Tuesday, November 14, 2017




These photos were taken by my youngest daughter. Frozen nighttime temperatures ended their riot of color weeks ago. Actually, probably more like five or six weeks ago. Over a month and yet it feels like yesterday. We've driven here, there and everywhere so much lately. Cross country meets. Parent weekend. Clogging.  Here, there and everywhere.

The season has shifted. And I sat down with the intention to write about where I find myself in motherhood right now. But I can't really find the words. I don't know how to express the feeling of parenting one from afar. Or holding on extra tightly to the one still sharing my roof. But I can say that next week is Thanksgiving and I plan on wearing thick, woolen socks, making yummy food, and smothering each of them with my physical presence daily.

Fall and winter really are my favorite. I like staying inside my cozy home. And I'm feeling wistful about the fact that when my girls were younger we had long stretches of days together with no immediate end. Not to mention my mothering role was so much clearer then. Well, clearer in that an outsider could visibly see what I was doing and recognize it as mothering without explanation. I'm still mothering. I finished a text exchange moments ago where I let one know that the professor will like her concept and she'll feel much better after talking to him. That exchange isn't as obvious. It's invisible almost. But it's still very much there. Necessary. Important. Cherished.

Growing up. Spreading wings. And dang drivers licenses. It's all good.

-dana

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Moda Skill Builder quilt complete




Back in February of this year, I started this quilt as part of the Moda Skill Builder quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop. I made the blocks each month but did manage to make September and October's blocks early so that I could finish this quilt up and send it off with my college girl. She had picked all the colors and I'm in love, love, love with them.  I don't think I would have put this combination together on my own. I quilted it with overall loops and a few special words and messages mixed in.

Hoping she feels wrapped in love each night as she goes to sleep beneath it.

-dana

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Seed saving. Literal and not.


I went to the gym this morning, just like everyday, and noticed the hundreds of dewy spider webs on the tennis court fence.  I always notice wet, drippy spider webs in October.


On my drive home, I went down the list of things I wanted to accomplish today in my head. As I let Harpo outside, I grabbed containers to collect seeds. I collected Cosmos, Grape Hyacinth Bean,  Marigold and Zinnia seed. I always gather the dry, crispy seed pods in October. 



Later this afternoon, we will drive to see my youngest run at a cross country meet and hope to see some elk while there. I want to hear them bugling. We always make a point of stopping to see the elk in October.

The rhythm of the seasons. The ritual. It was ten years ago that I first wrote about saving seed here. My girls were much younger but I'm hopeful that those "seeds" are planted in their memories. That they've saved them. That they too are noticing the dewy spider webs, crispy seed pods and the call of the wild.

-dana


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stitchin'


My sewing machine is in the repair shop and has been for several weeks. But I'm still stitching.

-dana

P.S. This is a pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery called Sweet as Pie. I mean, it's pie. How could I not? #weeatalotofpie

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creativity is contagious






My fifteen year old daughter is cool. The other night she wanted to drive up the road to photograph flowers near sunset. Cosmos are beautiful. But pink cosmos, at sunset, with gorgeous mountains as a backdrop, perfect weather and a stunning blue sky? That was alright.  But jumping in the car to chase a creative endeavor with my kid? The BEST.

-dana

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A scrappy trip around the world quilt beginning



Back in 2013, I made my first scrappy Trip Around the World quilt which, as it turns out, I never fulled shared here. I remember liking the clever way the blocks were made and recently decided to make another one. This time with mostly navy prints and one bright pink, yellow, orange or white fabric in each block. I love the overall effect and look forward to completing this one.

Have you ever made one?  I used this tutorial.

-dana