Endings and Beginnings

  This blog has been silent for more than a year and a half. Shortly after the last post the love of my life was diagnosed with an especially rare and nasty form of cancer, and he died a few months later. For obvious reasons my life’s focus changed in that time, and since then … Continue reading

Color-Happy

Color-Happy

A glance out my window shows spring-green Japanese maple leaves, forest-green arborvitae, brilliant red new growth on towering photinias, white droplets on Solomon’s Seal, shell-pink strawberry blossoms, and cheerful yellow primroses. (I’m not counting the smokey-gray/black of the visiting cat this time.) I’m hooked on colors, all hues, all shades. Recently my collection of colorful … Continue reading

Before and After….

Before and After….

The rigid heddle loom is seductive. It is supposed to be a travelling companion, a way to keep weaving on the road. So far it has sung a siren’s song, sitting smugly in its neat carrying bag, telling me I really need to get used to it before we ever hit the road. And so … Continue reading

Blue on Blue

Blue on Blue

How many blues are there and why is it sometimes hard to find blues that sit happily next to each other? That’s what I’ve been wrestling with recently as I try to find the right beads to create a bracelet. With literally hundreds of beads in my studio (OK, maybe even thousands if you count … Continue reading

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions

These days I’m finding myself, all too often, staring at the computer and wondering what to do next. There is no lack of “things to do,” only the will or ability to decide which one to tackle first. And yes, I do mean tackle – that’s the feeling – that there are many things that … Continue reading

Sampling Success

Sampling Success

For the past few weeks I’ve been engrossed with warps and heddles and reeds and wefts. Finally, after decades of more or less yearning, I have been learning to weave! I thought I had a sense of what was involved, but in making the very simplest of pieces I’ve learned how very much I don’t … Continue reading

And another thing…Part II

And another thing…Part II

Early in January my challenge to me was to make one new thing, probably using some lovely glass and stone pendants. Off I went to dig in the cedar chest wherein reside fluffy mountains of yarn, cord, and half-done needlework projects from years past. Down at the bottom, along with a child’s fixed heddle loom … Continue reading

In Praise of Mind-Numbing Repetition

In Praise of Mind-Numbing Repetition

My current big project is a book that will include both photos and text. That doesn’t sound bad. But there will be many more than 1,000 photos on perhaps 600 pages. That’s not bad either, just big. Here’s the mind-numbing part: approximately 600 of those photos are now contained in about 50 individual pages of … Continue reading

And Another Thing…

And Another Thing…

These first few days of the year bring a lot of talk about new beginnings, resolutions, hopes and dreams, plotting your course, and so forth. I long ago gave up resolutions – they seem to be good mostly for self-guilting. I certainly have earnest and heart-felt intentions, mostly around health and flexibility. I also have … Continue reading

Now Comes the Hard Part

Now Comes the Hard Part

Years ago my sister gave me a Sesame Street Christmas record album – yes, a real vinyl platter that you play on a turntable – and I still enjoy it. My favorite song on the album is “Keep Christmas With You (All Through The Year),” an idea that would do our world good if we … Continue reading

Taking Time to Breathe and Smile

Taking Time to Breathe and Smile

These last weeks of the year always seem to be a headlong dash to the finish line. Goodies to bake, house to clean and decorate, meals to plan, gifts to find/wrap/deliver or ship, and then one last whoop as the year ends. Whew! Instead of the joy and celebration that this time “should” bring, I … Continue reading

Glass Seduction

Glass Seduction

Once upon a time in an earlier lifetime I was hooked on glass. Red, blue, wavy, crackley, confetti-spattered, difficult, and mesmerizing. I descended into hours of holding bits of glass up to the light, finding images in the swirls of color, and creating stained glass panels, suncatchers, boxes, and more. My fingertips had enough fine … Continue reading

Nature’s Winter Gift

Nature’s Winter Gift

After more than a year here in Oregon there are still pleasant surprises from Mama Nature. It is December 9, just short of the winter solstice, and gray is the predominant sky color. But tucked between a shed and a fence, in company with trash bins, over arched by several trees, and getting little sunshine … Continue reading

Colors to Brighten Winter Days

Colors to Brighten Winter Days

When you think of winter, what colors come to mind? Silver-gray or brilliant blue for the sky? Deep green for the evergreen trees? Red and gold for decorations? No matter what your own traditions, you probably have a favorite color that means “winter holidays” to you. For me it’s green. The deep, almost teal green … Continue reading

Checklists – The Naughty and Nice

Checklists – The Naughty and Nice

Lists everywhere. Presents to buy or make. Goodies to bake. Jewelry to design. Decorations to unpack or replace. Cards to address and mail (yes, I still like real printed cards.) House fix-up chores. I need all these lists, but sometimes they are so overwhelming that nothing seems to get done! Time to step back and … Continue reading