Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Thursday, November 16, 2017

for maggie b.

Using fabric from Ink and Spindle, (where Gretta did her college internship) and a vintage Folkwear pattern, I stitched up a wee jacket for Maggie B. It's headed to Brooklyn today, where Maggie and her mama and papa are getting used to being a sweet, new family. We get frequent updates and all is well. xoxo

Yes, it's snowing again. :-)


Monday, November 13, 2017

quiet colors

Maybe you'd like to walk away from the world right now...and sidestep the clamor of technology and endless news cycle and wearying worry that nips at our heels. Our "bit of earth" is full of soft light, gentle edges and warm interiors right now. Pull on a virtual jacket and wander with me through the flurries. Or settle into one of the chairs by the stove and exhale deeply. I'll put the kettle on and find a few biscuits in the pantry. Let's just be together in companionable silence.

Peace, friends...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

tiwhll #5

As a person who is committed to non-violence, Veterans Day continues to challenge my heart. I found comfort and hope in this piece, broadcast on Vermont Public Radio yesterday...about veterans returning to Vermont after serving in combat overseas.  From the story, "Nearly 4,000 Vermont veterans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, and many are still dealing with the invisible wounds of the nation’s longest-running war. Some of them, however, have begun to find healing through farming." 

Healing through farming. 

You can listen to it here.  It's a quick listen, and well worth it. xo


(Photo taken in the tiny graveyard just up the road from us, at the Braintree Meeting House, with the Green Mountains in the background).

Friday, November 10, 2017

tiwhll #4

another margretta has arrived in the world.
(7th generation)
three weeks early by necessity,
but all is well.

we met her in nyc on wednesday
(along with auntie hannah)
and of course we are smitten.


(this is what hope looks like, version 4). 

and we woke up to our first dusting of snow of the season 
here at our "bit of earth".


Monday, November 6, 2017

any small, calm thing...

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world
all at once, but of stretching out to meet the part
of the world that is within our reach. Any small,
calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul,
to assist some portion of this poor suffering world,
will help immensely.

-Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dia de los Muertos, Vermont style

Finally opened the box labeled
"Dia de los Muertos"
that's been stored in the basement closet
 since the renovations.

There's room for more,
our sweet Henry cat
still needs to be remembered...

The veil has been thinning 
these past few days.
I have felt my beloveds,
gathering around and 
reminding me of their love.

Especially Abi Tim.

May you find comfort in 
remembering your loved ones as well.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

rainy day stitching

My dear internet buddy Anne of My Giant Strawberry had one of her designs selected by Spoonflower for printing! I've ordered a few and sewed one up today. It's been rainy for a few days, and so these bright nasturtiums brought some cheer to my studio. You can find her tea towel for order here.  (One of Anne's watercolor prints hangs in our basement guest room, here).
There's some grand baby stitching going on too. Gretta sent me some fabric from her internship days at Ink and Spindle and asked me to make a jacket with the pattern I used for this one. I've decided to make it with flannel rather than quilt batting to make it a bit softer and less bulky.

I've been a devotee of Mettler thread forever. But now there is a lot of buzz around Aurifil these days. I'm giving it a try (I love the size of the spool!) Do you have opinions about thread? Please share!

If you'd like to see a peek at the latest incarnation of my sewing studio, look here. Be sure to check out the spotlights on other VTMQG members too!