Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Mission Dolores, San Francisco by Sunny Runnells

Sunny Runnells was born and raised in San Francisco just two blocks from Mission Dolores. California means a lot to Sunny and she chose to hook one of California’s chain of 21 missions. Mission Dolores was founded in 1776 and is the oldest intact mission and the oldest building in San Francisco.

California Oaks by Sunny Runnells

Sunny Runnells, who was born and raised in San Francisco and now resides in Canada, designed and hooked a postcard depicting our rolling “golden” hills with old oaks. She said

The rolling golden hills scattered with oaks are still my favorite landscape.

If you are interested in reading about old growth oaks in California, I highly recommend Dan Griffin’s blog about Pacheco Pass in the Diablo Mountain Range.

Drake’s Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore


When I was growing up in Marin County, my family made many visits to Drakes Beach, which is part of Point Reyes National Seashore. It is named for the British explorer Sir Francis Drake, who landed in California in 1579. It’s resemblance to the white cliffs located on the English channel suggest that this is the area he named Nova Albion or New Albion, which is Latin for “New Britain”.
Dana Reneau

Napa Valley

Napa Valley by Larry Clark

My friend Larry Clark hooked Napa Valley based on his memories of driving Hwy 12 in the wine country. It is a beautiful drive and I share the same thrill whenever I head up Hwy 12 to visit my friends in Petaluma.

Larry writes….

what is significant for me is that when you are driving up Hwy 12 from I-80, you enter a point around the Chardonnay Country Club and you see the rolling hills of the vineyards and open fields. To me, this is when I arrive in the Napa Valley. There is just always something special about this location along the highway to see the grapes growing and the fertile fields. Larry Clark

Western McGown Teacher’s Workshop, Eugene, Oregon

Western McGown Teachers Workshop

Postcards from California displayed at Western McGown Teachers Workshop.

This is the front side of the Postcard display.

Postcards from California display at Western McGown Teachers Workshop.

And, this is the back of the display.  All 52 postcards fit on the front and back of the blue carpeted display board.  (Double click on photos to see enlargements).

Postcard stories and table display.

A small table was used to hold the binder with all the stories behind the postcards and a few postcards that are meant to be picked up allowing the back to be admired.

The Postcards just returned home from Western McGown Teacher’s Workshop in Eugene, Oregon.  They participated in the rug show and were given a position of prominence.  They were displayed on a blue carpeted stand and never looked so good.  The blue background only enhanced their beauty.

At the awards show on Thursday night Jane McGown Flynn picked several rugs from the  rug show that appealed to her for specific reasons.  This year she singled out the “Blue Whale,” hooked by Cai King for acknowledgement.  She said that the restrained use of bling added to the impression that the whale’s tail was breaking the water’s surface.  She was struck by the detail that is contained in these small scenes.