer, but threats have been made and the meaning is clear.

All the antics of such tiny, harmless, shy  [to humans, in any case] yet fearless birds is entertaining, humorous and add so much to the quality of our lives. Actually I think that is my hummer’s obligation to fulfill in our little understanding, although he provides it without awareness of doing so. We provide sugar-water and he provides a constant source of enjoyment and pleasure in our lives. He lives up to his end of the agreement completely.

So on that note, I am going to pretend that it’s spring or summer and share flower pictures. I have zillions of flower photos. A digital camera, an inability to delete anything and a need for inspiration photos for art quilts has lead to quite a collection, [ and they said my computer would never run out of memory, Ha!]. Most of these are from last spring’s batch.

Here is my little friend today. Barely visible, he is eating, and by golly that feeder is thawed.

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Hard to see him, he’s eating.


A reminder that spring will be here in no time! Take heart all you who are In icy cold areas

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