Friday, December 26, 2008

worth celebrating

For Christmas this year I asked for one thing...this book, Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. I found it under the tree yesterday, from my boys. Today, an icy road day after Christmas day , we all found our bliss building Legos, playing new video games, watching David Gilmour, "live in Gdansk". Me, wrapped in a blanket my late-sweet grandma crocheted, I read Shauna's words as though were were long lost friends. This is her first book, but I understand there is another one in the works and I can hardly wait. This is a book about everything and nothing, about God and his goodness, and Shauna and her little piece of life, the big moments and the tiny moments all woven together to create a life worth celebrating. So, the little moments of making fluffy scrambled eggs and honey baked ham and toast with apricot preserves for our little family with Darren, and finding and reading words that sound like a friend and watching our boys build Legos on the rug in the family room on a icy day after Christmas day, those moments create a life worthy of celebration and thankfulness.
I do not "know" Shauna, but last summer Penny pointed her out to me while visiting a church in Grand Rapids. Penny thought I'd like her book. I found her blog.
If you have a moment, read a post or two, read Needles and Thread from her book. That chapter makes me cry big hanging from my jaw tears. Anyway, I emailed her for the weight that her words felt to me, the me that was and still is many days struggling on doing what I do... working on pretty things, painting, designing and crafting papers with scissors and glue, making messes big and small while trying to craft a business out of it all. It was the least I could do. And you know what? She wrote me back...more words to hang onto when it gets hard and scary and I get tired and full of self-doubt. So, months later I read her book in huge gulps in one afternoon and Penny is exactly right, I like her book. A lot.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

no worry, be merry

Another letterbox hanging on for dear life...reminding me to be merry even though the clothes dryer spins for hours with no heat to dry wet towels. Cards not sent, gifts not wrapped, cookies burnt- no worry, be merry.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

from my little man

Four sides of a modern damask everything all the time handbag created for my littlest man's teacher. Shhh.... He thinks she'll like it because he thinks she likes red.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Our Christmas tree this year wears INSPIRE. With ornaments that come from three generations, in golds and silver, turquoise and copper, grey and coral I am inspired. I call these banners, letterbox. Originally designed to hang on a wall, door or mantle they have inspired me to think outside the box and twist the typical ornament to really make a statement. What word or group of words speak to you this year?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

good water 2

Original acrylic painting on canvas, 16" x 20"

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

sugar and spice

Three sugar and spice and everything nice all the time handbags large and small, that's what these bags are made of. Well, that and pretty papers and ribbon.
Today I delivered more packages to Santa's elves, ( though they do look a bit like UPS guys to me) to be shipped off to far off lands just in time for the holidays.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

what are you hoping for this season?

Boho butterfly and foiled blue blossoms...both simple rectangles
Two good and plentiful squares

Seven of the latest and greatest everything all the time handbags...all generous rectangle.
Elves arrive here soon to gather some of these to land under somebody's Christmas tree....don't tell. What are you hoping for this season?

Friday, December 5, 2008

pretty in pink

Two sides of the pretty in pink everything all the time handbag

Monday, December 1, 2008

cool personality

Alright, it is pretty. December 1st snowfall on the trees in the backyard makes a pretty picture. To take this shot I stepped outside for a minute, (no coat) and it was enough to come inside for a cup of tea. So, I'll try to enjoy the snowy weather. I love the slight color combination of browns and blacks, whites and greys, blues and a hint of lavender. At first glance it almost appears to be a black and white, but at second look the colors whisper their cool personalities. I love color. I love color in combination with other colors. Of course, blue and orange is a long time favorite but really I love the multi-combination. Like butter yellow, cream, lavender, dark chocolate and grey. Or sage, smoky blue, copper and plum. What colors do you like together? What are you drawn to again and again?