Saturday, July 23, 2016

bathroom curtains

Oh, these birches. 
The fabric, stashed for a few years, just waiting for a project.
Last week my beloved Bernina  (just back from her stay at the spa) and I made it happen.
The simplest of curtains.

Now, I often think of Little Red Riding Hood when I walk into this bathroom. Maybe I need to stitch a red hooded cape to hang on the back of the door?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

triptych 34

 5 modest meyer lemons, grown on the windowsill
under the din of heavy construction.
i don't know how they did it.
 two queen sized flat sheets, flapping horizontally
in the heat-induced ridge wind. 
july haze,
and the green mountains
of vermont.


Monday, July 11, 2016

What an extraordinary week it was.

I am beyond weary with the "thoughts and prayers". The platitudes. The hand wringing. The "I don't know what to dos". I am not sure what else needs to happen in this country to get folks mobilized. 

How can we not feel called to do something?

At 60, I feel like there is still plenty of learning for me to do. Opening the way for uncomfortable realities. Owning my part in the trouble. Creating some sort of action plan.

Are you feeling uncomfortable and a bit helpless? I've been looking for help with expanding my own understanding of White Privilege and Institutional Racism and my role in it. There is so much going on in the media right now, it is hard to find our way through it all. 

I humbly offer a few gems...

One that may be hard but worthwhile, here.

One that will help you feel better, here

And something divine to listen to, here.

Have you found helpful words you'd be willing to share here? I would appreciate any help you may have to offer. xo

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

holiness in the mundane

A leggy ivy houseplant? Three clipped branches from the mountain ash tree (also known as the magical rowan tree) just outside the front door and a bit of kitchen string solved that! Instant climbing tripod. 
Yard work jeans with ripped knees? A bit of denim, some thread and some restful stitching mended that! 

Sometimes one can get a peek at holiness in the most simple of things. A green bit of growth. The texture of a worn and frayed garment. The steam rising from a loaf of freshly baked bread.  Dew on a spider web at dawn. 

Just look.

It is everywhere.

And isn't that a comfort?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

10 little bits

  1. this one. little wilma. oh my. she is the frosting on the cake of life right now.
  2. a black bear cub. he wandered out of the balsam orchard and into the meadow a few nights ago. he was shy and headed right back into the shelter of the trees. but now we look for him every evening.
  3. the blessed rain that finally came. we need more, but this helped.
  4. kohlrabi in the csa. made slaw. recipe here. sooo good.
  5. the vermont quilt festival and "Life's Work:Ruth B. McDowell". my favorite quilter. we had a lovely conversation, just the two of us. starstruck. see her work here.
  6. the ninth anniversary (pinch me! it's still real!) of finding our "bit of earth" here in the green mountains of vermont (and batman's birthday, too).
  7. this wonderful short film. to help you keep faith in us crazy human beings.
  8. an organized studio. and a list of inspirations. next in the queue? these.
  9. rhubarb.
  10. our weekend project. the room of requirement. can't wait to share it with you.
What are you up to, dear readers? Tell me about your "little bits"!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

triptych 33

  • the sweetest little nest, made with bits of birchbark, perhaps that of a warbling vireo?
  • the blueberries coming on strong.
  • wilma. we adopted her on saturday from the central vermont humane society. we are smitten.

Friday, June 17, 2016

This is Will Alderfer. On Tuesday, my cousin and I drove down to Will's studio at The Cotton Mill in Brattleboro, VT on a very romantic mission. (You can read about his beautiful work here.  Did you notice where he went to college?) We delivered a little pouch with a pair of family earrings in it. Will's going to make them into something else, for someone very special for a very special reason. That's all I'm free to say right now. :-)
This is Ted and Bob and Derek. They are haying under a bright blue sky just over the ridge from us. To supplement our little gardens here, we signed up for a half share of the CSA at Anchor Light Farm. To read about this lovely spot, click here. (If you read the "about us" section, you'll see that Derek interned for three years at Sunrise Farm. I tell you, sometimes life is full of twists and turns that come full circle. Here's how we are connected.)

So, dear readers...I share these little bits with you because it's been an especially rough news week. Interacting with good people, who do good work just seems to help. Gathering kindred spirits both near and far, reaching out to connect with folks we miss, sending bits of love out across the miles...

Affirming light and love.
Shining it into dark hearts.
Isn't that what we are called to do?