Tuesday, January 27, 2015

reading and stitching apples

-Sometime in the fall, Bear Pond Books hosted an author's evening with Rowan Jacobsen.  He read from Apples of Uncommon Character.  After hearing him speak, I knew this book needed to be in our library at "a bit of earth".

-We recently had a houseful of guests (gardeners all), and the book was passed around as we had tea by the fire.

-One friend went home and selected a few vintage farming books from her collection. Last week, I was delighted to find them in our mailbox! Included was The American Fruit Book; containing directions for Raising, Propagating, and Managing Fruit Trees, Shrubs, and Plants by S. W. Cole, published in 1849. Carolyn noted that the books just "belonged" in our library in Vermont. Such generosity!

-I could not resist making a little zip pouch, appliqued with some green apples for Carolyn. I used this tutorial over at Noodlehead. I will pop it in the mail after the snow clears around here.

(Thank you for your kind thoughts, friends. Vermont is not in the direct path of the blizzard, but there is enough snow swirling up here to keep us home. Daughters Hannah and Gretta dodged the huge storm, but our Lindsey, my Mumsie, brother Doug and many other family and friends in the Boston area are in the eye of the storm. May the beauty of the storm outweigh the inconveniences!)

Monday, January 26, 2015

such simple beauty in the midst of
a new england winter.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

tea and "on being"

I've been saving this hand screened fabric from Bookhou for ages. This morning as I sipped my Darjeeling and realized that the second cup would be lukewarm yet again, I decided today was the day to stitch up a wee cozy for my little tea pot. It holds just enough for the two cups that get me up from bed and to the breakfast table.  

I tried quilting with green thread up the stems, but decided I like using linen colored thread to stitch in the negative spaces better. I thought about trimming the bottom of the cozy with a few scraps of green linen, but decided against it, as I think it would have taken away from the delicate leaf pattern.

Best of all, I planned the project carefully and now still have some fabric left for yet another little project. I do love these bitter cold days in Vermont. After a brisk walk on the road, there is the lure of my cozy studio. As I worked, I listened to Krista Tippet's interview with the amazing John Lewis, a man who had me in tears as I listened. The Art and Discipline of Nonviolence. 

(The lovely tea cup is made by local potter Judy Jensen).

Monday, January 19, 2015


"The issue is injustice."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

From "I've Been to the Mountaintop",
his last public speech, 1968.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

the only thing better than living here...


...is sharing it with those we love.

laughing, sledding, walking, story telling, remembering, 
holding hands 'round the table before meals.

this is the good life.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

toddler toy totes

  • I used this tutorial over at Peek-a-boo patterns. 
  • To make two lined drawstring bags for our grand-nephew, Liam.
  • Using my brother-in-law Chris' own fabric line, released a few years ago.
These days in the chilly mountains of Vermont are very studio friendly, with time to stitch up my to-do list.

What have you been up to lately?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

indigo/shibori snow

inspiration everywhere.
even in the depths of winter.
-1 F when we woke up.