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Be Here


Be free to love.  I don’t let go of concepts–I question ’em. Then they let go of me.  What is a belief, but, a construct made up by a conditioned mind.   I am alive ‘cuz that is what is here, not of a belief in something.

I work hard to stop wishing for things to be a certain way or trying to make a story in my head to fit in a nice little self-created world.  Life can only be what it is.  It will never be different than that no matter how much I want it to be.  Be with what is here.

By creating a belief, I make life personal.  Is it really personal?  Not exactly.  It will happen even if I am not here. This is the freedom that is in the Here and Now.  This is what is discovered when I face my thinking and how it creates a belief that isn’t real.

Anywhere else is just a thought derived from the “would have,” “could have,” “should have,” or “wishing” thinking mind.  Life can never be anywhere…but…here.  So today, I choose to be here–with what is here and be an active participant of life.

In the Here and Now, I come to realize it’s the only reality that truly exist.  I become aligned with love–the creative intelligence of the universe.  I continue to be surprised by the way how love changes my view of life.  When I cease to believe in things in a self-created world, I learn how to allow love to be my guide.

Right now, this very second, wonderful things are happening all over the world.  Live it. Learn it.  Love it.

My liberated Quilts for Boston blocks (shown above) are well on their way to Massachusetts.  Read more about the relief effort by the Boston Modern Quilt guild here.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

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Sunshine is Delicious


Sunshine is delicious.  Rain is refreshing.  Wind braces me up.  Snow is exhilarating. There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.  任何人說陽光帶來快樂從來沒有在雨中跳舞。Translation:  Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. And the kids and I have danced in many rain.

It was a great day spent with COOL friends

and some sewing.  One quilt block down,

one more to go (maybe two.)

Yep…I couldn’t stop (and my best ideas are typically when I am out…with cocktail napkins in hand.)

This is a trial run for Quilts for Boston quilt blocks.  Oh–how did those purple got in there? Remember? It’s a trial run.

Anything goes so long I use Yellow, Blue, Gray, and White.  It could be 12.5″ by 12″ or 12.5″ by whatever.

Another way for me to contribute after To Boston with Love flags.  I ain’t a quilter; so if I can do it, you can too!  Details here..

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Live Fully. Love Openly


Love with my whole heart.

Laugh often.

And make a difference.

Every moment is a gift.

Enjoy the present.

There is nothing to get and everything to get rid of in my spiritual path.  I have to give myself wholeheartedly.

How do you  give?   For me…by not holding back.

Thanks to my friend‘s inspiration and encouragement, my hand-pierced/liberated-letter flags–love, hope–and heart have winged their way to Massachusetts and received by Boston-in-Love.

Quilters from around the world have created hundreds of hand-sewn squares in tribute to Boston. The “To Boston With Love” project will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts for the free Memorial-Day Community Weekend.

Each mini quilt delivers a message of peace and hope, signed on the back by the artist with his or her country.  The project was a grass-roots effort conceived by Berene Campbell of Vancouver, Canada, and organized locally by Amy Friend of West Newbury.  Big or small–you too can contribute to the community art collage.  All onsite contributions will be donated to The One Fund Boston.

If you’d like to make a quilt to be included in the installation you can learn how to here.  Learn more about the free Boston I Love Memorial Day Community Weekend here.  I will be there in spirit.

Thanks, Kristin, for the local collective effort
and the beautiful group photo!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Discerning Moments


As I became adult, what begins to distinguish me from childhood is the ability to know how much is too much and what is not enough.

Naturally, most kids don’t know limits.

While too much candy can make your stomach hurt, I can’t imagine daily life without the choice to fill the mind with words and images, ideas and images that are healthy and soothing to the soul.

These things can challenge thinking in a positive way.

Perhaps, challenge myself to read and gather energy from words that are more specific to my life.  Many choices…next to knitting, sewing, beading, playing with mixed media, hiking, cooking, photographing, etc. etc.

Featured Knits today are inspired by the Sellwood Bridge.  Twisted ribbing on the neck and leg/arm-warmer set mimics the meandering nature of the Willamette River, which flows under the beautiful and historic Sellwood Bridge.  The pattern was designed by Shannon Squire especially to participants of 2013 Rose City Yarn Crawl in Portland, Oregon, a few months ago.   One set was in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Victoria and the other in Socks That Rock MediumWeight–in ka-POW!, pa-TINA colorway.   I loved knitting ’em.  The bias repeats in between the stockinette fabric are just my level of enjoyment:  engaging, easy to read/memorize, no tricky bits.  Both the pattern and yarn are available at Twisted.  However, you will have to call the shop for BMF yarn–they aren’t offered online.

There’s been no big splashy stuff here lately and I can’t seem to finish anything.  But, I’m finding great delight in the small stuff.  Like this sewing project…more on that tomorrow.  I could stare at ’em all day.

What brings you real joy?   Do that…Be that…Share that…Spend more time with that and get more joy! ♥

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

The Thought of Sharing


When working on my designs, I often think to myself, “I need to remember to share this idea with everyone.”  Funny how blogging pulls that out of me…sharing techniques, ideas, and inspirations.

I have read often how artists are afraid to share “too much” or are constantly worried that others may copy their ideas.  I find that I actually WANT people to create what I’m making–or if I’ve learned about something that works–it’s so niffy, cool to pass that knowledge on.

Creativity is like the fish and loaf story in the Bible.  As I share my ideas, I feed others’ creativity and then they are inspired.  They, in turn, want to make something wonderful.  As they share, their creativity continues to encourage others…and so on.  Don’t you agree?

Even if I create something that you’ve made, mine will be ME…yours will be YOU, as we all have our personal style and our work will always reflect that.

So today, I choose to not hide my light, little talent I may have, or ideas for fear of others “stealing” it away…I will forge ahead and give it away so I may be inspired to always be creating something new and wonderful to share that will be uniquely ME.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Door of Perception


What is or is not?  Lately, I’ve been challenged to think about the idea of how what I know affects the way I see things.

If seeing came before knowing, how would that change what I thought about what I was seeing?

Confusing?  Stay with me here.  Imagine Garcia Lopez de Cardenas, a Spanish conquistador, riding his horse around Colorado River in 1540 and come about this immense hollowed pit–a gigantuous cavity now known as the Grand Canyon–never knew of its existence.

How amazing was his unearthing experience.  Did his heart skip several beats?  Did the conquistador see a worthless desert wasteland, nothing more than a barrier to political expansion?  Or, did he foresee the opposite extreme–the modern view tends toward the romantic, reveling in what we today perceive as the remarkable spirituality of the gorge?  Did he freak out that the Spaniards back home–not even friends or family–would believe his startling impressive discovery?.

Have I been deprived of truly experiencing the Grand Canyon or other stupefying sight?  What about my everyday encounters–things that I know or think I know?

Today, I dare  to approach life–to see people and things–leaving behind my inkling of what something should be.  I challenge myself to simply experience life for what it is.

What makes your heart skipped a beat today?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Three Days…


to Christmas.   Hey, peeps, what’s up!  How’s everyone’s December going so far?

Although there was frost on the lawn and fireplace was crackling this morning, most days have been rather warm.  Another light-sweater kind of December day.  Instead of bemoaning the nearly warm breeze, I got pampered with good friends at Dudley’s (Kristin, Jewel, LeAnn, and Nancy)…warmed up by oh-so-pleasing Toomie’s delectable.  It’s a good day of fun.  Sorry…no picture to show :0(  Er.  Okay.  I just forgot.  Borrowing this one from last week.

The thrifting angels smiled down at me today and blessed me with these goodies:  1) a dress form that turns out to be too large for my use, 2) a silk scarf, 3) a nice wool blazer by Ann Taylor, and 4) a wool fair-isle vest and a silk hoodie blouse for Upcycled projects.  My plasma must be very cluttered.

The joy of thrift shopping is in the hunt, the search and rescue.  There’s no denial–collecting is in my blood with no 12-step program in sight.  What’s a solution?  Gift to someone else?  Sell on eBay or etsy?

Did you go thrifting this week?  Have you found that your Christmas wishlist has changed because of thrifting?

My quilting needle and floss are humming again.  Here is a birdie started out at Jenn’s a couple days ago–embroidered and beaded.

Isn’t she just adorable?

Hand-sewing is so relaxing and rewarding.

A small project like this is a great way to learn.

May I help you get started on your flock!   This a free pattern from Spool.  Enjoy!  (Next photo belongs to Sew Liberated. Her bird wall idea is inspiring fabulous.)

Here is another DIY that would be fun to do, even with young kids 😀   There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)