Thursday, May 28, 2009

Last Week

Last week I was lucky enough to be at Girl's-Week-Out in Kaua'i with my dear friends Mary and Linda. The top two photos are the view I got to see every day. Kaua'i is incredibly beautiful and we had a great time. I took tons of inspirational photos, we'll see where they lead.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Day Two

These three photos were taken on the afternoon of May 6th in the space of about 40 minutes that started with an almost clear sky. We were lulled into a false sense of well-being during the day because the winds were blowing away from Santa Barbara during the day and the smoke could barely be detected in the sky. At about 3:30 pm an incredible windstorm blew in and everything changed.

I left this location at the office where I work and went home (six blocks toward the smoke you see here) through 60 mph wind gusts laden with smoke and huge hunks of ash raining down. It was 95 degrees before the windstorm and the temperature steadily rose during. These winds pushed the fires into the residential areas of the foothills above Santa Barbara, so homes have been lost once again. Not nearly as many as in the Tea Fire, but similar conditions are expected again today so anything could happen despite the increased air support coming in to fight the fires from the air today.

It is Thursday morning, day three. Our car is packed and we are home despite being under evacuation orders. We are watching news reports and observing conditions and are ready to leave at a moment's notice. Thanks to everyone who has called to offer concern, support, and a place to go if we have to leave. We are grateful for our friends and families always, but especially appreciate your support now.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Once Again

Once more, there is a wildfire in the hills behind Santa Barbara. This fire is in the unburned area between what burned during last July's Gap Fire and last November's Tea Fire. And once again, we are under a high wind warning. For the past few days the temperatures have been in the 70s until near sundown when the wind kicks up and the temperature rises. No homes have burned in this Jesusita fire yet, but there is a large mandatory evacuation area. It will be another long night in Santa Barbara.

Fiberart For A Cause Finale

Virginia Spiegel is ending Fiberart For A Cause following this final Collage Mania sale which starts today. The works are donated by artists to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. I have been involved since the first postcard sale, not long after my father died of cancer, and have been thrilled to see how much money has been raised by those who love fiberarts. I don't have a piece in this sale, but I'm going off now to make a purchase!

Collage Mania, a Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American CancerSociety, opens today (Tuesday, May 5) at 10 a.m. CDT. There is an officialclock on the first page of Collage Mania, a Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American CancerSociety, opens today (Tuesday, May 5) at 10 a.m. CDT. There is an official clock on the first page of collages:

Choose from 383 fiberart collages (many of them small art quilts) donated by161 artists from around the world. Each artwork is finished or mounted to8x10". Today's minimum donation to the American Cancer Society is $80; the minimum donation drops to $40 on May 6 and 7. All the details on how to acquire collages is here:

Our goal is to raise at least $20,000 for the ACS in just three days. Thank you for your support!