Using the Inventory of Ideas

Pleasure arrived this week in the form of using what I know.  I anticipate hitting the finish line on several projects soon. I have cut with these scissors for over 4 decades. I trust my capabilities when I use them. I began my library of figures nearly 2 decades ago and have added four new figures … Continue reading Using the Inventory of Ideas

Working With the Weather

I like to cooperate with the weather instead of resisting it. It's the farm girl in me. It's the sensible mom in me. It's the "be present" mystic in me. Snow and frigid cold is a gift of time for design and prototype development in the studio this week. Fingerless gloves knit by my daughter … Continue reading Working With the Weather

A Bowl of Providence

Providence.  Not Rhode Island. Divine Providence. I had not intellectually encountered the concept until my friend Susan shared ideas from her seminary training about 15 years ago.  And I periodically ruminate on them.  This week I heard them in my pastor's sermon. I am preparing food for a church council supper this evening.  I could … Continue reading A Bowl of Providence

Enough: canned tomatoes and darned sweaters

My first-born son and I have had pleasant conversations about "enough" for quite a few months.  But yesterday I shot all the verbal ammo a farm girl raised in the fifties could muster against the idea of home canning.  I have distinct sensory memories of hot summer days in a kitchen made hotter by processing tomatoes: arms … Continue reading Enough: canned tomatoes and darned sweaters

Materials at hand

I was thinking about Miss Alice this morning. She was my mother's mother and an expert in frugal living. She made patchwork quilts and rag rugs from used clothes and household linens.  Her handiwork was colorful and serviceable. At lunch time, she opened the doors to the pantry and the refrigerator to survey what was at … Continue reading Materials at hand

What’s with this name?

Why Studio Three 17? I have worked under my name for more than 40 years. And it never really satisfied me. I am doing things differently now. I am working in Studio Three 17. Studio because I am a life-long learner. A place with books, paper, computer, fabric, thread, paint, tools, and space to use them is … Continue reading What’s with this name?