Sunday, February 18, 2018

Winter Morning Prayer

Good morning,
It is early Sunday morning... quiet and dark.... the snow covered ground creates a gray lite outside my bedroom window.
I love early mornings in the winter. Sundays are the very best of mornings .... a symbol of a new week and day set aside to reflect and give a thankful salute to the week gone by and look forward to the adventures of a new beginning.
Early morning coffee seems to last and linger and each sip is better than the last. I love to listen to the sounds of the house in the early darkness.... the furnace humming along and the sounds of my house creaking as the wind blows against the sturdy bricks and mortar. I love the sounds of those busy birds just outside my window. Making plans for spring nests and beautiful soft pink spring babies.
As the sky slowly fades from darkness to early morning light, I plan my day... my week.... I say prayers for my family and friends and I thank God for all of my beautiful blessings.

The sudden unpredictable loss of my dear sweet Jed! Rest In Peace my beautiful loving kind sweet dober person. My heart is aching.2-2-2018

Jed...If only Walt Disney could have met you, I am certain you would be member of the Mickey and Goofy gang. You were determined to break the Doberman stereotype. Anyone that came to the farm was greeted by Your Velcro like presence. You created a circus like entrance into the house by running at least 5 laps around the kitchen table! Your signature welcome into our home. You were convinced you were a lap dog. All 100 pounds of you would attempt to situate yourself in every guest lap that would tolerate you. I learned early on that you were a true free spirited dog. You needed to be untethered and loved running at full speed with all 4 of your long lanky legs and enormous paws completely off the ground flying in mid air. I embraced this unbridled spirit and loved you as Jed. Every day was an event. No walk in the woods was ever mundane. Watching tv could turn into a Jed thing. We loved each other unconditionally. You brought me so much joy! Until we meet again!!!!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fall Back

Today is Sunday, November 5, 2017!!!
So many things have happened in my life since my last post over two years ago!
Where do I begin?
I guess I can begin with what is the same....
well... I still live on my beautiful farm.... most of the time..
I am still spinning and weaving and knitting and as usual, not nearly as much as I would like to but still find time to reconnect my thoughts and my heart and find my inner balance through the comfort of handwork.
So... what is new in my life...????
I left my position as curator of Meadowcroft Museum and took an Assistant Professor position of Communication at Bluefield West Virginia State College. It is a 4 hour drive from my farm and I travel there once a week and teach my classes then I return to the farm on Wednesdays or Thursdays....
It is quite a commute... the drive is very picturesque especially now the leaves are turning.. little late this year but truly spectacular!
I am working with a new company designing mens garments. My first design is a hoodie sweater.

Preserving Life's Journey

I am moving forward on several new/old adventures that I had to put on hold until my professional career became more grounded.
Preserving Life's Journey is a brainstormed idea of mine and I am finally ready to launch this idea into the world. My mission for this project is just what the name implies.....
I would like to provide a service that helps preserve history through preservation, documentation and education.  
Preserving Life's Journey will provide people with an opportunity to share their stories through the organization of their personal collections found in the things they have collected over the years. Photographs, clothing, uniforms, certificates, videos are all things we collect that tells "Our" story. Many of these things are lost when family members downsize into smaller homes, move into nursing homes or pass away. Their story gets lost as family members are now faced with the daunting task of selling a homestead and the contents of the home. Sons and daughters are overwhelmed and want to just "get rid" of all this stuff as quickly as possible. Later many regret the hasty decisions they made, selling priceless family heirlooms and personal treasures of their loved ones.
It is through careful planning, organization and the curatorial expertise of Preserving Life's Journey families can now thoughtfully decide how to manage family possessions.

I am also working on a textile utube and I will post my productions on this blog page...
I will share with you a few photos of my life's journey over the last few years....

This is a history lovers must read!!!!!!

Dinner with my daughter Samantha

 My first time visit to San Francisco... Of course I had to find a furry friend!! His feathers are beautiful... there is a handwoven scarf to be made using the color combos!!

New adventure... I bought kayaks... sailing away at Cross Creek!!

My sweet snuggle puppy.... Jed..

For some strange reason I have a passion for adding a little fur to my handmade garments... I wonder why.....

Who else would own an 1932 bible gum pink sewing machine.....??? This little princess has the most precious stitches... and the sound of the machine is just heavenly!!!

 My dear handsome Stephen.... the quote below says everything!!!!

Until next time.....

Blessings to all

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Where does the time go?

2015.. February no less!!! Many things have happened in my life.. mostly busy busy things.
I purchased a 10 foot wide floor loom in the fall which is still in pieces in my garage.. Soon I will be weaving away on that gem. I had to rent a haul to bring it home!! I bought it from a woman who was a weaving instructor at Kent State University. Awesome!!

I have been spinning and weaving and knitting.. I will post photos later today of my current projects..
Currently, I am working on an 18th century chemise. I am going to a Jane Austen Ball!!
Off to work .. Hi Ho.. more later..!!
I will leave you with a snowy scene from my window this morning!! And a picture of Jed aka the "Wonder Dog" Much love! B~

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year... Geepers.. 2014.. time flies!! Jed is waiting patiently by the kitchen door to see what  blessings the  New Year brings!
bee ~

Monday, December 30, 2013

I have been weaving... and weaving a lot... enjoying myself... oh my..
Three cheers for home grown South Western Pa wool! This scarf ... the sheepies were raised in Greene County-Deb Arbuckles Farm. The wool was processed, dyed and spun on her farm.. then woven on my historic 18th century loom..! After 200++ years of producing wool in this area it is great to know we are still working to continue the tradition! Deb Arbuckles yarn is just wonderful to weave!! Thank you Deb!  Unfortunately she no longer runs her mill... I do have a very nice stash of this fiber and I have lots of weaving to do.. stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My little dollar treasure!
This came in the mail today!!!  Simple yet packed with great tips and a wonderful history of a talented designer and the stories of the people who inspired some of the most incredible fashion designs!!