"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." -The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Some Solace With Summer Ending Soon

They say
it is cards
they play





the sea

it comes

Of what

Textures from Kim Klaussen
layers on layers
of photographs.

I have an old, very old
rubber stamp of someone
folding the Crane
I play with this image all the time.
The photograph above of the doll is one in my collection
Her dress is silk and it is shattering.

Hope you have a very nice Wednesday 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Underneath Everything Is. . .

Duct Tape
Holds up

Underneath everything
you find the fiber
of your life.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lemon Ice Cream with Shawl and Shibori on top

The shawl I made with Camilla's  Twist and Twine Yarn 
I am wearing as I snap a photo of myself into the mirror over my
kitchen stove. You ask why I have a mirror in my kitchen?
My grandmother told me, when I was about to be married, to always hang a 
mirror in my kitchen to remind me that this is what my husband sees when he
looks at me, and if I want a long marriage. . . be happy with what I see.

I love this shawl. It makes me like a little of what I see.

For a real treat visit Camilla's blog to see her new restaurant
and all of the beauty of Montana at

just because she is really a nice person.

From my garden the above dahlia shines in my kitchen. 

My cup runneth over! The new cup I bought in Asheville.

Remember? This is the photo I showed you before.
Here is another shot of the shawl in progress.

I swatched the yarn so many ways to see what I would do with it.

The color is lovely and it is different with unusual stitches. Here it pools
into larger areas of  color. I like this a lot and will do something with this, soon.
I love the sense of color Camilla chooses to express. I have enjoyed her
Magnolia Handspun for the past couple of years. She is discontinuing this
yarn. I am practically out of stock of this, myself. Sad. It was so much fun to use. 

I made Lemon Ice Cream from the China Moon Cookbook.
It takes 1 1/8 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice,
the zest from all of the lemons (I used a special zester tool)
2 cups sugar and 4 cups of half and half plus
a pinch or two of kosher salt.
You grind the sugar with the zest in a food processor or blender for a few minutes,
then add the juice and blend well. Stir in the cream in a large bowl.
That is all!
It is the most delicious Ice Cream Ever!
I served this in green carnival glass with a Pepperidge Farm
Milano chocolate cookie.
Barbara Tropp really knows her stuff.
I love this cookbook 
which was out it 1992.
I visited her bistro China Moon when I lived in SF
The recipes are amazing.
On Indigo Shibori Day:
We had chicken with cranberries and pecan salad 
on lettuce in croissants sandwiches
Caesars Salad
a huge tray of fresh summer Melon
Lemon Ice Cream and Milano Cookies
and way too much fun
outside under the umbrellas on the deck.

Just before you ad this into the ice cream maker you let it sit and
stir for a little while to mingle the ingredients.

Freezing. . .

Frozen and ready to eat. I like it right away after freezing rather
than containing it and putting it in the regular refrigerator freezer. It gets
too hard and the texture is not as nice.

Shibori Indigo dyeing was the activity of the day.
We had a great time and can you believe this???
I forgot to take pics because I was having so much fun.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thoughts Become Things?

Thoughts become things?

I am doing the Beyond Layers exercises, the funny thing is that I thought it was going to be about using layer in photographs and textures and hints and that sort of thing. It is, but it is much much more. It is turning out for me to be a vehicle for change for one thing. . .
Sometimes, my goals are so high, for me, that it is already set up to be way too difficult to achieve anything even close. I set goals. Do you?
The past couple of years have been tough going staying on the paths I set for myself. Not really because of circumstances but because of the way I choose to think about life. I get caught in a trap that I set for myself when I was about 4 years old. Now that is really silly, I know.
I have some sorrows that I can not change. Those things I try not to think about because they are problems that I can do nothing about. When I was four I decided to be the fixer of the family. Can you imagine a four year old being equipped to deal with helping grown-ups feel better? I thought if I thought a thought it would happen. So I went around holding my breath trying so hard not to think some thoughts. Can you imagine? Magical Thinking is what that is. I know better, now. I know that I was a really smart kid and critically observing of everything and everyone surrounding me. So I thought that if I tried really really hard that I could do something about these things. Ha,
It has taken my whole life to finally realize that that is a waste of time. It just isn't going to happen.
I am back into where I left off more years than I care to tell.
I am listening to Laurie Anderson, again. I am listening to the Dalai Lama, again. I am planted firmly in my traditional beliefs, as I always have been, but, I am opening doors, again.
My dad used to always say that all steeples point up. I believe that is true. But, I am very open to being a spiritual kinda person. I am a very spiritual person. A place of worship does not even need to have a steeple, either. For me anyway. I am open to respect for what others believe. We are all human beings after all. I say just let it be.
I do not believe in coincidences at all. When you are ready the teacher will appear. I learn so much from the kids I teach. I am learning from a lot of gals and guys in cyberspace. It is really funny to me that that is even possible. This keyboard is an avenue to a world out there. It is an avenue to find the things I must need to hear.
I appreciate what is going on on the internet. It is something to think a lot about. And I do!
I feel more like a philosopher sometimes than a visual kinda person trying to create something worth while. I have to laugh how open I have become with telling anyone who reads this blog exactly what is on my mind.
Lately, I have not had as much time as I would like to do those sort of things. But, summer is like that when you get slammed by mother nature over and over. This weather thing is something to recon with, for sure, I have strong thoughts about that, too, but later.
I want to have many friends, no, I have many friends. I share what I know. I have so very much already, material things. I want to know what makes people tick. I am doing art about that.
I think about Yoko Ono and how I tried to sing along with her. My sister thought I was crazy when we were in Amsterdam. She wanted to catch the next plane home. I think about how some artist just keep on going and going. I am going and going.
Now, these thoughts are all things, right?
No pics today, though.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Life Joy

In preparation for the indigo day at my house on Wednesday: Joy for sure is in my heart. It is always the little things that make me smile. I am sharing this experience that I have watching green and yellow turn into blue upon the fabric that has been manipulated by stitching and folding, Shibori.
The magic happens when the air hits the fibers. Blue Blue Blue
I love blue, like the sky, like my fences, like the reflection in water of a clear blue day.
Lunch under the umbrella at the table with good food and friends, like I say, it is always the little things that make me smile.
I will share some photographs after the event.
Yoshika Wada is the person who sparked my interest in this technique a few years ago at Arrowmont.
T. May was there and she inspired me to be loose in working with fiber. Nancy Crow was by my side when I was stung by a yellow jacket on the courtyard outside the classrooms. I saw her later in NYC
when I was visiting my good friend Sue Wall and Rhoda Lenvinson was there, as well.
That period of time was full of life changing moments for me. I was building a foundation for my life as I know it now. The Dalai Lama talks about what happens if you build a foundation on ice and what happens when it melts. That year I was surrounded by rocks.Am I happy about that!
I count the blessings in my life, everything I need, I have. How fortunate to be able to share it all.

School starts next week, I am looking forward to setting a few hearts on fire for the creative experiences that can be ours.

I am still working on my new blog, I fit the time into this crazy schedule of mine.

I wish for you a beautiful day!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Make it happen

One day, in Paris, I watched a little lady let pigeons land all over herself. That has never happened to me!
I watched a little girl with a straw hat run through a playground with nothing else on herself. That has never happened to me!
I walked fifth Avenue in NYC with Sigourney Weaver stopping in one shop after another. It was fall, it was dark outside and no one ever bothered us. She bought a Norma Kamali silk dress with shoulder pads. Now I see her on a current TV show where she is probably running for President. That has never happened to me.
I am in the mood to make something interesting happen, how about you?

I am randomly picking images from my hard drive. I do not know what is coming up. I wonder will it make any sense or relate to anything I might say?


xoxox to you

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


A few weeks ago, we had that big storm that left us without power for a week.
Lightening struck so close it shook everything. The power went in and out for a few minutes.
Well, I discovered when it came back on that it played with electronic items in my home and studio.
It didn't exactly kill everything, it just messed around with it. That is even harder to deal with, I think.
It took a while to realize why my e-mail wouldn't work and other programs. It has taken me time to unravel and fix everything. Our television is like this too. I am afraid to find anything else.
So, I took some time to think.. . .
I realize that I need a change. . .but one of my own choice.
I am in the process of starting a new blog.
Without Residue inspired by Rilke.

It will take a while to set it up the way I want it to be
So, please bear with me 
We have had a bear here again, and I cant't help but be confused. How DO you spell bare or bear?
as in bear with me? just kidding.

I have so much to tell you that has happened in the past few weeks.
I am sure it will all come out, eventually

I have not been able to visit anyone of my friends online for all this time.
I will play catch up and that will be fun.
This is before blocking when I had just a few stitches to go.
And so it went like this. . .
while technology was busy driving me crazy
I worked on this shawl
in the evening.
I wore it in Asheville NC
last weekend over a sun dress.
Yes, it was a little chilly.
I love the yarn, it goes so well with
my pastel colored sundresses.
I wonder how many stitches there are?

So, Hello to everyone, again.
I have missed you all.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


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