Quilts!

Remember those “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” books? This is my version of that… If you show a girl a quilt, she’s going to wonder how it’s made.  When she wonders how it’s made, she’s going to take a Block of the Month class to see how  it’s done.  Once she’s signed up for the class, she’s… Continue reading Quilts!

Expressing Life Through Art

I just returned from a two week long artist’s workshop, where I studied with the fabulous and fabulously talented artist, Rosalie Dace for five days, followed by five days with another fabulous and extremely talented artist, Lorie McCown.  The workshops are part of the Schweinfurth Art Center‘s yearly summer program –  Quilting by the Lake, also known as QBL.  Though… Continue reading Expressing Life Through Art

Homeschooling, Crafts, Design and the Joy of Learning

Last May we pulled our daughter, Emma from school and began homeschooling or non-schooling or… I’ve written more about all of this on the other blog, the one I share with my daughter:  Emma’s Hope Book.  One of the many benefits of homeschooling, aside from the huge relief and plummeting stress level, is that we… Continue reading Homeschooling, Crafts, Design and the Joy of Learning

Reflection

Brushed Silver & Aquamarine Brooch ~ Ariane Zurcher Jewelry Sometimes what’s reflected is easier to see than the thing being reflected.  I wrote about this and the nature of  progress on my other blog, Emma’s Hope Book the other day. EHB is the blog where I write about being a parent and autism and how my… Continue reading Reflection

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

18 Kt Brushed Gold & 42 ct Green Aquamarine Ring Inspiration…  One of the most common questions I’m asked is – “Where do you get your inspiration?” I hear it so often, I made a separate page on this blog entitled, Life, which is a collage of images of the people, places and things that… Continue reading Where Does Inspiration Come From?

Finding Balance

Balance.  People talk about it all the time.  Balancing a career with family.  Balancing time, balancing finances, balancing meetings, conference calls, parent/teacher conferences, holidays, ambition…  balance…  What does that even mean?  Who does it well?  Does anyone do it well?  Or do each of us do the best we can a minute at a time?… Continue reading Finding Balance

Where Art & Life Meets

When my daughter, Emma was diagnosed with autism I threw myself into research the way a starving man forages for scraps.  I describe it this way, because the degree of desperation I felt was acute, and at the time, I viewed autism as “life-threatening”.  It saddens me now, looking back, that the information we were… Continue reading Where Art & Life Meets