Freeze Warning

I am so sorry to see summer/fall go away. It’s cold up here. We’ve had two nights of frost, all my tomatoes, whether green or red, have been picked. I think I have about 15 pounds of tomatoes to deal with today. I spent yesterday doing an astrology reading, blanching broccoli, roasting peppers and keeping…

Chaos

This is the pile of hand-dyed scraps awaiting my attention in the studio/sewing room/junk room. My brain is swirling around because I HAVE SO MANY PROJECT IDEAS AND NO TIME AND I’M GETTING HYSTERICAL. Instead of going off and hiding in my room, you can usually find me hanging around with The Shepherd – I…

And then there are two

These lovely people are my parents way back in 1961. We were at a family reunion of the Keller family in Gibson City, Illinois. Mom looked like she wasn’t having a bad time. I’m not sure about Dad – somehow he looks like he would rather be somewhere else. LOL My mom was a traditional…

On the Subject of Creativity …………..

I have a bit of a problem. See, The Shepherd decided we need a new wood stove. I agree 100% and in fact it is almost ready to hook up. I’m hoping it will take him a few more days because I KNOW HE WILL GO GET WOOD AND MAKE A FIRE. And it is…

Cleaning House – Well, Part of the House

I am only posting that picture in order to shame myself into organizing (cleaning) my sewing room, a/k/a studio. I have a problem with the word studio. It sounds like I’m a productive artist person – which tickles my guilt bone – because I SHOULD BE A PRODUCTIVE ARTIST PERSON and instead I am a…

Mercury Retrograde and Being a Pain

I like doing this stuff, you know. Messing with colors, sprinkling on dyes and saturating the cloth with soda ash …………….. waiting FOREVER to see what it looks like – I love it. Then I like actually DOING something with the fabric. I’ve been on a garment sewing kick since 2008 when I bought my…

Just Being Here Now

Being where I am, and not being where I’m not – that’s my recipe for living. You could call it mindfulness, total meditation or Zen. Whatever you call it, for me it is the only way I can function. And it isn’t easy, paying attention. It doesn’t matter whether I’m depressed, angry, ecstatically happy or…

Spring Plans

The Shepherd earned points today. He drove me all the way to Caribou to pick up my new to me Bernette for Bernina 009dcc Coverlock/Coverstitch machine. I used to have a serger. I didn’t particularly care for it although it did make knit t-shirts a breeze. I think this is better than a serger. It…

April 1

This mess has been straightened out. I am within 5% of finishing my jacket. Only the grunt work is left to do and I’m not sure when I will get around to it. The important part of doing this jacket has been completed. I wanted to see if I could do it. I can. Done….

Old Photos and Memories

My mother was great for saving things. She had old quilt blocks from my Great Grandmother Mary Eleanor and her two daughters stored in the attic since 1958. I got them in 1987. And did I use them! At first, I was so worried they would disintegrate in water, I could barely stand to wash…