Sunday, August 26, 2018

July 27, 2018 to Aug 26, 2018 Summer

Summer Fires

There have been quite a lot of fires in the Western states of the USA and Canada again this year.  Smoke has been pretty unhealthy here in Eastern Washington.

I had to stop using my A/C because the smoke comes in with the intake.

I purchased a new Honeywell room air filter machine from WalMart.  It is very much worth the cost so I can breathe and use the air conditioner.

                    Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier

Aug 20, 2018  AQI  365 was the AQI was the highest AQI so far for Spokane in 2018

According to The Spokesman-Review article: "the air quality index stood at 307 as of Sunday evening, August 19, 2018 according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. " This article also has information about the most days with a high AQI from 1999 to 2018. 

In 2018 we had at least 12 days in a row of very unhealthy AQI. 
The record is 16 days in 2016 for Spokane.

This is a minor inconvenience compared to what has devastated California, Western USA and Canada with fire and smoke.  There are even fires in the Southern States of the USA. 

I have written other blog posts about the fires in Lake county because my family lives here.

Start of the fire blog posts for 2015 here:

For Lake county only once did the kids have to evacuate because of the Clayton fire in Lower Lake city.  The kids live 3 blocks from the edge of the fire.  I did rent a home in Lower Lake in 2011 to 2012. The fire came with in 1 block of the fire on Bonham road. My friends lost their home a block from that house I rented.  I had moved from Bonham to Dam Road in 2012,  I moved from Dam Road to Spokane a week before the fire.  

California Fires
I think I did not post about the fire in Santa Rosa of October of 2017.  My daughter had to evacuate from Santa Rosa. She was with in a mile of the fire that devastated the area.  My ex husband lost his home in Kenwood. I know others - friends and a cousin of my cousin also who lost their homes.

Fires 2012 to 2018

The fires are fierce in California since last October 2017.

My son and some cousins live in Lake county in Northern California. They have had significant fires since 2013.

Here is a map of the fires from 2012

Press Democrat photo

About mid August 2018
Size comparisons of the city limits of San Francisco compared to fires. This is before the Ranch fire had got to nearly 400.000 acres by the end of August 2018

Lake County border in Purple and the fires around the area

2018 Fire season

The Pawnee fire was the one of the first in Lake county.  Spring Valley has had fires in this area before. 

Pawnee fire 

Pawnee Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: July 09, 2018 11:57 am FINAL
Date/Time Started: June 23, 2018 5:21 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
County: Lake County
Location: Pawnee Rd & New Long Valley Rd, northeast of Clearlake Oaks
Acres Burned - Containment: 15,185 acres - 100% contained
Structures Destroyed: 22

The Mendocino Fire Complex 

Wikipedia has the current stats on this ongoing fire which they hope to have 100% containment by September 1, 2018.

"The Mendocino Complex Fire is the largest recorded fire complex in California history.[5] It is a large complex of two wildfires, the River Fire and Ranch Fire, currently burning in Mendocino, Lake, Colusa and Glenn Counties in the U.S. State of California. The Ranch Fire is currently burning eight miles northeast of Ukiah and the River Fire is currently burning six miles north of Hopland. First reported on July 27, 2018, both fires have burned a combined total of 427,693 acres (1,731 km2) and are collectively 78% contained, while the Ranch Fire has burned 378,773 acres (1,533 km2), surpassing the Thomas Fire to become single-largest modern California wildfire.[3] The Ranch Fire has also surpassed the size of the 315,577-acre Rush Fire, which burned across California and Nevada,[6] as well as the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889, which was believed to have been California's all-time largest wildfire.[7][8] The city of Lakeport, communities of Kelseyville, Lucerne, Upper Lake, Nice, Saratoga Springs, Witter Springs, Potter Valley, and Finley, parts of Hopland, and the tribal communities of Hopland Rancheria and Big Valley Rancheria were evacuated."

There is quite a lot more to the article.

CAL FIRE Map of the fire plans for containment July 31, 2018

Map of the beginnings of the River Fire and the Ranch Fire Aug 2, 2018

The beginnings of the Mendocino Complex fire 

Press Democrat Alex Schenek uses buckets to gather water to save his home 
in Lake County  Aug 4, 2018

Smoke drifts around the West to the East from BC Canada fires

Heartwarming rescue of a baby doe by CHP Officer

Meanwhile my little inconvenience in Spokane.

Smoke when the AQI was AQI 240 at my town of Spokane

Aug 19, 2018 AQI 240

Black Carbon from the Fires

From CBC   Black Carbon in the smoke

There are a ton of photos and information about the Mendocino Complex fire.  I wanted to do a brief summary update. So I choose not to have all the incident reports and maps from CAL FIRE.
As of Aug 26, 2018 a summary:

Ranch Fire (Mendocino Complex) Aug 26, 2018 
Acreage: 377,257 acres
Damage:157 residences and 120 other structures destroyed (Mendocino Complex total)

Fire began:12:03 p.m. July 27, 2018

River Fire (Mendocino Complex)
Acreage:48,920 acres

Fire began:1:01 p.m. July 27, 2018

The Mendocino fire has surpassed the Thomas fire from last winter: Number (2) on the list - The Thomas Fire, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties,  Started 4 December 2017 [The Thomas Fire]

Size: 281,893 acres, 440 square miles. Contained January 12, 2018.
Buildings destroyed 1,063 buildings[4][7]. 
Fatalities 1 firefighter, 1 civilian directly[8][9]

21 civilians indirectly (mud/debris flows in 2018)



I still need to find out about my cousin who lives near the Carr fire, which has its' own devastation! Yikes! Also I did not cover the other fires  in California, they too have been devastating. 

AQI at the top
What is scary is that the AQI got off the charts last November in Delhi, India with an AQI of 1,010 !!!!!
"On November 8, pollution surged so high that some monitoring stations reported an Air Quality Index of 999, way above the upper limit of the worst category, Hazardous. (An extra-sensitive air quality instrument at the US embassy got a reading of 1,010, as you can see in the chart below)"

Now that is just catastrophic!

I will add updates of the Mendocino Complex fire until it is 100% contained.


August 29, 2018 From

Ranch Fire (of the Mendocino Complex)
Acreage: 410,182 acres


Be Safe out there!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Felt Easter Eggs and Bunnies for 2018

New Design for 2018

I had made these same felt Easter Eggs in 2013. I did not make enough of them for me to even keep one! So this year I set aside materials to make myself some.

The first set in 2013 were a bit smaller than this years Easter Eggs. The 2013 Eggs were stuffed with Poly fill and they were each Embroidered with Floss.

This year I did not embroider much on the Felt as I did in 2013.

I like the new design as well as the 2013 design. 

Additionally, I decided to see what the eggs looked like if I used my sewing machine to attach the Rick Rack and Ribbons.  
You will see an example of that below.

For those of you who have access to a sewing machine, it does go faster than hand sewing. I usually do most of my felt projects with hand sewing. 

With the sewing machine, I did not use embroidery floss. I used standard cotton thread.  I used the Zig Zag stitch and that looks cute!

So here are the photos of the Easter Eggs and Bunnies for 2018 and some from 2013 so you can see the difference. 

There is a link at the bottom of the page for my detailed Tutorial from my blog I made back in 2013. I originally posted the Tutorial 2014 at a Group Article/Blog Website.  I transferred the Tutorial to Jaquo Magazine in 2016.  Then I added it to my Blog this January.  

I used my Sewing machine Zig Zag stitch to attach the Rick Rack and Ribbons. I hand sewed the buttons and the two pieces of Felt with Embroidery floss.

Close up of the Zig Zag stitch with my sewing machine

The new Felt Bunnies for 2018 

Close up of one of the new Felt Bunnies

The three Easter Eggs on the left and on the right end is one of the Eggs from 2013 for my daughter Suzanne's Family

Size Comparison: The Easter Egg on the Left is from 2013 and the Egg on the Right is from 2018 

10 Easter Eggs I made in 2018

Close up of two of the Eggs for 2018

Pattern and four of the Easter Eggs cut out - That is NOT Black but very Dark Purple

From 2013

From 2013 Details of the Embroidery 

2013 More detail of the Embroidery 

2013 Easter Bunny with the flat white tail

My Blog Tutorial:


This is one of two patterns I used for the Felt Bunnies

Pattern for the Easter Eggs I made in 2018

You can see the details of the Tutorial and the 2nd Bunny that is like a Peep shaped Bunny.

This year I made about 40 Easter Eggs and 14 Bunnies. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018 Preparing for Easter

Time goes so quickly! 

I spent January and February with Winter illness and trying to recover.  I am feeling much better but not totally recovered.

I did make a St Patrick's Day Hat. I used Plastic Canvas and yarn.  It is not the best as it does not have a pattern.  I had made the Shamrocks years ago.

Here is the Hat:

I am now cutting out more felt for the Felt Easter Eggs that I made several years ago. I gave them all away and did not save any for myself! So I am going to make more and give away more!

I have the felt and ribbon, I just need some lace and rick rack.

                                                     I love this tiny white rick rack.

I also have beads and buttons, as well as a lot of DMC Embroidery floss and some Poly Fill.

At least I have a month to work on them.

Here is the link for my Tutorial on how to make these Easter Eggs and Bunnies out of Felt:

I will add the photos of the new Easter Eggs as soon as I am done.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Felt Easter Projects - Eggs and Bunnies

Felt Easter Projects - Eggs and Bunnies - FREE Patterns and Tutorials 

                            Dark Pink Felt Egg no beads

                   Light Pink Felt Egg with buttons and beads

                                          Pink Felt Bunny

I saw some cute eggs and Bunnies at Pinterest and decided to make my own pattern for the egg.  I just drew a freehand drawing of an egg shape for the eggs. 
The Bunnies were two different patterns that I used.

Pattern One

Pattern Two

Felt Eggs

​I drew a few egg shapes and then pinned the cut out eggs on the felt that I wanted to use.

                           White felt buttons and beads 

 I cut two eggs for each finished egg. I attached the ribbon and lace on first. Then I embroidered each egg front with Embroidery floss. I used from two to six strands for each stitch.  I sewed on the buttons and beads lastly. 
White felt egg with buttons and beads

                           White felt egg no buttons and beads

After each egg front is completed I stitched each of the front and back of the egg together except the top two inches. Then I added a small amount of Poly Fill to each egg. Then I finished sewing up the egg. I added a loop of Embroider floss at the top so one could hang the egg. 
Some of the eggs I made with out beads or buttons to mail.  I could just use a regular envelope for mailing the eggs with out beads or buttons.  The eggs with the buttons and beads are cuter I think, but require a padded envelope.  


You can make a "tree" to hang the eggs and bunnies and add some of the mini lights on the tree. The mini lights have a battery. We did this for several holidays and as gifts. Here is one that we made for a friend with chocolate candy hearts hanging with glued on ribbon. 
My daughter used a branch from a tree that was about two feet tall. Placed in a large two quart size bucket from the dollar store. You can alternately use a 46 ounce can. You can decorate the bucket or not. For Christmas we used a piece of cloth tied with a ribbon. Fill the can with glass rocks from the dollar store. They look like flat marbles.  Fill to enough to hold the tree branch in place about 6 inches. You can then decorate your "tree" with each Holiday design. 

Here is the Tree we made for Valentines Day.

Bucket is finished with some pink tissue paper on top of the glass rocks decorated for Valentines day. 
Here is a link to a great tutorial to make a branch tree for Easter:
Branch Tree Tutorial

I made about 24 eggs. I have a lot of people I make gifts for so I need to make a lot of eggs!


I cut out several paper bunnies and laid the patterns on the felt of the colors I wanted to use.

​Decorate bunnies

​For each bunny I added a pom pom for the tail of the profile bunny. 
Sew two bunnies together except for two inches at the flat side near the tail.  Stuff with poly fill. Sew on pom pom.  If you do not have pom poms cut a circle and add it to the back before you sew the bunny closed.  With embroidery floss sew a few whiskers, eye and a nose. 

Bunny with white felt tail

For the full face bunny

I cut out the bunny pattern and then pinned the patterns to the felt. Cutting two for each bunny you want to make.

I made feet for some of the bunnies out of an oval shape two for each bunny.

Pin feet on the front of each bunny, white felt pinned for the tails when I ran out of pom poms

       Placement of feet for each embroidered bunny

Embroider eyes, nose and whiskers on the front of each bunny. Then add the feet.
Embroidered feet on the bunny front
Add a pom pom on the back for the tail

Sew shut as you did for the other bunny and stuff with poly fill. Sew remaining two inches closed.

Using cloth material for bunnies

Back of bunny to show the pom pom placement

The following year I did not have any colors of felt to make bunnies so I just used some material I had from other sewing projects.
I did the same as above for each bunny as for sewing and stuffing. Using two pieces of material I sewed the material with right sides together.  Then I turned it right side out. Then you can stuff as before and sew the last two inches together.
I used puffy paint to draw the eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers. I attached the pom pom on the backs of the bunnies.

More bunnies, a basket and an egg

I used white felt for the tails on these two bunnies as I ran out of pom poms. Add white felt before you sew the bunny closed.

Happy Spring!