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Columbia, Maryland
Jill of many skills from Eastern KY via TX and WI; owner of Seminole Sampler quilt shop (now closed).
Interests: quilt making (especially art quilts), making altered books, science fiction (lifelong reader; movies and tv), gaming (as in role playing, etc), human prehistory and other archaeology
Recent Activity
See that white haired fellow in the middle of the muppet huddle? That is Carroll Spinney - a.k.a. Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. He just passed away after a long-time illness and the world is a sadder place for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Fiber and Pulp
Do you follow color trends? I rarely do ... except that for several years I have taken note of the chosen Pantone 'color of the year' predictions. Mostly in the same vein as I read horoscopes - with laughter and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Fiber and Pulp
This young woman is dressed in the native 'costume' of the Flower La people who live in northern Vietnam and southeastern China. Look carefully at those teeny, tiny bits of fabric! Talk about tour-de-force piecing!! One of the blogs I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
I just found this pretty lurking amongst the debris on the back of my computer desk. It is a needle case - inside that lovely beaded exterior is a wooden case with a lid that will hold needles or other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
Want to see these lovely lights? Click on the picture and go read about a nice winter trip to Lucca in Italy(?). I love lights at this midwinter time, myself ... but will have to make do with a local... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
Have I ever mentioned how much I like beads? :) I like to play with them, make things from them, embellish with them ... and study history through the eyes of making them. :) If you click on the photo... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
I came across this Venn diagram earlier last week and found it thought-provoking. It is meant to show how to choose your life's purpose. Personally, I think my purpose is life is two-fold: to increase the amount of love in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
The past two weeks have been emotionally difficult for me. While we were away in Gatlinburg, my brother Jeff (who has been in a nursing home for the past two+ years with lung failure) became ill with yet another kidney... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
Monday I had my every-two-years eye exam, preparatory to getting new glasses. I've been wearing eyeglasses for nearsightedness since I was in fourth grade (maybe 8 or 9 years old?). I wore bifocals for years as a child ... then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
I found this pretty painted rock a couple of weeks ago, outside the entrance to the office building where my dentist practices. I've heard about people leaving tiny bits of 'art' in public places ... and thought I'd play along.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
Yesterday the mountains here were showing their “Smokey” nature most of the day. If you look carefully, you can see the cloud/fog gathered below the mountain (just beyond the trees in the middle). Along with the cloud cover, it made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
My sweetheart and I are taking our annual trek into the Smokey Mountains of eastern Tennessee this week. We are without companions this year which gives us the rare opportunity to be together as a couple. We traveled down yesterday... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
I spent the last four days in quilting bliss - at retreat with the Baltimore modern guild. :) Ever been on a quilting retreat? Someone else cooks and cleans, you eat/sleep/quilt/repeat. Heavenly! :) We met/slept at Pearlstone Retreat Center in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
Now _there_ is a sight I'd like to see! So lovely in fall colors. :) The weather was warm today - mid80s - and humid. Good working outside conditions - the workmen are almost finished with our deck rebuilding. Today... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
I saw this on a blog today and burst right out laughing. :) Oh, yes, I do have that much patience. I never thought of it as a combat asset. LOL! If you click on the picture, you can go... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
I think this hits the nail right on the head! :) I spent some time this afternoon looking at two really old quilt tops ... and thinking about how much I'd like to meet the maker(s). :) Today was a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
What is an equinox? What does the Autumnal Equinox really mean? If you click on the photo above, you can go read about the matter. :) It does not look like that nice picture above here in my neighborhood, yet.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
This is not my evening for posting - that huge grinding sound you just heard was my teeth gnashing as I lost my finished-but-not-yet-saved post. Grr! Ahem ... starting over ... This has been a quiet weekend for me with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
It has been an odd weekend, til now. I spent almost all of Friday in bed ... I slept until 3 p.m. A new 'low' for me. :( Having gotten such a late start to my day, I did nothing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
Yesterday I took my prairie braid quilt top (and a backing:) to be quilted by my friend, former employee and professional long-arm quilter, Daria Phair. My friend Barbara came along with me - she gave Daria SEVEN small quilts to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
Remember that song? :) Catchy refrain, too. Today has been quiet, even for us. Lazy blog reading, streaming a batch of very old NICS episodes (gosh, it creeps up on me how much things have changed; the early 00's don't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
I feel as though I am being lazy today ... though we have actually done things. :) The weather is glorious on this long Labor Day weekend. Temps in the 80s, low humidity, blue skies ... happy smiles. :) Skip... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
Some weeks fly past and this week was one of them. What the heck did I do anyway? Hmm. I know I spent most of two afternoons in Annapolis at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Oh, and driving there and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
It was an All Fun, All The Time kind of weekend here. :) Friday I managed to get this Row By Row kit ironed together (still to be stitched). From Artistic Artifacts shop: Saturday I spent several hours with modern... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp
I recently starting reading this blog ... written by Jodi from New South Wales, Australia, whose posts I really enjoy! In a recent issue, she discusses her best tips for sustaining a long-term hand working project. I think her ideas... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Fiber and Pulp