pens or pins? that is the question...

What's one to do when the heart and hands enjoy words and fabric, the pattern of paragraphs and quilts to an equal enthusiasm? To solve my dilemma I'm writing the print that stirs me and sharing the journey of blending fabrics into quilts and wearables, the discovery of old--be it quilts or friends, and the pleasures of today. Come...have a visit with me.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

pictures of "the" date

a book here, a book there... then a walk to a perfectly restored building. George loved the long leaf pine floors and original windows. Next, we found the knitting shop and across the way, a potter's haven, custom buttons --maybe the next jacket?
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It's a super day...

Julia Cameron is one of my favorite creative authors. She speaks in her book THE ARTIST'S WAY (Tarcher/Putman Press) of giving our self an artist' date--a window of time to enjoy the beauty of God's nature and the wonders of the creative people we find. Such was my day Saturday. I hope my day will engage you to give yourself an artist's date--just with you.

Our small local library has a once a year yard sale, selling endless varieties of books for pennies on the dollar. Seemed like a perfect date for me! I drove down to the sale early and fit into the crowd. I'm one of the folks "that never saw a book I didn't like" so selecting books for myself and assorted family members ranging from the best cooking to history was easy. Oh,I might add, part of the fun was people watching. Young and old scurried by the loaded book tables, eagerly looking for a favorite bargain, adding each new find to their cardboard holding boxes."Anybody found something on golf?, on bridge?" played from one group to another. Next came the long checkout line. No big deal--it was a beautiful day and chatterly conversation was plentiful.

Second in the artists' date was a trip to Comfort, a small hill-country town down the road from San Antonio. This Saturday's big event was an antique show in the town park. Buzzing with vendors selling fabulous wares, people were everywhere--standing or sitting on the main street benches, each telling their favorite stories. Laughter and joy filled the air. What fun to enjoy the varied voice decibel's while meandering in and out of old buildings, sharing the day with George. The best find for me was a fabulous knitting shop (and I'm a major beginning knitter).Check out The Tinsmith's Wife ( for a fabulous selection of yarns and workshops. And to complete my artists' date we previewed a friend, Delia Hunt's one woman art show--SO GOOD! Congrats! my friend. Check her out:

Home again and a quick stir-fry (really stir-steam!) of as many vegetables as I could put in a pan. I recently read a book describing how our moms cooked for flavor; we cook for health. How true-how true; we all think more about food for health than "yummy." Wish we could think more in the first direction, but issues--heart, osteoporosis, etc. We must be as health conscious as possible.

Well...that was my artists' date. Can't wait to hear about yours.

And my favorite book of the day: another Julia Cameron book, THE RIGHT TO WRITE.
Great prompts and invitations into the writing way. Penquin Putnam Inc., 1999.

And a favorite scripture. "Come unto to me, all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28. What comfort to hear Christ's words.

til later,


Monday, May 3, 2010

do I use a pen or pin?--the daily walk


Being a blog fan, it is inevitable that I finally join the modern crowd and become a "blogger." What do the multiple blog sites provide us, the reader? Why are we so attracted to them? From my perspective it is so simple...each reading keeps us attune to another and the similarities we all have. It is a joy to see your spring flowers, your grandchildren and hear about your latest venture--all on your blog.

So, I hope we'll share a bit about the daily life of our worlds, being a grandmother, a writer and teacher--or our favorite life directions; the special goals and struggles of putting words on a page, the creative direction of magical fabric units forming a great jacket or quilt, an occasional trip, the energy created in seminars I co-host and the classroom opportunities you give me.

And I want us to share the real fiber of life-God, family, friends, and the moments that make a difference. As I get older I find the phone calls, emails, notes and conversations over dinner are invaluable, necessary for the very breath of every day. Never an hour goes by that one of these particles simply impacts my thoughts and emotions.

Add the perks that make life energizing--a new or favorite book opened to an author's humor, wisdom or incite. Will I ever get my fill of the zillions of books I long to read or the quilt designs I long to sew? Or the sharing of the most "yummy" spinach and pear salad, or the best brownie? or the surprising find of mom's favorite biscuit recipe? To share these finds is a joy--try my reads and please, let me try yours.

So my blog is share with you the daily walk. The walk we as women tread everyday, from breakfast to professional meetings, from family and friends to new acquaintances and experiences.

I hope to hear from you. And for today, my perks include:

A great read: IF YOU WANT TO WRITE by Brenda Ueland, first published in 1938. Current edition, Graywood Press.

And a favorite scripture: I Thessalonians 4:11 "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so you will not be dependent on anybody."

And the favorite spinach salad--a combo of fresh spinach, chopped bosc pears, toasted walnuts,grated hard cheese (go light!),touch of crisp bacon and a mild vinaigrette dressing (on the side!)Enjoy!

til later,