home sweet home

peaceful pond
peaceful pond

I have been away too long. We have been searching for a new home and the journey to find this place has taken our time and energy, but boy is it worth it…because now I believe this place will give that energy back ten fold. It feels like it will be a very peaceful place to be and call our home.

We are still in the middle of things, wish us luck that everything falls into place, this little peace of land has already got a hold of our heart strings. We will be busy packing, cleaning, sorting for the next month and if all goes well, we will be in our new home the first part of July.

I have been sewing a little on the side to help myself feel calm during these transitions. Here is an example. This little bag was a Mother’s day gift to my mom.

mom's gift


I hope that you are well, and your homes are giving you joy and peace.



flores in progress


working on a flower to applique onto a piece of denim…a niece will be having her second baby girl anyday…..need to get busy…..

I was on line looking for 3 D quilting and found a new type of quilt, I had never seen before. The Pine Cone or Pine Burr quilt. It was a poular pattern with southern African Americans. I found a cool story here, of a man named Oscar Evans who made his quilt, while in his late  70’s.

Those quilts were my inspiration for this flower, I’d like to one day make a larger piece using this technique. The quilts are really stunning. The Pine Burr quilt happens to be Alabama’s state quilt. I didn’t know that states had quilts…learn something new every day!

I finally learned how to create a link…Yeah! Hope you like learning about Oscar Evans.

quilt inspirations


Beautiful quilt by Cora Meek.  Photo found here-


This looks like a great website about folk art and literature….some of my favorite things!

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Harriet Powers…..wow! 


Quilts I have long been inspired by.


Here is the progress so far. As I worked on this bear, I realized something cool. As a child in the 70’s I had always wanted an embroidered jean jacket, with all the cool animals and flowers on it. And now I have taught myself enough to make one if I want, or a quilt or whatever….. I realized as I made this that my passions were calling to me way back then. Art/Craft has ALWAYS been what I want TO DO.

Baby animals and FREE stuff………


I  discovered this site a while ago…..www.babyanimalz.com………..and have relied on it many times to entertain children.  I thought I’d pass it along to all of you with small munchkins of your own to entertain…..the site has no flashing lights or whistles…. just simple photos…..they are too cute though.

 Also, for those who may not know about Freecycle I thought I’d share with you-


Here is what Wikipedia has to say about them-

The Freecycle Network (often abbreviated TFN) is non-profit organization registered in the state of Arizona, USA, that organizes a worldwide network of “gifting” groups, aiming to divert reusable goods from landfill. It provides a worldwide online registry, and coordinates the creation of local groups and forums for individuals and non-profits to offer and receive free items for reuse or recycling, promoting gift economics as a motivating cultural outlook. “Changing the world one gift at a time” is The Freecycle Network’s official tagline.

 Giving and getting free stuff is fun! Use a search engine to search for your local group and join. Have Fun!

Idealism and couch surfing??



found two new sites that I thought had such cool ideas…


wow…I’ve had visits to my blog

Well, I guess I need to spruce it up in here a little bit. I don’t have much to discuss today, other than a program I came across recently called art2heart. A woman named Nance Miller has started a program to share art around the world with children who may need the extra care and love that a special piece of art made just for them might provide. Here is a brief outline of her work. Copied from this blog

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Art 2 Heart – global connections through art

boy drawing picture for Art2HeartArt 2 Heart is an ‘art sharing program’ that crosses borders, ages, genders, religions and socio-economic lines. Its sole purpose is to connect underprivileged children with someone else in the world who cares. Through Art 2 Heart, you can give these children something of their own, made just for them, and they have a chance to give back.  (Did I mention that Art2Heart was started by my very dear friend Nance Miller? She is rich in both art and heart!)
children drawingA dialogue is created through a pen-pal type system using art instead of words. All pictures are to be on standard paper, 8.5 x 11 inches (or A5), for accessibility, ease in mailing and continuity. No e-mail, as we want children to hold and touch a unique creation, just for them. Pictures need not be elaborate at all, and any kind of drawing, rubbing, painting or collage works. The only requirement is that they include “To: (child’s name),” and “From: (partner’s name)” somewhere on the front… Learn more details on the web site, or by contacting Art2Heart, 559 Marin Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA

For the most up-to-date information and photos, be sure to visit the Art2Heart blog by clicking the Blogspot link on the Art2Heart home page.

I was so in awe of this woman and her program, and amazed that something so simple could be so significant. It truly is inspired.