Saturday, June 28, 2014

A New Direction, A New Location

It has been almost a year since my last post. I have been working hard at charting a new course. Textiles and patterns have always fascinated me. When Spoonflower launched I was sure they had opened just for me. After the first blush of creative excitement began to fade I realized that I wanted to make beautiful complex patterns for home decor, apparel and paper goods. Practicing on the weekends and whenever I had a spare moment was great but not quite enough. Last summer about this time I discovered Skillshare. Two wonderful classes were giant steps to getting serious about pattern design. Kristi O'Meara's class got me totally hooked on pattern design. Then I worked through Majo Bautista V's class. It was a follow up post from Kristi that introduced me to Pattern Observer and Michelle Fifis and her team at the Design Lab. I am now part of a great community of designers who are so interested in patterns, design and taking things to the next level. It has been a rush of activity, learning, growing and new friendships. Above is a screen shot of  my new site and blog at  this is where I will be posting and sharing my pattern journey. Take a look around, leave a comment. Let me know what you think. Sign up for my newsletter for sneak peaks at new patterns and the latest at my Etsy and Spoonflower shops. See you there.

Friday, June 14, 2013


An afternoon at the garden. Looking through my files I revisited the folder with shots from the Matthaei  Botanical Gardens.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wing Pattern

Guinea Fowl. Beautiful feather patterns. The contrast between the plumage and the bare head may be explained in the new book Feathers by Thor Hanson

Sunday, July 29, 2012


But now the question is "What to do with all the zucchini?". So far we have grilled, sauteed and included in lasagna. Now it is time to share or bake. 

In my last three garden summers the zucchinis got sick and died. This year they thrived. I forgot how prolific they can be and am caught with out a plan.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Restraint is the Key

Restraint is the key. This year we scaled back and we still have plenty and more. Four kale plants even seem like a lot now. So tonight we had our first kale salad. It was wonderful. I'll get the recipe together in another post soon.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Miniature Forrest

Everything is very early this year. The moss is particularly lush.

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Favorite Book

My sister and I came across this charming book at Anthropologie recently. The sketchy style is perfect for this story about growing up and inventive reuse. The book is published by Abrams books. Boni Ashburn is the author and Julia Denos is the illustrator. It is my new favorite.