Archive for July, 2009

August’s Embroidery Pattern.

Friday, July 31st, 2009

  It’s totally freaky that it’s August already. 

This months pattern is a salute to my trip to Yellowstone.  Have fun!

REMEBER, click on the image to get the full size pattern.


Thursday, July 30th, 2009

One thing you will notice when you go to Yellowstone is that there are Buffalo everywhere.  They are as thick as the mosquitoes, yet I suspect that a citronella candle will do little to keep them at bay. (more…)

Talking Crow.

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

  I have a new print at my Etsy store.  It’s called Talking Crow. (more…)


Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

  Part of our trip we stayed at Yellowstone National Park. 

  Yellowstone is one of the few places that has a very distinct smell.  Some say it smells like rotten eggs, others say farts.  I think it smells like hard boiled eggs. (more…)

Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

  Eeeeeeeep!  Look what I got!  Comic Con 2009 just happened in San Diego, CA.  I live only a few miles away from the convention center where it was held.  My daughter went and got me this autographed photo of Mike, Crow and Tom Servo.  She has met them at the last 3  Comic Cons.  She also says that they are the nicest guys at the Con.  They even shared their beef jerky with her.


Watermelon Snow.

Monday, July 27th, 2009

” Is there air? You don’t know!”  Can you guess where this quote is from?


I want a goat head.

Friday, July 24th, 2009

  Taxidermied animals make me feel creepy and yet I want one.  Maybe two. 

  Before photography made it easy to capture the images and behavior of wild animals scientists and artists relied on taxidermied or preserved animals for study.  Trophies where for the rich or hobby hunter.  People who rely on animals for their survival tend to use all of the animal.  Their “trophies” where their families full bellies, warm clothes and shelter. 

But, I still want one.  or maybe two.

  My best friend has some kind of taxidermied goat head that her sister found at a garage sale.  This goat head is hanging up on her livingroom wall.   Each holiday she dresses it up.  At Christmas she hangs Christmas lights on the antlers and provides it with a red and green scarf.  Easter requires the goat to wear flowers in its antlers.  It is very festive.

My sister never gave me a goat head.

   I would love to have a taxidermied squirrel or rabbit.  No matter how sad a dead animal can make me feel it is nothing compared to the joy of making clothing for it. 

  Even better would be to have a walrus like the one pictured here.  If he where mine I would make him a bonnet.

If taxidermy interests you then google Rogue Taxidermy and Anthropomorphic taxidermy. They put a interesting twist on the idea of taxidermy.

This room of death is brought to you by the Buffalo Bill History Center in Cody, WY.  One of the best museums I have ever gone to.  Besides dead animals, their collection of artwork, native american artifacts, and basically all things western is truly amazing.

July, 2009. Cody,WY

Buffalo soldiers.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Very close to the town of Marfa, TX is the town of Fort Davis.

  Fort Davis stands unique among frontier forts in that it became the Regimental Headquarters for all four Buffalo Soldier regiments that served during the last decades of the 19th-century. Troopers of the Ninth Cavalry were the first Buffalo Soldiers to garrison Fort Davis. Arriving in the summer of 1867, they reoccupied the fort that had been abandoned by Union forces at the outbreak of the Civil War. In addition to helping construct a new post, they had the responsibility of protecting travelers on the San Antonio-El Paso Road, a segment of the southern Overland Route to California.

This information was found at .  Check it out for more information on the Buffalo Soldiers.


   It was a nice mellow Fourth of July at Fort Davis.  The small town was crowded with people.  We wanted to get away from the crowd and so we hiked on a trail on the bluff above the Fort.

  West Texas has a reputation as be dry and desolate.  But, as you can see from the photo above, it can be a paradise.

  Fortunately,  we missed being hit by this storm when we where up on the bluff.  It started just as we got back to the Fort.  When the rain started the drops where big and fat.  There was lots of thunder and lightening.

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