home sweet home

 
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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.

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

Laney

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a gift and life partners

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I received my gift from Jude! I was so excited  to open the box.  I have admired Jude’s work for so long and wished often to see and touch it.  The piece is even more amazing in person. The embroidered chainstitch is the smallest I have ever seen,  just big enough to see with the naked eye. It is just so beautiful , the whole thing. When I found out I would be the lucky recipient , I wrote Jude and excitedly told her of my collecton of couples. With the exception of the painting of the couple on the beach, I collected them all before I’d met my husband. I had them all set up in my bedroom as a kind of magical attraction for what I wanted in my life, a mate…a friend, a partner.  It must have worked,  because now I have one,  and together we have a son and a family.  Jude’s quilt fits very well in this little collection, I am so happy to include it. I am hoping to have a framed wooden box made. My sister’s oldest son is a cabinet maker/wood craftsman. I am excited to see what he can make for this sweet piece of art and such a kind gift.

Included in this wonderful package was a bunch of wonderfully soft and colorful velvet, Jude generously sent them along to help my efforts in creative hat making.  They are really fun and quite the collection of velvet. I can’t wait to use them.

Thank you Jude, I love my gift.

 

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coin purse and missed chances

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a coin purse for my mom.

Have you ever been out and run across someone that you feel a connection with, without even a hello, and then when they leave, you wish you’d had the courage to connect with them. The chance to make a new friend gone. It always makes me wonder what might have happened, a kindred spirit that I may never meet again…..

and then I remember the friends that I need to stay in better contact with……does there ever feel like there is enough time…? maybe  that is why , when there is time, it always feels so precious, when you do get to spend time with a friend.

the stuff that dreams are made of

wow! Thank you so much for everyone’s kind, and real endorsement of my dream career. If you all can imagine it from my description, maybe it can become real….like the velveteen rabbit….

The last post was sort of a stream of consciousness description of how I want my days to be.

I debated about writing this post, wasn’t sure if I should just let things stand, didn’t want to dissapoint, however my desire to be truthful won out.

Now, what I’d like to ask is…….if you read the last post, do you have any advice? Any ideas, concrete direction…..do you know someone who has a similar business…..how did they do it? Know of any good books to read about business plans, dreaming, recycled toilet paper rolls?….had to throw that in. …..

Hope all of you are well, and thank you!!!

p.s. I have a wonderfully generous and kind-hearted husband, a spirited, beautiful child and a loving, funny family….and great friends!..I’m RICH!

Familia

Hello! I am SO happy! Have you ever had a day that just sang….that made a lousy week just melt away, or reminded you why life is incredibly wonderful, full of possibilities and the reason you want to just belt out in song? My family is here visiting from far away….California and Utah. My son has gotten to put faces to names and he loves them as much as me. Gonna cry……

ok…I’m composed now…

My sister played Hi Ho Cherry-O with my son, giggling and wise-cracking their way through cherry picking. My mom has given my son a new nick name, “hot shot”, which he loves, and we all spent the day at a craft store, then on to a giant rummage sale and then yummy food. Bliss, I tell you bliss.

            he was even cheaper than his tag says……he fit into a “fill this paper bag up as full as you can for $5” bag.

 

I shared my blog and Jude’s with my sister and she really likes Jude’s blog, how could she not, it’s amazing….she wants to go home now and make her own spiritcloth. We are off to another day of adventure. My son gets to KNOW where I came from…happy, happy I am.

p.s. I promise as soon as I can I will post photos of the Alaska quilt as a whole for Cathie and Andrea. I have about 2 more days to enjoy my family and then I can get another post about the quilt up. Have wonderful, happy days!

p.s.s. Thank you everyone for commenting on the last post. I promise I will properly visit or email you when I have more time. Once again, hope all of you have incredibly groovy weekends!
Love,
Laney

 

Fun day!

Wow…what a fun day. I’ve gotten the chance to have a booth at a local shop, and will be working there occasionally, helping out. It was such a blast to be around other people that are creative in similar ways as me. A bunch of people that are visually oriented and love old things..it was cool. I was surrounded by old smells, vintage fabrics, cool vintage furniture and silly, funny people. The customers were happy and it was fun to look at their treasures and even sell a few things I’d brought in…….there is a certain rush when someone sees enough value in what you have collected to buy it. Here are a few pictures for all of you who like old things. enjoy!

       

                

     

 

 

 

Buttons and Beads and Cuff Links, Oh My!

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I went to the thrift store for a quick fix…those of you that thrift shop probably understand……..I went straight for their crafty section, which often has embroidery thread, and sometimes cool fabric. Also buttons, old buttons. The last time I had gone in, I had picked out about 25 buttons and sat them on the counter and decided to go back quickly to check for sale items. When I got back the little bag of buttons had been accidentally placed into another’s bag….I mourned those silly buttons.. I felt silly for it. That was about a week and a half ago. When I went in today they had my little bag of buttons. The person who got them put into their bag, had seen me meticulously picking through the buttons, and brought them back for me! How nice!! I was happy! over silly little buttons…..aren’t they cool?!

Speaking of cool…I was given an award last weekend by the sweet, gracious and talented Acey, of http://sparklinglotusland.typepad.com/

please check out her stuff if you haven’t already. She is bright, funny and very creative. Thank you Acey for the award. You also make my day! It is such a nice feeling to have other talented, artistic folk praise your creative efforts. Opportunity for artistic camaraderie is sometimes scarce, so to have all of you to bounce ideas off and get wonderful feedback is awesome.  I am so grateful that we have the opportunity to know one another through our blogs…Yeah for the World Wide Web. and if I haven’t told you, my visitors/friends, You too, make my day!

Pay it Forward gift Exchange

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This is my PIF gift for Tracy at Pinkpurl  http://pinkpurl.typepad.com/  It was fun to make and different from things I have previously made…a little freer a little more intuitive. Thank you Tracy for signing up, I hope you like it! I was able to send it to her while she visited her family in Pennsylvania.

My quilting and embroidery was inspired by Jude at http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/

She has recently begun a PIF exchange, and I had to join….I feel a little greedy though because she has already sent me a wonderful gift of fabrics. I received a parcel that made me swoon with joy. It is so nice to share such an enjoyment of fabric with such a gifted artist as Jude and then to have her send me a gift was so very wonderful, beautiful pieces of fabric from Indonesia and Turkey, etc…….cottons, velvets and silks. I can’t wait to use it in the Alaska quilt. A very lovely gift.

Thank You Jude!

Here are the rules for the PIF exchange-

“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3  people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”

Quote-

Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.
Rainer Maria Rilke

p.s. I would like to extend the PIF gift exchange to those who don’t yet have a blog, if you would like to comment. I will send gifts to 6  people total….3 bloggers and 3 who do not yet blog.

Star quality

Here is Therly’s picture from our trip to the art museum. She was looking extra glamourous that day. I loved her Cleopatra eyes. Therly wants to act…She would be good at it too, and I even think she has the strength and street smarts to survive the Hollywood lifestyle. She would also be a great Social worker, she has seen much. She would be able to help teens in crisis. I hope that she pursues school, getting a degree.

 The painting below of Gauguin’s was one of her favorites from the museum…

I liked it too. I remember an art history teacher of mine, (Tom Howell, how the heck are you?) telling us about how Gauguin had realized while in Tahiti, that in a way his presence, (and that of the Colonists and Church) had spoiled the purity and innocence that had previous been there. I learned more about Gauguin here,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Gauguin

I had not known that his mother was half Peruvian and that from the ages of 3-7 years old he lived in Peru. What a little Globe trotter..

How about a quote……

That’s what really interests me more and more, the investigation of the human heart.
Jessica Lange

friday night tacos

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This is Antonio Jr.  a.k.a.  “The Taco King”

Therly has had family visiting from Brooklyn. Therly loves to cook. Her dad and younger brother both do too. They all have magic culinary skills. Antonio made his famous chicken tacos for dinner last night and I got to help in the kitchen and learn how they are made. He even taught me how to make the chile sauce. It was all so good. While the kids played and the guys kicked the soccer ball around, Antonio and I made lots of tacos. We were worried we wouldn’t have quite enough, Antonio Sr. has lots of friends and a cousin that love tacos too. It was a little like the fishes and loaves….there was plenty.

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First, we started with the sauce.

We got the chicken boiling too. Antonio says that you can use any meat you want, shrimp or beef, whatever you like. I have to say the chicken is very good.

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The creama,  Antonio mixed together sour cream and heavy whipping cream to make a lighter sour cream sauce.

After the chicken was done, we started the tacos. There is a knack to rolling them, Antonio was much better at it than me.

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It’s helpful to warm up the corn tortillas before rolling the tacos, so that they do not crumble. You roll them up and then press them firmly so that they stayed compressed long enough to put them in the hot oil to fry. I know, fried!!! But they were so good, and it was Friday, after all (translate, you can eat fried on special occassions…)

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Here is the final product.

Tacos…oh they were so delicious. 

  

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