In Mid-December

Every year, I seem to wait for just the right moment to start my Christmas preparations. Starting too soon makes me think of the the way stores roll out holiday decorations earlier and earlier every year. But I like to start early enough so that […]

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Pie Party

  On Thanksgiving Ray and I had more pies than people for our two-person celebration. I baked a pumpkin pie, he made apple, and we had a banana cream pie from the bakery where I work. Too much pie is a good problem to have, […]

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Thanksgiving

  What We Need Is Here Geese appear high over us,  pass and the sky closes. Abandon as in love or sleep, holds  them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or […]

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The Sense of Possibility

Although there is no tangible difference between December 31 and January 1, I appreciate the division we have created between the boisterous, decadent celebrations of the year’s end and the chance for a fresh start when the calendar changes. We can make a clean slate […]

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                Almost all of the baking is done, gifts are sent or wrapped, and I’m spending more time reading, knitting, and sitting in an armchair. I hope that you are finding lots of twinkling lights on these dark […]

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Hung by the Chimney with Care

  My sewing project this week was our Christmas stockings. I used scrap fabric and really enjoyed the process of sewing the various pieces together into an imperfectly shaped stocking. I had planned to do a red and a green but I found so many […]

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The Preparations are Ongoing

In late December is it hard not to be overwhelmed by the many recipes for holiday sweets. So far I have made the treats which went in the packages that I shipped to my family on Friday. I plan to make some cookies this week […]

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This Week in the Studio

I’ve been making messes. My focus has been on the making and not the messes which is why they linger and why, as soon as I finish this post, I’ll be cleaning. First, I made very simple, not perfectly finished, drawstring bags for wrapping. Then, […]

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Giving

An abundance of gift guides are popping up all over blogs and websites. When it comes to giving, the main guidance I would like to share is that, ideally, giving will be fun and part of the joy of the season. Our holiday celebrations this […]

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Happy Earth Day!

As I said in my newsletter earlier this week, I think it is crucial to make every day Earth Day, but I also think it is important to celebrate occasions when they come along. In the spirit of caring for the earth and making each […]

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