Category Archive: Inspirations

Following the Trail of An Old Ax-head

Back in the fall, as I was walking around our place in the Hill Country, I came across an ax-head sticking out of the ground. Of course I wondered how long it had… Continue reading

Celebrating Public Domain Day

Every year at this time, I am eager to explore the works that are entering the public domain each year. For a list of 75 highlights of this year’s works, you can read… Continue reading

A Jar of Buttons

  A Jar of Buttons This is a core samplefrom the floor of the Sea of Mending, a cylinder packed with shellsthat over many years sank through fathoms of shirts —pearl buttons, blue… Continue reading

Pin Party from 1905

Melissa at Two Threads Back has been on the historical trail of pins recently, with one post about bachelors’ pin cushions, and another with an 1863 story from the viewpoint of a pin!… Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #79: A Window with a View

I love to go with my husband on his business trips, because his destinations are not your usual tourist spots, and we never know what we are going to find. In March of… Continue reading

Scraps from the Past

The wonderful Paula B kindly sent me a package with two scrap collections, one from the late 1800s and one from the 1930s.  There are at least 200 different fabrics represented! Most of… Continue reading

Happy Earth Day!

I picked up these wooden garden markers a few weeks ago, and grouped them into an old enamel basin.  They remind me to get to work in the garden! Also, I think they… Continue reading

Spectacular Spirals

I am part of an online art quilt group called The Endeavourers.  When our current theme, Spirals, was announced, I thought it was a good time to dig into my Kindle inventory and… Continue reading

Gigantic and/or Multi-colored Inspiration

Last week we got to visit Fort Smith and Bentonville, Arkansas.  The plan was to drive straight to Bentonville to meet a relics dealer and hand off a collection of my husband’s grandfather… Continue reading

Lessons From a Dumpster Dive

Last week as I was running errands in town, I noticed giant sample books sticking out of the trash can at an interior decorator’s shop.  I gathered up my nerve and went in… Continue reading