Friday, December 19, 2014


Our Gretta, who lives in Brooklyn these days, scampered off to 
Lotta Jansdotter's Open Studio in early November.

I admit, I was wistful and maybe a little bit envious when she told me
all about her visit to Lotta's Brooklyn space.

Maybe I even expressed some longing about possible holiday gifts.

A few days later this delightful bundle of goodies arrived in our
mailbox at the end of our rural driveway.
An early Christmas gift from Gretta.

There was an enclosed note that was just a wee bit bossy.
Something about "strings attached" and "a deadline" and "That's
right missy,  you've got homework"!

Well, I just got a bit spontaneous and a little silly.
Since we are fast approaching the festive season I decided 
to go with a snowy theme and included our animals of choice. 
I found the shadow box on sale, the snowflake buttons and
moon charm are from my stash, and I know where to find little goats
around here. I machine quilted very simple snow drifts
on the Lotta fabric and maybe now I am off the hook with Gretta, eh?

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Remembering the life of Erin Elizabeth Potts.
(May 14, 1991-December 18, 2009) 
Her light shines on in our hearts.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

these snowy days

It snowed for days. Our power went out for about 40 hours, with no running water, heat or internet. Hooray for our ancient Home Comfort stove! She kept us warm and fed (we even melted snow atop her and used it to flush the toilet!). The neighborhood feels like Narnia...
We had it lucky compared with many others in the state who were out for days and days. There were more crews out working to restore power than when Irene hit a few years back and ripped the state apart.
The other day we went up and over the gap at Breadloaf and down in to Middlebury to do a wee bit of holiday shopping. Vermont is looking so fine in her winter coat of frosted snow.
Sturdy Vermonters do not let much get in their way of their hard work. We stopped by the Green Mountain Girls Farm to catch the tail end of a day of post and beam barn raising. The trickiest part was making sure the road crew and the crane crew co-ordinated the sanding of the road in preparation for the work. The snow laden trees did not help either.
The festive season is upon us and the snow has just made it all the more special. Being here full time, we are able to soak in the beauty and peace of this place. There really is no where else I'd rather be. 

Sending you light and hope and cheer from our "bit of earth". I wish you could stomp some snow off your boots, toss your coat by the door and settle in for some hot cider and a bit of gingerbread...xo

Thursday, December 11, 2014

more handmade balsam beauty

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.
-John Lennon

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

grey inside and out

We are in the midst of a snowy spell.
This morning as we shoveled snow all we could hear
was the rhythmic "crunch-shush" of our work.
When we paused, we heard the birches in the wind,
tinkling softly as their ice covered branches swayed.
The train whistle down in the valley was muffled
as were the dogs barking down the road.
In my studio there have been grey stitches,
as I work on my handmade holiday gifts.
 The softness of the greys calms my soul as the outside world
keeps up its determined unravelling.

There's so much grey to every story - nothing is so black and white.
-Lisa Ling

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

balsam and cedar and ribbon

We have been to Toledo, Ohio and back since I last posted, visiting Batman's dad and his wife. We did some museum touring, enjoyed some fine meals and conversations by the fire. So good to catch up with those sweet folks. We managed to tuck the road trip in between two rounds of wintery weather, with a N'oreaster blowing in right now!

What do you do with acres and acres of balsam trees? Make presents! A few of these swags went off to the UPS store up in Barre this morning. I took the pics with my phone camera, so they are not too great. Balsam, cedar, red jingle bells and gingham ribbon, some wire and a few other supplies...and bingo! Festive greenery! 

We're all about handmade holidays around here. How about you? Are you working on some special projects this time of year?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

the paper white narcissus  have been potted up
and set upon the table with white candle sticks.

the snow comes and then melts away and snows again.

the moon rises, and the stars, too.

it is a white and quiet pause.
there is stillness in these days,
if we but look for it. 

breathing, in and out.