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Flying High and Proud


I don’t have to hide myself ‘cuz there’s nothing wrong with me. I was not born to be like the imaginary folks I see on television and in magazine. I was not born to emulate my parents and friends. I was born to be me. That’s it. The complete me with all the cracks and imperfections.

Take off the dark glasses and present myself to the world as I am. Fly through my life with freedom and soar beyond those voices that want to keep me down. The absolute greatest thing I can ever be is me. To feel comfortable in my own skin is the only way to live genuine life. No more hiding. Lets see what I’ve got.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly wet-felting, hand appliqué, and quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Remembering


From Shakespeare to “Die Hard,” “Love Actually,” and “Harry Potter,” he brought a distinctive approach to every role. “I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it’s a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.” I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and experience. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman, a giant of the stage and screen.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly wet-felting, hand appliqué, and quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, Instagram, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

Talent and/or Gifted


What do you think of so-called talent or being gifted? Me? Neither. Even the famous artists had to start somewhere. I don’t become a Van Gogh or Mozart overnight.

When I want to knit or quilt, I try techniques and learn new skills. By practicing these, I see my “art” develop and feel myself grow as an artist, a knitter, a quilter, a spinner, a crafter…a human being. I am growing my talent each and every day. So are you.

If I had a gift, it was my desire. My desire to create. My desire to learn everything under the blazing sun. My desire to push past every point of frustration–where I felt I couldn’t do it or sew a 1/4″ seam–where I was merely too embarrassed that I didn’t want to show anybody.

It’s all learning–every step of the way. When I knit, sew, or doodle passionately every day, I learn something new. So what I weren’t born with a talent or gift. I sure can learn a skill. We are all born artists, after all. Go for it.

Are you ready for autumn? Today’s selection for queue enlightenment Horizons Hat (click link to FREE pattern)–easy, warm, and comfy with a fun reversible waffle stitch pattern. It’s slouchy enough to fit around the hair when you have it up in a bun. The hat is worked in lace-weight, held doubled; a light-fingering yarn would be a good substitute. To commemorate Tsunami Knits’ first Ravelry pattern launched, this perfect stash-busting pattern is FREE with coupon code lovefall, good through Monday, August 31.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure, once again after a long hiatus, to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

Sunriver, Oregon

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Love More


Do you believe that Dr. King was not an inspirational self-help guru, but, an activist around issues of race, class, and poverty–all of which are hidden from view by this act of quotation?

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.~~Martin Luther King, Jr.

To believe that love and light are not the foundation of activism and social change is to completely miss the point of activism. This statement is only self-help material if you don’t understand the radical nature of love and the danger people all over the world face as they try to change their lives and communities. There is nothing hiding in this quote. Bringing love, light, and nonviolence in the face of oppression is speaking truth to power.

…hate is *too* great a burden to bear.”

It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. I need to love more, today and every day.

Today’s selection for queue enlightenment Playground Shawl (click link to FREE pattern)–is a fun, mindless knit. Not only versatile and easily adaptable, it’s great for an autumn wrap! Lightweight or substantial–take your pick. It’s perfect for any age to wear while the weather starts to cool off for fall. ENJOY!

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure, once again after a long hiatus, to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

My first “juried” quilt Life Twirls On was in the “Black to White Quilt Challenge Exhibit”
in Quilt!Knit!Stitch! show last week.


Black to White Quilt Challenge Exhibit
in Quilt!Knit!Stitch! show in Portland, Oregon last week.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Calm and Receptive


As I float on the Ocean of Life, I strive to handle stormy seas, relax, enjoy calm, blissful weather, and know that life supports me at all times. The Universe guides me through it all.

Today, I’m calm and receptive of all good.

Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Today’s selection for queue enlightenment Anastasia (click link to FREE pattern)–soft ombre shawl–is worked in stockinette stitch. Such a lovely, classy shawl to wear to any special event. Relatively fast, relaxing knit. Don’t we all need one in our lives?

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure, once again after a long hiatus, to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

I was honored to be ask to set up this awe-inspiring silk wearable art ensemble
at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! show in Portland, Oregon last week.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Reawakening and Relaxation


No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world~~Robin Williams

Sometimes I simply need to remind myself I don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Dare to play and experiment.  This is a 7″ by 7″ mini-quilt (with double-binding–corded and regular bindings) made for my friend as shop-warming present.  It’s a proportionally replicate of her shop logo–Nicole Michelle Decor.  Beautiful first-class shop. Check it out. I free-motion quilted with Silk threads and had to redo a few times.  Not perfect, but, it’s the thought that counts, right?!

I have been seriously itching to paint my own fabric for a long time–accumulated a ton of books on the topic since last year–so many possibilities and one of a kind cloth. A month ago, I got a hands-on demonstration for watercolor-pencil painting on fabric from Kristin. Why did I procrastinate the play? Craftastrophe, maybe? These exercises are really about courage, I guess. To make a blank piece of cloth to some sort of art and then show it to people can be scary. I open myself up to ridicule. It is always nerve racking.

Summer time is a time of reawakening and relaxation. What better way to relax than to reawaken a plain cloth (fat quarter) with a burst of color!

Organizing my threads

I spent a better part of Tuesday night adding layers–1) first tried light sketching with Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 pencils. It’s too faded to make a difference. My poor eyes couldn’t see the lines. 2) Mixed 1-part Martha Steward Fabric Medium and 2-part water–worked out great here and half the price of my go-to Liquitex Textile Medium.  3) Paint small working area of cloth with watercolor pencils, 4) Touched up with Inktense pencils.  Now that I get some idea of how it works, I can easily skip Step 3 altogether.  Inktense is the way to go.  Go on smoothly.  Colors are vibrant.  I only need very little of it unless I want the color dark on the fabric.  5) Let the cloth dry overnight.

I treated the colored cloth with dry hot iron next morning, washed it gently by hand with mild soap, and hung dried. Surprisingly, no color was lost between rinses even though I did not wash the sizing off beforehand or let it dry for 24 hours as some suggested.  I believe the fabric medium played a major part in this result.

Stroke by stroke, “Traveling down the childhood memory lane” is born–the boats, its shadows, water fluidity, stone wall, rope posts, and row houses (awaiting thread painting to give more details.) I love my first child-like painting!

Wish I could wash the birds off the sky and start over though. Typically, I can paint over it. But I won’t as I will be fine-tuning the cloth with threads later in the quilting process.

No matter how badly I mess up, there is something of value here. I always say some of my best ideas came from my worst ‘mistakes.‘ Once a couple of strokes in place, I wasn’t afraid to take creative risks. I now call this creative fertilizer for my crafty garden. Oh and…sometimes it’s good to know when to stop adding ‘one more thing‘ to the designs. It’s why I left the sashing plain.

This is a blast to work with, literally had me giggling (in a good way,) but it was the brilliance of Inktense Blocks and fabric medium that lured me into a late-night paint party! I can’t wait to seam the pieces up, add cotton batting and some pieced-backing, and start embellishing/quilting it. Meanwhile, I washed a few more clothes, awaiting to be dried for more experiment. I am thinking of using all the acrylic paints and washable textile medium by Delta, Ceramcoat, Folkart, Liquitex, Deco Art, and Chromacryl I already have.

It’s a good thing to take a break from the computer sometimes and pick up a pencil. I love to doodle, dream, sketch, and do what I please on this once white cloth. It is all about inspiring self to spread my creative wings. I need all of the positive creative inspiration I can get as it isn’t easy for me–not at all. Is there something you’ve been procrastinating? Be brave. Have courage and confidence.  Dive in. What the worst thing can happen?

Enabler Alert. I am delighted to share a couple of knitting and crochet patterns published this month. Diamonds and purls knitted shawl pattern is FREE for the month of August.  No coupon code needed.  Thank you, Jenny, for a fine lace beauty.

Are you as crazy about Mandala as I am? Take a good look at what Dedri Uys designed. The vivid colors.  The lotus-like flowers in the corners.  Raised petals.  All the little details in Sophie’s Garden are stunning!  What’s more?  The pattern is FREE as a bird.  Would you make it?

That’s the wrap, folks. Visit my Facebook page here for another inspiring project to be shared later today.  As always, it will be FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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3 a.m. Inspiration


Reliving First Friday at Quiltworks is as fun as it did last week. Not kidding. It literally kept me up past 3 a.m.! So many beautiful quilts and so different. I am particularly intrigued by the different ways in which free-motion quilting is incorporated as part of the art.

This month was as wonderful as ever with June Jaeger as featured quilter and SAQA as featured group.  (From right to left:  June Jaeger, Kristin Shields, and Patti Stewart.)

I’m not much of an artistic quilter, nor can I create pictures like these. But I really admire and enjoy looking at ’em. There’s a lot of talent in the quilts and wall hangings. Take your time looking at these and tell me if there is something really pops out at you or inspires you in any way.

Doesn’t that look like a fun party?  We all love shows and festivals for different reasons—attend for different reasons. Me? I enjoy the fun, laughter, textile/quilt artists sharing their amazing quilt art, talent and camaraderie.

Let’s not forget the amount of effort Marilyn, Dave, and their hard working staff put into this monthly event for their customers and the community. Coordinating, hanging, setting up, picking out door-prizes, serving homemade delicious appetizers, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverage …are no easy tasks. Thank you everyone at Quiltworks. You gals and guy are awesome!  I love you all.

The exhibits are up through end of August. Trust me you won’t want to miss seeing this incredible collection of masterpieces up close when you get this rare chance. Stop by if you are in town and show your love and support to both the shop and artists.

Summer is flying by.  August already, along with the fast approaching back-to-school. Wow…..so much happens this time of year as I prep for teens’ Fall schedules and figuring out wooly projects. What’s on your plate?  (Another post on this luxurious silk mittens soon.)

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.~~Max Lucado

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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