Monday, July 28, 2014

Pedal the Petrified, A 60-mile ride Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook , AZ

 
I drove up from Tucson to participate in Northland Pioneer College's "Pedal the Petrified" 60-mile bike ride to help raise money for student scholarships.  They also had a shorter version.
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
I stayed in this great RV park in Holbrook, AZ.  They had cute cabins available to rent.  I loved the swing and it also had a picnic table in front.
 

They had a GREAT cowboy cookout with steaks or chicken.  I would go back up just to enjoy the cookout.  I brought my laptop with me so I could do some work while waiting for my dinner to cook.
 


I was so excited.  I was the first rider to show up at the event.


The riders participating in the 60-mile ride get to go first.  I was the only trike.






I almost stepped on this little guy when I pulled into a SAG stop.  You have to look closely to see him!




This was a wonderful event.  I got in just before a storm hit.

 
 
On my way home I caught this triple rainbow.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Finding Balance - My Goal for 2014



  I have so many projects going that I barely have room on my drafting table to work any more. 
 
 This is my new Moleskin planner - I decorated the cover. 
My goal is to find more balance in my life and art in 2014!
Stay tuned....more projects to be posted!
 
 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

First complete projected for the New Year!


I started this in 2013 for a friend and finally finished and delivered it yesterday.  It went through a lot of changes from the original concept.  I did love working with the mini canvases.  I would like to do more of those.  I also enjoyed making the houses and plan to do more of those as well.

Let me give my friend a plug:  Malea Norris at Cadden Realty!  If you are looking for a good agent in Tucson or Green Valley, Arizona, give her a call!!

Here are some close ups ( LOVE the little SOLD sign on the For Sale Sign):



Friday, December 13, 2013

Miniature Book necklace and heart key


I made this sweet necklace for the book lovers out there.  Black ribbon and cord and a red miniature hand-made book dangles from red beads, with a small key that matches the lock on the book.  The lock is heart-shaped as well as the top of the key.  The book opens and functions as a small book.  I have been making book marks and this was on my to do or should I say my wish list.  I made it red for the holidays but I can do special orders, different colors also. 

If you look at previous posts you can see book marks I have made with miniature books also.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ta Da! It is finished!



I finally finished my doodle of Madison's name!  I started it quite some time back and she saw it in my studio one day and said I should finish it.  She was six then, she is now seven.  So I finished it! 

It started out strictly black and white with the red balloon lifting the letter "I".  Then I added the blue blue bird and then I couldn't quite coloring.  Of course, I was inspired my my new copics.  They are wonderful.  I can't wait to try air brushing with them. 

I found the perfect frame for this.....I can't wait to give it to Madison.  I love the little snail and caterpillar.........I am actually going to miss doodling on this.......

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chris and Ebony riding in San Diego

Look at that recumbent grin on Chris.  That is Ebony in the pouch.

I met Chris and Ebony while riding my trike in San Diego on the multi-use path along Mission Bay.  Ebony was trotting along with the trike.  We stopped and chatted for awhile and Chris gave me a lot of information about riding around San Diego.  I told him about the Loop and he plans to come and check it out. 

Ebony is a real cutie!  When she tires of trotting along she just scampers up with ease and hops into her pouch on her own! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GABA General Meeting: Across the USA in 30 Days or Less with Susan Reed

Meet Susan Reed.  She rides a two-wheel recumbent.  You can read more about her experiences on her wonderful blog Bent Wanderings:  A Spiritual Journey of A Recumbent Rider.  In fact, it was Susan and reading her blog that encouraged me to go forward with the purchase of my trike.

 I was on the fence because of the expense and then during my research on the Internet I came across Susan.  She is also a member of a local recumbent Yahoo group.  I e-mailed her and the Yahoo group for advice.  I got a lot of encouragement.  I just want to say that it is my experience that recumbent bike and trike riders are some of the best people you will ever want to meet.

Susan and another member of the Yahoo group joined me on my inaugural ride.  They didn't even know each other at the time, they just both showed up to give me guidance.  We met on the Loop and they guided me on how to shift my gears.  Amazing patience.  Both are long-distance riders and they did not seem phased to be rolling at 5 - 10 mph (if we even got to 10). 

As I wrote that both were long-distance riders and I realize about all of the recumbent riders I know are long distance riders.  It just turns out that way. 

They probably don't think of themselves as long distance riders they are too busy having fun.  When you discover how comfortable and FUN it is riding a recumbent whether it be bike or trike, that is all you want to do is ride.  50 miles is probably an average, certainly 10 to 20 no big deal even when you are a beginner.  They are also some of the most interesting wonderful down-to-earth people you would ever want to meet.  Some travel with their dogs!  Maybe I can feature some of them on my blog in the future.

If you are in the Tucson area on August 5th, come to the GABA general meeting on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7 pm in the Pima County Medical Society building at 5199 E Farness Dr. where Susan will be giving a talk on how she celebrated her 60th birthday in 2006 with a trip across the country: San Diego to Tybee Island, Georgia in 3000 miles over 26 days.  See you there!