So Much Yarn

Whenever I finish a project it takes eons for me to get truly inspired by another one. And yet I must have something to do, otherwise I will start screaming madly at the weather and that is pointless. Truly pointless. The sun is finally shining today and we didn’t get 12 inches of snow as…

Some Things Just Can’t Be Finished

This is one of those things. I did finish this “shlanket” night before last. This is Outline by Beata Jezek from Hedgehog Fibres. Both of them are, the pink and blue one being the first I started knitting and the red/pink/gold one I like. The lightish one, no. Last night, while putzing around with it,…

11,862.50

High on my list of “Things I Do” is reading. I can remember 1) Mom getting extremely upset with me because she would talk to me and I wouldn’t listen (nose in a book) 2) when I ran out of books I would read the encyclopedia which was that interesting 3) wanting to buy the…

Frittered Away by Detail

Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau Whenever I think of making changes in my life, I think of Henry David Thoreau and his trip to Walden. I do not know where he got his writing inspiration, but every word fills me with head shaking agreement. I love Henry. I…

Heaven Thy Name is Donuts

If I had only one thing I could do the rest of my life, it would be baking. Anything made with flour, sugar, vanilla, butter …… anything. Even anything just made with flour, yeast, oil and salt ……. anything. Last night I started fantasizing about French Market Donuts. I came across this recipe years ago…

Branching Out?

I remember the day, sometime in 2015, when my son offered to buy this set of oil pastels from Sennelier for me. Ah. I was completely in want. Totally. I had been reading books on surface design and learned that Caran d’ Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Pastels could be used to color fabric. I…

Do More

I’m in this magazine, Uppercase #33. My part is small, but you can see my work at the bottom left of the fifth page of Heat and Fire, which begins on page 85. The preview of the magazine is here. My work has been published before and each time is as exciting as the last. What…

How’d That Happen?

A couple of days ago, I decided to take my leftover scraps from this quilt and slap them down on Vilene. Here I am, thinking I’m so creative and I’ve found a way to make an “art” piece and I’m excited by the prospect. Well ………. I finished it yesterday. I must say all those…

Dottie and Esme

Nothing makes me happier than pictures of puppies and kittens. If I had my way (if my kitty wasn’t a big hissy thing that would get seriously PO’d if another “animal” came into this house) I would have a dozen of each. At least, maybe more if I could figure out how to feed them…

A Tale of Two Countries

From 1999 until 2007 my family and I lived on Prince Edward Island in Canada. We had made the move after my husband retired from his job as an electrical engineer for the automotive industry. Why did we do that? Let me just say no one is sure at this point. We started out looking…

Center

If you’ve read this blog for a long time, you know I practice mindfulness. At least I try to practice mindfulness ……. meditation, general mind control, centering myself when I’m off balance – all of those things. I can’t live outside my center. I am miserable when I’m in the midst of fear, anxiety, stress,…

Change Please

I keep looking at the weather forecast. Then I whimper. I keep hoping it will change and the major Nor’Easter they keep talking about will go away. It’s March, not December or January or February. I know. We always get a snowstorm the middle of March. When the Roman dude said “Beware the Ides of…

Playing Around

That’s definitely a picture of playing around. I decided one day to just pick up bits of color and embroider them down to a piece of Vilene – which is this stabilizing sort of stuff that disintegrates in water. Then I did something typical for me – I used a steam iron on it. Not,…

Not Good

Update! I don’t know why I keep forgetting Union Street Towing – that phone number is going on my refrigerator from now on out! They had replaced my battery early this winter and now my favorite repair guy came and put the emergency spare on the rear and the rear tire on the front. I…

Experiments

I feel like a kid with a new chemistry set – although my parents never bought me one of those, I had friends who let me play with theirs. I must say I wasn’t thrilled with it ……… for me, experiments are only good if they produce color. Lots and lots of color ………. I…

Gee Golly

I’m sitting here this afternoon, minding my own business, and I get an email. Wow, huh? Well this one was a WOW! In January I sent a sample of some of my work to Uppercase Magazine. This magazine is hard to classify although I have seen it described as a graphic arts publication. It is…

Shopping Again

I love all sorts of fabric. This is Swavelle/Mill Creek Indoor/Outdoor Gregoire Prima. I’m not sure where the Gregoire Prima means, but I just loved the print. I’ve been staring at this for a while thinking it would make great curtains, although it is medium weight and intended for pillows, upholstery, things like that. Then I…

Acceptance

It is a fact of this life that “things” happen. Things that we do not want to happen, things we fear, things we run from and yes, things we love. I have spent a predominant part of my life not accepting what is but fighting against it. I was always rushing to the future, hoping…

Playing with Value

It’s been years since I have gone into a quilt shop and looked at fabric, in real life. I bought fabric on-line, if I bought fabric for quilts. I have been knitting and sewing clothing for the last few years. I only decided to quilt again in 2015 and then I dyed my own fabrics….

Recognizable

Years ago, way back in the 90s, I was making art quilts for show. I had a lot of inspiration, imagination and I had an amazing source of quilt fabrics from which to choose. I even traveled from St. Clair Shores to Ann Arbor at least every other month to glean fabrics from my absolute…

Believable

Wanderlust is always upon me. For years I wanted to move after about 8 years of living in one place – except for some places I lived when I wanted to move within 6 months of living there, like Canada. Oddly enough, now that I am in this house, this 102 year old house, I…

Another New Project …..

I don’t need to start something new. I need to finish at least one of the 5 projects already on my needles. But see, this yarn is sitting here and it’s pretty and I want to knit with it. So I am. So there. This is Lark by Quince and Co. in Canvas. When I…

Planets in Alignment ………

Back in the day when I was a working psychic, I also “did” astrology. I don’t know how else to say that, except that I also provided the service of an astrological reading if the client requested it. I had a doctor who was a nice man and, for some reason, felt that astrological readings…

March 2

I have to remind myself of this. Every day brings a new phony outrage from the left. And now it seems our highly unsuccessful former president has joined up with his highly unsuccessful cronies to “bring down” the Trump presidency. I guess they hope to get him impeached. Since he won’t be screwing an intern…

Makes Me Crazy

Someday I hope I can look outside and see something like this. It is warmer now, if you think that 48 degrees is warm. We still have some snow on the ground, you know, the nasty black kind. This morning I got busy in the sewing room. I found an already cut out quilt top…

A Life in Provence or Maine

Okay so I don’t live my life in Provence. I did want to though, years ago. Now I probably wouldn’t do it but in 2000 I would have gone there in a flash. Alone. Nobody else in my family thought it was a good idea to go live in a place where you couldn’t speak…

I’m Perfect

This is a picture of me when I felt like having my picture taken. Sometimes the Momma Human will try to get me in a picture and I will squish out of it. Or I will show the Momma Human my “impolite” (as she calls it) side. I love to clean myself when she has…

TSK TSK TSK

I just had to stick a summer-like picture up there, I really did. You would think summer is right around the corner here. While the midwest is having a blizzard (excuse me while I laugh hysterically) we’re getting RAIN. Yes, rain. It got up to 59 degrees here today and it could stay there forever…

February

February lasts forever. This is a fact of life. I wish there was a way to get it out of the calendar each year so we in the frozen north wouldn’t have to live through it. But yet I persist in making things to make the time fly ………… There are always thousands of patterns…

Luminosity

In the suchness of natural purity, there is no difference between earlier and later states. There is no difference between the time when one is an ordinary being and the point at which one is a buddha. In essence, the natural luminosity of emptiness never changes. Mipham’s commentary on Maitreya’s Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sūtras…

If Ever I Could Go ……..

Years ago, at a library book sale, I found The Tassajara Bread Book for 50 cents. I have used no other book for baking bread since. I love my Tassajara Bread and am going to have to whip some up this week. I set out to collect all the Tassajara recipe books I could find….

Kid You Not

My car is out of its all-encompassing snow bank. No more does it sit, surrounded by 5 feet of snow, incapable of movement, frozen. It has been set free. Not only is my lovely 4-wheel drive (Thank God for 4-wheel drive) Subaru free, it is now sitting at the end of my driveway, ready to…

Sunshine

The sun decided she should come up this morning and show her face. We haven’t seen her for a while here. Along with the sun, there’s the promise of temperatures in the 40s. It feels like spring. I accomplished something yesterday. Yay! I quilted my diamond quilt by machine. I went to attach the walking…

Working

These two pieces of fabric make up my Diamond quilt top. Today I’m going to machine quilt it. I’m nervous. At one point I had a Bernina with the BSR and I quilted 4 king-size quilts and one twin size on it. It wasn’t easy and I don’t think the stitch regulator helped me all…

Starting Early

Spring will come. I will no longer be cranky. I won’t be stuck in the house for days at a time. I will be able to go outside and work in my newly created container garden. With that in mind and since I’ve had absolutely no luck getting any help with the work that needs…

What I Can Do and What I Cannot

I think I can wait until Maine looks like this photo again. I think I can I think I can I think I can. Since our big snowstorm that dumped this in my driveway I have spent time on the phone and computer looking for someone to clear it out. No. There is no one…

Still Cranky

This is what happens during a major snowstorm when every idiot and their brother is out on the roads. After all, speed limits are just a suggestion, right? I’ve been on I-95, well trying to get on I-95, and had a van that could not have passed inspection go around me on the on-ramp! I…

Complaining Won’t Shift Snow

Weather is so boring. I’m sick to death of weather. And today? More weather is on its way. We’re supposed to get another foot of snow. I’m like, uh, what? After only small snowfalls of less than 3″ for the entire winter, we get 5 feet in a few days? Hello? I’m going to do…

Sigh

If you were here, you’d move. As soon as possible. It isn’t snowing a lot – it’s snowing a HELL of a lot. It’s hard to say how much snow there is on the ground right now. I’d say around 14″ but it’s all drifted from winds last night so it’s hard to say. There…

Blowin’ A Gale

According to the National Weather Service, we’re going to get one. A gale, snowstorm, weather bomb, blizzard – all those things that keep Mainers inside for the duration – hopefully. As I mention in my most recent post, employers need to give their employees a break and let them stay home tomorrow. There are some…

Penguono Feathers Removed, Quilting To Do and Books Read

Guess I don’t have to write anything now because my title says it all. Too bad, I’m going to write anyway. It’s colder than a witch’s tit here today. I mean I’m super tired of wanting to turn the boiler on and then telling myself to save the oil for later on. It’s been super…

Choose Light

Why would anyone choose to poison themselves? Think back to the last time you were angry. How did you feel? Were your muscles tense, your breathing shallow, your thinking violent? Probably. But those things are nothing compared to what your adrenal system is going through when you’re angry. From Livestrong.com When you perceive something as…

Fresh Apple Cake – Walter Heacock

5 small apples, cut in cubes 2 cups sugar 1 cup butter, melted, or 1 cup liquid shortening 3 cups flour 2 tablespoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 2 whole eggs 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped nuts Directions Mix apple cubes with sugar and set…

Bombogenesis and Stupid Knitting

They have these big words. They just mean that we’re going to get what Islanders on PEI called “dirt.” It is dirt. It’s a damn shame that we have had little or no snow this winter, and now, all hell is going to break loose. I’m going to have to go out and move my…

Too Busy

I wish this were the way it looks outside today. Unless you’re living under a cabbage, you know we’re having a snowstorm in the northeast. For some reason the weather people act like this is something that doesn’t happen in the winter. I refer you to this: This is Maine and It’s Gonna Snow Enjoy…

Save the World

Don’t Set Out to Save the World When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at…

The Home of the Brave – And The Patriots!

Okay maybe not everyone is thrilled with the outcome of the Super Bowl yesterday, but heck, I live in New England and I thought it was fantastic. I almost wish I’d watched it! Since my husband passed away, watching sporting events by myself hasn’t been high on my list of priorities. He enjoyed football in…

Sunday Sewing and a Headache

I have a headache. I’m letting you know this right up front so if I make a lot of errors in spelling, you’ll know why. I get barometric pressure headaches. This is stupid. I have no idea why my head decides to hurt like Hades when there’s a low pressure system within 150 miles of…

Baby Comes Home Today

Eek! I’m so excited. Today I get to bring home my new toy, the Bernette Chicago 7. I had wanted the Chicago 5, primarily because I don’t do machine embroidery and the Chicago 7 does. Unfortunately I waited too long and the Chicago 5 is no longer available. Fortunately I waited until the Chicago 7…

Next Up – Spinning Wheel

In my quest to conquer every possible fiber-related hobby known to woman, the next purchase is a decent spinning wheel. I say decent, because I’ve already owned one that wasn’t. I didn’t like it. Not at all. I’m trying to decide which one I want. There are many choices. Some of them, like the Majacraft…