Monday, March 16, 2015


Here is my work-in-progress from my weekend workshop with Gwen Marston.
It was a "liberated quilting with solids" class and I learned a ton. Not just from her, but from my classmates too...such creativity and inspiration all around the room! 
The liberated part was so freeing. I got my idea of the red squares throughout the quilt from one of Gwen's books. Started with one square and just kept adding on without a pattern, no measuring or pinning.
My quilt is made from recycled men's shirts that I picked up at our annual Rotary Auction. I was originally collecting them for the patterns, but this year I'll definitely be looking for great solid colors.  I'm incorporating a couple of the shirt plackets with buttons and one shirt tag, just for fun. I'm not sure what I'm doing for a border yet, but I like the way it looks on the batting, maybe I'll use a cream color. 
Happy Monday! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Quilting retreat.

Today is Day 2 of a three-day "Quilting with Solids" workshop with Gwen Marston.
I signed up for it over a year ago. Of course, if I'd known how busy I'd be right now, I never would have, but it's turning out to be the best escape. These are all Gwen's quilts she brought to show us. I'll post some more photos as I get further along on my own project. The retreat is in a beautiful, light-flooded room right on the water up in Port Gamble. 
It doesn't get much better than this!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday.

Found these while cleaning out my dad's house, his old business card below and my grandfather's card from B. F. Goodrich, where he worked his entire career.

Friday, March 6, 2015


Trees covered in blossoms under the dusk sky last night in Seattle.
March 5th...seems early, but is it???

This last one is out of focus, but I still liked it for the contrast against the sky. 
Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cheryl Strayed.

I'm going to hear this woman speak tonight at Benaroya Hall. I loved "Wild" (just the book, haven't seen the movie yet), but I really loved "Tiny Beautiful Things." I hope she is as brutally honest in person as when she writes. 
A weird coincidence between her and I...we have the same birthday (she's eight years younger then me) and just now as I Googled for a photo, I saw on Wikipedia that her mother and my grandmother have the same maiden name, Lambrecht. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday wishing.

Wishing I was staying home today. Instead I'm in the middle of a crazy work week.
I'm paying the price for having ten days off for my father's services and taking care of his house. At work we're in the middle of a membership drive and putting together our once-a-year publication. I'm working a lot more than my usual part-time 30 hrs/week. Personally, my calendar is full with lots of good stuff...concerts, book readings, a three-day quilt workshop...all on top of getting my garden going and all the usual stuff.
Savoring my cup of tea this morning. Happy hump day!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Trace Bundy.

Off to see this guy tonight at The Triple Door. Always a good show!
And just realized (for you number geeks like me) that it's my third time to see him in concert, on the third day of the third the Triple Door. ; )

Monday, March 2, 2015

Recycled wrapping.

My local office supply store was discarding a poster of paint colors and I grabbed it. 
Used it to wrap a birthday gift this weekend for an artist friend...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blue sky.

Photo from my walk this morning. 
Another gorgeous day in the Pacific Northwest.

Hello March!

The last couple of months have flown by for me so I'm in a bit of shock that it is the first of March today. I do dread the Pacific Northwest winters, mostly the dark, so to turn the calendar this morning to the month that spring arrives...I'm doing a happy dance! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Flowering Quince.

Honoring dad.

I got back from ten days in Southern California this week. The time went by so quickly. The first day there was spent getting ready for my dad's funeral and a reception. The second day was the funeral mass with a lovely luncheon afterwards, the next day was the burial with full military honors. All of it was so moving. The rest of the time my sisters, brother-in-law and I packed up my dad's house of 51 years. I'm so exhausted, both emotionally and physically. I'm home now, back at work, and trying to find a new normal. Life goes on, albeit with a hole in my heart.

Monday, January 26, 2015

MLK/Starbucks Ad.

I'm a week behind, but I still wanted to scan this ad and share it.
Did anyone else see it? Sorry for the quality. 
I had the newspaper folded up and carried it home on the plane with me.
I thought it was very clever and poignant. 
The small print says, "It's time to look at things differently. Again."
It's a full page with a small Starbucks logo at the very bottom.
Bravo Starbucks advertising peeps!

Okay, I just Googled it and came up with a much better visual, still small,
but if you click on it you'll see a larger view. I love that AdWeek liked it as much as I did.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seahawks fever.

I'm more of a baseball fan than a football fan, but living in the Pacific NW it's difficult not to be a Seahawks fan. Now that they're headed to another Super Bowl, it's even more exciting. You can't go anywhere around here without seeing a bedecked fan and the Seahawks logo on everything from beer to lingerie.
But it was the game last Sunday, the NFC Championship game, that sealed the deal for me and gave me my motto for this year. You've probably all heard about the game by now. If not, you can read about it here, with a great little info graphic here. In a nutshell, with just over three minutes to play in the game, down 19-7, the Seahawks pulled off a 1% chance of winning. It was incredible! I'm embarrassed to say that I gave up on them. I couldn't even watch. I went back to reading my book until my sister called out to me, "You might want to come back in here." I didn't think there was any possible way of them winning, but there was and they did. NEVER GIVE UP!
(Photos via Google images)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sad news.

My dad passed away on Tuesday. I was blessed to be able to spend the last week of his life at his bedside at my sister's house in Dallas. He was 83 and his health had been deteriorating for the last year. In the end it was cancer that took him. This photo was taken last January when I was visiting him in Southern California. We'd gone down to Newport Beach for an evening picnic. I'll always have such wonderful memories…his pipe tobacco, all the baseball games, him teaching us to body surf, his silly jokes and puns, and his love of numbers (which I inherited)…just to name a few!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Bear hug.

I'm just filling out my new calendar this morning.
It's the 2015 Edward Gorey wall calendar that I'm just loving. 
Above is September, one of my favorites (image and month!). 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I love a fresh slate, a new calendar, new year resolutions, 
reflecting on the last year and planning for the new one. 
Life definitely has its ups and downs, but the future is looking bright!
I'm wishing everyone a healthy, happy + prosperous 2015. xo 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marshmallow season!

I'm busy making marshmallows, trying to get them in the post this morning.
I actually made them last night and I'm cutting them up this morning.
Trying not to eat too many! HERE is the recipe I use.

One week until Christmas. Stay calm.