is an immediate reaction, 

drawing is a meditation.

Henri Cartier-Bresson



i am on another fiber adventure.. after seeing Mad in England's interview by Mollie Makes -- and her gorgeous creations.. had to have a try myself at this new-to-me-but-old-to-the-world artform! it is quite addicting.. as all fiber forms are to me.. but there is something in the repetitive nature of wool thread - without having to think of what stitch to use.. due to the open square work canvas.. nice and easy and soothing. and creating patterns are a treat! also - i found a treasure at a flea market last week for $5 - 49 set of Tim Holtz Distress Markers - barely used.. and perfect for creating patterns on the cotton needlepoint canvas. :D  inspired by the lovely Mad in England duo.. i created wee 2 inch lavender filled sachets.. i can't make them fast enough!

in other news.. my littles are back in school and it is so bittersweet.. bitter since i miss them terribly..and sweet that i get to putter around my studio without interruptions.. :P and my oldest is in high school now! what?! also.. get the latest publication by Interweave Press called Craft Girl - i have 2 awesome projects in it.. and it is such a sweet, fun magazine! get it while it's hot! :D  autumn is coming..

and last but not least.. the newest chicago rock climbing gym has opened up and is awe.some.ness! they even ordered chalkbags from me.. and it was a record for me - as my sewing machine was "smoking" while i created 40 chalkbags in 3.5 days! yes. i know. i had lots of spiritual help.. God let all things run smoothly around me.. :P  if you're not a climber and you live in chicago..check them out.. even take a class. climbing is so therapeutic and fun!



we are still summering. and trying to squeeze out all the laziness and adventure before the busy school year starts. so. thought i would share a quick and simple project to make or do for the students or readers in your life. if they still use real, page-turning books. ;)

Paint up some canvas strips. My sizes are about 7" x 2".

Grab a stencil brush and some stencils and block printing paint (or regular acrylic paint works too.)

Pounce out some inspiring words.

Try them out in your favorite book.

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle
it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world,
worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who
we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; 
they show us how to live and die.” 

― Anne Lamott

oh. and check out this awesome bit of art my thing1 created and loves doing..CLICK HERE.


mountain.air.. p.s.

i really tried to keep all of my colorado photos to a single post! but i have one more day from our trip to share. we drove down from boulder to colorado springs for a daytrip to visit good friends. and they loved us with yummy meals and beautiful outings in their surroundings, which included The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel and Garden of the Gods.

"A friend may well be reckoned 

the masterpiece of nature."

Ralph Waldo Emerson



we took a roadtrip to colorado. after experiencing the mountains ourselves last year READ HERE
we couldn't wait to bring the kiddos with us to share in the wonder and grandeur. 
we hiked and hiked and hiked. we looked at wildflowers. 
we climbed  we walked through creeks.
we inhaled the glorious mountain air. we dreamed. 
then we brought all of that wildness back home 
in the pockets of our hearts. 
adventure is a necessity, my friends.

Our current favorite Boulder, Colorado area hikes include: 
Eldorado Canyon, Brainard Lake Recreation Area - Lake Isabelle, 
Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park: Alberta Falls. 

“People need wild places. Whether or not we
 think we do, we do. We need to be able to
 taste grace and know again that we desire it. 
We need to experience a landscape that is 
timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace 
of speciation and glaciers....”

~Barbara Kingsolver
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