Love and

Happiness all around. 🙂

Keep it in mind all year long.


An Accounting

Grey misty weather  to hunker down in and focus √

4 quilts awaiting binding

8 place mats awaiting binding

5 finished tops awaiting quilting

2 baby crochet blankets in progress

bag of pincushion parts awaiting assembly

3 in-progress embroidery projects

Star block

all these balls in the air (and that is all that I can remember at the moment) floating amongst all the daily grind work.

Time to figure out a new system.

Well Hello 2012

I have always believed that there is no time like the present to begin again. Each new day being an opportunity to finish what was left undone or unsaid, to fix any wrongs or to try again or to cherish and embrace joys and to be grateful.  Still, there is something special about New Years day and January in general. The year ahead stretches a long way off and there is so much optimism going around. People are making goals, resolutions, plans and other long term preparations. Some are so glad to move on and kick the old year off with gusto. Some look back at the year past with nostalgia at what was done and what wasn’t. Some look ahead full of expectations, and in general, all kinds of good energy abound.

Usually, I like to choose a word upon which to meditate again and again throughout the year, a word that can serve as a compass on which I can re-align my path. Sometimes I choose a phrase and I always try to be positive about whatever i choose because otherwise why bother?  I don’t usually make resolutions but in the past few years I have been trying to learn how to make goals ( a useful skill that I’m still trying to hone).  But it is in this spirit  that this year, I have decided try some thing new. I’m going to have a year long Aspiration. I like what the dictionary says about the word Aspiration:



1. strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations.
2. a goal or objective desired.
3. act of aspirating; breath.
I love all three parts of this definition. Especially the part about breathing, which I look at as in taking a moment before taking action.  I see the goal making aspect as in reaching for that desire, doing what needs to be done to make the dreams come true. And the strong desire, longing or aim?  well there is the nub and the rub.

And so, after some thought, this year my word will be TRY.  I plan on trying to align my actions more with what I say are my priorities. To try to do better and in the process of trying, to never give up. To invent and reinvent and keep on.

Who knows? I just may make the bulls eye. Gotta take aim and try.


Lovely huh?
A sage friend  recommended I “Rest, Elevate and Delegate“.
I’m having a hard time with that last one, although Sunshine Girl insists I call out “ROOM SERVICE” whenever I need something. At least one of us is enjoying this new immobility of mine.

Smyth Galleries in Auckland, NZ

Inspiration is always where you least expect it. This is one of my favorite photos from our trip to Auckland last fall. On our way to the U2 concert, I spied this and had to go around the block just so I could photograph it. Really wished we could have stopped there as their website looks so cool.


Do you have a favorite tea that you drink over and over? one that is a “comfort” tea that you reach for on a rainy grey afternoon? Do you have your teas organized by type?
I have a cabinet of teas with 3 shelves. One for black teas, one for herbal tissanes and decaff tea, and one for medicinal teas, and my current favorite is the red chai masala Tulsi Tea.

Here is a photo of the black tea shelf, I really need to get to this cabinet and reorganize it. You can see some of my favorite teas in there. The red canister in the back is the slightly flowery  Mariage Freres’  Adventurer’s tea (all the way from paris!), and the minty Marco Polo in the front black canister.

There is also Ahmad English Breakfast Tea, (although my favorite of theirs is the Afternoon Tea) which I often find at Marshall’s, The russian Chelton which is rather strong,  Republic of Tea’s  Tea of Inquiry in an old canister and visiting is a red chai Tulsi Tea that really belongs on another shelf. There’s lots more in there hiding in the back. I really should rotate them so I can revisit old favorites.

Quilter’s sending comfort quilts to Japan

Patchwork Tsushin, The Japanese quilting magazine has put out a call for comfort quilts. If you would like to help, Quilter’s Newsletter is collecting them and shipping them to Japan.

“Here’s how you can be part of this important worldwide response:

•    Send quilts of any size from baby to adult to:

Dana Jones
Quilters Newsletter
741 Corporate Circle, Suite A
Golden, CO 80401

•    Mark your box: “Quilts for Japan.”
•    Send quilts as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2011.
•    Enclose your name, address, phone number, and email address with the quilts.”