The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

List it Tuesday :)

I'm really getting into 'List it Tuesday'... that Aimee... what she started .... I love that girl :) 

So today's theme is "what I love about where I live". Ok, I can do that, but I'm limiting myself to 5: 

* I live less than one block from my small downtown. I can walk to cool stores, cool events, and talk to cool people, too!

* I love the feel of the city. It's like a mini big city but still has that small town feel. The streets are actual tree lined city blocks where you can walk, talk to neighbors, hang out. Reminds me of my childhood in the city before things began to fall apart. 

* My city is filled with creative and talented, artistic and musical residents. There's a plethora of quality handmade goods found in mom & pop shops for artists, art fairs, and galleries. Truly no need to ever step into a mall again!

* Easy expressway access. Within 20 minutes, we can be in the big city, the countryside or another country altogether! Being right off of 3 main expressways can get us into the next state in an hour. And (yum) less than a 15 min drive to a variety of farmers markets any day of the week.

* The architecture here is fab! You'll find everything from little bungalows to huge Tudor style homes. I particularly love the old stone houses like you see in magazines. The yards have big trees, gorgeous colorful flowers, wonderful gardens and walkways. 

my street in spring

Bonus post-
** and ding, ding, ding. . . there are always lots of garage sales :)
I will be starting Flea Market Friday this week on my blog. You are all welcome to join in! I know that you love them as much as I do and I also know that you find fabulous things, then give them your personal touch.... so let's see what you are up to.

To join in on Artsyville Aimee's 'List it Tuesday', go to: 


  1. A block from a small town...that is so cool! Awesome!!! Love your list, and your blog!

  2. Thanks Lynn.. love yours too. Being so close to the downtown has lots of advantages. I also live across the street from a grocery store AND produce market!

  3. A walkable town and wonderful architecture - - high on my list of what I'd LIKE to have! Sounds great.

  4. Thanks Annie, the 5 things on my list were the reasons we settled's magnified x 10 when you get outside of my little city:)

  5. I love the idea of living a block away from the center of town. I had that for a short while in Pennsylvania & just loved it.

    ANd I love that you can avoid malls, which I hate. And artists and musicians ... it all sounds wonderful.

  6. Yes, Em.. it really is wonderful. We have a little cultural mecca here :)

  7. such a great list... and your town sounds so welcoming and inviting... just lovely... enjoyed visiting your blog through the Tuesday List...xx

  8. I can't get enough farmers' markets. Your town sounds lovely.

  9. Thank you Tracey. It is pretty hip and vibrant, even for an old broad like myself :)

  10. I love farmers markets too SE.. and a few around here offer space for artists to sell their things as well :) It's a win-win!

  11. Wonderful list! I'm looking forward to checking out your "Flea Market Friday"...woohoo!! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. Thanks TL! Yes, come back for Flea Market Friday...share your treasures with me :)

  13. I want to live where you live!!

  14. Thanks Aimee! C'mon, you'll fit right in!

  15. great list. it sounds like the perfect mix of small town with plenty to do! i love a city that has diverse architecture and some history!