From Scratch

“Make it from scratch!” is my modus operandi for almost everything.  I ask, can it be cooked, sewn, written, built, or otherwise fabricated by means within my power, and if so, will it be better than something I could buy ready-made?  The answer to both questions is often “yes” (read this as an insult to […]

Little World

Here’s a post I wrote over 2 years ago, and today feel compelled to share, unedited.  I still feel much the same, even though some of the specifics are different now.  (Pictures are more recent.) It’s a small life.  Days are long sometimes, yet there is so little time . . . but lots happens […]

Skill/Serendipity

As you might know if you’ve seen my recent posts on facebook, I’ve got some new things in the works.  There is great excitement here in my messy little studio. I feel grateful and triumphant in a couple of different ways.  To be making things at all is a huge victory over all the distractions, […]

Botanical

It’s not original at all, not very complicated nor requiring much creative power to make it work.  I’ve seen plenty of other artists use plant impressions in their pieces.  But I’m not too worried about being a pathfinder or trailblazer right now, just about trying something new-for-me that I will love and that will expand […]

June

Here we are. We are like little magpies these days, collecting color and taste and texture for our book of life.  Reading and strawberry picking and seven-foot tomato plants.  Coffee and jam-making and homemade swimming pools.  Having close church friends over for a vehement yet unheated discussion.  These are the people we are—trading food and […]

May

Things have come up nicely.  This is our 4th year of growing edibles (2nd year of raised beds and not just pots), and work and patience are starting to pay off!  So far we have radishes, arugula, 2 kales, some scattered peas for snacking on, and lots of herbs.  It’s enough for now.  Besides that, […]