Mission San Luis Obispo

The Mission at San Luis Obispo by Maureen McIlwain, Toronto, Canada

Mission San Luis Obispo by Maureen McIlwain, Toronto, Canada

Mission San Luis Obispo is the 53rd postcard in this series and comes all the way from Toronto, Canada. It is also the 3rd California Mission to be represented by a hooked postcard preceded by San Juan Bautista and Mission Dolores.

My niece, Kayla, goes to the University of California at San Luis Obispo. Her mom and I went to visit her and took a side trip to the mission. It was wonderful. I have many wonderful memories of visits with them in Topanga, but thought this would be fun to hook. Plus, as I said on my label–it’s a step back in time to a gentler time. by Maureen McIlwain, Toronto, Canada


My Garden

My Garden by Kay Carmichael, Beaverton, Oregon

My Garden by Kay Carmichael, Beaverton, Oregon

Kay writes

Two steps outside my back door and I see beauty in all directions. This is my interpretation of the view. It tells me how close an art subject can be for all of us.

I love Kay’s sentiment–right now my backyard in Turlock, CA is filled with birds singing, and trees, flowers, and shrubs blooming. I don’t get to look out at a vista, but within my little fenced backyard beauty is abundant. The day is poised for 90 degree weather and it’s not even May yet. The mornings are wonderful, but it will be hot this afternoon.

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies by Jo Franco, Perth, Western Australia

Monarch Butterflies by Jo Franco, Perth, Western Australia

What could be more perfect than Calif spelled out in Monarch Butterflies! Jo’s Monarch Butterflies comes to us all the way from Australia. This is the Postcard that has traveled the greatest distance to reach us. Thank you, Jo.

Monarch Butterflies always remind me of California. This card is hooked on Hessian with hand dyed 100% wool carpet yarn from New Zealand “a left-over” recycled from a carpet company and sari silk off-cuts.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge by Sunny Runnells,  Lantzville, B.C., Canada

Golden Gate Bridge by Sunny Runnells, Lantzville, B.C., Canada

Golden Gate Bridge
Location: Marin Headlands
Sunny Runnells, Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada

The Golden Gate Bridge is California’s most famous icon and is special in so many ways–it is a structure of beauty and transports thousands of people across San Francisco Bay daily.

Sunny Runnells shares her families’ history with the Golden Gate Bridge…

Golden Gate Bridge is just beautiful. My mother and grandmother drove across it on the day it opened (May 28, 1937). I first walked across it when I was 13 and again with my youngest daughter when she was a teenager.

The Catch

The Catch by Larry Clark, Lincoln, CA

The Catch by Larry Clark, Lincoln, CA

The Catch
By Larry Clark
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco

This is from Wikipedia but it says it all. The Catch refers to the winning touchdown reception by Dwight Clark [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Clark] off a Joe Montana pass in the January 10, 1982 NFC Championship Game [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Montana] between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Football_League] history. The game represented the end of Dallas’ domination in the NFC since its inception in 1971, and the beginning of San Francisco’s rise as both an NFC and Super Bowl power in the 1980s. Larry Clark, Lincoln, California

More information about Candlestick Park gleaned from reading its Wikipedia page…..

Candlestick Park was originally built as the home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, who played there from 1960 until moving into Pacific Bell Park (since renamed AT&T Park) in 2000. It is currently the home field of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League, who moved in for the 1971 season. The 49ers are scheduled to move to Santa Clara Stadium, currently under construction, at the beginning of the 2014 NFL season.

The Beatles played their last live commercial concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

Candlestick Park was also home to dozens of commercial shoots as well as the location for the climatic scene in both the 1962 thriller Experiment in Terror and the 1973 Richard Rush comedy Freebie and the Bean. In February, 2011 scenes for Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law, were filmed at the stadium.

On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake (measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale) struck San Francisco, minutes before Game 3 of the World Series was to begin at Candlestick. Remarkably, no one within the stadium was injured, although minor structural damage was incurred to the stadium. Al Michaels and Tim McCarver, who called the game for ABC, later credited the stadium’s design for saving thousands of lives.

California Strawberries

California Strawberries hooked and designed by Michele Wise, Seabeck, Washington.

California Strawberries hooked and designed by Michele Wise, Seabeck, Washington.

Wool and beads on Monks cloth

One of the first things I think about California is the first strawberries that show up in the grocery stores during springtime. These berries are bigger than Washington’s strawberries. The man carrying the giant berry in the wheelbarrow shows the pride of the farmer. I used beads for the berries. Fun project. Michele Wise

For those of you interested in more information about California strawberries, please read or listen to “The Secret Life of California’s World-Class Strawberries,” by Dan Charles, NPR News.


Tarpey Depot

Tarpey Depot, Clovis, California by Debbie Clement

Tarpey Depot, Clovis, California by Debbie Clement

Debbie writes about Tarpey Depot

The Tarpey Depot was built in 1891 as one of three freight and passenger depots along the proposed 26-mile route of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad. Today it is the only remaining building of a project intended to bring prosperity to the new town established by Clovis Cole. The Clovis Historical Society purchased and restored this fine old building in 2000 moving it back to the original location at Clovis Avenue and 4th Street. Over the past 120 years it has also served as a winery office, post office, polling place and real estate office. It is currently the Clovis Information and Tourism office.

I learned some other interesting information about Clovis from it’s Wikipedia page….

Clovis is situated midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, bordering Fresno, in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Lying at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, which includes Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks, Clovis has been known as “Gateway to the Sierras” since its incorporation in 1912.