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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Green of Spring

At this time of the year, in this particular place, I am surrounded by bright green.


                                                                                      Hosta

This is not a green that I will see in the long, hot summer months.
  
                                                                                      Grasses

This is not a green that I will see in the rusty shades of Fall.


                                                                                       Ferns
This is not a green I will see in the coldness of Winter.

This is bright, exciting, new green that only appears now and for this moment in time I'll revel in it.


"Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" - Robin Williams

Monday, May 2, 2016

Piffles 'Do' PRIMS



To receive an issue of PRIMS (or any publication) where your work is shown and shared with others is such a privilege.  The whole Stampington line of magazines is dear to my heart.  

Long ago I discovered "Somerset Studio" and artist books.  They gave me ideas, instructions and courage to try something totally unknown to me up to that point.


Later "Sew Somerset" came along and I was fortunate to have a few things in that publication - so many years ago.


PRIMS magazine is such a godsend to those of us who work in that genre.  Prior to PRIMS there were very few places one could go to get the information needed to make vintage/aged/fun cloth pieces.

Thank you to the team at Stampington for their encouragement, their professionalism and the gifts they give us with each issue of each magazine.  You make life fun!!

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. - Albert Schweitzer



Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Postal Pocket

What better way to end "National Card and Letter Month" than  with a pocket in which to store a few envelopes?
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I just love opening the mail box and seeing a letter or card.  Its always a welcome surprise to a day and I set aside everything I'm doing to open this missive and read from beginning to end.  
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Staying in close touch with those I love, via 'snail' mail is one of my favorite things to do.  Its so intimate -- just the two of us sharing our thoughts and dreams on paper.  I know its a lost pastime these days but here's a special thank you to those who share this love of letters.  


"And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?"
W. H. Auden

Monday, April 25, 2016

Keeping It Simple?


My idea was to make pockets -- different sizes -- different shapes -- lots of frou-frou. The "frou" thoughts came from some of the pockets such as this one by Cottage Dreams.  I love it, and those like it.  I love the clusters of lace and trim and this and that.



My first pocket came about as a 'trial'.  I didn't know what I was doing, but using some left over natural colored fabric I began the adventure.  I had a charm pack of fabric that I had fallen in love with so I let it lead the way as I laid piece by piece on both pocket sides.

As I worked I realized that this pocket was not what I had imagined my pockets to be.  This pocket was simple, natural, subdued and I liked it.  But what happened to my desire for busyness with layer upon layer of ribbon and lace?  As I began the second pocket I was still striving for "that look" - but once again it arrived as subdued and modest.  

As I work on my fourth pocket I realize that the most important part of creating is to be me - to let go and follow my inner self.  Trying to imitate never works, nor is it comfortable. So for now I'll follow my own heart and thoughts as I match fabric and trim and stitching -- and stay with quiet, soft and simple.

"I've learned that its not really about changing who you are, but realizing who you've always been - and then letting that flow into everything you think, say and do."  possibilityoftoday.com

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Music In My Pocket



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It is impossible for me to imagine this world without music.  It surrounds me everyday in so many ways.
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I admire those musicians who can make music for they must hear it in their heart and mind far before it ever reaches my ears.

"Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?" - Leonardo DaVinci

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