Wednesday, July 31, 2013


WOW! Switzerland is spectacular! So clean and so breathtakingly beautiful!!! Turns out "love is spoken here"! Most definitely my kind of country. We visited the towns of Basel, Bern ( the capital), Murten, Interlaken ( resort town), and Murren ( the Alps). So many lovely things to see, including two of my boys paragliding for the first time! Enjoy!

Monday, July 29, 2013


Paris was lovely and super HOT! Almost 100 degrees and humid! Versailles was over the top!! On our last day in Paris we strolled slowly, enjoyed several museums including the Louvre, saw the stained glass at St. Chappelle, and rested at the Luxumbourg Gardens.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Bonjour tout le monde! Starting in Paris....finding lots of love, beauty, and charm! Au revoir pour maintenant!

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Ahhhh...a week with my family on vacation in Michigan
and me on vacation NOT in Michigan...
Reading for fun - The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Reading for healing - When Things Fall Apart

Movie watching - Sabrina, Tea with Mussolini, 2 Days in Paris, Midnight in Paris, It's Complicated, Enchanted April

TV watching - Bravo TV taped/ no commercials
and looking forward to a new Project Runway tonight

Sewing!!! Handed off 6, SIX, quilts!!! Whoooeee

Hammock sitting - in the heat/sunshine

Journal writing

Dog walking, pink bike riding, beach going

just being

Monday, July 8, 2013


 Here's a hint...

It's HOT out here in the Pacific Northwest!

Fred doesn't mind as long as his fan is turned on.

It might be that my eyes are  unaccustomed to the seeing anything but grey and green,
but the flowers seem 
unusually saturated and vibrant!

No need to be jealous of this guy
who is loving the sun and heat
because it seems to me
 that his Maserati? Ferrari? 
doesn't have enough room for fabric!

Lila is resigned to the fact that I will be sewing...
heat or no heat. 
(Behind my husband's suit case is my creative mess!)

Thoughts of cooler temperatures 
got me playing with my Christmas fabric.

Top and bottom is a Nancy Wolfe design...
LOVE her whimsy!

One of my favorite favorites is this one...
we know the importance of MRS. Claus!

I started to make some Christmas postcards 
in anticipation of another class.

I really enjoy the satisfying nature of 
creating something small
and the freedom of collage!

A few years ago I was hooked on making trees...

I even entertained the idea 
of making 500 trees!
I stopped at 60+ 
and called it wrapping paper!

Uh oh...
I hear the trees calling again!

I am also hearing a whisper
to plan another big trip!


I continue to work on not taking life too seriously,
trusting that the universe is ultimately good...
continuing to move, one step in front of the other...
remembering to...

After you wring out your panties, ponder this...

In the book, When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron,
she says, 
"If sometimes we can approach what scares us, and sometimes we absolutely can't,
then that is our experience.

'This moment is the perfect teacher, and it's always with us'

is really the profound instruction.
Just seeing what's going on  - that's the teaching right there."