We are visiting Bend for a couple weeks. What is your favorite neighborhood? Any recommendations for a must see?


Here was my commute view for the first week.

Bend River

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It’s been a chilly summer here so far. What happens is that it gets really hot in San Jose and the fog gets drawn in and covers Santa Cruz in a wet haze. It usually burns off in the afternoon, but it can be down right chilly at 54 degrees in the mornings.

So, what does a girl do when she is chilly, well she knits. I’ve knitted several washcloths, practicing different stitches. They turned out pretty cute.

WashCloth WashCloth 2 Wash 4 WashCloth3

I also made a cowl for this fall. I used Spincycle yarns. I love their wool! Here it is pre-wash. I used two different colors and they blended so nicely.


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summer reading

I hardly ever post about books that I’m reading, but this summer I’ve joined my first, ever online reading club with the Modern Mrs. Darcy.

I’ve loved books from the moment I could read. I love falling into the worlds that authors create and imagining living in other times. I like how books feel, the paper, and the bindings are lovely. Lastly, I love creating my own books and do so at least once a year for my art journals. That’s another story for another time.

As you can see, I’m super excited. I love how Mrs. Darcy makes picking the summer reads so easy. Check out her summer recommendations here. The summer club is reading five books together. Here is the first one and it is GREAT so far. I won’t say anymore.

One in a Million Boy

Here are the other four we will be reading.

Before we visit Everyone Brave Forgiven Forgetting Time

The Nest

2016 Reading List

Along with the five books, we got a blank reading journal. I’ve never kept a reading journal and the modern Mrs. Darcy makes it so simple. If you are interested in keeping a reading journal, check out her tutorial. Here is the journal.

Modern Mrs. Darcy

I’ll keep you posted on how I like the books. What have you been up to this week?



feedsack fabric lust

I am loving the original feedsack fabrics. Feedsacks were initially made in the 1800’s of heavy canvas, and were used to obtain flour, sugar, meal, grain, salt and feed from the mills.Thrifty housewives took them and began to make dish clothes, diapers, nightgowns, and other household items. Magazine and pattern companies took notice and started matching fabric and wallpaper in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Here is some of the feedsack fabric I found on etsy that I LOVE. What would you make out of these sacks?

feed sack 5 feed sack 3 feed sack 4 feed sack 2 feed sack 1

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california, pennsylvania, and mom

This past week I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to create something to commemorate the state I was born in, Pennsylvania, and the state that I have lived in for more than 25 years, California. I started by drawing both states on my Wacom tablet that I got for my birthday. Here is a pic of my drawings.

States Photo

I printed them and cut the states out of some fabric that my mom sent me for mother’s day. Don’t get me started here…My mom sent me two bags full of AWEsome fabric. The best part of all was that it smelled like my mom. It made me miss her, thus the nostalgia. She lives in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, far from California. Below is the fabric I used.

States 2

I then sewed the states onto a tank top that was looking for something to jazz it up. I added a heart near Hershey, the city where I grew up and Santa Cruz, where I currently live. Here is the final shirt. Can you tell it’s Pennsylvania and California?

States 3

What have you been up to this week?