Curious Hen in the Snow

December 11th, 2014

white hen in the snowIt’s still snowing.  A light, dry snow that made for a beautiful winter day.  We put a water dish in the Chicken Coop for the hens.  They weren’t venturing out.  Until 3 o’clock, when I went out to feed the animals, I saw the white hen making her way through the snow.  It’s her first encounter with snow, she was born in the spring.  I saw her footprints in the barn and around the water bucket in the pasture.  She didn’t do far, but she was curious enough to leave the coop and see what snow feels like on feathered feet.

Winter Light Potholders For Sale

December 11th, 2014
Winter Light Peace and Birds

Winter Light Peace and Birds (only one still available)

My Winter’s Light Potholders (named for the hope that comes with Winter’s dark days) are all done and ready to find their way into their new homes.  There are three different groups of potholders in this series.  Winter Light Peace and Birds, Winter Light, and Winter Light Fish Tank. 

These potholders are $15 each + $5 shipping for 1-2 and $7 shipping for 3 or more (shipping is a bit more outside the US).

So if you need a  little Winter Light and Hope, just click here  to email me at  I take checks or can email you a paypal invoice.  Here’s the rest of them:

Winter Light Potholders

Winter Light Potholders

Winter Light Fish Tank

Winter Light Fish Tank (yes, that’s a little dog with swimming with the fish)

“Heart Fruit Tree” Pillow For Sale

December 10th, 2014

Heart Fruit Tree Pillow

In my mind kept seeing one of my tree potholders on a pillow surrounded by lacey stuff.  I used to get ideas and talk myself out of them.  I would think them to death and they would die, right in my brain were they began.

At some point I learned, that besides the physical object taking form, there’s a difference between actually making something and just thinking about it.  And mostly, it’s that whenever I actually create something, it leads to something else.  The next idea or ideas.  And that’s partly because what ever I make is always different than what I imagined.  Not only does it look different than the picture in my head, but there’s always a surprise in the process of creating it.  In the practical part, in the sewing, how the fabric hangs or comes together, something I couldn’t know until I actually started sewing.

The way I pictured it,  the lace around the stitched tree was even and orderly.  But when I actually made the pillow I decided I wanted more of a collage look.  I wanted lots of texture and depth.  So I used Vintage lace and doilies, and eyelet.  Similar, yet also very different from each other.  To make the most of the texture, I laid them on a linen napkin then stitched straight lines at random, just enough to hold down the corners and edges.   The lace and doilies are not about being delicate and prim.  I was trying to get just the opposite feeling, almost like the rough bark of a tree.

The tree itself is stitched on a tea-stained Vintage Hankie.  I didn’t have an idea for it when I sat down at my sewing machine.  I just waited until I saw the “right” color for the outline in my head then went on from there. It turned out to be soft, but strong.  Colors and a tree to combat this dark wintery day.

Heart Fruit Tree Pillow is  SOLD for sale.  It’s about 18″ square and is  $95 + $10 shipping.   If  you’re interested in it, you can email me at  I take checks and paypal.

Winter Out My Window

December 10th, 2014

snow out my window

Winter came last night, knocking at the windows and shaking the trees.
Stirring up the sleepy part of me
inviting the darkness
and worshiping the fire in the woodstoves.

Jon and Red Restore the Bond

December 9th, 2014
Jon and Red with the "Restore the Bond" Blanket

Jon and Red with the “Restore the Bond” Blanket

Pamela came to the Carriage Horse rally in NYC yesterday with a  bag stuffed with Restore The Bond Blankets.  She told me she was so upset  that, her partner, Paul had to talk her down when she got the first batch and the colors were off.  She sent them back and had them try again.  The second time it came out right,  I can’t believe how accurate the colors are and how well all the detail came out.

Pamela also made me a sign to hold with the same image on it.  I loved being with  the  rest of the Carriage Horse Supporters, speaking my own truth through my art.

I got Jon to pose in front of the blanket to show the scale of it.  We might just have to hang one from our flagpole. The perfect symbol of showing the connection between humans and animals for Bedlam Farm.

Restore the Bond Fleece Blankets are for sale here. The money will help support the Blue Star Horse Sanctuary and Working Horses everywhere.

Pamela with her own sign at the rally.

Pamela with her own sign at the rally.

Rally for the NYC Carriage Drivers and Horses

December 7th, 2014

Tomorrow Jon and I are going to NYC for the day to join in the rally to support the NYC Carriage Drivers and Horses now that the mayor has introduced a bill to ban them.

The thing that struck me the first time I went to the stables to see the Carriage horses in New York, besides the gentle manner of the giant horses, was the connection between them and the people who work with and take care of them. It was so beautiful to witness I can’t imagine how anyone would want to do anything to disrupt or end such a relationship.    There was love and respect and trust and joy.

So I’m thrilled to be a part of trying to protect the lives and livelihoods of the both the people and horses.  I’ve seen the anger that comes from the people who protest the carriage drivers in person and on video.  It seems to me to have little to do with what they are protesting and about something much deeper and more personal.

Pamela Rickenbach, from Blue Star Equiculture, will be bringing a couple of the Restore the Bond  fleece blankets  made from the wallhanging I designed for her.   We’ll hold them up and pass out cards with the image on it supporting the connection between people and horses, and in this instance particularly,  the Carriage Drivers and their horses.

I’m not sure what to expect, I haven’t done a lot of this type of thing before, but I’m happy to be able to do my part for something I strongly believe in.

Some Unfinished Things….

December 5th, 2014

drawing unfinished

I started this drawing last night, worked on it a little this morning and I know it’s unfinished, but I thought I’d put it up anyway.  I didn’t want to rush it, it seems to be working something out for me.  So I’ll give it the time it needs. I usually like getting things done and moving on.    Maybe my art is telling me to slow down a bit.

Some words came to me while I was drawing, so I wrote them down, but they aren’t complete either.   I guess this is an unfinished post…..

Dream in a room house
tell me where I belong
sisters and cousins  tribes
Dancing on water
Wading through life
just there….almost….


December 4th, 2014


The leaves off the old oak, it’s time to rest for the winter.  Finished my quilt Hibernate, today.  It’s already sold, going off to Canada with a couple of Tree Potholders.  Here’s the back, with Frieda looking on….

hibernate back 2

Winner of The Common Thread Give-a-way

December 4th, 2014
Peaceable Kingdom Note Cards by Jon Katz

Peaceable Kingdom Note Cards by Jon Katz

Congratulations Sarah Garza!  You’re the winner of the Jon’s “Peaceable Kingdom” Notecards.

For everyone else, if you’d like to buy a pack of Jon’s Notecards  just have a look below at the  different ones we have available.  They all have 4 – 5×7 signed notecards and are $20 each + $5 shipping for 1-2 and $7 shipping for 3 or more.   (shipping is a bit more outside the US) I take checks or you can use the paypal button below.  Just don’t forget to let me know which pack(s) you want.

Saving Simon Notecards

Saving Simon Notecards – 4 cards all the same image of Simon

Lamb Notecards

Lamb Notecards


And next month you can win one of Jane McMillen’s fabulous felted creations.  You might want to check out her site Little House Home Arts to do some of your Christmas shopping.  It’s not just pincushions!

Jane's Shop

Jane McMillen’s Shop

Stringing a Chair: December

December 3rd, 2014

stringing a chair