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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
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
Thanks Michelle!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2018 on Garden at last at Raven and Sparrow
Ha ha, foxgloves are everywhere around here right now. They are part of the "wild". The other things are all favorites...there are a hundred daffodils in the round garden, but they have died back now. Blue Tibetan poppies do grow here, but only for the greenest of thumbs.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2018 on Garden at last at Raven and Sparrow
Haha, yes, I think I see why you might say that.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2018 on Garden at last at Raven and Sparrow
Yes, the paving helps separate the house from the ever encroaching wild around it. I love the natural quality of our place, but it will truly eat the house if left alone...the old house is under constant assault. The permanent plants are currently: japanese maple, dwarf rhododendrons, dwarf fothergilla, hardy fuchsia, bush clematis, dwarf hydrangea and two roses. The perennials are: heuchera, lavender, echinacea and centaura. Any suggestions?
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2018 on Garden at last at Raven and Sparrow
I'm so glad you think the garden is welcoming, Marti. That, of course, is the effect I was hoping for.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2018 on Garden at last at Raven and Sparrow
Yes, annuals are the best for keeping color in the garden, although I expect to use fewer of them as the more permanent plants get bigger.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2018 on Garden at last at Raven and Sparrow
The process has begun! Some ideas are forming.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2018 on The next thing at Raven and Sparrow
I'm glad you enjoy ready my blog Lisa! I love you too.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
Its always comforting to hear that one is not alone, especially in dark places...Your spirit, too, is a beacon to all who are lucky enough to find your blog. Thanks, Hazel!
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
Thank you Tim!! I love you too.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
I'm so glad you are back online! You are a vortex in our cyber community...its impossible to understate your contribution.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
Ha ha! You don't suck at things either Dee. Thank you as always for your thoughtful comment. You are right about the ineffable...it can arise out of anything. I do have a sneaking feeling though that I am just missing something.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
Aw Mom! I love my comments and commentors too! Its so energizing to get the kind feedback I always receive. I have thought of writing a book but have trouble getting specific about its form.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
Thank you so much Michelle! I am honored to be part of such a community. Blessings also to you.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
Your comments on my blog and on others are a true gift to us all, Marti. Talk about connective....you are a big part of the glue that sticks us all together. (Glue..nice compliment, but you know what I mean) I always re-read and value your comments because they are invariably deeply thoughtful and beautifully expressed. Thank you so much.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
Oh Mo, you always say such nice things!! Everything you say about me is equally true of you. I always love to find a new post on your blog. You are a catalyst.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
Oh goodness, Liz. Everything you write makes a difference! You are a source of inspiration in so many ways.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
I, too, admire the way your cloth bits and embroidery meld their disparate selves into a harmonious whole. Good luck with the cleaning....I truly sympathize.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2018 on onward at handstories
Thank you Dee! Yes, the dragonfly is a beautiful totem.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2018 on The next thing at Raven and Sparrow
That would be great!
Toggle Commented May 28, 2018 on The next thing at Raven and Sparrow
Yes, their shapes are so distinctive and gorgeous...fun to work with.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2018 on The next thing at Raven and Sparrow
Right..this is the best I can make it right now. Sometimes coming to that realization is painful, but it is part of the process, which you always demonstrate so beautifully. Thanks Fiona!
Toggle Commented May 15, 2018 on The dream takes final form at Raven and Sparrow
I assume there is a story behind your short-term china, which I would like to hear. When I got married in 1972 I never even asked for china because I thought it was hopelessly anachronistic...oh the irony.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2018 on Mimi's dishes at Raven and Sparrow