"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Decoupage and time

This is a wooden box I use to hold my tapestry tools. I used a very good book titled "Leslie Linsley's Decoupage" as a basic guide to assist me. I did however only put on 3 layers of polyurethane. The book suggested a minimum of 10 coats - but the paper is protected and that is enough for me at this point. I used Benjamin Moore Aura paint and Stay's Clear polyurethane. The book did not recommend any particular product's. I have used these product's in the past for other applications and for this project - they were excellent. The flower is from a botanical art journal. It is a reprint of a pencil and watercolor drawing done by Lilian Snelling in 1934. The flower is Ranunculus asiaticus var. albus. It is a native of the eastern Mediterranean region and is found in mountain pastures. This wild flower was used to create a hybrid in the cut flower industry. Admittedly I am spending more time offline. I am connecting with the internet far less and even that has begun to seem like a lot. The time offline has reminded me of another life - the one I had before my phone. It had it's advantages and I am finding those again.

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Friday, 2 March 2018


I finished this small tapestry woven with cotton and thread which measures 2 3/16" wide by 4 1/4" long. I feel so thankful that last week I didn't step on that upturned rusty nail half stuck in a tiny piece of rotting wood. I didn't see it in a pile of duff gathered last summer that somebody else stacked up for me to burn. I know the owners are innocent and never realized how dangerous this can be and I am thankful for my Protector who kept me unharmed even though I walked over that pile a number of times labouring to get into moved onto the fire. Even when I reached down with my wool mittened hand to scoop up duff I was kept from harm. Eventually I saw it. This isn't the only blessing. There are little answers to little prayers and an answer that I have been waiting for a very long time. With new clarity and insight I feel like a bird freed from a cage and I am thankful for that too. Isn't it not true that birds like blessings can bring us joy? What are you thankful for?
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Monday, 12 February 2018

Another lap blanket and ingratitude

The comment I received from the recipient of the first lap blanket I wove was this,"It is four times too small and not thick enough." There was no thank you. What do you do with unkindness of this sort? My reaction is to give less and I have asked myself -why am I so self centred? Perhaps it is a natural reaction with the human heart.  It has helped me to be more gracious and I am thankful for that. Still - sometimes I know it would be easier not to give. But the pattern of love that God has given to us - the love I have experienced from Him - the scripture I have read - all agree that genuine love is beyond the self centred human mind and emotions. Renewal comes from Him and in His time he will heal me - again. This is a miracle and clear evidence to His existence, love and care. The lap blanket size is: 32" long by 39" wide. It's a size I think is perfect and soon I will weave a few for my studio/kitchen.
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

More hand painted wool

I decided to weave another lap blanket for a gift. I didn't know what colour's the individual would like so I asked the person and than I hand painted the wool the requested colour's. There was nothing different in the process, just a change of colour. These colour's remind me of summer sunsets and flowers in my garden. In my next post I will show it to you and I will tell you what size I decided on.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Lap blanket dimensions?

I wove this lamp blanket from my hand painted wool. However - I am puzzled. What size is a lap blanket? I looked on google but I thought the dimensions were too big - closer to what I would consider half an afghan. Is there such a thing? Maybe not. What I want from a lap blanket is for it not to touch the floor. Yes, it means my feet are not covered - but it also means I can get up quickly and easily without getting blanketed by my blanket. However, I was puzzled by what size to make my gift. I'd love to hear your thoughts - do you want your feet covered or uncovered?

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


This is some of the wool yarn I hand painted. This color way was inspired by the pleasant memories of summer days. It is the native greenery surrounding my cabin and the color of the wild salal berry juice that I love so much. I wove a gift for somebody who appreciates these colours. If you like you can guess what I wove and the next time I post I will show you.
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017


Weaving takes time and I spend hours weaving these letters which gradually merge into words. The long process of meditating word upon word of scripture feeds my soul. I mourn for the life I will never have but in the same breath it is because of tragedy that I can begin to comprehend God's love. In the solitude of the loom with my mind on scripture I have a peace I have never had since my partner left. There is hope - because He has given it to me. The last trip to town I felt I had to go on a particular Monday. When we got back from town and I went to park the vehicle on the mainland side so we could take the water taxi home I saw a tow truck hooking up the car beside me where I had been parked that morning. The area was now ribboned off and even though I had been parking there - along with everybody else for many years the property owner had evidently decided that parking was not going to be allowed there anymore! I give praise to God for looking out for me. I know someone is going to think it is a nice coincidence- and to that person I say this - what has coincidence given you? Has it given you love, hope, healing and provided for your physical needs?