Close up of my 'It's Snow Wonder' wall hanging

Close up of my ‘It’s Snow Wonder’ wall hanging

As I look out my windows this morning, it is snowing like crazy, but the beauty of the snow belies the very cold temps that we are experiencing here in Minnesota. It’s hard to explain to our little Aussie just why it wouldn’t be much fun to play outside. But it’s a wonderful day for finally having time to sit down and catch up on my blog. Somehow Christmas 2014 has come and gone, along with my birthday, two of my best friends’ birthdays and my youngest daughter’s birthday(New Years Eve!), and of course New Year’s Day 2015! For those of you who celebrate other traditions, that would include the passing of another Hannukka, Kwanzaa, and winter solstice; I love the opportunity to learn about other traditions than my own. I think they give us all a chance to add joy and meaning to our lives without having to sacrifice any of our own – and in the long, cold, dark season of winter, we can use all the joy we can get! As I look forward to another year, I do want to share some of the projects that I completed for Christmas – I couldn’t share them before as certain recipients would have found out just what was coming their way! More…

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Happy Thanksgiving weekend. I am hoping that everyone out there found a few moments to celebrate and reflect on the true blessings of ‘thanksgiving’. As the years have passed, I find it much easier to realize how so many ‘simple’ things make my life so much more richer – a call from a friend, watching children play and giggle, the aroma of home cooked food – well you get the idea. I remind myself I need to practice ‘thanksgiving’ every day! I have been inundated with projects and project ideas the last 2 months, with far more creative possibilites than I likely ever will complete; I know many of you are not foreign to this same situation!! But this year, I am extremely grateful for even being able to stitch, sew, and design; having broken my shoulder earlier in the year, it has taken much therapy and effort to resume these activities…and I may not ‘be in the clear’ just yet as the doctor is showing some concern that I may still have some damage to the soft tissues. ARGHHHH! Please no! Stay tuned! Meanwhile, I’ve been stitching like mad to get a few ideas made. Thought I’d share a few of those with you in the next few posts. More…

The pumpkin says it all!!

The pumpkin says it all!!

Happy Halloween to everyone out there! I really do enjoy the fun of Halloween. As a kid I spent untold hours anticipating and planning for the one day of the year when I got to be someone(thing!) else, not to mention the fun of going out – after dark! – with friends to trick or treat for goodies! Perhaps those days of creating costumes (who had money to spend on store bought items??) fueled my love of fabrics, textures, embellishing, stitching as well as any other materials that served a creative purpose!! To my parents credit, they allowed me to create with reckless abandon (well ALMOST..) With only grown kids, grandkids that live at a distance, and a neighborhood that usually only nets us a dozen or so trick or treaters, I do miss the excitement the Halloween holiday used to bring. That all said, I need to now explain that look on the pumpkin…. More…

Snowflakes in progress!

Snowflakes in progress!

With fall fast approaching and the garden starting to slow down, I was finally able to deliver on my promise of a workshop for my Daystitchers group. I have belonged to this group for many years: I remember my delight finding out that there was a group of like minded quilters, knitters, and stitchers that met during the day! Anyone who has fibro/CFS/lymes (or any other condition that wreaks havoc on your energy system) will understand that doing things in the evening hours just doesn’t work! Prior Lake did (and does) have an evening group, but that wasn’t going to work no matter how badly I would have liked to have joined. The opportunity to join a daytime group was so exciting: a chance to socialize, visit, share and learn! Added pluses: the group meets EVERY Wednesday (one doesn’t have to remember if it is ‘this Wednesday!’) AND it had been decided that this would be a ‘low maintenance’ group – no dues, no ‘officers,’ no treat committee, etc. We have occasionally done such things as block exchanges, row exchange quilts, etc. as well as contributed to cash awards at the county fair; all on a volunteer level of participation. And yes, at least one homemade treat appears each Wednesday! Over the years, we have shared the ‘days of our lives’ – the good and the bad – and I feel blessed and fortunate to know such a diverse, creative, giving and sharing group of women. It was with their support that I pursued working with wool/wool felt and creating patterns, so I figured it was only fair play to create a workshop just for them! More…

Fermenting salsa and dill pickles!!  Yummmm!

Fermenting salsa and dill pickles!! Yummmm!

As a youth, I frequently heard the ‘grown up folks’ mention that “time goes faster as you get older.” My young mind never quite understood those sentiments (remember how long it took for your birthday to come? Christmas morning to arrive? summer vacation to arrive?) However, as the years have passed (and while I know that ‘time is time’) there seems to be some serious truth in that expression!! I probably have to admit that in reality, I am the one ‘slowing down’ while the metronome of time ticks away at the same old continuous pace. So when I looked at the date of my last post, my emotions went from ‘what?!’ and ‘really?!’ to sheepish admission of my lack of diligent posting! In a moment of desperate emotion, I even told myself that maybe everyone else was so busy having a good summer that my negligence wouldn’t be noticed!! If that happens to be true, then just skip this little ‘rave!’ 🙂 On the other hand, if you have wondered just where I have been and what I have been up to, I hope this post will fill you in! Remember…I started out this summer with a fractured shoulder….NO FUN!!! More…

Never take yourself too seriously!

Never take yourself too seriously!

Thank goodness the powers above blessed me with a good sense of humor – more exactly a wacky sense of humor. Even as a child I never had the good sense to know when I shouldn’t have been giggling, a habit that oftimes got me into trouble along with reprimands and dirty looks. Later on in life, I learned that my father admitted to having a similar problem in his younger days, so perhaps it’s in the DNA. I have never been the kind of person to intentionally hurt another persons feelings with my giggling. This past mother’s day weekend, my twin grandbabies were christened and their 2 big sisters had their first dance recital; my son (godfather to one) flew in from Chicago for the occasion. I guess the DNA thing must move through the generations, as he wished me a Happy Mother’s Day and kindly presented me with the mug you see in the picture! I couldn’t help but laugh – yes, to the point of having tears in my eyes! Did I forget to say that it hurts a fractured shoulder when you laugh really, really hard??? I do wonder though, if years in the future, will I have to explain my lack of physical ‘grace’ every time someone notices this mug? Maybe I will have to hide it! 🙂 All in all, I do think life is much better when we can find some humor in our daily lives. Personally I think our world could use more giggling! More…

Pattern designing in progress!

Pattern designing in progress!

Let me start by saying that it has been an interesting 6 months. I apologize for the lack of posts; I find that in order to get pattern models made, patterns drafted, and patterns produced, most of everything else in life goes to the wayside. It’s not that the creative process isn’t enjoyable, but it is a journey that is quite demanding (hopefully also fulfilling in the end!) Add in any number of carefully chosen ‘real life moments’ – i.e. holidays, birthdays, grandchildren, etc. and —– well, suddenly it is May! I’m quite sure many of you reading this, can attest to similar experiences regarding the pace of our lives these days. More…

My last order of Valdani threads.

My last order of Valdani threads.

No, not the kind of threads you follow on the web!! I’m referring to all those wonderful spools, skeins, and balls of luscious colors, various finishes, exotic textures that are always begging to be put to use. I’m old enough to remember when thread choices basically consisted of sewing threads (silk, cotton, some rayons and polyesters), embroidery thread skeins, some variety crochet and tatting threads; I also remember my mother searching hi and low for a good quality metallic thread that she used in some of her tatting work – usually just a gold or silver color! Times have changed and today’s manufacturers bring us an astounding variety of threads to enhance and embellish almost any application. While I have my favorite threads for my quilts/quilting, it was my involvement with wool has led me to more closely re-examine the choices being offered today. More…

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