Thursday, October 20, 2011

More of our hike and a bit of sewing too...

 I wanted to show you a few more pictures from our hike/walk last Sunday...this is part of the larger grove of Aspens...it's about 4 miles from the trail head and lower in elevation than the small grove...it is also sunnier there...most of the trees there had lost their leaves already...maybe because of the sun...I have no idea...they were just ready I guess...it is also a little further from the stream...
 There are many more trees there in the large grove...hence the large grove name I suppose...boy...I figured that one out pretty fast...
 Here's an interesting pine...a few years back our local forests had a beetle problem...beetles were eating and killing many of the pine trees in the local mountains here..people were really getting concerned...nothing could really be done...there was a drought and warm winters...only a freeze could kill the beetles and save the forest...thousands of trees died and there are still so many dead ones up there...they will fall eventually and make homes and food for the animals...
 I am looking up into the canopy of beautiful Aspens...
 It was very thick back in the large grove...I lost the path a few times...no worry...Don was close by...we made our own...
 After our walk Don drove the car back down the road...I walked a bit down...still so much to see...I wanted to take it all in before going home...this  valley is so pretty...I am at about 8300 feet here looking down...
 Here we stopped at a turnout almost at the bottom of the hill...the Oaks are so pretty in their Fall color against the beautiful evergreen Pines....we stopped at a little cafe on the way down for a early dinner...the sandwiches were so good...and we were hungry after our long walk...
 I've been busy sewing this week trying to improve my Etsy shop and increase my bag inventory for the craft show in December...this bag is made from Sweetwater Hometown fabric...I like the way it turned out...except that Moda spelled my hometown's name wrong! And it's right in the front...oh well...who will notice unless you're from this area!
This fabric is so pretty...I bought several different fabrics from this line...it's a 3 Sisters design...it was pretty...so it called for a ruffle on the the closure...there's a ruffle on the back pocket too...
This is a hipster bag...I liked both of these fabrics so much...and thought it needed a little black work design too...this one has a zipper closure at the top...it was fun to make...
Autumn seems to settling in the last few days...the days are cooler and shorter...I love this time of year here...it's still warm enough to enjoy the out doors but not hot...my garden looks really nice now... all the cool weather flowers are starting to poke out of the ground...it's not thick and lush like Spring...but pretty none the less...I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful week...until next time...
Enjoy the day, my friends!!!

16 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What gorgeous photos! It's a wonderful time of the year to hike! And I LOVE your bags! I'm off to Etsy to look around! Hugs! ♥

Christine said...

Love the photo you took looking up thru the yellow leaves! and the views are so pretty!
Not to mention your wonderful bags!
Have a good one!
Christine

Mary said...

Beautiful and so is your sewing!

Riet said...

What a beautiful country an such a wonderful view, LOve your bags, especialy the one with thw ruffle.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Beautiful photos - and stunning views. Such a lovely area....Even the dying pine is glorious....Love your new bags too - that blackwork one really has me smitten!! Have a great tomorrow!!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin (And could your hometown be San Bernardino??? ;o))

Raggedy Creations said...

Luv your mountain and aspen pics. I love the mountains and aspens in Colorado. Never been to your beautiful state though. Your bags are beautiful.

Felicia

Kris said...

Wow Linda, those photos are spectacular! The aspens are so gorgeous. Our local mtns. are so pretty. I will never tire of going there!
Your bags are always lovely! I can't believe they missed the spelling of your city!!! Shame!!!
Great bags, all of them!!!

Beverly said...

I've really enjoyed your hike pictures. Especially loved the last one. Who says, So Ca. doesn't get good fall color.
Your bags just get better and better. I love the hometown fabric too. Bakersfield is on it too. Too bad about the mispelling.
Great idea to put blackwork on the black and grey bag. Just gotta love that large ric-rac too. I did some machine satin stitch applique today on bibs. Hadn't done that for a long time, so I struggled, but finally got it done.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Those aspen trees are absolutely beautiful! I saw them in Colorado once. Your bags are gorgeous, too - such fabulous fabric! Linda

Cyndi said...

You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area, Linda. I don't blame you for wanting to walk a bit longer to take in all of that gorgeousness! And speaking of gorgeous.... all of those bags absolutely are! You do such beautiful work and I love every bag you make!

Have a great weekend, my friend!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, Oh my goodness, 8300 feet? I could almost get dizzy looking down over those beautiful trees, the feeling had to have been awesome.. love, love, love, the red paisley!!! hugs ~lynne~

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful photos of such a lovely area.

Your new bags are wonderful, I don't know how you come up with such great combinations of fabrics and designs. Amazing.

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

What amazing scenery. I love California and would love to get out there sometime soon! (My sis is currently living in San Diego). Your bags are gorgeous. I love the ruffle on the closure and and the blackwork on the hipster bag...very cool!
Have a great weekend!
Angela

Nancy in MT said...

Wonderful pics, just beautiful. And what great bags, each one so unique, great design and fabrics.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Your photos are beautiful! That view! Wow! The new bags are gorgeous, as always. I love the color combination on the last bag.

Judy S. said...

Nice photos, Linda...love all that blue sky! Did you do the blackwork by hand or machine? It's a nice touch!