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!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Memories & thanks with love

It's Saturday . . .  not 'List it Tuesday' . . . . but sometimes ya just have to be a rebel. 

Through tears, here's an impromptu list of 5 reasons why
I love my aunt who just passed away:

she kick started my love of all things fabric

she let me play in her 'wall of scraps', let me take lots home :)
and encouraged me to make something wonderful

she let me know from the time I was a very little girl,
that I could sew and be creative and it was ok

though sometimes it was difficult,
she always told me the truth when asked

starting at early childhood we always had a special bond
of understanding and respect

ok, just one more:
she always hugged and kissed me like she loved me
with everything she had 

Thank you Auntie ... Love you too. 


  1. what a beautiful tribute to your Aunt. She gave you wonderful gifts.

  2. Thank you Jessica. I so appreciate your kind words. And again, thanks to Aimee and her love of posting lists, it helped put a few things in perspective...

  3. so sorry to hear about your aunt. she sounds like a wonderful person and a great inspiration. what a lovely way to remember her.

  4. Thank you Molly. She was pretty wonderful.