I’ve been fighting with my sewing machine for the better part of the last year and decided yesterday, instead of throwing the thing out a window, I would go and look at new ones.  I ended up bringing this one home with me and I cannot believe how much better it is – quieter, more stitch patterns, better overall architecture (the bobbin is visible so you can see when it’s getting low – WOW) .  The project I’d been working on all day with the old machine took about 30 minutes to complete on the new one. It’s odd because I don’t really have aRead More →

“Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune; Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Strong and content, I travel the open road.” ~Walt Whitman ———- When I was little, my mom started a tradition of “pick a direction” trips.  We would load the car with lunch or an overnight bag, then decide on a direction and head out.  We always stumbled across amazing treasures… antique car museums, blooming azaleas, rushing rivers, Indian heritage sites andRead More →

I’ve been experimenting a little today – trying to find the perfect way to cut a heart that’s not too big, not too small, not to high, low or cockeyed.  I’ve almost given up a dozen times, but after a little break I keep finding myself back at the drawing board with a new/better idea. That seems to be one of the things that sets this new life of mine apart from the old one.  I fear I’d reached a point in my career where any obstacle was enough to make me give up and declare the task impossible.  Now I’m finding myself pushing through,Read More →