Friday, July 3, 2015


...Fiona Dempster.

"In different ways and in different places, you come across the idea that your voice or your making is precious and special because nobody else in the whole entire world is going to make what you make, in the way you make it, with the dreams you have dreamt of it, with what you bring to it, with the spirit you imbue in it and the experiences that have wrought it.  Nobody else can make your work and that is the gift you bring to the world." 

Words that make my heart sing, that give me purpose as I sit down with needle and thread, that inspire me to give the very best that is in me.  I hope they speak to you also. If you haven't seen Fiona's blog and/or her website you're in for a treat. Please visit Fiona at Paper Ponderings to see her blog and for fantastic visions of her book art work wander over to her website Fiona

With the weight of Fiona's words I'd better get back to sewing hadn't I?!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weave A Dream

I've heard it said that each of is living a dream.  I'm not sure what I think of this but I do know that each day I feel as if I am creating that day as I go.  Sometimes others are weaving my story and sometimes I'm weaving my story.  Of course I prefer it if I'm the weaver.

Creativity is all about this.  The idea appears in my head.  Its often drawn in one form or the other to give it substance and perhaps a bit of validity.  As the time goes on and my head, heart and fingers move together, like threads being woven into cloth, I see the results.

For me this is sort of what life is all about.  Using what we have within us to create a carefully woven story.  Just as a woven cloth can keep us warm when the earth cools, so 
can the work of our hands bring joy and pleasure of a day woven well.  

"We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing" - Luisa May Alcott

can our own weavings  bring joy and wonder into our hearts.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Washoe Lake Pilgrimage

We recently spent 10 glorious days in Nevada with our family.  Woven in with the love, joy and laughter of friends and family was the sad plight of the southwest deserts.

Washoe Lake is a large but somewhat shallow desert lake.  Its located between Carson City and Reno at the base of the Sierras.  It has gone through droughts before and has come back - or at best retained a small bit of water in the very center.  Today the only water that can be seen is at the north end in 'Little Washoe Lake' and that isn't very much.  

In the shade of a few scraggly trees sat this bench.  A monument to a wind surfer who  shared these waters with his fellow surfers.  Sadly I don't know anything about him and couldn't find anything on-line about him.  But I join this tribute to him  with my tribute to the Lake.

While we were there I walked out into the lake-that-was-no-more and collected a couple of rocks.  I hope, with all my heart that the rain and snows will come back some day and with them bring the rebirth of Washoe Lake.

"Life is a bed of water filling from many springs and we seem not to know when one gushing flow will oe'r flood the banks only to be succeeded by a drought." - Anonymous


Monday, June 22, 2015

Shine Your Light

Don't you love that phrase - shine your light?  What a thought and inspiration that we might share with others the work (play) that we do.  That we should pass along the disappointments and the successes.  That we should try to shine each and every day in whatever way we might.

Please go ahead and ask me if I'm having fun and I'll answer with an out loud YES!  This small group of figures is certainly quieter than those who have come before and I'm so enjoying the quiet colors, the simplicity of the design and this oh so peaceful face which greets me each morning.

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - Roald Dahl

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Sense of Sight

Having worn glasses most of my life I have always thought that I understood the importance of sight.  Earlier in my life I worked with a program for the blind - reading the newspaper and books onto tape, etc.  The value of my sight has always been a BIG thing in my life.  

But then there is the other side of 'sight'  -- the use of what you actually have, to SEE everything around you.  How often have I gotten involved in the task of the day or a problem I was trying to solve and all these sights are passing in front of my eyes but I'm not really seeing them.  I'm more interested in the destination than in the view along the way.

I am thankful for my physical sight and just as I have to use glasses everyday -- perhaps I need to pay more attention to what is around me.  Using my sight to see the tiniest bud bloom or the bird far up in the tree, or the face in front of me without distraction -- now that is a real sense of sight.

"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller


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