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I completely agree with you about the freedom to create one's place on the internet. I like feeling that it is always evolving -- and there is also a pleasure, like going through old journals -- of reminding oneself of the long process of thinking and reading and writing over the years. And oh my goodness! I went to your blog and what a treasure trove it is! We have been online the same amount of time too -- I am so looking forward to reading through your archives -- so much there that is interesting! Thank you for coming here.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2018 on Magpie Blogging: Redux. at In the Labyrinth
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I first published this post some seven years ago and decided it seemed as apt and revelent today as it did all those years ago. Perhaps even more so as I have undertaken a new art in addition to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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For eleven years my website has been devoted to my endeavors as an author -- the research, books reviews, excerpts from my work and the writing life. And it has been fun writing and publishing a bunch of books, articles,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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I have a large container of these beautiful scraps of embroidery -- all done by the maternal fore-women of my family. Sometimes the original finished piece had served long enough, and rather than ditch the whole cloth or garment, all the beautiful hand done embellishments were carefully cut and stored,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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As part of our upcoming move north, and from a largish house to a very small one, I have had to open all the storage boxes and determine what will stay and what even sentimentality can no longer justify keeping. This charming pair, handcrafted by my son when he was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I have finally found some time to unpack the chests of linens from my great great grandmother's farm. It is a treasure, one I feel compelled both to maintain but also use. Here is a 12 foot table cloth in beautiful Irish linen from sometime in the 1930s I think.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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We have been without rain for such a long time now in Tucson -- and then like a Balm in Gilead, three days of solid rain, the washes filling up and the Rillito River which is more often than no a river without water, suddenly flowed. And on its banks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I fell in love with this pin the moment I saw it -- but was too slow to order it when Rochelle, owner of Home Row Fiber Co. and creator of the pin first offered it. Happily I wasn't alone in my disappointment so Rochelle pout together a new order... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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This beautiful Chimayo blanket was woven by an elder weaver of the Ortiz family in Taos, NM for my mother in 1959. She asked for a traditional pattern instead of the fancier and more brightly colored patterns that were appearing as part of a new tourist industry. The blanket he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Here are two more pieces I did as samplers at about 20 -- one in cross stitch, counting every thread "five over-five up" to keep it all even. I took the patterns from and old DMC book that had them graphed -- but good lord, I remember acquiring a new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Here's another work shirt embroidery that I did for my husband. I always liked the idea that the embroidery was to enhance something that already existed, something that could be worn or used. So for a while I was practicing my skills on inexpensive work shirts for my husband, for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Sometimes haute couture breaks my heart because it can be so beautiful, transforming garments not only into works of art but a garment worthy of any epic and fairy tale. Here is a gorgeous piece of extraordinary embroidery: "Valentino spring 2014 couture collection- “Le Jardin d’Eden”, a zirconium-colored tulle dress,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Alas, one of the things I miss most about living in the Midwest is the sticky humid nights when fireflies are every where. We don't get them in Tucson and for me they are synonymous with the summery dank smell of wet grass at twilight, mosquito bites, dirty feet, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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When I was a small child, I never thought that my grandfather or my young mother looked anything alike. And for most of my life I have thought that way -- until now, when I discovered a photograph of him as a young man -- suddenly the resemblance was so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
hahaha -- but he didn't look so nice on! I do have a lovely stranded colorwork pattern for skulls -- which I am planning on making. But I couldn't love this one. I looked like a ghost underneath his glare-- quite washed out. Stay tuned for a few more jaunty skulls!
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Flannery O'Connor: From Mysteries and Manners "I often ask myself what makes a story work, and what makes it hold up as a story and I have decided that it is probably some action, some gesture of a character that is unlike any other in the story, one which indicates... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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We spent the first week of October traveling up to Colorado where my daughter was setting up for her prelim exams in Medieval Spanish and Portuguese Literature. We were there to watch over our 18month granddaughter, Bea while mama wrote all day in the stacks and daddy went to his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Returning home and on the way back, somewhere in the middle of New Mexico, bloomed the worst head cold ever. The hacking, keep you up at night, can't hear, can't breathe, scratchy throat, how much tea can I drink before I feel like I am swimming through the cold. A... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Just tap her to watch her work...multi-tasking like all moms! Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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"Stitched samurai poised On my husband's blue work shirt Swords prepared to act." I was digging deep in the boxes of stored stuff looking for something else and I found this pair of jaunty samurai instead. I embroidered them in my in my early twenties for my (then boyfriend now)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Thinking out of the box is always productive. I needed to replace two steel 36 inch rods in my loom. I checked with the only dealer out there who specializes in replacement parts for my loom, located in Canada. Two Leclrec rods were going to cost me with shipping --$80.00.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I have almost finished restoring my loom which took something of a hit when it was stored for a number of years, and then returned with missing parts and broken parts. It has been an age since I have set up a warp, threaded heddles, and sat at the beam.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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What a beautiful hike up the Ute Trail where at around 7,000 ft there was a profusion of wildflowers blooming brightly beneath the pines. It was a huff and puff for me to catch my breath initially, but I adjusted to the thinner air and then didn't want to leave... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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So it happens in this hot and rainless Tucson summer, that I miss and long for the lush green of a midwest summer; the gardens exploding with fruit and flowers. So these three verses from Dylan Thomas' beautiful "Fern Hill." And as I was green and carefree, famous among the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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One of the great pleasures of living in the desert is when the monsoon comes and the dry desert soil drinks deeply -- and then, quite magically, turns verdant and lush, blooming everywhere. Over the last ten days or so we have had over four inches of rain which is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft