Thursday, April 4, 2013

package pals!

i am not even sure where i came upon this but i signed up for something called March Package Pal hosted by C.R.A.F.T. and Stars and Sunshine. by throwing my name in the hat, i was paired up with the awesome Joselyn in portland, oregon.
 we told each other a bit about ourselves and then off we went to put together a package for our pal (see what they did there?). well, we just exchanged them. what fun!
this is what i sent to joselyn...she sews, knits and wanted some wall art. so i packed up some paints, fabrics, a set of stitch markers that i made and some mixed metal elliements in the back of a floating blank canvas. one big pink gerbera daisy for good measure! it was so much fun and so odd picking things for someone whom i don't know well. 

well, very lucky me just got mine today and look what gems i received! i had told her that i wanted to live in the pacific northwest so she journeyed around and got me some really cool stuff from her favorite flavors of her city! yarn from yarnia (how's that for a great yarn store name?) where she choose fibers (the great colors don't show up in my cloudy afternoon photos) and had this cone made especially for me. can't wait to get my needles busy with this! she also included fantastic little soap truffles in the beautiful box and two bows that she made with her own for me and one for my pup! in the package was a great letter from her written on some stationery from yellow owl workshop which i have always loved and haven't gotten yet. i think i might have to make something from the great letter too! thanks so much, joselyn. you rock! this was so much fun!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

green infusion

after the mini ice balls posing as snow incident, uninspiring weather and the tether of this cast, my soul got just what it needed. a green infusion, shot straight into my soul. reminding me that there is growth. there is rebirth. there is tomorrow and even better, that there is beauty, right here and right now. thanks little leaf. i'll be watching over your glorious life. enjoy it.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

next on my needles

fleeting moment of color perfection

you know those moments in life when you experience something that you wish you could have forever but even as you are in the moment, you see it change and disappear? this is a print of a pencil sketch. the colors that fall and arc perfectly across the bridge are a prism effect from the afternoon sun and a glass table top.  wow! i love it and am thrilled that i saw it. like a little gift.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

little skull

a little crocheted design, measuring only about an inch tall, had been submitted to a very talented bead designer for consideration.
yeah, i know that i am a week late. i have been talking photos but haven't posted. darn cast...zaps my energy so i am doing more work my hands.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

43 minutes

after 65 days of night, barrow, alaska had its first daylight on jan 20th...all 43 minutes of it. i watched the video of the sun's shimmy over their horizon and was never more grateful for our day and night in pretty even measure.

here's the video in case you like to see it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


i have been thinking a lot lately that my life, its constructs, are too small. for the first time, i am ready for more space.

i crave open space the way a cocker spaniel craves a cookie. not just physical but spiritual and mental space too. dust out the corners of my mind and my home. my soul.

so when the urge said 'yo, chickpea. it's time. get up off your butt, spread your wings and catch a breeze',  i nodded in agreement. like the grinch, i puzzled until my puzzler was sore and figured out some stuff that i could do to start creating some change, some space.

then started doing them.

and while doing one of those very things to help me grow and change, i had AFGO. another f*cking growth opportunity which is now stuffed, along with my ankle, into a cast.

now i don't even have the space and freedom that i had before. AFGO.

one of my friends asked me if i had ever made a 'things i will do if i ever break my leg' list. nope, i hadn't. but now that i am trying to find how to move again, to be able to sit with just a manageable amount of pain, i am thinking about how wide i can make my world from my little view of the sky.

-this tangent is sponsored by the realization that came when my photo of the day was my laptop wallpaper. how small and how new my window to the world is right now.

Monday, January 21, 2013

lean on me

i had my week follow up today with the ortho doc.

and it has come to this. crutches. yippee!

he said that if all goes well, when i return in 6 weeks, i can get my cast off and start walking again.

him: and if all that all still goes well, you should be 'good' by the end of the year.

me: excuse me?

him: yes, the end of the year.

me: but it's only january now.

him: right.

there is no negotiating with doctors.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

the day after...

this is the view through ellie's eyes today and for about the next 6 weeks.


through some interpretative dance move, i landed in the wet street on our morning walk yesterday. a few hours of denial, more hours of doctors and xrays and well, here are are. fractured bone and ego.

argh again.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

a couple of new faces on the block

                              i might have to switch back to my camera again.  only one week in and i am already finding that my iphone is too restrictive. i don't feel like i can capture the world the way i see it. we found these faces on the cement dalek that is on our walking path. they weren't there yesterday. there was a girl on one side and a boy on the other. both have little scribblings on them. someone had fun. charlie is checking out the boy face.                                                                 

Friday, January 4, 2013

coming to the point

a narcissus bulb that was given to me by dawn and michelle as part of my body, mind, spirit christmas gift. i have liberated bulbs before (i hate the term force...i am giving them an opportunity to bloom freely) and i am fascinated and delighted every time. thanks, guys! this was an awesome idea!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

lichen on branch

on our morning walk, using my nifty new macro iphone lens, a christmas gift from erik. no one does color like nature. stunning color palette. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

falling {faux} snow

happy 2013! new year's is supposed to be about creating what we want. i want today's gray sky to produce some snow. had to take matters into my own hands.