Tuesday, September 28, 2010

easy come, easy go

I'm still enjoying making necklaces. But . . .  as for the "volunteer" pumpkin, when we returned home after being out of town for a couple of days, we found it being devoured by squirrels. There is now a large round hole and the seeds have spilled out into the driveway. Since the squirrels probably carried the seed there in the first place (we didn't plant any pumpkin seeds), I guess the pumpkin belonged to them anyway.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

between the lines

A small work in progress using some of the fabrics simmered with avocado peels and pits and some bits of  lace soaked in a blueberry and coffee concoction.

This may be a truer representation of the colors.

What today looks like.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

looking at gates

These were the gates to the cemetery in Springfield.

I really love old iron work.
Yesterday I came across this quote, which I believe is attributed to Kenneth Cole:


Tuesday, September 21, 2010


of angels.
Doesn't it look like this one has a tear?

My husband discovered this cemetery near our hotel in Springfield, MA. He was fascinated by the dates on the tombstones.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

pumpkin progress

Our volunteer pumpkin is still growing, rather riskily at the edge of the driveway where it's amazing (and wonderful) that it hasn't been run over by a car or smushed by basketballs.

It's getting bigger and now turning orange. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

soft stitching


what used to be

two linen skirts
a pair of silk trousers

a perfect fall day

included going for a drive and ending up at the Hawley Art & Craft Fair

where I met Bernice Craft (DaleBCraft) and admired her lovely handcrafted beaded jewelry.
My photos don't do her justice, click to enlarge them and take a look at her etsy shop!

Monday, September 13, 2010

trying to continue

to create during this time.
I made the necklace last week out on the patio of the hotel, where and while we were waiting.  It consists of some chain, some wire-wrapped beads and an Industrial Chic element that is reversible.

Over the weekend I made a small fiber square.

more experiments with stains

Here are some more blueberry and coffee stain results. My plan is to use this as part of an assemblage on another textile wrist cuff.
These two were the results of some slow simmering in a pot of avocado skins and also included a couple of pits.
Next I'm thinking of trying to see what happens using some pieces of sycamore bark that fell from my neighbor's tree onto my front yard.

Friday, September 10, 2010


in Massachusetts.

we've since returned from our unplanned tripmollie had to accompany us since there was no room at the doggie inn but we were fortunate enough there was a hotel that would allow her.

the first night she felt compelled to guard us from every sound that could be heard and

none of us slept very well.

the second night there was a fire alarm in the middle of the night.

mollie is glad to be back home where she is sleeping well and we are sleeping as well as can be expected under the circumstances.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

will she

inspire me 

to create more necklaces?
to straighten my studio?

I first saw her in an antique shop early in the summer.
I kind of wanted her.
But her price was a bit high.
Actually it was very high.

so I left her in 
that back corner 
of the room downstairs
in the shop.

but I kept thinking about her

and last week
when I decided to go back
just to see if she might still be there

there she was
out in the yard in front of the shop
waiting to come home with me
and for a much better price.

what to name her

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Knowledge Day

In my mind
September 1 is the first day of fall
the beginning of a new year
(more so than January 1).

I'm not the only one.

In Russia September 1 is known as Knowledge Day.
the transition from summer to autumn
the first day of school.
there is also a tradition of bringing flowers to the teacher.

since we're all teachers
in one way or another
we should all
have flowers

happy knowledge day!