Friday, May 27, 2016


Thanks to everyone who visits my blog and comments, but I've been having some trouble receiving your comments by email. I like to respond, so I'm going to start doing that in the comment section below. I hope keeping it all in one place helps!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Staying With It...

In spite of messing up and starting over at least a dozen times (I lost count), I'm staying with this knitting in-the-round project until I get it right. What will it be? An owl, of course! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Swap Group Mini Quilt

This just arrived in the mail from my swap partner in Odessa, Missouri. The theme was "May  Flowers", and I've already found a place for it atop an antique oak washstand (second photo). I needed something with blues to match the lampshade there! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sycamore Sentinels

This dilapidated house with two old Sycamore trees always catches my eye on a local Pinelands road, especially when the sun is strong and the tree bark gleams white. I may work on this more later. The real scene is much more interesting than my drawn impression, but I'm happy with it. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Knitted and Done

This is not as soft as the hand-woven rayon/chenille scarf in my last post, but it's chunky and warm. I bought the merino wool yarn from the weaver at a craft fair who was spinning while everyone watched. It's artsy with all my favorite colors, so I knitted this scarf. I love it!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Beautiful Handwoven Scarf

No, I didn't weave this scarf (wish I had). I won it as a door prize, and I was thrilled to have one this beautiful! The weaver is Dana Zeck, and I asked her what yarn she used. Sorry, I forgot her reply, but it is the softest and smoothest handwoven item I've ever felt. Could it be bamboo, or a combination of silk and bamboo? Gene, can you tell what it is? PS...Just found out its RAYON-CHENILLE yarn

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Testing 1-2-3...

I've missed blogging! So, I'm trying a new app for posting from my IPad.  If it works, I'm back! 
I've missed blogging!
This month's mini quilt for my swap partner, "May Flowers" 15" square , hand-appliquéd center block 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Another Oldie

Painting with watercolors was always hard for me, so I now hesitate to try again. However, in a brave moment while recently shopping, I bought watercolor paints and paper. When I got home, I suddenly wondered "what was I thinking?"!  So, I returned them to the store. Then I found this old, skewed watercolor image done during my obsession with trees in the 7Os. Now I'm feeling like I might really want to try again. First up, shopping for watercolor paints and paper...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

An Older Drawing

Charcoal on newsprint from the 1970s. 
This was our son watching TV with long 70s hair. He's now in his late 40s and shaves his head. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Resurrecting the Past

Getting back to my roots in art, I recently bought some drawing paper and supplies. After decades of not drawing it took some time to get a feel for it again. I had forgotten how lost I can get in being creative this way, time just flies by! This is rough, but it's a start. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"April Showers" Mini-Quilt

The swap group theme for April brought out many varied designs, each one special. This is the one I sent to my partner, a 14" x 20" mini with a bright floral print layered underneath glittery organza to suggest raindrops. I didn't want to give this one up! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Borrowed Idea

A fellow blogger, Katie of "The Red Tin", once sent me a lavender sachet that was more artistic than mine shown here. She had made a stamp, and that inked image appeared in the center of her heart. I don't do stamping, but the basic idea stayed with me. My sachets are simply two layers of scrap fabric sewn together with wonderfully aromatic lavender buds in the middle. It's a good way to use scraps, and they make great little "add-on gifts" to include when mailing swaps.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Not the USA

My husband is part of an environmental consulting team that goes to Colombia, South America, every couple months. I'm sharing two of my favorite photos from a national park in Andes mountain clouds near Bogota,Colombia.