Craft Level: Frida

I was in the mood to knit the other day. So I went into my really pretty Thai basket of UFOs and dug up a boyfriend sweater project that I started for my husband years ago. This sweater is a beaut’!  Richly textured with an all-over traveling cable pattern, every stitch is part of a … Continue reading Craft Level: Frida

Go West, Part 1

Last month I flew out to Arizona to attend the Tucson Gem Show. It was one of those “I am even working?” kind of business trips. Endless bead shopping, meeting new (and familiar) faces in the jewelry-making world, and driving through the desert with the top down after flying in from frigid-frozen Illinois. I always … Continue reading Go West, Part 1

I ♥ Pom Poms

I love summer, but who doesn’t? It’s the long days of sunshine and the unhurried pace of things. These days I enjoy my summer days by biking country roads through cornfields and having a beer with friends, but when I was young, my summer days looked much different. First of all, we didn’t have cornfields … Continue reading I ♥ Pom Poms

Where you been?

I’ve been away. I’ve been away and I’ve missed you! Several years ago I wrote a post about laying out a path that leads to to Dreams Achieved. The idea was that if you can envision where you want to be in five years, then you can lay out and enact a plan that actualizes … Continue reading Where you been?

My Surreal Summer or “What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part 1”

Summer got surreal when my daughter gave me the phone message. “Uncle Josh is in surgery,” she said. And no one knew what that meant. What surgery? Why? Where? What for? Details filled in like they usually do in Crisis Mode. Misinformation mingles with fact, then retreats and regroups and a forms a new working … Continue reading My Surreal Summer or “What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part 1”


Yesterday I had one of those moments that brings you down low. I’d been having a good day, actually.  I’d been spring cleaning in the morning, purging and purging useless half-projects from my studio space. I was replacing the space and materials dedicated to old pastimes with cleared space for the “new.”  I hauled along … Continue reading Inspired