Giving Thanks

Jack Kornfield, American author and teacher, who trained in Thailand as a Buddhist monk, did an exercise where he asked everyone to imagine they were close to death. And then he asked – in those final moments what held the most importance for them. Most people did not list all the things they’d accomplished, prizes… Continue reading Giving Thanks

Pandemic Humor

When times are tough it’s helpful to find the humor in any and all situations. Of course it helps that I’m married to a man whose DNA revealed he descends from Vikings and his grandmother hailed from County Clare. I’m a German/Swiss/Mayflower descendant. I’ve decided the Swiss part cancels out at least some of the… Continue reading Pandemic Humor

Life’s Little Road Blocks & A Bike Ride Along the Hudson River

These past five days have been plagued with technical difficulties. Glitchy websites, my business email suddenly stopped working, endless calls with well meaning tech people, blacklisted IP addresses, hours upon hours (more than 25 over the last five days) trying to figure these issues out and resolve them, with, alas, no resolution in sight. Just… Continue reading Life’s Little Road Blocks & A Bike Ride Along the Hudson River

Designing, Ripping Out & A Video From My Mother

I’ve been working away on my latest project: “Stitch Along With Ariane”, which is actually a Zoom Series that will span 8 weeks, with a weekly Zoom meet-up to discuss the past week’s lesson, and the following week’s stitches. I’m working on the background stitching while awaiting the last of my threads to arrive. I’m… Continue reading Designing, Ripping Out & A Video From My Mother

Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love

Every now and then my work space becomes unmanageable. I’m not the most organized person, but I know where everything is in my little chaotic work area, until it reaches a point when I can’t stand it any more. So yesterday I did what my husband always does (he’s a masterful organizer) when he’s organizing… Continue reading Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love

Sh*t My Mother Sends Me and So Much More

The image above has nothing to do with anything that I’m writing about today. I need you to know that right off the bat. But I love the photograph as it features two things that bring me joy, the ocean and flowers. We begin with a little something to make you smile, or if you’re… Continue reading Sh*t My Mother Sends Me and So Much More

You Can Thank My Mother & A Special Offer!

I know you cannot wait to see what little tidbit of joy my mother sent me, but first things first… I cut my hair with my trusty 10″ Kai Fabric Scissors. I know this rates really low on the important things to announce scale, but this was a first for me, and since I cut… Continue reading You Can Thank My Mother & A Special Offer!

The Importance of a To Do List

Another video, thanks to my mother, which requires no introduction. Just watch. In other news, I slept in this morning. I know, probably not the groundbreaking information you were hoping for, but there you have it. I woke up as usual at 5:30am, looked at the clock, thought about all the things I need to… Continue reading The Importance of a To Do List

My Mother, British Humor, Thread Kits & More

As I grow older I am more and more appreciative of my parents and all they did and, in my mother’s case, still does. So I begin this post with a photo of my parents, above. It’s one of my favorites. I think my mother was a little younger than I am now, when this… Continue reading My Mother, British Humor, Thread Kits & More

A New Design Has Launched!

It’s been a whirlwind of activity around here. I turned 60 last week and took the day off! My husband organized the most fabulous little dinner for me up on our roof. He and my son decorated with flowers and fairy lights; it was magical. My BFF cooked an amazing dinner and brought a HUGE… Continue reading A New Design Has Launched!