Bittersweet…

I went back to the Farmers’ market today and found one of my favorite flowers for fall arrangements…bittersweet.

Bittersweet it is… pretty, yet reminding us that the cool winds of fall are already on their way…

If you see any bittersweet at your market, snap it up.  It is hard to find and it will last for years.  It’s surprising that it is so hard to come by — it is on the US Department of Agriculture’s list of National Invasive Species!   –-Again, bitter-sweet lovely, but invasive….

New Quilt Doodle Idea

I found this photo on Tumblr and it made me laugh out loud.  Then it gave me an idea…for a new quilt.  Of course, I really shouldn’t start another new project, but sometimes I just can’t help myself…I did promise myself that I would only work on this a few minutes a day, so it will take a while…

First, I started with a piece of hand dyed fabric that looks a little like a chalkboard.  The size is approximately 20 x 26 inches.

Then, I spray basted the quilt sandwich using Sullivan’s Quilt Basting Spray.  (Remember to give this time to dry before you start quilting —  otherwise, your needle will get gummed up and start skipping stitches–I know from experience…)

Finally, I added a grid-rather randomly.  I just wanted some vertical and horizontal lines to keep the doodles from become too angled.  I think this would be too distracting in this already chaotic overall pattern.

and here is what I have so far….

I plan to add a few at a time as the spirit moves me…I think it will be the perfect little wall hanging…

Back to School


By now all the kiddies are back in school – a day which most parents view with a mix of relief and regret.  It seems like it will be a relief to have a quiet house for a few hours, but the tradeoff is the end of summer and the renewal of schedules and the dreaded homework

When you have a few moments…I think you will enjoy this TED talk.   It’s an amusing, but serious discussion about creativity and the educational system.  So brew yourself a cup of tea, put up your feet and enjoy 20 minutes…