Tuesday, March 31, 2015


I like that idea, that beneath the surface of what you think you are seeing,  surprising growth or progress is going on.

Nature gives us grand lessons on this idea.  That's why I love spring.  So much is happening that the eye doesn't see, but we KNOW it's happening.  So, we're not concerned that after our winter season, nothing will come back.

Many times it's not easy to discern that someones' confidence is growing, that fear is subsiding, that compassion has started to bud, that patience is gaining a foothold, that practice is paying off, that latent talents are ready to bloom.  But we KNOW it's happening.  So we can look forward to the fruits of that progress.

Laying aside judgement... cherishing what's possible...knowing and loving what's already true... that's some serious mental exercise!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Adding to the flock

On Saturday I traveled to a yarn shop in Casper to give a needle-felting class: felted sheep.  Some of them look a little long in the nose.  I tried to fix that problem, but perhaps should have had the gals make another head, a shorter barrel.  I thought we could make enough adjustments when attaching it to the body...hmmm....lesson learned.  Nevertheless, we had fun and got a quick picture of the growing flock of colorful fleeces.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A plant's surprise

I almost missed it!  I was turning off a floor lamp next to this plant last night when I noticed something unusual.  The side of the plant facing the window had been blooming for a while, and I didn't see it!!  I didn't even know these plants sometimes had such unusual, beautiful blooms.  I suppose this plant was thanking me, in this way, for moving it (a few months ago) to this particular spot; I'm thinking it must like the soft light that comes in through the west window at the end of the day.  That light is going to be more intense as the summer approaches, and I wonder if the plant will change its mind.  But for now, I'm thrilled to see this blossom.

I've got a young plant doing quite well at the other end of the house, getting all light from the east windows. 

And then I must rejoice in the pretty purple blooms of my African Violets.  This one has been blooming away! 

Now my other violet went into a dormant phase, so I started sweet talking to it to coax a new shoot of blooms.  I'd like to think that it appreciated the love, and has finally sent up new buds.  These are a deep purple and are so pretty when they open.  Anxiously awaiting.

Monday, March 23, 2015


I'm baaaack to needle-felting.  These woolie sheep are going to be sporting very spring colors.

 The knitting needles, which are holding the slow-moving lacy scarf, are laying motionless, waiting for me to return.  Maybe soon I'll return...

Friday, March 20, 2015

A new stitch...

The baby blanket is finished!  And many thanks to Paula, the quilter, for her suggestion to use the crab stitch to finish the edges.  She sent me a video link, which made it easy to learn this new stitch, and I really like the look. It's always fun to discover something new!

Hmmm....what do I cast on next... while the lacy scarf is still in progress?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another painting party...

I signed up for another Paint N Party event, scheduled on St. Patrick's Day.  Plenty of green garb and green shiny beads were worn for the occasion.  Between instructional portions of the evening, there was singing and dancing and snacking.  Jon said this was the most difficult painting he had taught thus far, and he was pleased with what we accomplished in two hours.  It would have been nice to have just a little more time to refine the details, but that's just not possible in the time frame and type of venue.  It was pretty amazing to see how good these paintings turned out, and I'd guess there were 80 or so people painting. 

I was able to take pictures of my progress pretty easily during the first hour, but as we got into the 2nd hour, I was barely keeping up with the instruction and had no time to snap a photo.  The details we were to paint were taught quickly... furiously.  I'll share a few pics of the progress and the final piece.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pastels in progress...

The pastel baby blanket continues to grow...and I'm getting close to the finish line.  The baby-soft spring colors have been wonderful to work with! 

At first, I didn't think it would be necessary, but now I'm convinced that I will need to put a finished edge around it, perhaps a crocheted edge.  I won't have too much yarn left over, but I should have enough white.