CRIS'S GARDEN BEAUTIES
CRIS: ARTIST IN HER STUDIO
One of the most fun stops on our way, and anticipated was meeting Cris In Oregon, The Artist, in person!
This visit was of course planned out months ago, talked about between the two of us, and looked forward to with great anticipation. I dare say we were not disappointed.
We arrived at Cris' very charming home to be greeted by Cris, her dear husband, Con, and their vivacious boarder collie, Annie.
The photos Cris posts of their garden and home are good, but seeing them in real life is even better. The roses are rosier, the ambiance homier, it's all just grand.
And to have the honor to view her art first hand, well, it's just awesome. I got to show DH all her paintings on the walls: "Come here, look at this one", then, "Look at this one." He loved the Lanterns best of all. I could not choose a favorite.
Cris knew she'd be the reciprocate of one of my little "car art mats" (although hers was just machine done at home before we left)...she in turn gifted me beyond measure and belief. First of all she had things she had gleaned at a garage sale for my grand kids (a huge container of marking pens in every color imaginable); a button box full of a wide variety of buttons for ME!; a fun plate from Minnesota thinking DH was from there, his mom and sister live there now; some exqusite batik fabric and another floral print fabric both which I look forward to turning into something fun; and then...are you sitting down?
Cris GAVE ME an original Cris Marlow painting! She made it special for me. It is a tree and a bird and just the most special gift!!! I cannot tell you how honored I felt and am to receive this beautiful gift. I am going to try to quilt it, as my first quilt for my "Around the World In 20 Quilts" group is to be a tree!
The visit was too short, and I promise the next time will be longer. The good news is we go to Oregon at least once a year, so the chances of it happening again are good.
But for now, I am happy I got to meet this woman who I have felt was a good friend for sometime now, in person.