Monday, January 22, 2018

Lady's Mantle Cyanotype

My husband and I had just arrived in London early one morning last August, our destination Wales. Stepping off the plane, jet-lagged no doubt, we found ourselves here, just across the street from our hotel.

Coincidentally, it happened to be the 20th anniversary of the dear Princess Diana's death, an event that crushed me along with the rest of the world. I found it a very healing and comforting gift to be here. Along with a billions of other photos I took in the garden, I came upon Lady's Mantle, one of my favorite plants, at the entrance to her Memorial Fountain,_Princess_of_Wales_Memorial_Fountain 

The next day was spent inside the V&A Museum and I stumbled upon this fabulous artifact. I have an extensive background in herbal medicine (a 2001 graduate of David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies) which made this gem an extra special surprise. And look what page it happened to be opened to...

A very special treat indeed!

One of my favorite places to hang out!
Lady's Mantle Cyanotype

I found this fascinating article on the history of 'dew'...enjoy!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Rocky Road to Kansas

My mother, Audrey, was the grand daughter of Swedish immigrants that settled in Topeka, Kansas in 1901, and I have been very influenced  by my family history associated with those epic decades. Though my mother left Kansas with my father just after WWII, we always returned there for a week or two in the summertime to visit my grandparents and relatives. Their rich stories and my memories will inspire me always.

One of my recent favorite online activities to do in the winter has been 
Check out this link:

For a creative brief of the theme American Prairie, I was inspired to look back into my past a bit...

Creative Journey:
The template is from a resource book I have had since I was a child~~ (The Bantam Step by Step Book of NEEDLECRAFT) Looking back, this book acted like to today's internet for me...

Below is an unfinished original work, a small wall hanging, in progress. I was working on it as a gift for my mother Audrey but alas, did not finish it before she died this past year. But I will :) It contains samples of our collective fabric scraps over 40 years. I see dresses that my children wore and that I wore. One detail that happened and I really liked was that all the muslin scraps are a slightly different shade. You can't really catch that in this photo. Another detail that happened was the points don't exactly match which I am okay with. Maybe I will sew a cool button over the intersections to balance the mirrors which I am also adding to the center of the embroidered sunflowers~~ an element of needle craft in India that I absolutely love. It captures the element of light reflecting, a very important symbol for me here.

Kansas is the Sunflower state. These are my original watercolors and some of my homespun yarn...

I have to admit that making a 'digital quilt' was quite amusing! I  might have a go at a few more...  Here is a beginning version of the quilt design in Photoshop for Make it in Design Winter School 2018, live brief "American Prairie". Mood board elements/key words I played with for Rocky Road to Kansas: pioneers, red dirt and mud, blue sky forever, sunflowers, cliffs and washes, calico, muslin feed sacks, quilts made from tattered dresses...

And I came up with a collection. (If you are a fan of strip quilting as I am, stripe patterns are an easy way to create directional effects with out extra labor. Is that cheating?)

American Prairie_Rocky Road to Kansas Collection

My mom, Audrey in Bandelier, NM 2004! She insisted on climbing into this cave for the photo op! We lived in the desserts of the southwest of Texas and New Mexico and So Cal for 20 something years... 

And finally, I discovered the following link pertaining to events happening in their time that my greatgramma and gramma and mom witnessed: Searching for 'Rocky Road to Kansas'  online:

Friday, December 22, 2017

Crossing over the Rainbow Bridge

We have all been through so a universe, as a planet, as a people, as a country, as a family, as a couple, as an individual. But remember our hearts always will beat as one. As as we pass into the light, may we choose to be a carrier of the light as are the bees for us. Happy Solstice!

Circle of Bees 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Crackled Planets Varangasana

Crackled Planets Sarvangasana

The journey through grief is an epic journey. Some takeaways are: stay in the ring, allow yourself to rest on the sideline when you need to, let the Divine hold you and it will. Never stop creating. Count your blessing to do so. And listen to this helpful podcast: 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Opulent Forest Floor

Opulent Forest Floor

I imagine this might be nice looking as silk embroidery plus print on a flowing fabric of sort...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Winter School 2017 with Make It in Design #glambohorock

Paisley Planet
Phew.... Thank God for Make It in Design Winter School. What a wonderful inspiring refuge for artists! It has been a peaceful respite to be able to take time to create, especially in this swirling storm of politics, and all consuming elder care responsiblities I am dealing with these days. Hmmmmmmm... I take a deep breathe to focus on my creativity and ask each of us to nurture that amazing human element in all of us to create and not destroy. And so it is... Love and light and blessings to all.