Joy | Last Rose of Winter

It’s that time of year! Here in Southern California, we have to prune the roses waaaaaay back each Winter to simulate the actual cold of Winter roses usually get. They say it should be done by Valentine’s Day, so hubby has been chipping away at them this week. I snapped a few pix of the last roses left on the bushes:

last rose

Another #lastrosesofwinter

Hubby is cutting back the roses this week so these are the #lastrosesofwinter

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One Moment | Over Half of the Auditions are Over!

Last weekend was a busy one for hubby and Liam! I took them to the airport after school last Thursday:

And they're off! two auditions tomorrow in Chicago: Northwestern and DePaul.

and they were off for Chicago. They arrived at their hotel late Thursday night, and were up realllllllly early the next morning – a fire alarm evacuated the hotel at 5 AM! No fire though, but poor Liam, he’s having bad luck with hotels and sleep!

After that lovely wake-up call they headed to Northwestern, Liam’s audition was at 10 am. Liam’s been snapping pix of each school he auditions at to post on Facebook:

Liam's audition day began at 5am with a fire alarm evacuation from the hotel. Luckily no fire though, and he's just played his northwestern audition! #neveradullmoment #auditionday #3down6togo

His audition was over quickly, 15 minutes tops! Michael Mulcahy is the main teacher there, he plays with the Chicago Symphony, home of the one of best brass section in the entire world! He was a bit nervous and biffed a couple of high notes in Bolero, but overall he felt he played well. He then sat in on a music theory class, and they both observed a brass ensemble rehearsal. Northwestern is high stakes for him in 2 ways: 1) this is one of “the” trombone studios to be in right now and 2) he has to be accepted by the University itself as well. His SAT scores and GPA are pretty darn good, but the average numbers for Northwestern (and Vanderbilt, where he auditioned in December) are REALLY HIGH!

They then had a quick lunch and headed to DePaul University. Martk Fisher, who plays with Chicago’s Lyric Opera is the teacher there. He happened to be rehearsing a concerto with the school wind symphony that time, so they got to observe that rehearsal. Liam’s “audition” there was a lesson with Mark, they spent an hour working through things he’s been playing, Andrew was impressed with how Liam responded to Mark’s direction.

The next morning started with a visit to Walker Brothers Pancakes, a mecca in Chicago!


Then they headed back to Northwestern for an information session and a student run question/answer session where they got some info on how the student’s feel about their experiences as a music student at Northwestern. They then had lunch with a trombone grad student Andrew knows and got some more “insider information”.

Then, it was time for a little fun. They spent a great couple of hours at the Art Institute:


and then dinner at another Chicago classic, Berghoff’s. Andrew’s grandparents lived in Evanston and had season tickets to the Chicago Symphony for years and years. Their tradition was to take the “El” down to Berghoff’s for dinner before a symphony concert, so Andrew wanted to recreate that in their memory. After dinner they heard a PHENOMENAL concert; Muti conducted the CSO in an all Russian concert: Scriabin’s First Symphony and Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky.” Andrew had a lot of awesome things to say about this performance, he was so impressed! After the concert, they went backstage to meet up with Gene Pokorny, who comes out to Redlands to teach a low brasss seminer each Summer, there’s such a great cameraderie amongst the low brass players in Chicago, they got to meet a whole bunch of folks. One huge advantage/attraction for Liam of going to school in Chicago is his ability to hear the CSO often.

After a late night snack with Gene and his wife, they headed back to their hotel for just a few hours, and then they were on their way home again early Sunday morning. Not a lot of sleep happened on this trip, that’s for sure!

The very next day, Liam auditioned for the University of Redlands!

Today's audition: the University of Redlands! #5down4togo

He was a little less stressed about this audition, but he had to come in and play everything he had prepared, bing, bang, boom, for Andrew, the trumpet prof and the band director, so it wasn’t a walk in the park!

I'm thinking he's a little less stressed about this audition than the other ones!


And with that…he’s over half way done! Now he’s got a couple of honor groups to play in, a couple of weeks off, and then the last four. These later auditions require a different solo and some different orchestral excerpts, so it’s great he’s got a bit of time to switch gears! The last audition is March 15, so we’ve got 6 weeks until it’s over!!!

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Studio Snapshots | Pine Forest Fabric Palette


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Linen Sleeves for Some New Technology

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Two Custom Zip Bags


I’ve been squeezing in bits of stitching here and there, and finished 2 custon zip bags recently. The first one is a small one, just big enough for a license and some cash, with a split loop on the side so she can attach it to her keys when she heads to the gym: I…

One Moment | Mother Son Bonding at the IU Jacobs School of Music Audition


Well, Liam and I had quite the time in Bloomington Indiana, for his audition at the Jacobs School of Music, which is part of Indiana University. Here we are in the airport: We arrived in Indianapolis just before midnight THursday night and then drove down to Bloomington Friday morning. We took a tour of the…

January Goals Check-in


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One Moment | Some Weeks are Longer Than Others!


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Looking Forward at 2015


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Looking Backwards at 2014


What an amazing year it has been! Family wise, it’s been the year of Liam. He has worked really hard at his trombone playing for several years, and this year that work has really begun to pay off! He won some competitions, one of which was really high stakes at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. His…

What a Lovely Christmas!


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Happy Holidays!


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Holiday Preparations are in Full Gear!


Oh boy, Christmas is coming, we got a lot of cookies baked: Lots of them delivered to friends too! Then Liam and Andrew played in the annual Trombone Christmas: As I cleaned up the family room after the big cookie extravaganza, I realized how happy I am with how the space has come together, so…

But Wait, there’s MORE! (Zip Clutches that is…)


I zippity stitched up 3 different zip clutches late last week. This first one had to get in the mail quick as a bunny, so this photo, with the color waaaaaay off is the only one I have of it: This next one is for a local gal who’s going to pick it up when…

A Set of Jester Stockings and Holiday Row Houses


At the Red Dirt Art Festival in November, a family strolling through the part really liked my Jester Stockings and ordered a set for their holiday decorating. Their young daughter Collette very strongly wanted one in “GREEN” aka chartreuse, and then each parent chose one of my other jewel tones. “Could I stitch their names…

One Moment | 2 Weekends of Auditions!


It’s been a busy couple of weeks, especially for my 17 year old Liam! I’ve been sharing his journey as a trombonist here on the blog because it’s a great way for me to keep track and remember all these milestones. I’ve also heard from some longt time readers that they enjoy hearing about it…

Show Report | Holiday Studio Tour


Now that I’ve got my final exams graded, I’ve got some blogging catch up to do! The 6th and 7th was the fourth time I took part in an Artist’s Studio Tour. The week before was quite busy, so I barely got the place set up in time to sneak a few pictures. Here’s the…

One Moment | A Cleansing Rain after a Long Week

rainy rose

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Giveaway | Give the Gift of Color!


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Holiday Studio Tour is This Weekend!


Hooray, Redlands Area Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour starts tomorrow!  This is a fun, 2-day event this Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7 from 11 am to 4 pm. Seven artists who live in the Redlands, CA area will open their studios to share their process with interested art lovers. We will also have work available for…