decorating for christmas

Here in our little apartment, the Christmas box comes down from high in the coat closet the day after Thanksgiving. After hunting down our tree with biscotti and apple cider and decorating my parent’s tree with decorations and memories collected over decades, we climb our stairs with our own tree and begin decorating. As this is our fourth Christmas here, it’s a cozy, predictable affair with a Christmas record on and a warm dinner in the oven.

i miss them


Two of my dear friends are traveling across the country and will likely be gone for another four or five months. I miss them.

I miss the rhythms of artist dates, wandering conversations, and comfortable silence.

They will return, but in the meantime,

I miss them.

for roommate who is traveling

excerpts from a southwest travel journal

This past August I found myself driving from Santa Fe New Mexico to Seattle Washington via the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. One of my dear friends is a props artisan, upholsterer, and fine artist who works at operas around the country (if you need any upholstery, murals, or staging done, give her a call. She’s one of the best). After her third year at the world famous Santa Fe Opera, I flew out and we drove home together.

As there wasn’t much room in my pack after getting the tent, sleeping bag, and camp kitchen into it (we camped the whole way ), I decided to leave my camera at home and paint my way home instead. A revelatory experience. I highly recommend it. Here are excerpts from that journal.

long term projects


Every once in awhile I start projects that I know will take me years to finish.

As someone who much prefers the instant gratification of a two to three day creation, I find it to be an important balance.

Currently, my long term project is a beekeeper’s quilt, following Tiny Owl Knits pattern. Because I want to make a twin-sized blanket, it could take a very…very…very long time. But, as I have adored hexagons for a decade or more, have a beautiful selection of sock yarn from a friend, and am quite motivated to make another warm blanket, it’s looking good for finishing.

If I end up making a scarf instead, you all are welcome to send me back to this post so we can all have a laugh about it.