I Spy Donations

A friend from Dallas gave me bags and boxes of fabrics — someone had donated so much to their quilt group, that they were spreading it to out-of-town friends!  Some of it was… Continue reading

Locked Down in History — Beauty from Harsh Surroundings

A man is sentenced to prison for an indeterminate time, condemned to stay there until he can produce what he has promised, gold from lead.  Even after four years in prison, with absolutely… Continue reading

Locked Down in History — Unraveling “The Queen’s Embroiderer”

I came across a book excerpt that described a French embroiderer in the court of Louis XIV – his techniques, materials, and customers¹.  I quickly bought the book, The Queen’s Embroiderer by Joan… Continue reading

Locked Down in History — Venetian Convents

We’re all tired of the new restrictions on our lives, but of course, it could be worse!  Lately I have read three books about people experiencing lock-ups they were powerless to escape, and… Continue reading

The Endeavourers’ Reveal Day 11 – Inspiration from a Friend

I am part of an online group, The Endeavourers, whose members produce small art quilts around a theme.  This time around we did a round-robin exchange of inspirational objects. My package came from… Continue reading

ScrapHappy June 2020

Well, it has been so long since I posted anything that I have almost forgotten how to navigate the admin menu! Way back before the pandemic started, I was on a roll as… Continue reading

Finding Joy in the Little Things

Originally posted on BaseballGal :
This morning I was thinking about joy. I remembered hearing Marie Kondo, expert organizer, saying that you should keep only the things that bring you joy. That may not…

The Endeavourers’ Reveal Day – Miss Havisham’s Banquet

I am part of on online art quilt group, The Endeavourers, that posts small quilts quarterly.  Our prompt for our tenth challenge was “A Scene from a Book”. The scene that jumped into… Continue reading

Virtual Visits

During this period of isolation, my sister and I have been taking virtual trips together.  Every day one of us picks a destination, then we get on our phones and chat while we… Continue reading

Stashes, Scraps, and Squirrels

It has been such a rainy month here that the chickens have been coming up to the back door, trying to get into the house.  (They don’t have to be outside; they have… Continue reading