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Dana
San Juan Islands, Washington, USA
I'm a former graphic designer turned textile designer who married her high school sweetheart and had two boys, now grown up.
Interests: Books: anything by Jane Austen, Lord of the Rings, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, A Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck, mysteries by Dorothy Sayer, Villette by Charlotte Bronte, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. Movies: Galaxy Quest, Local Hero, Shakespeare in Love
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Haha! Yes! A certain level of shabbiness goes hand in hand with dog-in-residence.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Pillow project at Raven and Sparrow
I doubt it!! I, too, get fuzzy around numbers. Words are good but numbers never stick in my head, which is why I am vulnerable to mistakes when I try to be precise. I have to go over and over my calculations because I can't trust myself..and sometimes I still get it wrong.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on French seams at Raven and Sparrow
I'm imagining your pillows...wonderful!! Lets get going...
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Pillow project at Raven and Sparrow
I love you too, Tim. We are alike.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2018 on Ken Wilber...again at Raven and Sparrow
Yes, me too. Writing about it is a good prod for actually going through with at least an attempt. I get lots of ideas, but few take form.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2018 on Pillow project at Raven and Sparrow
Making enough of anything to sell will depend on how productive I can be. Always a mystery.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2018 on Pillow project at Raven and Sparrow
Ah yes, the Stevie Nicks floaty skirts... I loved them too, but was never fashion forward enough to wear them.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2018 on Pillow project at Raven and Sparrow
Something needs to be done with all this cloth!
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2018 on Pillow project at Raven and Sparrow
That vest sounds amazing! I have been looking at tailoring methods...so far, no help. Pojagi is beautiful, isn't it?
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2018 on French seams at Raven and Sparrow
Wow Vicky, that is a Big Thing. Gender differences are at the bedrock of identity...a core example of the duality of our material human existence. How we navigate through the "us and them" of everyday experience back to the essential Oneness of being from which all duality springs has everything to do with how happy and meaningful our lives feel to us. I don't know why the partnership of the sexes devolved so thoroughly into male dominance across the globe...might makes right? I think both men and women are happiest when we work together as equals.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2018 on Ken Wilber...again at Raven and Sparrow
Yes, the previously assumed techniques of hand sewing have been lost. I have been consulting all the sewing books in my reach (and YouTube, of course) and no one says how to bring french seams into a mitered corner. You wouldn't think something as simple as a tablecloth would present such conundrums, would you?
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2018 on French seams at Raven and Sparrow
Hand work will definitely be part of it, I'm sure.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2018 on French seams at Raven and Sparrow
Thank you Michelle! I appreciate your kind support, as this was a difficult subject to distill into a blog post, and probably of little interest to most of my readers. Your words show me that I was at least a little coherent.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2018 on Ken Wilber...again at Raven and Sparrow
Ha ha Jude, I'm not sure I can help much with slippery subjects like "truth" and "art". Those are the kinds of Big Things I am always wondering about and looking in books to find. I do think there is an objective core in both though...there are things that are true no matter who you are and what your circumstances, and there are created things through which life shines brightly enough to be appreciated by most people who see them...art. I don't think beauty is only in the eye of the beholder.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2018 on Ken Wilber...again at Raven and Sparrow
Yes, now I have read it too. Wow. What presence.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2018 on Ken Wilber...again at Raven and Sparrow
No, but I will.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2018 on Ken Wilber...again at Raven and Sparrow
Let love then be our response to hate.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2018 on Ken Wilber...again at Raven and Sparrow
Yeah, Seattle is never ready for high temperatures...or really cold ones either. We are more even here. We get less rain than Seattle and are always cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
I have tasted Winesaps...they are delicious and beautiful...dark dark red.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2018 on Don't sit under the apple tree at Raven and Sparrow
My childhood home was also in an orchard...all kinds of pears and plums and cherries and apples. There was one apple tree that had delicious and distinctive fruit, supremely crisp and fresh. I've never tasted one like that again and I have no idea what kind it was.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2018 on Don't sit under the apple tree at Raven and Sparrow
Its possible that this is not the end. My sister has an apple tree in her yard that looked almost dead when they bought the place in 1987. It is still alive, although it is hard to see how...the trunk is lacy with holes.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2018 on Don't sit under the apple tree at Raven and Sparrow
This one is indeed gnarly.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2018 on Don't sit under the apple tree at Raven and Sparrow
Our new location is part of our old location. We built our new house right next to the summer cabin that this tree sits in front of. We can see it from the new kitchen. I never thought of propagating it. I would be more enthusiastic about trying it if the apples tasted better.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2018 on Don't sit under the apple tree at Raven and Sparrow
Yes! I get overwhelmed with large scale gardening.
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2018 on Garden at last at Raven and Sparrow
Thanks Mom!
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2018 on Garden at last at Raven and Sparrow