The 2 last fish for now

And finally, the last 2.

This rusty red plaid is gorgeous.

And then a blue fish.

The apartment is coming along, most of the boxes are unpacked, and some of the art is hung. The studio is also moving forward. I will post some more photos soon. I mean it is still kind of a disaster, but things are happening 🤣 Forward progress is being made!

2 Orange Fish

I know I’m going very slowly with these fish but there is a lot of stuff going on that is a big distraction. Then I forget to post. Maybe someday we will get the art up on the walls in our new home!

2 Orange fish come next.

Now I need to go put another coat of paint on a project in my studio :-)

I finished my Quilt

This was a project that was easy to work on in little spurts for the last few years. I just went back and the first in progress photos were from August 27, 2021.

August 30, 2021- testing out the block design.

September 2021 I was working on the border-

And then I got swept up in the prep for moving. No time for fun projects. At Christmas 2022, I packed up a bin full of things to send to Chicago because my kids were going to drive a truck. So, I didn’t see it again until the end of April 2023.

This is the backing that I made in our first AirBNB-

Putting all the layers together at the end of May.

And then I started quilting in June.

At the beginning of February, I found the binding that I knew I had somewhere, and so it was time to finish this quilt!

I wanted to get photos before we moved out of our rental- it had the perfect porch to take the photos!



The story behind this quilt is that it is full of nostalgic fabrics for me! The fabric eras start with the 1960’s, my mom’s dresses and caftans, my neighbor’s Marimekko curtains, 60’s and 70’s Indian print fabrics- skirts, a halter top, more curtains, Indonesian block printed fabrics that my Mom loved to sew with in the 70’s. There is fabric that I got in High School that I loved so much that I hung it up in my college dorm room. Marimekko scraps that I bought at a yard sale in the 70’s. There are also some 80’s and 90’s fabrics that I could never part with. I really can never get rid of beautiful fabrics! So many memories and so much history!

We’ve finally moved in!!!

I have a lot of catching up to do, over here in blog land. Now that we have moved into our new place, I can finally get my life back in order- sigh of relief!


2/26 :-)

and 2/27-

Boxes and wrapping paper everywhere. Little by little it will get done. Last night was a thunder storm and the view was incredible!

20 years

Today is my 20th year of blogging. This past year has been sporadic because of the great upheaval of moving and (hopefully soon) resettling. Hurray- we have a move-in date!

This was the first photo that I posted back in 2004-

The first post is a mess- repeated 4 times and the photo is very NOT right… ah, the olden days.

Blogging has been a joy. I always thought I’d do it whether anyone read it or not. It is my “filing cabinet” documenting every doll I’ve made since then. And, all the steps that took me to where I am now. It is a true online diary. I met so many interesting people, made friends, was inspired, and had so many opportunities because of this blog.

Thank you to anyone and everyone who has been any part of this journey. I love and appreciate you all!