This Week….

……..was just not blogworthy. Not that I didn’t do, read or think about anything interesting, but nothing was connected. It was a busy, chaotic week and I was stumbling through it. And then it dawned on me…Could it be related to this darn floor that’s still not finished? You may remember we ripped out decades […] Read more »

Faded Beauty and How Reading Influences Behavior

Have you been enjoying the first days of spring like I have? My own way to say good-bye to winter is to pick up dried leaves and flowers from last year. I love their faded look and texture when they are pale and brittle. Beautiful and melancholic at the same time. The handkerchief linen has a […] Read more »

Local Events: Pre-Civil War Quilts and the Corpse Flower

Our local History Center is showing pre-civil war quilts and while I was expecting 3 or 4 of these old treasures, it was a pleasant surprise to find many more. Close up images are always more interesting than the entire piece, especially when the patterns are geometric. I love the browns, blues and rose colors. […] Read more »

Spieglein, Spieglein….(Mirror, Mirror….)

Look at that bucket on my head. It is supposed to be one of those cool looking bucket hats from Alabama Chanin’s new book. The hat seemed a perfect small canvas to try out different embroidery techniques or fabric manipulations. Not anymore. I copied the pattern according to the instructions with the help of a […] Read more »

Lost and Found

I have a green room to putter in. My small room with its vaulted ceilings it is a wonderful place to be creative. Or it could be if it wasn’t filled to the brim with stuff and crap. Most of that stuff is an un-organized mess with small mountains of fabric and buttons. I usually […] Read more »

On Writing

Have you ever wondered which famous writer you write like?  Well, here is a way to find out with the website: “I write like“.  It’s easy, just enter a paragraph of your writing and after a brief moment of analyzing, the author’s name pops up.  I know, it’s a stupid computer program that compares some […] Read more »

You Must Remember This….

“A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” That is what Mark Twain said and he’s darn right. Ever wondered why urban myths, gossip, conspiracy theories become memes on blogs, twitter and facebook while some of the more brilliant ideas can’t get their boots on? If […] Read more »

Mottainai and Thoughts on Language

This weekend I was finally brave enough to cut into a piece of fabric a friend sent me from Japan. The coin purse is a start. Although I’ve never been there, Japanese culture fascinates me: Boro textiles, the elaborate ceremonies around kimonos and wabi-sabi to name a few. What I hadn’t heard about was the […] Read more »

In Between

After days of celebrating the season, food and company, it’s time to reflect. What do I want to do in 2012? I’m not a big fan of  New Year’s resolutions, because they usually don’t work. Or more accurately, they only work for three days before the old habits reassert themselves. So let’s call them projects […] Read more »