Saturday, July 29, 2006

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned
so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
E.M. Forster

Friday, July 28, 2006

These days.
I don't have as much time in my studio/playroom.
Oh, I'm not complaining.
Every moment I spend there is pure joy.
This little post card (or postquard as Deb H of Anchorage likes to say)
is antique lace over contemporary furnishing fabric
with various vintage and retro buttons.
The images are reproductions. 4X6
These days.
When in my studio,
I am playing with an interesting technique.
Laying antique laces over a base fabric,
covering all with a fine layer of fabric glue and painting.
The effects are quite magical.
Photos to follow.
These days.
We are enjoying a visit from Victoria, our very special 13 year-old granddaughter.
While here, she is working on a project with antique lace
that will become a strapless camisole when completed.
I'll have some fine photos to share.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields
has power to move you,
if the simple things of nature
have a message that you understand,
for your soul is alive.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

"Has it occured to you that what feels like calamity may be a gift,
given to you because you are the rare being who can use a hard gift like this?

Dr. Hallowell to Hillary Stevens
Mrs. Stevens Hears The Mermaids Singing
May Sarton

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

At last!
Time and the high hot summer sun have given us lilies!

One small oval garden spot is dedicated to early spring blooms ~~~ tulips , narcissus, columbine & poppy. After that comes ethereal dancing daisey white & tall.
Then we watch and wait as lily's foliage becomes lushly green and the buds pregnant with color fairly burst from the pods.

Yesterday's unveiling: the first Pink Lily of the season.

And so in tribute to Lily, the Pink, I present here a children's lyric from the 1960's .
I love it!

Somewhat irreverant, amuzing and whimsical, and not at all descriptive of the "romance" of my garden's lily, it is actually an ode to Lydia Pinkham's potion or "compound.


We'll drink a drink a drink
To Lily the Pink the Pink the Pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case.

Mr. Frears
Had sticky-out ears
And it made him awful shy
And so they gave him medicinal compound
And now he's learning how to fly.

Brother Tony
Was notably bony
He would never eat his meals
And so they gave him medicinal compound
Now they move him round on wheels.


Old Ebeneezer
Thought he was Julius Caesar
And so they put him in a Home
Where they gave him medicinal compound
And now he's Emperor of Rome.

Johnny Hammer
Had a terrible
He could hardly s..s..say a word
And so they gave him medicinal compound
Now he's seen (but never 'eard)!


Auntie Millie
Ran willy-nilly
When her legs, they did recede
And so they rubbed on medicinal compound
And now they call her Millipede.

Jennifer Eccles
Had terrible freckles
And the boys all called her names
But she changed with medicinal compound
And now he joins in all their games.


Lily the Pink, she
Turned to drink, she
Filled up with paraffin inside
and despite her medicinal compound
Sadly Picca-Lily died.

Up to Heaven
Her soul ascended
All the church bells they did ring
She took with her medicinal compound
Hark the herald angels sing

Credit for growing these lovelies pink lilies goes to Larry-of-the-green-thumb.
The lyric can be found at

"I'm sure that someone may already have told you about this, but there was a "pop" group in the 1960's in Britain called "Scaffold" whose main claim to fame was that one of them was Paul McCartney's brother and one was the Liverpool poet Roger McGough. However, they had a long-running number one hit with what most people took to be a children's song called LILY THE PINK."

Monday, July 17, 2006

Things We Do at 4:08 AM

n: temporary state in which you are unable to sleep;

The One Word List

Borrowed from Susan, who borrowed
Something to Say who borrowed from Scenes from a slow-moving train.

Only use one word answers.
  • Yourself: wondering
  • Your partner: caring
  • Your hair: short
  • Your mother: giving
  • Your father: deceased
  • Your favorite item: Pfaff
  • Your dream last night: none
  • Your favorite drink: margarita
  • Your dream home: open
  • The room you are in: office
  • Your pleasure: grandkids
  • Your fear: illness
  • Where you want to be in 10 years: seacoast
  • Who you hung out with last night: Larry
  • What you're not: tall
  • Your best friend: Larry
  • One of your wish list items: space
  • Your gender: female
  • The last thing you did:
  • What you are wearing: pj's
  • Your favorite weather: 70's
  • Your favorite book: novels
  • Last thing you ate: chicken
  • Your life: mine!
  • Your mood: hopeful!
  • The last person you talked to on the phone: Mom
  • Who/what are you thinking about right now: sleeplessness
  • Favorite food: ethnic
  • Sunday, July 16, 2006

    Just Can't Help Myself!

    . . . From making these little mailable art pieces.

    This one is called:

    "I'll dance with you in Vienna".

    Cotton prints, paper, tulle, oil pastels. 4X6
    (this one is on its way to Shelly in Massachusetts)

    This is the second in the series.

    I started this project by culling out black & white fabric prints and looking through boxes of images and ephemera. And then searched for some color to add a punch.

    And, this is the result.

    Cotton fabric, paper, antique lace, oil pastels. 4X6

    Friday, July 14, 2006

    More Mailable Art

    The postcard above is free machine thread-work on cotton and silk fiber bits, 4X6

    Mawata (attenuated silk cocoon) over commercial cotton, thread-work, 4X6
    (This one is on its way to Deb in Anchorage AK)

    I have a small collection of ephemera ~~ original paper such as ticket stubs, advertising booklets, vintage postcards, photos and more. In the collection are pieces from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. I thought it would be fun to build a fabric postcard using 1930's reproduction fabrics (that I've had for ages) and the related ephemera. This one has a Yellow Cab ticket stub that was good for five days while in Chicago at the Fair ~~ and cost was only $15.75! Just imagine!

    Commercial prints, trim, vintage and contemporary buttons, ephemera, 4X6

    A little expressionist art postcard. commercial prints, contemporary buttons, trim, 4X6

    And, once I started in on the World's Fair theme, I just couldn't help myself. Here's one more.
    Contemporary prints, vintage buttons, antique lace and a 25 cent ticket to the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. 4X6

    Life's a Journey (not a destination)
    Echo stitching on contemporary sheer fabric, paper, thread embellishment, 4X6

    One fish, Two Fish
    Commercial prints, tulle, mawata (attenuated silk cocoon), beads, thread embellishment. 4X6
    (this one is on its way to Maddie in Florida)

    Oh, well. She perseverates.

    Collaged bits and pieces from the World's Fair postcards. Commercial prints, 1933 ephemera, vintage tape measure piece, buttons and snaps, found embellishments.

    These mailable art pieces can be posted for 39cents in the US. They aren't machinable hence the little higher cost to mail.

    All are available for trade or purchase. Email interest to me at:

    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    Recent Mailable Art
    Available for Trade or Sale

    Antique lace, ephemera, commercial prints, reproduction image, 4X6

    Antique lace from 19th century jabot, contemporary sheers, reproduction images. 4X6

    Reproduction image on silk, antique crochet lace, commercial prints, 4X6

    Collaged cottons, fibers, thread-work, 4X6

    Broderie perse from Japanese sample cloth, echo machine quilting, 4X6

    Collaged cotton, thread-work, large fabric beads, 4X6

    Commercial print, ribbons, sequins, fibers, stacked vintage buttons, paper, beads, 4X6
    (this one is on its way to Olivia in Florida)

    Bear's Paw
    From the southwestern tradition, symbolizes "power" and "direction"
    Hand-dyed fabric on commercial print background

    You can email your interest in trade or purchase at

    My mailable art trade with Beate
    Beate lives in Dusseldorf, is a photographer and fiber artist. She contacted me requesting a trade of mailable art. I was thrilled and delighted as I had been visiting her blog and was inspired by her work. The postcard above is my trade from Beate. She named it, Explosion.
    Beate's use of color and the wondrously thick thread-work is very effective. I love how the thread seems to take on the effects of paint.
    Well I consider this a wonderfully successful trade!
    You can find Beate at this address:
    We each chose the card we wanted from among those listed on our blog. Each card selected was very different. Each has its own strong narrative line. Mine uses antique lace and ephemera and is a sentimental presentation; her's is all contemporary with lush coloration.
    We were both ecstatic with our trade!

    Wednesday, July 05, 2006

    It's A Summer-Kind-of-ThingThe New Hampshire coast is only 14 miles long.
    But interesting and diverse.
    It's a cultural landscape that abuts Massachusetts to the south
    and Maine to the north.
    Along the way is a funny mix of towns:
    honky tonk Seabrook;
    lush and quiet Rye;
    old money New Castle;
    boom town in Portsmouth.

    One of our favorite spots is an old clam shack in Seabrook called Ceals's that was started just after WWII by a woman who handed down the business to daughter and then to granddaughter.

    I suspect it has not changed one iota in over 60 years. It's success in based on a secret recipe for fried clams that is absolutely the finest on the coast.

    Ceal's opens in early May on weekends only
    but by June is open for business every day and night.
    Larry and I will visit Ceal's once or twice a season to savor some of her delicious
    (if artery-clogging) food.
    It is a take-out sort of place with a little attached covered porch for eating.

    A few weekends ago on an overcast Sunday, we made our trek to Ceal's and then made our way up the coast to Hampton Beach - which is a bit honky tonk now but wasn't in my youth.

    We were set to match skills at Skee Ball on the board walk -
    also an annual event for us.

    I beat his pants off with great scores!

    That weekend was the official annual challenge of sand sculptures and here are a few photos.

    All on a fantastical theme.Pretty wonderful.

    Tuesday, July 04, 2006

    Mailable Art Trade
    New Hampshire to Dusseldorf & Back

    Recently I was contacted by Beate
    to make a fabric postcard trade. She had seen my postcards here and liked them.

    I had been admiring her work for quite awhile.

    This is my first postcard trade.

    We made a plan to trade, each choosing one fabric postcard from the others collection that had been posted on our blogs.

    Beate chose this card for her trade.
    It is constructed of antique lace; I sewed a small antique greeting card to the base that dates from early 20th century. Under all is a hand-dyed dryer sheet and a contemporary sheer with a floral design.
    I collect and sell antique linens and sometimes buy ephemera at auction. The little calling cards and small greetings cards always make me smile.

    I mailed the card to Beate on Monday by air letter post and she should receive it within one week.

    I cannot wait to receive my card. Beate's work is just wonderful. I chose a postcard entitled, Explosion. I will post it here when it arrives.