Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I haven't been crafting much lately.  I felt the itch last week but couldn't quite get my machine out (my kitchen table looked too nice without it!).  I miss creating in my life but just can't inspire myself to do anything.  I'm not entirely sure why. It would probably help to get me out of my life-is-stagnant and I'm in need of positive change funk.  See, I can say that yet I don't act on it.  I did just buy a skirt pattern and some wool so here's hoping for a little crafting soon.  In the meantime, I'm going to soak up as much of the lovely fall weather as I can.

What have you been creating?  And how do you shake off the funk? 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

From Orchard to Pie

 I wet apple picking this past weekend with my friend Katie.  We haven't visited Johnson's Farm as much as we have past years (we missed strawberry and peach season!) so I'm glad we made a date and went.  They were picking Red and Golden Delicious and Empire apples.  I planned to bake a pie so I stuck with the Golden and Empires. 
 After apple picking, it was off to the pumpkin patch.  I didn't come home with this large one, instead favoring a smaller one for now.  I also got some gourds for a dish in my kitchen and some Indian corn for my front door.  Always an awesome little adventure! 
And on Sunday, I made the pie.  It's delicious!!  Now, if only I could share it with all of you....

Monday, September 24, 2012

Future Dreaming

We're at week 4 of The Big Questions.  I looked at this week's questions and had a bit of an "oh crap" moment.  It's a great question but wow, it's going to require a lot of thought.  So, here it goes....

If money were no object, where do you see yourself in five years?

There are so many answers.  Too many.

:: I'd have a nice little cottage home in the Philly area.  I'd love to have a place with cozy rooms, space to garden and a sewing studio.  

:: I'd be a mom.  

:: I'd have a lot of traveling under my belt.  Africa, Iceland, back to Italy, Japan, Australia and back to London.  

:: And I'd take my mom to some of these places too.  Because I think she'd enjoy the travel!
:: I'd look for a little vacation home somewhere relaxing.... preferably on a lake.  Ideally, this would dovetail with my love's desire for a little place in the Poconos. 

:: I would probably change careers to do something at a non-profit that allows me to give back more.  

:: I'd donate more to the causes I believe in.  

:: Hopefully carve out more time for crafty pursuits. 

Although there are other great things I'd likely do, these are the really important things: relaxation, travel, personal growth, happiness, creating and spending time with those I love. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Have you seen this TED Talk on vulnerability
That right there is the whole reason I'm answering the Big Questions on the blog.  I'm trying to practice vulnerability and authenticity in a variety of different aspects of my life.  I'm pretty sure that's the only way I'll be the most me I can be.  There is a lot going on right now.  And there is also nothing at all going on.  I think that is part of why I've been frustrated.  Because although work is busy, I'm doing a bit more than ever before, and I have lots of thoughts swirling around, nothing is changing in my life.  My job is the same. My love and I are keeping the same pace as always.  Friends are good and steady.  My family is healthy with no big changes materializing - no babies, no weddings, etc.  I'm maintaining good, good things.  But I'm craving change.  So I'm grappling with how to be okay with things staying the same. (Don't most people grapple with change?)  Part of that is appreciating the blessings of sameness. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Grab a Marker; Write Your Future

I started a new feature two weeks based on Tiffany's post on the Big Questions.  Here's the third one.  (You can read one and two here.)  This week's question is:

What is your mark to leave on this world? 

This is an easy and hard one.  It's easy because:
  • I'm an educator.  I work with college students each day to make an impact on their world.  Some of the good the hundreds of students I've worked with is in part because of what I have done.  
  • I try to be a good friend.  The relationships I sow hopefully enrich my friends lives.  
  • I love.  I think when you truly love, you leave a little part of you behind when you do pass.  
  • I'm creative.  When you create things - whether photos, quilts, essays or other things - you leave a mark.  

 It's hard because: 
  • I want to be a mom but don't know that it will happen.  Parenthood is the one definite mark people make on the world.  
  •  The philosopher in me wonders if one hundred years from now, who will remember me?  Will my experiences shape someone's life?  How?  Is what I'm doing enough? 
I think these doubts are good.  They spur me on.  They remind me to live fully every day.  Embrace uncertainty.  Explore. Take chances.  Bliss out on blessings.  Savor life.  Only by doing just that, will I live on forever.  

What mark will you leave behind? 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Gotta love the old school toys!
“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
Mother Teresa

Monday, September 10, 2012


Hello friends, welcome again to Question Monday.  I'm slowly answering the Big Questions on Tiffany's blog.  This week, I'm tackling question #2.  It is:

What is most sacred to you?

This question gives me pause.  The automatic answer that popped into my head.... family and friends.  And yes, that's true.  But really, it's more than that isn't it?  It's God and nature.  It's love.  It's the feel of a breeze on my skin on a warm day.  Or the sound of laughter from one of my loved ones.  It's the sound of raindrops dotting the landscape outside my window. 
 It's that belief in my gut that blessings will continue to be bestowed upon me.  It's the Golden Rule.  It's a warm hug when life feels complicated.  Or the sound of a twig breaking beneath my feet when walking in the woods with my little dog.  Really, so much of life is sacred.  Sometimes we forget just that..... 

What is sacred to you?  

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday Question

Susannah linked to this post by Tiffany on the Big Questions.  And, because I'm feeling introspective, I thought I'd give them a stab.  I'm going to try to answer one a week for the next few weeks.  Look for this as a Monday feature going forward.  Starting with the first on the list,

What makes you feel most alive? 

This question just makes so many things stream through my brain all at once! 

:: Creating, whether is it with fabric, paint, yarn, a camera or words.  Drafting curriculum for a program is powerful.  So is knitting a sweater.  I love the feeling of "I did that."

:: Connecting with family and friends.  Sharing thoughts, frustrations, life joys or simply moments.  Human connection is awe inspiring.  

:: Un-programmed time with my love.  Merely connecting without the need to shuttle off someplace or interact with anyone but him reminds me of why he is so awesome.  And how grateful I am that time and God brought him into my life.  

:: Tasting something delicious.  I do love food.  Trying a new recipe or enjoying a new food makes me taste buds dance with delight.  

:: The sight of a sunset.  I am a small speck in the universe but at that moment the world is putting on a show for (in part) my benefit. 

:: Hugs.  It goes back to the human connection.  I love a good, solid, loving hug.  

:: Sitting on a bench under my tree at the arboretum.  Nature surrounds.  I can think.  The branches of the willow envelop me.  

:: Watching Rosy roll around, play with her toys and engage with the world with great enthusiasm.  Dogs enjoy the moment.  I need to do more of that. 

Oh, there is so much more but I'm going to stop there for now.  What makes you feel alive (Freudian mistype - I almost put alove)?