Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Good morning to you!

The temps. are in the low 70's here and I am just LOVING IT!!!  It truly feels like Fall......


As promised, I will be having my newest Update TODAY!

Please visit my Picture Trail at 6 PM, EST, or 3 PM, Pacific time, to view my newest pieces!

The new album is titled FALL UPDATE 1!  Please be sure to check out FALL UPDATE 2

 while you are there!! 

I look forward to seeing you then!!

Wishing you all the pleasures of Autumn, my friends~


Monday, September 21, 2015


Hello, my friends!

Look who came to live with me recently!!

The sweetest little pumpkin pinkeep, complete with beaded face, real stick stem and a wool leaf!

Isn't he just ADORABLE!!!

He was offered as a Giveaway on Tammy Black's wonderful blog, SCATTERED SEED SAMPLERS,  and I was the very lucky winner!!!

Tammy is a Needle artist extraordinaire, and does beautiful work!  She has the most marvelous collections of pincushions and sewing related items and her posts are filled with lots of inspiration!

If you  have not visited this lovely blog, please be sure to stop by!!  I know you will be so happy you did!! Click HERE to visit!

Thank you, So Much Tammy, for this lovely gift!  I will certainly treasure it!!!


It is so hard to believe that it has been a month since I last posted!!!  The time just seems to slip by, doesn't it??

So, what have I been up to??  Let's find out, shall we??

On a recent visit to a favorite antique shop, I found a hidden treasure!  It was buried in a corner, and filled with so many nic nacs that I am surprised I even saw it!!  Boy, am I ever happy I did!!!

It is the most wonderful hanging corner cupboard!!

It now hangs in my dining area, filled with my collection of old tin cookie cutters and molds!!

Now I can enjoy them, rather than have them all piled up in old wooden bowls!!

It fits perfectly in one of my favorite corners!!


Another treasure that made it's way home with me is this beautiful rocking horse!!

He is not an antique, but is a nice reproduction and proudly stands in front of an antique game board on top of my fabric cupboard!

He almost touches the ceiling!!  Such a stately fellow!!!  I just love him!!


I have also been creating and have a few things ready for another Update....coming soon!!

Here are a few pieces ready to go......

Two Fancey Blackett dolls by Pineberry Lane!  The mustard Fancey is already spoken for and will be on her way to her new home today!!!  I love Pineberry Lane designs!! Thank you, Wendy!!

Mrs. Begg, another doll by Pineberry Lane!

Tildy and Hildy, two little witch sisters by Kentucky Primitives, and a Fancey Blackett pillow tuck, by Pineberry Lane!

Little wool punchneedle pillow tucks, by Pineberry Lane!

A sawdust stuffed punchneedle velvet pillow by Pineberry Lane!

Oil can Jack, created by me!

Another Mrs. Begg doll by Pineberry Lane!

I also hope to have this wonderful punchneedle piece by Lori Brechlin done as well!  I will be working on it today!!!  I just love her designs!!!  Thank you, Lori!!

Lori is so very talented, has a lovely blog and business called NOTFORGOTTEN FARM, and is a finalist in the MARTHA STEWART AMERICAN MADE CONTEST!  If you want to know more about it, just visit Lori's blog for all the details and be sure to vote for her and her talented husband Peter!  I sure hope they win!! Click HERE to visit!

I have several more things too, that I hope to have finished and will post soon about when the Update will be!!  Stay tuned!!!

Thank you all so much for spending some time visiting with me today!!!  We are all certainly SO BUSY, and it is always a good thing to slow down, put your feet up, take some deep cleansing breaths, and pick up a needle, hook, or punchneedle to take us back to a slower and simpler time!
We ALL need that, so please, take some time for yourselves!!

Wishing you all some quiet, peaceful and restful moments, my friends~


Monday, August 17, 2015


I finally did it!!

I actually joined a Rug Hooking Guild!!

I also joined ATHA!!!

So now, It's Official.....

I am a real, honest to goodness

Rug Hooker!!

Last Saturday, I attended my new chapter in Redlands,

called, California's First!!  Has a nice ring to it, doncha think?

Everyone was so very nice and welcoming and I felt right at home!!

Here are a few snaps of the ladies, busily hooking away!

Bonnie, the President of the chapter on the left, and Jane, the Recording Secretary, on the right!  I was so honored to be sitting at their table!! 

Darlene, the V. P. on the left, and another member checking out a new book, in the middle!!  I think her name is Judy!  Sadly, I forgot the name of the lady sitting down, but I am sure I will know it next time!! Connie, walking toward me, is a lifetime member in her 90's!!  She was hooking a rug in number 3 that was just beautiful!!  Sadly, I did not get a picture of it!!    

Mary Johnson, who owns Designs in Wool, in the middle, and her friend Becky, on the right!!
I so enjoyed chatting with them!!  The lady on the left is a real doll named Doris and believe it or not
she is actually 97, one of 3 lifetime members!!!  She still hooks too!!!  Amazing!!!

Jean is sitting on the right and this is her church where the chapter meets!!!  Harriet is another lifetime member, also in her 90's!!!  Still hooking too!!!

Some snacks for us to enjoy!!  Jean even brought some Chili Dogs!!!  Yum!!
The gal on the right is Jennie and she lives near me in Highland!  We had such a nice chat together too!!  She is Correspondence Secretary!

James is the only guy in the group and is really helpful, loading and unloading for everyone!! He really enjoys hooking!

Treva, the Treasurer, is busy measuring some red dot tracer and was the one who I talked to about all the info for joining the chapter!!  She really made me feel so welcome!!!  The other gals names escape me too, but I will learn them all!!

Some new hookers, taking a class!!  One of the teachers is on the right, but I forgot her name too!!  There were just so many people to remember!!

More new hookers!!

Sandra was the teacher for the beginners and is such a fun lady!!

Some of Mary's wool and kits from Designs in Wool!  Her wool is so lovely!!  I did find a new pattern to hook!!

This is Dora, holding up a very large rug that she just finished!!  Everyone applauded!  Now she has to bind it!!

Such a lovely group of ladies that I am so happy to be a part of!!!  I know I will learn LOTS from all of them!!!

The chapter has quite a few members who weren't in attendance, but I look forward to meeting them all in the upcoming months!!!  

So, it is official!!  I was really nervous about "jumping in" but have to say that "the water was fine!"
If any one reading this has been hesitant about learning this amazing hand craft, please just give it a try!!!  I know you will be so glad you did!!!  I certainly am!!!  


Before I close, I would really like to thank all of you who visited my recent update!!  I am so grateful for your support and love of my work and for all your kind words and purchases!!  It makes it all so worthwhile!! Anyone who creates feels such a sense of gratification when they know their work is valued!!  Thank you, So Very Much, my friends!!!

Wishing you a week filled with love and light~