Saturday, September 19, 2015

Facing Health Challenges

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing...  John Keats

Because of some health challenges I'm facing I have had to cancel several teaching engagements and shows I had scheduled.  First off the wonderful retreat I was looking forward to so much next month in Klamath Falls, OR. "Gathering Grace", then not being able to participate in the annual Weavers' Guild of St. Louis show I've been part of for the last 13 years, and now I'm canceling November dates.  The issues I'm going through will be fixed but have weeks of recovery time and I need to focus on that.

I hate having to tell students they have to change plans, heck I hate having to change my plans and truth be told none of us would choose having surgical procedures over doing what we love right?!!

Anyway,  all should be fine and I will be back to normal, or a new better normal soon!  I'm still planning to teach in Tucson next Feb. for ViviMagoo at Art Retreat in the Desert and hope you can check out what I'm teaching and then sign up and come for a fabulous time of creating, shopping the bead show(s), and camaraderie!  I know I will be ready!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Gathering Grace Canceled

I am so sad I have had to cancel the retreat Gathering Grace in Klamath Falls that was to be held in October, 2015.

I have some health issues I need to take care of and I wouldn't be able to take part in the retreat.  We are hopeful to reschedule something for next year so please stay tuned for more information in the future.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gathering Grace on Autumn Wings

Hope you can join us for this wonderful gathering in October!

October is associated with Autumn, a time when trees change color, leaves swirl on a hint of crisp air, and birds begin migration. A magical time of seasonal change and a perfect season to gather together for creativity and friendship.

Join renowned poet and author Susan Wooldridge, dyer extraordinaire Lorri Scott, and nationally known mixed media collage artist Roxanne Evans Stout as they pool their artistic strengths to create a wonderful art journey on the wings of autumn at the Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

The Running Y Ranch motto is “The perfect place to find peace, quiet, and Yourself” and this is exactly what this retreat will encompass while we create beautiful art with things you collect from nature.

Learn botanical and rust dye printing with Lorri, gather words in a fun inventive and thought provoking way with Susan, then take these dye printed fabrics, papers and your words to combine in collages of nature with Roxanne, combining them all in your very own Gathering Grace Booklet.

The closer we observe nature and hold gratitude for our surroundings the more creative energy thrives and we realize is an important way to grace our lives.

Come explore and create your grace with us.

Lorri, Roxanne, and Susan

For more info and registration contact Lorri Scott at  or see the side bar for links to print information and registration sheets.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gathering Grace at Running Y Ranch

Mount Shasta from the air

Friday morning my husband flew me in his plane to Keno, Or. where we had a wonderful visit with Roxanne Stout and her husband.  My sister Jan and her hubby came from Medford to have dinner with us.  It was a wonderful time with barbecue and wine and homemade beer, laughter and good cheer.

Roxanne and I drove over to Klamath Falls to tour the Running Y Ranch in hopes of it being a place we could host our Flight of Spirit Gathering Grace art retreat and we were so pleased with the place we reserved dates of Oct. 9 and 10, 2015!!

Michael and I stayed at the Running Y Saturday.  He played golf on an Arnold Palmer designed coarse and said it was great while I attended the on property spa and had a wonderful massage.

We flew home this morning and waiting for me in the mail was the latest issue of Mingle published by Stampington press where an article that Roxanne wrote and submitted is published!  It's all about the gathering we had at her house, me, Roxanne, Jan and Susan Wooldridge, where we put together our plans for this wonderful retreat.  Get the magazine, read the article and look for information about the retreat coming soon!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Art Retreat at the Prairie

I am looking forward to teaching at Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie again this fall for Barb Solem and ViviMagoo.  I love The Prairie and because I have a little bit of Texas in my heart I am so happy to have been invited back.  This delightful and unique setting allows me to offer classes that expand outside the limits of teaching at a hotel based venue.

For my Botanical and Rust Dye class we will be able to walk the grounds outside and gather leaves and flowers to experiment with as well as using the botanicals I will have on hand.  I know there are walnut and oak trees to gather leaves from as well as flowering vines and plants.  We will have lots of fabrics to use for dyeing and some papers as well.  Truly a chance to explore the local area of gathering.  Add to that the use of rusted iron and you will have a nice pile of dye printed fabrics and papers to use in any mixed media project!

The Indigo and Rust class offers students a unique opportunity you won't want to miss!  We will explore dyeing with indigo using a variety of techniques including overdyeing rust printed fabrics or other previously colored items.  It truly is magical to watch fabric dipped in an indigo vat come out a green color and change to blue as it oxidizes before your eyes!  There will be a variety of rusted items to explore printing on fabric with and lots of samples of how you can use these dyed fabrics.

My third class, Tattered Angel Scarf, switches gears to create a nuno felt scarf using vintage remnants i.e. time worn wedding hankies or white on white embroidered table cloths.  Learn the simple technique of fabric felting and design and create your own special scarf.

I want to encourage anyone reading this who is considering attending Art Retreat at the Prairie to do so, just say yes!  I would love to have you in my class and there are many other talented instructors with fabulous class offerings to choose from.  Barb Solem makes the whole experience wonderful, you will not regret choosing to attend!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Flooding Down in Texas

Due to the recent floods in the Texas Hill Country I realized the same thing happened on Memorial Day weekend back in 1981 when I lived in Austin.

May 24, 1981 began as a warm day where I lived in South Austin on Goodrich with my all time best roomie Jim Bob.  We were talking with our neighbor and friend Gary (Bob) and a visiting friend Sid and decided to head to Lake Travis and rent a sailboat for the day.

After boarding the boat with our provisions we set sail.  We hadn't gotten very far when we noticed the horizon darkening in the distance, and the wind was picking up.  I remember Jim and Gary yelling something like "Big Wind!"  Let's go.  All the while the boats participating in a regatta were heading back to dock??  More verbiage like "What's wrong with those wimps" etc. as we continued on.  That is until the golf ball sized hail started pelting us and the hard rain blurred our vision.  We all escaped below except for Captain Gary and his trusty mate Jim Bob.  But hail that size pelting them and no vision ahead we quickly rammed into the jetty.  oops.

We They got the boat docked and we got off to join a small crowd of people in the UFloat'm.  Yes that's what it was called.  There were UTotem markets (similar to 7 Eleven) so this was their version of a floating store.  Lucky for us it also had a small kitchenette that served cheeseburgers and beer because we weren't just there for lunch!  Lunch turned into dinner.  We spent something like 10 hours there, maybe more.  No way could we take the boat back to shore in all that rain, and rain, and more rain.  So we waited.

By the time we made it back to shore, very late at night (I think oneish in the morning) and drove back to Austin we were shocked.  Cars in the middle of Loop One and also a Grand Piano!  What?  The waters had started to recede a bit and we were seeing the aftermath.  The area of 6th and Lamar was completely flooded.  The piano had come from Strait Music across the street from the first ever Whole Foods Market.  The sign the next day read "Whole Floods Market thanks you for all your support we shall return".  And of course we know they did.

Unfortunately several lives were taken with that flood and the destruction was monumental to homes and families.

Here's a link to photos of that flood damage.

Now another flood has destroyed homes and business and taken lives.

It reminds me of a song my friend Bob Runyon wrote and recorded after his home flooded years ago. Wish I could post the recording but here's a link to where you can buy the album the song is on (or just the song) and listen to a very short clip

Here's the start of the lyrics:

It's the price that you pay for living close to running water
You can move but you can't tell the river where to go
Try as you might it does no good to fight it
All you can learn is what the bank already knows
So silent and wise that it hardly even shows ...........................

............Nothing's too big to stop the water when it flows
It's here for a while and then it has to go.