Money, Politics, Religion

These are the three things we were never to discuss in a social setting when I was young. It was a good rule, it kept everyone from getting overheated and saying things they couldn’t take back, it kept everyone civil. The only thing I don’t remember is why we had that rule when everyone we…

Good Counsel

I don’t often write about charitable organizations. It’s not that I don’t appreciate their work, it’s just that none have inspired me to put down in words what they make me feel. Around Christmastime, I received an email concerning Good Counsel. It is an organization started to help homeless mothers give birth to their children…

What Goes Down, Must Go Up

BEING WILLING TO TAKE A CHANCE If we accept a challenge and take steps to accomplish something, the process will yield results—either success or failure. When you sow a seed or plant a tree, either the seed will germinate, the tree will grow, or it will die. Similarly, trust means that we know that our…

Submersed

This is a piece of cloth I wouldn’t mind repeating. I can’t repeat it. The most wonderful thing about dyeing fabric is that they are unique, each one with its own color placement and group of colors, none alike. I used Lime Squeeze, Thistle Blossom, Robin’s Egg Blue and Goldfinch on this piece. Hard to…

Cookie Time

It’s cookie time. I’m hungry. Whenever I’m hungry, it’s time for cookies. Sometimes I have really cool ingredients to put in them, sometimes I don’t. Tonight I don’t so it’s the Easiest Sugar Cookie recipe from the  Breakfast at Nine, Tea at Four cookbook (available on Amazon, naturally.) This book came home to me way…

Only the Strong Survive

I’m not sure we’re going to get through this. This being Inauguration Day, a day which should be joyous as we celebrate the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the other. The problem is that it hasn’t been peaceful. In any election there are losers and winners. You can’t have two winners in…

Hidden Meanings

Unseen As most of you know, I am a psychic. I also believe you’re psychic and whether or not it is in the forefront of your life, it is still there. After finishing my degree, I searched around for a job in which I could use my degree and NOT TYPE. Well, I found one…

Handmade Room

I spend a lot of my day making things. All sorts of things. Sweaters, socks and shawls, art quilts, clothing, and collages. Since 1992 when we moved to our home in St. Clair Shores, I have had a room all to myself for my supplies and for work. I have an old home now. It’s…

Primary Focus

I mentioned in my previous post that I was interviewed by a friend for his on-line news site. During that interview, he asked if I considered my art quilting to be my primary focus over the last 20 years. I said no. He then asked me if I thought I would have been more successful…

Immersion

“Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.” ― Paramahansa Yogananda…

Listening to God

It is said that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. Listening is the key. I can safely say that each of us, in our own way, are trying to find happiness. That feeling of content, the joy of simple things, the comfort of no anxiety or worries. It is a…

Old Habits

I’m not sure when I first started reading Country Living UK but I do know it was early in the 90s. I was living in a Michigan version of an English Cottage then. It was the most beautiful little house and I’m sorry I left it behind to suffer the deprivations of the new owners,…

Capable or Not – It Depends

It seems that every time I start a new pattern, I get to learn a new method of knitting. I started Scarfy Thing  the other night and finished section 1. Then I have to attach section 2. Seems it’s not just a matter of picking up stitches – no that would be too easy. I…

New Dye Colors!

I’m done with the necessary running around this morning and now I have gas in my car. Such a comforting feeling rather than looking at the gauge which read 1/8 of a tank. Not good. I got new dye colors for my birthday a week or so ago. They’re Clear Carnelian, Bahama Blue, Marigold, Hot…

Someday I’m Going to be Happy

via Daily Prompt: Someday Many times I have said to myself, someday I’m going to be happy. As soon as I get that power job, have so much money in the bank, buy that new house, move to another city, quit working, after my husband retires, after I win the lottery …….. a lot of…

Why I Won’t Find My Fade

Back on January 1 I wrote about starting a knit along for this pattern. See it here. I had some color choices and I wound the yarn. And then …….. I started seeing everyone coming up with colors for the pattern. It seemed everyone was going to knit this shawl. I just checked and there are…

Never Give Up

via Daily Prompt: Cling I spend a lot of time in my sewing studio putting things together, cutting them apart, flipping them around, and putting them together again. I think I’m obsessed with making quilts. I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I started the way all quilters start – or should. I learned the…

Family

via Discover Challenge: Transcript This is a picture of the USS General Hersey, the ship that brought my late husband to this country. On 16 November 1949 USAT General M. L. Hersey left Naples with 1,283 displaced persons from Europe and arrived in Melbourne, Australia on 6 December 1949.[6] This voyage was one of almost 150 “Fifth Fleet” voyages by some 40 ships…

Cannot Do Squares

I was up in my sewing studio, messing with my squares yesterday. I got a piece together and it bored me to tears. I tried to add some life to it, it got worse. What have I found out? I don’t care if my quilts don’t have a “common” theme to them. They’re going to…

Books and Knits and Fun

I do love this book. I first looked through it when my son was in graphic design school. The color combinations had me drooling. It is laid out in a manner showing how color schemes can be used to market products. Red is stimulating, pink is happy and sweet, orange is friendly and vital, yellow…

I Prefer Uneven

via Daily Prompt: Uneven There’s something satisfying about a piece of work that is not symmetrical. There seems to be movement, a bit of serendipitous chaos in a disorderly piece of my work. Which is why my idea to explore squares is going to go by the wayside, quick. This piece I’ve featured is called…

I’m Getting a Headache

I’ve been working today in the studio, trying to recover a piece I somewhat finished and didn’t like. And I mean seriously, if you don’t like something, get rid of it, somehow, anyhow. The fabrics were just too pink, purple, no relief added from blues or greens or yellows. I had stuck in beads, sari…

Shine On

via Daily Prompt: Shine Well this quilt will shine – thanks to the sequined butterfly in the center. I am patiently waiting for my embroidery needles so I can finish quilting this and get it on my bed. I’ve been using the same quilt for 3 or 4 years and it’s time for a change….

Pussy Hats

I kept seeing people in a certain nameless knitting group talking about knitting pussy hats. I had no idea what they were talking about. I searched on Ravelry for the pattern. Let me say I cannot promote this pattern. It’s ugly. If you want to see it, it is here. I won’t be making myself a…

Simple Living

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”  ― Paramahansa Yogananda Simple. An easy word and a lovely thought. How do we simplify our lives? It’s actually, well, simple. Accepting what is without fighting it gets us to a place where we are…

It’s So Cold …….

It was so cold . . . I will admit I stole this. “It’s so cold, words froze in the air. If you wanted to hear what someone said, you had to grab a handful of sentences and take them in by the fire!” Do you love it? That’s what it feels like today. I…

The Pleasure of Hand Quilting

This post was inspired by a post I read by Kerry on Love Those Hands At Home. She spoke about how, motivation at a standstill, she decided to work on her hand quilted project. In 1987, I began quilting. I had been introduced to it at a young age as both of my grandmothers lived with…

Sufficient Unto the Day

via Photo Challenge: Names Back in the day when I was showing my work, they all had names. I’m not sure how I started that but I do remember having the names of some of my work changed by my quilt mentor, Merry Silber, in order to comply with the requirements to participate in a…

Free Form Floating

via Daily Prompt: Float Free form floating …….. how I describe my creative mode. I float from idea to idea, method to method, task to task. I get an idea in my head and then try to figure out how to manifest it. This doesn’t always work as my ideas tend to be more complex…

Note Taking for the Note Challenged

I’ve always made lists. Then I lose the list, hoping I’ve actually bought or done everything that was on that list. Sometimes, yes, sometimes, no. I  am a creative person but not an organized person. I tend to flutter like a butterfly, stopping here and there to soak up nectar and quickly moving on to…

No Color Was Harmed in the Making of This Piece

It may come as no surprise to many of you that I like color. Lots and lots of color. Rich, saturated, in your face, heavenly, bright, jarring color. My decisions about whether or not I like a piece of dyed fabric I’ve completed largely includes the criteria that it must be bright, colorful, not dull….

Solar Return

This is the week of my birth, eons ago. Long, long ago ……. Every year, everyone has a Solar Return. It’s around your date of birth and it is a snapshot of the planets at the exact time your sun comes back to the degree and minute of your birth. My Solar Return this year…

Crossing the Great Divide

via Daily Prompt: Crossing The great divide, the grape skin veil between the world of duality and confusion, the crossing over into the realization of the Infinite. How to cross that divide, that divide which is wide and horribly scary and which must be crossed before life can be lived with grace? How do we…

Circular Paths

It seems wherever I am, I’ve been there before. My life has been lived predominantly inside, although I appear to be an extrovert. I can be, I just don’t want to be. I like my inside where I commune with the Divine, hum along with the sounds of the Infinite Consciousness, ignoring the world-confusion. The…

Supper Tonight

Starting out with my New Year’s Resolution of eating healthier and better food, I have to cook something. No more reheating of breaded previously fried things or pizza things with pepperoni all over them. No. Tonight, it’s a meal with veggies in the starring role. I will admit it is not a difficult meal. I…

So I Didn’t Start on the KAL

I did get the yarn wound up. I had an enormous amount of trouble with the hot pink yarn. It was all tangled up. I think it was tied only in one place and it was a mess. It took me forever. I saved Sin for another day since I won’t need it for a…

Plain Vanilla

I’ve written about the extreme level of hate flying around in the world-confusion these days. It’s getting worse by the minute. There is little civil discourse that doesn’t result in receiving a message of some sort on social media to the fact that you’re a fucking asshole and shut up. I’m tired of it. Enough…

Living Inside Out

via Daily Prompt: Interiorly I’ve always lived inside out. My inside hasn’t always been content, mindful and in agreement with my purpose though. I came from a home with talented people, but with emotionally scarred people too. My mother was a holy terror and constantly had the family in an uproar about something or other….

Year

via Daily Prompt: Year A year is 12 months. 364 days make up a year but months aren’t even because we have 30 in some 31 in the others and even 28 or 29 in one of them. The 28 or 29 one is the longest month of the year. I’m happy to say my…

Love

“If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil you yourself will become ugly. Look only for the good in everything so you absorb the quality of beauty.”  ― Paramahansa Yogananda Look for the good in everything is a phrase we’ve heard expressed in different manners. Treat others as you would have them treat you, look…

Supposed To Start Today

Today is January 1. I’m supposed to start a KAL today. For those of you who don’t knit, that’s short for Knit Along. We all knit the same thing at the same time. It’s more fun than it sounds. This KAL is for Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry. Here’s her version. You can see this…

January 1, 2017

Here it is – a brand new year. I have plans for this new year. It’s going to be a humdinger. There will be cloth dyed, art quilts made, learning stitches done, trips taken, yarn knitted, yarn bought, an art studio completed, and happiness continued. Yesterday, while everyone else was resting for a hot night…

Ho Ho Heave Ho

No, it won’t look like this. It will look quite different. But it will be better than this. I had the brilliant idea day before yesterday that I should move my bedroom into the sewing room and my sewing room into the bedroom. My bedroom is somewhere around 17′ x 15′ or larger – haven’t…

Hopeful Resolutions Version 2017

via Daily Prompt: Hopeful It’s the last day of 2016. For once I can say I’m not all that super happy to see this year go. This year, unlike the ones from 2000 until 2015, hasn’t been what I call “bad”. At the end of 2007 I thought we were on our way up, out…

Time to Think?

Is It Time to Think? When it is time to think, we should think. When it is time for the mind to shut up, we should learn to shut up. Being able just to be still and shut up is a facility that just about every creature on the face of the earth has. Humans…

Weather Forecast

I’ve been checking out  the Weather Forecast Bangor, ME for a few days now. Ever since I learned that a storm would roll in this weekend. One thing you have to do if you live in Maine is watch for snowstorms. Usually they aren’t just a few inches of snow. Most of the time they’re 20″ of snow….

Renewal

via Daily Prompt: Renewal I have mood swings. They don’t come and go within a couple of weeks, more like 1/2 a year. I’m not as bouncy, enthusiastic and happy from March to September as I am from September to March. I seem to get an influx of energy after we go back to standard…

Squares

Years ago, in the midst of making quilts and showing them at quilt shows in Michigan, my quilt shop owner friend told me that none of my pieces were recognizable as “mine” because I didn’t have a theme, I wasn’t working around one style but exploring all that I could. The woman that ran the…

Get Creative

On Christmas Day I dyed the fabric I’d recently purchased. This is a more loosely woven fabric than I had been using. I switched because trying to needle through that cotton poplin I had was difficult. Even quilting by machine, I struggled with it. I think it’s not going to matter because the results on…