Drawing of two Texas Women weaving

Really a Weaver?

It may or may not have taken some moments to figure out where I was in the process, but I figured it out and did some weaving.

Small child's hands with pin cushion

Not Quite Perfection

It’s even more interesting to help them navigate their frustrations. This is also known as asking them not to whine, to find a nicer way to ask for what they want.

Assorted white buttons

Buttons Galore

It’s getting close to Thanksgiving here in the US. And I’d like to say that I’m thankful for all these buttons. I can’t see how I’d ever use all of them, but they sure are fun to play with.

Sewing machine error icon

Simple Solutions

Sometimes it’s an easy fix: change a setting, switch to a different presser foot, rethread the machine. Other times it’s a total mystery. What did I do wrong this time?

Dia de los Muertos dancing skeletons

To Grieve and To Celebrate

Our grief might never go away completely, but there comes a time when we can celebrate what we’ve loved, even after it’s gone. Celebrations of what we loved about them, how they touched our lives, how we’re different—different-better—because of them.

Venus and Mercury from space

Go Big—But Start Small

When we find the easy way, and explore that a few times, our safety zone expands, sometimes even beyond what we thought we could do by pushing ourselves. Oddly enough, this small, seemingly slow approach usually gets bigger, better results and faster.

People wearing sunglasses, gazing up at an eclipse.

Being Older—A Radical Approach

It’s a radical experience. We’re often told that we have to work hard, push through the pain or obstacles, and get strong. Maybe not.

Mountainscape in New Mexico

Coming Down from the Mountains

It’s easy to overlook how wonderful it is to spend real time, in person, with people you hold dear. Not to mention, it’s fun to see new places and meet new people.

Road and horizon, looking towards sunset

Road Trip

For various, not particularly dramatic, reasons, it’s also been a stressful summer. Some of the stressors are related to good things, and some aren’t so good. Some are petty; some are significant. Mostly, it’s life, which comes with good and bad, easy and not so easy.

Tablet weaving on an Inkle loom

To Do or Be—or Why?

I recently took a class in how to make handwoven shoe laces. I could tell you it’s because I’d always been a bit curious about tablet weaving. Or that I’d heard this instructor was really good.