boro stitching


It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I needed to take a break from my creative work. Funny though, I found that I missed cataloging my adventures. So, here I am with my newest crafting adventure, boro stitching. Google it. The images are so yummy!

I’ve been wanting to take this class with Jody Alexander for some time, but my schedule never matched. Jody is an artist, bookbinder, librarian, and teacher who lives and works here in my home town of Santa Cruz, California. Here is her current listing of classes.

I’ve taken her book binding class and fell in love with book binding all over again. Recently, she published a book with Blurb Books, The Boro Aesthetic: Books, Bags, Zakka and Zokin. Well, I couldn’t resist and it has been AWEsome! Here are some of my pages from the book I did following her easy step by step instructions.


I’m going to try a boro bag next. Drop me a line and let me know what have you been up to this week. I’m super interested in your crafting and adventures.



getting ready for the holidays

I’ve been getting in the holiday mood by drawing wreaths and decorating the house. Here are a couple of my wreaths.

Holiday Wreaths

I’ve also been making my own gift tags.


Here is a picture of our hearth. We didn’t do a tree this year. I love my reindeer, gifted to us by our son-in-law a couple years ago.


What have you been up to this week?



holiday cards

Happy Holidays! 

I’ve spent the last couple days creating some cards for family and friends. Check them out.
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grandsons and spoonflower

Have you heard of Spoonflower? It’s an online store where you can upload your digital art and print it on fabric, wall paper and gift wrap. Here is a pattern design I created and had printed on fabric for my dad’s curtains in his camper. He wanted polka dots and it had to match his cushion fabric.


Anyway, Spoonflower is where I returned to last week to start a new project for my grandson, who is three. He just started drawing people. Below is a picture he drew of himself and his mom and dad.


I wanted to take his person and create fabric just like I did for my dad’s curtains. So, I took one of his drawings and uploaded it to Spoonflower and had it printed on a fat quarter of cotton. Here is his person printed on the fat quarter.


Then I made it into a stuffed pillow / person for him. It’s super soft. It’s funny, he thought when it was done, it looked like a tooth. What do you think?


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holidays and etsy

The holidays are coming. If you’re looking for a one of a kind gift, check out the eight pointed stars I’ve painted. I also have one of a kind holiday cards.  They are in my online Etsy shop here.


What have you been up to this week?



softies, buppies, lovies, teething swatches

My daughter is expecting twins before the end of the year, a boy and a girl. I had fun making them some buppies as my family calls them. Others call them softies, bubbies, lovies or teething blankets. Here is the soft fabric and ribbon I used.

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Here are my piecing pictures.

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Here I am sewing.


And here are the final buppies; they are super soft.

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chimney rock and lake lure flowering bridge

Recently I visited North Carolina. I went on many hikes. My favorite one was Chimney Rock. Here is a shot above the chimney.

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

After the hike up Chimney Rock, I visited Lake Lure and found this wonderful flower garden. It was built over a bridge. Here are flowers and foliage pictures I took.

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It inspired some flower drawings here is a peek into my sketchbook.

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penland school of crafts

I recently stumbled upon Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. I really want to take classes there someday. It’s an amazing little school and a tiny town of 200 people in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have classes in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles and wood. Here is the entrance sign.


I visited the gallery.


I saw Cristina Cordova’s “Cerca Y Lejos” exhibit.  These were so moving and HUGE.

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Here are some pics of the classrooms. Who wouldn’t want to play here, right?

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As I was walking the campus I came upon this porch with rockers. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I LOVE to rock.


I hope I have the privledge of attending a Penland class some day. It’s beautiful and the students and teachers are really nice and welcoming.

What have you been up to this week?



fall in north carolina

I’ve been traveling around North Carolina. Checking out the restroom situation and drinking in the fall colors. Here are some pics so you can enjoy it too.

Fall NC

This is why they call them the Blue Ridge Mountains. So gorgeous!!

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