rubber band

This rubber band came into my life this week . . . and I noticed, because most of the rubber bands I see on a daily basis, wrapped around bundles of mail, are shades of tan and beige. Occasionally, I come across a blue band that has been used to secure celery stalks or flower stems. But, orange . . .

As it happens, I was working on a thank you note for Devon Warren, editor of GreenCraft magazine. Some of my work was included in the Autumn 2014 edition (more on that later), and I wanted to express my appreciation. Being in a “green” state of mind only fueled my interest in creating something with the rubber band.

And this is what emerged-- courtesy of a hairpin, stamp, and some college marketing materials.

I know this seems to be a particularly silly post, but I think that’s exactly what it needs to be. This past week has been filled with everything but silly—waiting on results of a biopsy, meeting deadlines, reconciling bank accounts, etc.  I was in dire need of some playful, creative time to balance some of the fruitful, yet somewhat draining, intensity of recent events.

So today, I’m thankful for “green” thoughts, orange bands, negative test results, and so much more.


making a match

Working with a black and white palette continues to pique my creative interest. As I was crafting these tags, I found myself pairing this classic combination with black and crème Lokta paper and miscellaneous earrings, buttons, and findings. Very quickly, the mismatched became a suitable match for gifting.


stitch in time

The recycled wool was salvaged from a garment worn in 1995. The coins bear a date of 1965. The vintage linens are older still. 

With each stitch, it’s as if past becomes present, evolving ever slowly into anticipated future.



This week, I made a few thank you cards for a number of women in my life—some for family and friends that assisted me during recent family events, another for the Managing Editor of Sew Somerset, Christine Stephens, who graciously included a bit of my work in this summer’s issue. As usual, I crafted my cards from an assortment of new and recycled materials. For these, I used ribbon and a glass vial from The Shoppe at Somerset, as well as pieces of a wedding invitation, lace, and scrapbook paper from my studio stash.

This is one of my favorites. Tucked amongst the fabric and paper is a vial of bath salts- a small offering intended to promote a moment of relaxation for the recipient. I suppose one could also fill the vial with seeds for a gardener, or perhaps, a written note for a loved one.

It seems there are always so many reasons and so many ways to be thankful.