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Friday, September 30, 2011

Bate's Nut Farm-Pumpkin patch

My plein air buddies and I took a trip to Valley Center to paint a pumpkin patch. We went to Bate's nut farm...or as my Dad used to call it- Nate's but farm. It is a beautiful property, with gorgeous views in every direction.
It seemed the fields were bursting with giant pumpkins, of grotesque proportions and rich coloring.

In the mix were gourds piled up like intestines, adding to the Halloween theme of a pumpkin patch.

Ben did a very nice painting with a barn in the distance.

Kids and adults can take a tractor ride to scope out possible pumpkin picks.

If you need a change of scene, with a bit of Fall flare, this is the spot to go to!

Monday, September 5, 2011


My friends and I went to our first ever Pow-wow last Sunday. This was hosted by the Barona reservation. It was a feast for the eyes and ears. Held over the course of three days, and lasting well into the night, many tribes competed for prizes and cash. We saw the youth compete in several dances.

Different tribes take share of the drumming responsibilities, and the beat of the drum reflects the moves of the dancers.

The oldest member led the youth out for introduction, and many children and young adults came forth in colorful ensembles.

There is another pow wow held at the Sycuan reservation next weekend-September 9,10,11. If you live in or around San Diego, it is well worth the trip.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Regency bonnets-historical examples

Here are two new silk Regency bonnets just finished. They are both based on historical examples, and I hope to continue copies of antique hats in the future. One is based on a drawing of striped silk bonnet, the other is based on a photo of the actual bonnet. Very few bonnets survive in conditions suitable for display. Many bonnets historically re-created are based on paintings and drawings from that time period. It is very rare to find a hat or bonnet with original trimmings, as these were traded out over and over when new trends came to fashion.
The striped silk bonnet is based on conjecture, I built a wire cage to drape the back bouffant over.

It is finished with antique gold metal lace and an antique millinery flower from the turn of the century.

The pink silk satin and velvet bonnet is a directoire style. It is based on photos of an antique, which was made in moire silk and satin. I made this bonnet from antique silk satin and antique silk velvet. Old materials have a certain shimmer and quality not found in modern fabrics.

It is also finished with antique gold metal lace and an antique silk satin ribbon.

This particular bonnet is entirely hand sewn. I began sewing this bonnet on our last road trip to Arizona.