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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
Recent Activity
I've missed you! Welcome back.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Going at windthread
Thanks Hazel! I'm glad you find it interesting. Happy New Year!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2018 on Christmas table at Raven and Sparrow
Dee is right. You do.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2018 on Rarely at Spirit Cloth
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Thank you Dee! I'm eager too, which feels good.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2018 on Christmas table at Raven and Sparrow
I'm glad you like the table, Lisa. I'm excited to start working with your beautiful dishes, and with Mom's Franciscanware.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2018 on Christmas table at Raven and Sparrow
Ha ha! Black might even have been better, but it didn't seem so when I got everything for the autumn setting together. I know my endless fretting about this stuff can be tedious (even I find it so sometimes) but I am searching for something and the self-criticism helps keep me on the trail. Thank you for your kind response to my writing. It encourages me to keep trying to articulate what I seek.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2018 on Becky's table...postmortem at Raven and Sparrow
Thanks Mom! Yeah, the moon has been glorious. On New Years Day we saw it rise behind Mt. Baker. I've never seen that...
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2018 on Christmas table at Raven and Sparrow
I love those plates too! The table wouldn't have been the same without them. Yes, peace, yes.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2018 on Christmas table at Raven and Sparrow
Thanks Mo! I'm certainly feeling hopeful, if for no other reason than I am tired of despair.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2018 on Christmas table at Raven and Sparrow
Thank you Liz. I find that I too am usually happier with the table settings based on the tablecloths I have made from scratch, although it also hurts more when they fail. However, reaching out to all the resources around me, including vintage linens, scarves and fabric store finds keeps me from getting too narrow and bogged down in the insularity (and slowness) of my own process. I also hope to demonstrate to everyone how those sources can be utilized if they are so inclined. It seems to me that peace can be most easily imagined around the dinner table. I so pray that we will begin a serious, national turn to the light this year. Happy Solstice!
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2017 on Becky's table...postmortem at Raven and Sparrow
Do you? Great! I'm glad it appeals to you.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2017 on Becky's table...postmortem at Raven and Sparrow
You are a sweetie. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2017 on Becky's table...postmortem at Raven and Sparrow
The best things reach beyond words.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2017 on soul stitching at handstories
Thanks for your kind words Dee. After such a long time in process I find it hard to see what I have done clearly.
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2017 on Becky's table...spring at Raven and Sparrow
Oh thank you Hazel!
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2017 on Becky's table...spring at Raven and Sparrow
Okay Mom, thanks.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2017 on Becky's table...spring at Raven and Sparrow
Maybe you are right...it's hard to maintain perspective about my own designs over the length of time it takes to bring them about.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2017 on Becky's table...spring at Raven and Sparrow
Thank you Mo. I'm glad you like it.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2017 on Becky's table...spring at Raven and Sparrow
Thanks Morna! The Scandinavians have always done simplicity so well.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2017 on Giving thanks at Raven and Sparrow
Wow Marti, thank you for a great story! Having a family project for setting the Thanksgiving table is so much in the spirit of the holiday. The efforts of your grandchildren to "make special" the place where your family celebrated abundance, gratitude and togetherness had to increase their sense of all those things. I'm sure the day will live brightly in their memories, and yours as well. How lucky you are! Thanks again to you, Spencer, Rowena and all your family for this beautiful example of love expressed through place-making.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2017 on Giving thanks at Raven and Sparrow
Scale is one of my bugaboos. I tend to go for too many small things, or not enough things. This table was sort of freeing, because it was mostly large simple shapes.
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2017 on Giving thanks at Raven and Sparrow
"Weighty" is a good word to use. Your nine patch on red packs a punch.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2017 on Ways to hold it. Pattern. at Spirit Cloth
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Yeah, that red has a lot of life in it.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2017 on Giving thanks at Raven and Sparrow
Yep, all the trimmings for sure. Abundance is the word.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2017 on Giving thanks at Raven and Sparrow
Thanks Michelle!
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2017 on Giving thanks at Raven and Sparrow