Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

tula tuesday::week 11 and an extra, just for fun.

happy first day of spring 
to all the folks who live in the northern hemisphere!
many of us are crafting our own version of spring,
because it certainly isn't happening outdoors.

here's block #53 from tula pink's City Sampler,
a push-me-pull-you combination of a springy Liberty of London floral
and some snowflakes,
and a daffodil yellow mini print.

we've had a bitter cold and snowy spell up here on the ridge.
the wind was roaring on saturday
and left some gorgeous patterns in the snow.

a few weekends ago when batman was pruning the apple trees
he cut a few stems from the lilac tree
and we plunked them in a vase filled with water.
they have sprouted tiny blossom buds.
i doubt they will bloom, but they sure are sweet
reminders that spring will come eventually.

i snapped this photo of wilma and could not resist 
stitching a tula block in her honor,
just for fun.
block # 79.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

tula tuesday::week 10

from tula pink's City Sampler, block #21.
(using a smidge of Charlie Harper fabric).

we are in the midst of yet another march snowstorm
and i was inspired 
by a walk i took with a mug of tea
in the flurries.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

tula thursday::week 9

 (sorry for the delay. life got in the way of tuesday's usual posting).

from tula pink's City Sampler, block #79.
(using a precious birdie scrap from Ink and Spindle and some 
of the brushstroke print from Umbrella Prints).

inspired by birds out at the feeders, in a frenzy
due to an impressive march snowstorm, still raging outside.

p. s. i finally got my car back yesterday,
after 9 1/2 weeks at the spa.
this is what she looked like on new year's eve afternoon...
now she looks fabulous once again.
i really missed her.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

who cooks for you?

Batman is an eternal optimist and an amateur astronomer.
He believes that spring begins on march first.

Yesterday, after researching who does business with the NRA,
I had to unwind my mind and heart with a tromp 
along the boundaries here at a bit of earth.
The vernal streams were filled with snowmelt
and gurgled over and under the stone walls.

The sun hangs longer in the sky in the late afternoon
and fills the living room with the softest light.

We got home in the dark last night to hear a barred owl
hooting in the trees by the driveway.
Batman saw his outline in the moonlight,
then he flew away on silent wings.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

tula tuesday::week 8

back to some more muted bit of earth colors...

from tula pink's City Sampler, block #32.

(stitched with a bit of screened fabric from bookhou,
purchased years ago, and leftover from this tea cozy).

Sunday, February 25, 2018

meditative pincushion

"meditative pincushion"
instructions from making magazine,
No. 3/DOTS.

stitched with home grown, hand dyed indigo
and sashiko thread.

snowy sunday sewing.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

lots of sewing, some dreaming about sowing

 maggie b needed a spot to store a toy and a book or two 
in her tiny brooklyn kitchen.
i popped this in the mail.

 today i was remembering the warm summer breezes in august 2016,
when i harvested my indigo and dyed some linen.
i stitched up these lavender sachets today, to gift to my friend terry.
i had my first professional massage with her a few weeks ago.

this wallhanging went out to tuscon, az.
it's a very belated wedding gift for two courageous
young educators.
their partnership is grounded in peace and justice work.

this past weekend batman and i ordered our veggie seeds from

in the midst of daily life, with its chores, routines, work and barrage of news
it's just a delight to have the sanctuary of my sewing studio and dreams of
the upcoming growing season. 

sew and sow.


how are you navigating the last bit of february, dear friends?