Thursday, October 28, 2010


This glorious time of the year is, by far, my favorite. The warm vibrant colors, the crisp air, the crunch of a tart apple, cozy sweaters, warm drinks, a hearty soup simmering on the stove and caramels in a ironstone bowl on my kitchen counter.
Yep---whats not to love? For me, Autumn passes by way too quickly. I wish it would slow down so I can enjoy it longer.
I wish for more time...
to take more walks and feel the crunch of the leaves under my feet. To have more fires in our outdoor hearth on the patio to roast more marshmallows. Could I have more time to stand under the trees and have the leaves fall around me? A little longer to hear more laughter as the kids chase each other with arm loads of leaves?
Magic. Pure magic.

Soon, the color will be gone and the hustle and bustle of the holidays will begin.

But, for now, I will relish in the beauty of what every golden day brings to me...

in my garden...
my little corner of the world.

I hope you are all enjoying what this time of the year has to offer.

It is glorious indeed!

Friday, October 22, 2010


This beautiful Friday morning after the kids went off to school, I meandered down to my studio with my cup of coffee to play a little. I have been in love with this book, by this amazing person for awhile now (thanks Hope for telling me about her!)
Free motion machine embroidery has been one of many things I have been intrigued by for a long time. I had a go with it a few months ago---found it a bit frustrating with my newish Singer. I also have tried it with Miss Bessy Pearl---also a bit frustrating. She wasn't working with me, the threads kept bunching up and snapping. I think it may be a tension thing but who knows? Not me!
Anyhoo--this morning I had the urge to try it again with my Singer (I think it needs a name) and guess what? It actually works with a small bit of patience on my part. The only thing I cannot do (that the book suggests) is use a hoop--so I make do without, and it works okay. I definitely need ALOT more practice but I found it to be very fun and liberating! It's like drawing. Instead of a pencil you are using a needle and thread. Poppy points out in the book that it is okay to have imperfections and wobbly lines-- it gives your work charm, originality and authenticity.
I think I do have to agree.
Well, this is definitely a self portrait of me! Imperfect, and wobbly lines! But it is who I am, and I coming to grips with that. Goodness, it only has taken 40 years!
I am who I am!
So go ahead---embrace who you are---imperfections and all!!
Hoping you all have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Mark your Calendars!
Tuesday is the day you can meet seven new friends of mine! I have had such a great time creating them and they truly make me smile. I hope they make you smile too.

Stop by here to see all the Petunia Posies! They will be in the shop Tuesday, October 12 at noon EST.