The artichokes are blooming.

I’m going to miss the blackberries ripening and the kids will have to make up the jam for me.I’m going to miss the tomato crop. (I love my own tomatoes)But I’m home to see the artichokes bloom, I am fascinated by them. The shapes and colors have been the subject of…

Quilting and creating again. yay!!!!

It nice to have our own chef on staff… well we don’t pay him, we actually feed and house him.Joshy purchased the ingredients and cooked us dinner while Keith and I finished off the rest of the shed this afternoon.I’ve had it, I’m exhausted. The shed looks great, outside it looks like a tip. I…

The studio – The Shed.

I’ve had a love affair with my studio for over 30 years.Its just a shed. A big Shed.It was my studio where my business partner Cynthia and I designed and produced our clothing line for about 10 years. All the hard work went on here. The factory made the garments and they were shipped from the…

Have a Christmas with 30 children and one bathroom.

 “Alone Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with one thing And I don’t believe I’m wrong That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out…

Christmas is Christmas, is Christmas – I love it.

Christmas is a lot of work to begin with. Each year, I vow to lessen the present giving, I vow to delegate more, and I vow to buy less food.But, the time comes around and we do it all over again, bigger and better. I did delegate a little more this year….

Christmas for the Creative.

These are Christmas pockets made for friends at Christmas, I’ve made them most years but not this year.I used scrap book paper, fabric and notions. They look so darn cute.You can make 20 or so in a day. and I love sewing on paper.You hang them on the Christmas tree and put …. stuff in…

This is the trip of a lifetime.

San Miguel de Allende – a magical place.I would love to share this experience with you. The Quilters of San Miguel are fabulous.

What is your Mojo?

I’ve written about this before, but its something I try to  review often. We hit, 40, 50, 60, or other significant ages.Suddenly we are faced with new situations, new ideas and a continued emotional growth. I’ve had a bit of time to reflect recently as I write about my travel adventures, my creative experiments, my…

Notebooks.

An absolutely delightful gift arrived yesterday.Friend Carolyn, has given me a treasure trove of books and gifts over the years. I value them so much Notebooks by Betty Churcher In this gorgeously illustrated book, Betty Churcher takes you on a personal tour of her most beloved works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, Manet,  and Cazanne….

Processing the purchases.

It was a very hot day today and despite the ancient aircon pumping out coolish air, by 2 pm, its was a bit too hot to work in the studio.So I sat inside and began to pull  apart some of the Thai skirts I bough a few weeks ago.They had to be washed. I don’t…