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Just a Reminder


Here is a recent project from Craft Gym at Once Around in Mill Valley.

It was only last week that I realized the Craft of the Week page has directions for the crafts! So even if I miss one, I can still go to their site and get directions.  The directions are posted 1 week after they’re offered in Craft Gym.  This one took awhile to download, but others have been really fast.


Rem is a little bemused with these two stitched decorations.  I think it reminds him of a “Home Sweet Home” needlepoint. I haven’t figured out where I’m going to hang them up, but I think it’s good to be reminded that we’re all loved.

I didn’t finish them in class.  I decided to go on YouTube to get some tips on stitches.  The satin stitch used on the heart and leaves has other stitches underneath to add some thickness to the shapes, and I used a chain stitch on the small hoop heart.  I don’t know that I want to start any large needlepoint or embroidery projects, but I found the act of pushing the threaded needle in and out of the fabric to be very soothing and relaxing.

The embroidery hoops are fairly inexpensive and I’m going to use them as the frames when I hang them up.


Thank you for your visit.

Coming soon: cobalt and magenta Valentine’s.



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Thank You, Heroes

Rim Fire Heroes

Buck’s Meadow, Groveland, Jamestown, Sonora, Twain Heart,  and Angel’s Camp.  These are some of the communities on or near Highway 120 in the areas of the huge Rim Fire, burning in the Stanislaus National Forest.  After we left Yosemite National Park we drove along 120 and were able to see first hand some of the devastation from this fire.

The first thing I noticed were swaths of scorched and yellowed branches on otherwise green trees.

Yellow Branches

Looking more closely, I could see burned tree trunks.

Burned Trunks

The undergrowth was burned away.

Burned Trunk

Later, talking to people in the nearby towns, we learned how bad the air quality was, with heavy smoke shrouding homes and business, and ash raining down on cars.  While we were visiting, we only occasionally noticed the smell of smoke and the air quality was good.

Many businesses have signs posted to say thank you to the more than 5,000 personnel who were fighting the fire at it’s peak.  The fire, started on August 17, is not yet fully contained as of October 5.  Approximately 402 square miles have burned.

THAnk YOu fire fighters

As we drove the twisting road, it was sad to see new vistas of burned areas.  It is hard to fathom the size of this fire: an area larger than the city of Chicago.

Spindly Burned Trees

Although during our visit to Yosemite where we read about the benefits of wildfires, that is not the case for the high-intensity Rim Fire.

Fire ecologists say it will take decades for forests to recover from the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, given the the extent of the high severity burn.  ~ Lauren Sommer, KQED Science

Corkboard Thank You with Picture

Hillside Below Road

Burned Vista, Yellow Trees

Burned Hill

This sign was outside the St. James Anglican Church in Sonora, also known as the Little Red Church.

God Bless @ Little Red Church

At a Vista Point the parking area was full.  The hills had been burned and were scorched nearly bare as far as we could see.  We looked out on the empty hillsides with others, standing in silence.

Whole Hillsides Bare

Charred Trees, Yellow Hillside

Burned Valley

Memorials to two firefighters were at this spot, CAL FIRE Firefighter I Eva Schicke was killed on September 12, 2004 at the age of 24 and David Erickson, a US Forest Service Crew Leader, who died on September 11, 1987, at the age of 34.

It is a blessing that no lives have been lost in the Rim Fire.

We Appreciate You

Toulomne City Thanks You

The city of San Rafael where we live, sent firefighters as did other stations in Marin.  Men and women came from all around the country to assist with the fight to extinguish the fire.

Free Showers

Red Thank You

Green Thank You

The news isn’t completely without hope.  Regeneration has begun in the area of the fire.

Next spring we’ll see a lot of wildflowers and plants that haven’t been seen around here for a long, long time. In 20 years, we’ll see something really nice. But it will take 200 years at least for it to grow back the way it was. ~ Sean Collins of the South Central Sierra Incident Command Team

Toulumne ♥ You!

Thanks for stopping by.  I ♥ you!

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Day 23: Skyclad


Day 23: Skyclad.  “Andrew was happy he wasn’t the only one skyclad.”

I’d never seen the term “skyclad” until I read “May run skyclad through the neighborhood” in a friend’s Facebook update in honor of the Solstice.  It stuck in my head and this spread came to be. (Thank you, John Eastman).

Andrew skyclad

I have since learned that Skyclad is the name of a British heavy metal band and also refers to ritual nudity in paganism.

Though I created these pages with a sense of humor, I think the term itself is very poetic. Clothed in the sky.

David skyclad

As for you, John, I just say “sunscreen”.

For Day 23 last year I crafted this pretty Crepe Paper Flower.

The previous year, my Day 23 project was Sunprint-Paper & Packing Tape Transfers on Decoupage Boxes.  It was featured on Freshly Pressed and garnered my greatest number of readers ever.

Thank you to all of you who’ve stuck around reading, commenting and supporting my blog and to those who started prior to that and of course every single one of you, whenever you discovered my posts.  You are all very much appreciated!

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Readers’ Gallery

Here is a preview from my new Readers’ Gallery.  I only have a few photos now but I know some of you have made things inspired by projects or recipes you’ve seen here. If you came up with your own variation, that’s wonderful too.  I’d like to share it all.

Please send me your pictures and be a part of my Readers’ Gallery.

Click on the tab at the far right at the top of the page to see the gallery or click here.
Thanks for stopping by.


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Take What You Need

I saw a flyer like this on Jean Steel’s Facebook page, Happy People Win Jean Steel.  After doing a little search, I found another Facebook page called Take What You Need Project. I really loved the idea and decided to make a handful of flyers and post them around the campus where I work.

It’s pretty simple: Make a sign.  Put it up. Take a photo. Go back later and take more photos. Share.

I made the Take What You Need part on my computer, printed it out and then wrote the needs along the bottom with a big Sharpie. I cut the bottom into strips for easy tearing off.  Then I took a walk and posted flyers in different places.

I like how this one looks amongst the other flyers. This kiosk has layers and layers of flyers.

This one is on an indoor office window.

I put one up on an outdoor column and when I came out of the building 15 minutes later, I found someone had already taken one of the needs!

They took what they needed: Love.

It is in a high-traffic spot.  I went back later in the day and more needs had been taken.

I was delighted to find people had been taking the things they needed!

Another location was getting some attention.  Someone had taken Faith and Hope.

This morning I went back to the popular one.

Everything was taken!  I’ll put up a replacement tomorrow.

I will be looking for new places to post flyers off campus.  Maybe on a telephone pole near my apartment .  I’m also trying to decide which needs to include, so I’m switching them around a bit.

I’ve made some special additions of the flyers for Valentine’s Day with hearts on pink paper.  I’ll put a batch of those up some time next week.

All the needs are Love.  Love is all you need.

Take what you need.  Share what you have.

Update:  I saw this note on one of the flyers.  It made me smile.

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Happy New Year!

Photo by Susie B

Wishing you all a very, Happy New Year.

Sťastný Nový Rok

Bonne Année

Shana Tova

Felice Anno Nuovo

Sal Mubarak

Bblwyddyn Newydd Dda

Writing a blog is very fulfilling to me.  I learn  so much from trying out new things and researching new ideas as well as from the comments and suggestions I get from you.  When I read other blogs I have a much greater understanding and appreciation of the time and energy it takes.

This has been an unexpected haven for me.  Focusing the blog has given me an escape from the tough reality of my dad having cancer.  But even before he was sick it was a wonderful new way for me to use my creative energy.  Working on craft projects and recipes, taking photos and figuring out how to explain a technique is extremely satisfying.

I received a lovely email report from WordPress with statistics about my blog in 2011.   This was great:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Thank you for reading my blog.  Thanks for coming back and reading it time after time.  I appreciate every one of you.  I love the comments and the “likes” and the subscribers.  I am delighted when you share it.  I’m touched by messages I receive from readers I know and from people I’ve never met.  Even if you haven’t commented, I look at the stats for every post I write and see how many times it has been viewed.

I’m working on new posts for 2012 (Valentine’s  Day Projects coming soon) and will be celebrating my one-year blogiversary on January 16.  As always, thank you for stopping by.


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