Monday, August 18, 2014


Leaving my stitching behind on this overcast Monday morning to greet the week.
Work, workshop (with the amazing Naomi Schliesman), meetings, school shopping, chauffeuring, stitching...and some planned fun, an intermission of sorts, though I don't know quite what that will be yet.

Wishing you all a great start to your week.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I did indeed find my peeps

I was very flattered to be featured in the new issue of Her Voice magazine, a seasonal insert in our local paper.  Her Voice is a magazine by women, for women, about women and it's always fun to look through and see what other women in our community are up to.  The article about me was written by Kathy Krueger, a freelance writer who I've gotten to know in the past few months through my job at The Crossing Arts Alliance, and she did a wonderful job.  She made me sound much more interesting than I actually am.

I was photographed by Joey Halvorson, another new friend from The Crossing.  Only for her would I pose with wool birds on my head.  Only for Joey.

In the article I talk about how much it meant to me to find the creative souls in our community (my peeps) and to be able to find a job working with so many of them.  I'm lucky in so many ways, friends.  Though my days are long and life is not always easy, I *am* so lucky to have found my peeps both in town and here in this blog.

Thank you for reading.  And for being my peeps.

Friday, August 15, 2014

the roadsides are in bloom

It's that time of year.
The roadside flowers are in bloom which means they've been wrapped in fiber and tucked in jars to steep on my porch.
Each like a little science experiment.

Tansy, Goldenrod, Yarrow, and Aster.  Each giving a shade of yellow.
Oak leaves, Creeping Charlie, and a few Eucalyptus too that I tucked away in a bag and dole out slowly.

Now we wait.

I hope you all have a great weekend.  What's growing on your roadsides?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

oh Robin

I cried last night for a man I didn't know.
Who seemingly had the world on a string.
A brilliant mind, hugely talented, successful.
It's hard to reconcile then, why he would take his own life.

Depression is a lying bitch and she doesn't discriminate.

So many in the creative community are followed by the Black Dog.
Even those that may seem to have it all may be trying to tame that mutt.
Let's be kind.  Let's be helpful. Let's be there.

Squeezing all of you tight today.

Monday, August 11, 2014

a new vest for E

Some felting happened last night and end bits of roving became a vest for E.
It's been a couple of years since I made her first, photographed by this very same tree.
I can't believe how she's grown.
Kindergarten this year.

She made the flower detail herself, and dictated where it should be on the vest.
She has an opinion about things.
About all things.
Which I hope will serve her well as she grows, even if it drives me batty in the meantime.

Have a great week, everyone.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


I've been disconnected from nature. 
And that's not good for me.
So this morning, in the middle of a soft rain, I reconnected.
I went in search of textures and details and came back with some and a lightness in my chest.
Funny, I hadn't fully noticed the weight that had been there until it was gone.

I tried my hand at a selfie.  Clearly not my strong suit.

Foot shots are more my speed.

I'm preparing to start a large-scale project that I'll tell you more about when the time is right.  I feel good things ahead for me but right now I'm being a plotter.  

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday.

Friday, August 08, 2014

fabulous fairies

I taught a fairy class to 10 talented ladies last night.  It was a lot of fun and everyone left with a beautiful and unique fairy.

Some had beehive hairdos.

Some wore pantaloons under their dresses.

Some were pretty in pink.

Some had dragonfly wings.

Some had more personality than their hair could contain.

Some were daintily delicate.

Great things happen when you get a group of women around a table full of color.
Thank you, ladies, for a wonderful evening.
Next class to be announced soon!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

randomness on a Wednesday

I found a mushroom that looks like it would be perfect for a little gnome to nap under.

I was totally wowed last week at the Wicked creativity found at this quilt show in the gallery at work.

I found out what happens when a sock gets left outside too long.

My daughter found a new friend who was very good at grabbing her with his sticky feet.

I have decided I need to change my name to this.  

Happy Wednesday, everyone. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

bowlful of fairies

In preparation for my upcoming fairy class, I've been making a small fairies at night out of my naturally-dyed wool stash.

Lobster mushrooms, black beans, tansy, bedstraw root, black walnut, st. johns wort, and more make up the fairies resting my bread bowl.

It's hard to see in this photo but this girl has the palest blue gown.  My daughter claims she's an ice fairy.

Not surprisingly I had extra helpers when I was trying to take photographs.

Though can they really be called helpers when all they're doing is trying to see if any of that stuff I'm holding is food?

Monday, July 28, 2014

sooty chicks

Those chirping eggs have turned into chirping chicks.  5 of them so far in the brooder box.  One, sadly, didn't make it through hatch but the others are fluffy and peeping like little champs.

Interestingly, these guys are white, not yellow, with random dots of black.  Their moms were black hens and Carlos the rooster is a mix of white and red so it's strange to see these little soot patches on their white fluff.  Sort of like a tiny version of 101 dalmatians.

Speaking of speckled fluffies, look how big the ducklings are getting.  Every time I wander outside they're underfoot, begging for food.  And biting my toes.

Even Tiny is growing.  And though I tried to give him a good strong name like Thor or Sledgehammer, we keep calling him Tiny.  So there we have it, Tiny.

I'm done hatching for the year so at some point I'll be back to posting about art.  Pretty sure, anyway.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

chirping eggs

I was taken off guard today when my daughter came running in to tell me that the eggs were hatching in the incubator.  They were still in the turner and weren't scheduled for "lock-down" until tomorrow, but there they were, chipping and chirping away.

For those that haven't experienced it, it's a pretty amazing thing to hold a bowlful of eggs that are chirping at you.  When you hold the egg you can feel the little life inside wiggle and then protest loudly through its shell.

Wish them luck, hatching is hard work.

Happy weekend, all.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

felted fairy workshop

For those of you in my neck of the woods, I'll be teaching a workshop on making pretty little felted fairies on August 7th 2014 from 6-9pm in the Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd, MN.

Cost is $15 or $10 for those bringing their own felting mat and needles.

Email me at to sign up or reserve your spot HERE.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

fairy practice

I'll be teaching fairy-making in a few weeks so I thought some practice was in order.
After some jabbing, bending, and taming of fluffy fibers I had a pair of little ladies on my table.

Later I found them dancing in my daisies, the dears.

For anyone interested in the class, details will be coming soon, but you can also sign up to be notified of workshops as well.

Hope you're having a magical weekend.

Friday, July 11, 2014

new stones in the shop

Three new stones in my shop.
Headed off to my day job, the last workday before a whole week off.  Family coming in to town, fun to be had, relaxing to be done.

Good stuff.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

distracted by ducks

I sat down to finish that storm stone I showed you yesterday, but when I sat down to put in some stitches I found I wasn't happy with them. Out they came, and out I went, to let the ducklings out for their evening swim.

The whole group, happy to be in the water.

The first born set of ducklings are getting their white feathers and are entering that adorably awkward-looking phase.  They're getting some tail feathers but still have their baby fuzz on their teeny-tiny t-rex arms.

Rawr!  I will slap you with my t-rex arms!
Nope.  No you won't, little guy.  But nice try.

The runt teacup duck is still very small compared to his hatchmates.  They look out for him, as if they recognize he needs the extra help.  He's very delayed, not only in size but in physical ability, but he's getting more active and growing a little every day.

Snack and snuggle time happens after the swim.

This guy thought for sure my camera lens was food.  I was laughing too hard to focus.

And if you dare spill food on your lap, you'll have ducks there too.

Happy Thursday, everybody. 


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