Stories

I’ve listed to a lot of stories this last week. Thankfully. They were a great amusement, comfort, and distraction as I waited for results of a medical procedure my husband was undergoing at a local hospital.

One of the disadvantages of moving away from long established relationships is that no . . . → Read More: Stories

Cookies

Finally. There were a few leftovers. A scant few cookies left on the wooden tray out in the garage. The third heaping tray of hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookies that had drawn kids from all over the housing development to supposedly sled on our awesomely icy driveway. Really, it’s . . . → Read More: Cookies

Snow

This morning there arose such a clatter….I thought to myself could it be Saint Nick? Oh no, wait! It’s the middle of February and the Triangle has braced for the Neptune polar vortex barreling out of the north. Well, not so much.

We woke this morning to an inch or . . . → Read More: Snow

Threads

Recently, a glorious collection of blue wooden-spooled threads came to enliven my sewing stash, the gracious gift of a fellow thinning-the-herd family member. Over the years I’ve not done a lot of sewing with blues other than denim or navy so my selection of blues was, to say the least, slender. One . . . → Read More: Threads

New

We’re nearly six months into a new life here in North Carolina. Some days it feels like we just got here, but some days now we feel like we’ve been here forever. The hard work of imprinting a new routine that I fretted about a few months ago seems mostly a distant . . . → Read More: New

Gifts

Gifts come in many forms this time of year. The usual and expected. The random and ridiculous. But one of my favorites recently appeared on Facebook. Posted by a sweet daughter-of-my-heart, it was a photo of the beloved nativity set from her childhood that her mother had recently given her. She explained . . . → Read More: Gifts

Dreams

I seldom remember the dreams I have when sleeping. I’m far more in tune with what I call waking dreams, the dreams that enliven my imagination – the I wonder what ifs, the step by step planning of something I hope to create, or the myriad ideas of how to use the . . . → Read More: Dreams

By Design

Some things happen by design. Other things happen with the most sublime serendipity…even if there was a certain lightly sketched design for the day. An art day hosted by my friend Susan at her home last Saturday. Ten to four. Bring what ever you want to work on. Spend the day making . . . → Read More: By Design

Food

There’s nothing like food for thought. Eating food. Writing about food.¬†Telling stories about food. Creating abstracted images of food. It’s all just so delicious!!! And nearly impossible to NOT think creatively outside the box when a collage art retreat is sandwiched between a watermelon gazpacho starter and an avocado pudding dessert. I . . . → Read More: Food

Scrumbling

I’m not suggesting that Claude Monet move over or anything, but I’m pretty jazzed with the new art technique I learned this weekend. Scrumbling. The authority on all things web-wise, Wikipedia says scrumbling¬†“is a technique similar to glazing, except that the coating is opaque, and is just painted on very thinly to . . . → Read More: Scrumbling