Sinister Assignment

Today's email read: use your non-dominant hand.  I decided to see how well I could cut a fused fabric spiral with my shears design for either hand.  But in the scrap bin, I found a piece with a hand cut out of it.  I not too skillfully trimmed the fabric.  Placing it on the background … Continue reading Sinister Assignment

Sister says “Share!”

Beth Nyland, my sister, chastised me when I hesitated to post some of my recent work. She said I needed to work on the discipline of sharing. Noah Scalin's Creative Sprint appeared as an opportunity to follow Beth's advice and to have some fun creating and sharing. Today the task was to make something that will … Continue reading Sister says “Share!”

Traveling in Spirals: Begin in the Present

Where do I begin?  Do I clean up holiday clutter?  Do I assemble what I need to achieve new year's resolutions? I prefer to begin in a familiar place, taking a couple of steps.  And then a few more.  I discover new vistas through well known landscapes.  My breathing eases and my mind quickens. 2015 art … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Begin in the Present

A Year of Listening: Week 36

    Silence is not the absence of sound. Silence allows many sounds to reach awareness that otherwise would go unheard -- the sounds of birds, water, wind, trees, frogs, insects, and chipmunks, as well as conscience, daydreams, intuitions, and wishes. -- Thomas Moore

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

Putter Power

I am safe and warm and puttering in my studio.  Pressing fabric sets me free to pray for those in harm's way. -  my Facebook status for today, posted so that my family and friends knew that I had weathered my experience of the storm named Sandy. I was intrigued by the number of "likes" … Continue reading Putter Power

Using Stuff to Get to Enough

I like being in that place between work and play.  It is not a blurry, ill-defined place for me.  It is where my imagination is happy, and often, productive.  I create games that make my work more playful.  And I have a new one. It is called "I own it; I use it."  It is less … Continue reading Using Stuff to Get to Enough