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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

tula tuesday::week 22 and a bit about rowans and a giveaway

block number 11
from tula pink's
City Sampler, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

This week's block was inspired by a "Druid cross".

We have loved and nurtured a mountain ash tree out by our front door since we bought this beautiful place. Alas, over the years the tree has aged, and not so gracefully. It had succumbed to insects, woodpeckers and finally, rot. We made the difficult decision to cut it down a few weekends ago. I got teary eyed as I pitched sections of the trunk and many branches into the back of the pickup truck and headed down to the brush pile. 

Mountain ash trees are also known as rowan trees, much revered by several cultures. I did some online research and ended up and found some really fascinating information here (check it out, it's really interesting!) After reading the article I realized that my attachment to that beautiful tree may have been (forgive me, skeptics) just a tad spiritual. 

I took a bunch of clippings of smaller branches and have them tucked away for future projects. 

But today, in honor of the lovely rowan tree, and all the folklore attached to her, I am offering this "Druid cross" as a giveaway. There don't seem to be too many blog readers left in the world, so we'll see what happens...

Please leave a comment below or send me an email if you would like a chance to find this Druid cross in your mailbox.  I'll post the winner's name on Saturday evening.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

tula tuesday::week 21

 block number 9
from tula pink's
city sampler,
100 modern quilt blocks.

stitched with a precious scrap of vintage blue floral, 
purchased (I believe) in 1975,
and found in the deepest, darkest
corner of my fabric stash. 
inspired by the forget-me-nots blooming a few weeks ago
here at our "bit of earth".

Monday, June 11, 2018

for your consideration

 Sometimes we drop everything and show up for one another, right?
On Wednesday morning I packed a bag and drove south 
to lend a hand to a very dear friend in need.

I was reminded again that patience, faith, and hope
can help us navigate difficult times. 

I was reminded again that gratitude can be
profoundly deep and humbling.
The surgeons at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mt Sinai, 
in partnership with someone whose selflessness motivated them
 to check "donor" on their driver's license,
have given my friend a chance at restored vision in her one "good" eye. 

What a life changing gift!

I am back in Vermont now, 
soaking in these gorgeous June days,
with a renewed appreciation for 
the selfless generosity of strangers.

Have you checked the "donor" box on your driver's license?
Have you shared your wishes with your family?
Have you filed an Advance Medical Directive with your doctor?

I am happy to talk with you, dear readers,
if you have any questions about organ donation.


p.s. Silver lining...I had a short and sweet visit with my grand baby, 
Maggie B and her mama.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


sometimes life gets a grip on a girl and there’s not much room to breathe...i’ll be back next week...i promise. xo

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

tula tuesday::week 20

 block number 37.
(I used these fabrics last spring for a pin cushion).
 inspired by pussy willows photographed a few weeks back.
and block number 80,
inspired by all the crabapples blooming around here...
in our yard and out in the fields and woods.

these squares will be part of the
"bit of earth" quilt.

blocks are from tula pink's book
City Sampler.

check back on thursday to read about our
open studios/251 club trip...

Monday, May 21, 2018

tula tuesday::week 19

 block number 94
 block number 12
block number 95

all three blocks from tula pink's City Sampler,
inspired by illustrations from lizi boyd's children's book

working ahead of schedule,
because it's fun.

and because maggie is coming to vermont in july. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

adventure time

My brother Doug and I made an epic trip, with my Mumsie in tow, out to Portland OR, to visit our youngest brother, Nelson. Visiting Nelson's home and gardens in the industrial section of Portland has been on Mumsie's bucket list. We went up and over St. Johns Bridge (of Wildwood fame) many times on our adventures.
We spent time at Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, spotting all sorts of birds, (thanks Doug, for your encyclopedic knowledge) including nesting osprey. We soaked in the lush, green beauty at Hoyt Arboretum,  (coming from spring starved New England!). We ate fabulous food and visited with dear friends.

But the highlight of the trip was an afternoon at the Portland Museum of Art, where we viewed Animating Life, an exhibit showing the work of Laika Studios.
Here are tiny bits of costumes from Kubo and the Two Strings.
These trees, made of corrugated cardboard, were crafted when the film was just at the imagining stage. (I was reminded of the days when we would sit at our dining room table as kids, up to our armpits in glue and scissors and crayons.)
Here, Nelson chats with my Mumsie about a set from ParaNorman.
And here he is with the giant skeleton, which is 12 feet tall.

Seeing the exhibit was especially wonderful because we were able to wander around on a day when the museum was closed to the public. (Attendance for this exhibit has smashed the records kept at the museum.)  

I remain in awe of my brother's vision, creativity and hard work.

Back at Nelson's place, we often sat on his deck, with a view of both Mt Hood and Mt St Helen's. We watched ships and boats and paddlers go up and down the Willamette River. Scrub-jays would scold us until we set nuts out on the railing for them to steal. Some of us watched the sunrise with a mug of coffee, some watched the sunset with a glass of wine, some did both! 

What a treat it was to have a few days with my Mumsie, and brothers Doug and Nelson. Big thanks go out to my Mumsie's travel arrangement generosity and Nelson's warm hospitality. xo