"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

Monday, 16 July 2018

My bamboo dip pen

I snipped some green bamboo with my secateurs, trimmed it to my liking and sharpened it with a pocket knife. I dipped it in a water based blue ink and was surprised! There is probably a lot of wonderful advice online about bamboo dip pens but I never bothered to look. It's straight forward - simple and so beautiful that I love it. I use it for my shopping lists, draw with it, and I wrote a cheque with it. I dropped it on the floor and have yet to re-sharpen it. It hold's a reasonable amount of ink and glides across paper like a soaring bird. I may never buy another discardable pen again.

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

When less is more

The simplicity of having little in terms of material goods is an awesome freedom.  Every item takes a certain amount of upkeep - either in money, time or both. I only want that which is important enough to take up my time. Making more time happens when I let go of that which I have accumulated. Real wealth is subjective. When I feel rich inside than I am. William Wordsworth wrote in "Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower," ( one of his poems about a child of nature) "The stars of midnight shall be dear to her;" It really is about perspective isn't it? I'm certain she felt the same way about the rainbow.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Tapestry bookmark

This sampler bookmark measures 7 1/2" long ( excluding the beaded fringe) and 2 3/8" wide. I wove it from thread and floss. It has a liner that I sewed on the backside made from repurposed silk fabric and the fringe is finished with seed glass beads. I've put it in my summer reading, an old copy of the "Encyclopedia of Needlework" by T. Dillmont. 

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Sunday, 3 June 2018


I found this rufous hummingbird nest in a blackberry vine on the edge of the forest where I work. It was close enough to the ground to make it easy to look into and each visit brought joy to my heart. At first the two downy young were snuggled down into the nest sleeping. Than they spent their days eyes wide open watching the world around them. On the final visit which was today, the last remaining young made her first flight. In this miracle I see God sustaining the tiniest of things. Do I trust Him with the big things and the little details of my life?

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Sunday, 20 May 2018


My grey water system came about as the result of my own experiments on learning what works and what does not. It's very simple. An empty ten gallon bucket sit's upside down buried in the ground with sand around and under it but not in it. On the bottom of the bucket is a hole for 1 1/2" ABS pipe to enter. This keeps vermain away. On top of this is more dirt and a small cedar slab to mark the spot. Over time the bucket slowly fills up with debris that goes down my kitchen sink. Using a sink strainer slow's it down and since I share my kitchen with my weaving studio there are exhausted dye bath's that go down there too. There is also a bathroom sink and a shower that I plumbed into this system. Eventually when the bucket fills up with debris it must be dug up and emptied. The question is what will I find? When I dug it up this spring the sand surrounding the outside of the bucket was rich with nutrients and there was an abundance of wild red wrigglers and earthworm's living there. I filled up a wheelbarrow with it and brought it to my garden. I feel like I am doing something positive for the earth. The organicness of it fills me with wonder and hope.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

White Roses - part 2

I did a product review for ThermaLeaf® and received my roses for free. My beautiful roses are found on this page:

See also: - fire retardant artificial foliage -http://www.thermaleaf.com/ for an extensive collection for any season.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

White Roses

I never thought I would have the pleasure to receive roses again- after all I am alone. But life is full of surprise's and this was a happy one.  This white silk rose arrangement is 18" high and simply beautiful. The timing couldn't be better. The crocus's and daffodil's are finished blooming and I am waiting for the tulip's. The roses are in my studio - which is also my kitchen and they are bringing their beauty into my day's. In my next post I will let you know who they came from. If you like you can take a guess.