"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Autumn butterfly

One October afternoon amidst the falling leaves  a butterfly winged its way through our yard. My daughter caught it in her net on echinacea blossoms which had evaded the several frosts that have touched the yard. We looked it up in a field guide and learned it was an American Painted Lady. They apparently do not overwinter in Canada and are considered migratory. They also have a higher tolerance for the cold and are seen in the fall. We were very thrilled with its appearance and I decided to sketch it. I used pencil crayons for colour. ( the actual butterfly is at the top of the page.) Art is but a reflection of the soul of its maker and the butterfly speaks to the heart of God.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019


This small tapestry that I wove is an 8 inch square. It was inspired by Michael Joncas song titled- On Eagle's Wings which is based on Psalm 91. The words in the song - And He will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand - are also the words of my own long experience. Unlike man, God does keep his word as found in scripture. He will do for you what He has done and is doing for me.
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Thursday, 3 October 2019

The lie

I believed it for most of my life. It was taught to me in university. Anne Frank says it this way; In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." But than I remember watching my very young child choose what was not good at heart even though she had no way of knowing. And, it was at that point that I began to question what I had been taught. But the fullness of this lie was revealed to me several years later by the grace of God when I read in scripture, The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was ONLY evil all of the time. The Lord was grieved...." Genesis 6:5,6. I now believe all people including myself are naturally completely wicked because we have inherited sin. Psalm 51:5  - Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." And Romans 3:10 -There is none righteous, NO NOT one." And just to make it clear again this is repeated in the following verse," there is NONE who does good, NO, NOT ONE." Our idea's of good is not God's.  Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I have watched much evil in the hearts of those closest to me. How can such cruelty spring forth from the heart if people are basically good? I understand now the wickedness in my own heart. I drew this last gladiola from the garden and than multiplied it. It uplifted me the way flower's always do. It tells me of God's love for us all. It's beauty gives me hope in His perfection and grace -in a very ugly world.

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Sunday, 22 September 2019

Looking Up

This small cotton tapestry I wove measures 7 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" long and is woven with thread and cotton embroidery floss.                                                          

       "I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2

Monday, 9 September 2019

Where is the monarch? - part two

My daughter caught a viceroy in our yard- and she gave it to me -you can see the actual butterfly on the right. I was so very pleased that I sketched it. I believe we saw a viceroy out our screened door the day that I wrote about in my first post. Year's ago I did a weaving of a monarch as a commission for a private client. I only had pictures to look at and since than I have always had a secret longing to see a live one. The viceroy which is called a monarch mimic and which I have never seen before either did not live at our island home on the west coast. I am so thankful for this east coast blessing.
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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Where is the monarch?

I sketched my daughter with her butterfly net and myself holding the wildflowers that she picked me. We were looking for the monarch butterfly which does not live on the pacific coast island we called home. It was a late summer afternoon and we wondered along a red, dirt road to the sea. It seemed like we would not see a single monarch and we didn't that day. Than, one sunny afternoon while we sat inside the cottage and looked out through our screened door we both saw the butterfly. It was flitting around right in front of our eyes next to the screen. "Monarch!" my daughter cried. We ran to the outside door to gather our nets and than to the screened door but the butterfly was gone- forever. Was it really a monarch? I don't know but I thank God for graciously gifting us not only with memory but with good memories of a summer on PEI.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Bethel United Church part 2

On what I thought was the last visit to Bethel United Church to view a discrepancy between my tapestry cartoon and the weaving in my mind I saw lilies that were not yet blooming across the road from the historical church located amongst the fields. So I returned mid summer to sketch their blooms. In the botanical book, " Wild Flowers of the Pacific Northwest Lewis Clark had this to say about the tiger lily (Lilium Columbianum) "Lily has become one of the best known of plant names. And that name is very familiar from the superb translation of the authorized version of King James: Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28,29 Yet the derivation of lily is obscure. Professor George Black has been kind enough to compare the above passage, both in original Greek, and in the Latin translations. He points out: Letter for letter transcription of the Greek words there used for 'the lilies' is ta krona. However for lily early Greek had also leirion which is considered cognate with Latin lilium - whence comes the English lily." This tiger lily is not Columbianum as the leaves are alternate and not in whorls of 6-9 leaves. So the mystery of what it is and how it got here remains.  Sadly, the lesson of God's love designed to comfort us is bypassed in this botanical literature. The scripture says in NIV, "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"

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