Monday, November 28, 2011

hand therapy

i believe
the current
word is...

reminiscent of things past
remember when i introduced
after some thought
i decided to take it back
a decade or two
ok maybe three
or nearly four for me
when all blocks
were stitched
oh yes i can hear the gasps
you should listen when
customers come
 into the store
and see me pulling the needle
through the fabric
while i'm walking about
i'm loving it
the best hand therapy
does a great job on
the mind too
total relaxation
the end product
retro in the best way
although i've heard
that look is current once again

Friday, November 25, 2011

black friday...

i'm so excited
about my

never will you find me
 standing in long lines
winding around a big box store
i let my fingers
do the shopping
on my favorite creative site
this little quilted beauty is by
it will soon be hanging in
sarah's sewcial lounge
won't you consider
supporting artists
throughout the land
this holiday season

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

purple profile...

years ago
even before this
next photo...

was taken
a friend gave me a card
that reads...
you are a purple person if:
you are imaginative,
sensitive, artistic and
you have noble ideals
 and a keen appreciation
of the cultural
you are alert, demanding,
 foresighted, confident
spontaneous and highly independent
you take delight in the beautiful,
the gracious, the sensitive,
but maintain an attitude of
critical appraisal
you are active in the support
of things you believe in
and are concerned
with the pursuit of truth
 and other human values
you take chances
 and believe that you must do so
 to make the most of what
 life has to offer
purple is an exclusive
 unique color
and it is truly a unique individual
who holds it dear
twenty years ago today
as i bared my shoulders
 for the world to see
i did not see as much
of myself
in that message
as i do today

Monday, November 21, 2011

shattered dreams

precious iris
sweet adorable girl
forever angel...
Iris Catherine Palma
7/7/10 ~ 11/20/11

...gone much too soon
for weeks i've followed
 your daily struggles
open heart surgery
followed by complications
 fluid filled
and collapsed lungs
irregular pressures
pulmonary hypertension
plummenting oxygen saturations
then a complete code
each hour i relived the emotions
with stephanie and anne
as they were posted
you seemed to be following
 the same path as my sarah
day by day
hour by hour
i felt the constant heartbreak
followed by
intense elation
when one tiny flicker
of activity on a monitor
gave new hope
i wanted so to believe that your
outcome would be different
that your mommas
 would hold you once again
that they would see
 your precious smile
instead what they have right now
are shattered dreams
and broken hearts
i know there were several girlies
waiting to take your hand
kristen, carly and lois
 to name a few
a party in heaven
where that extra chromosome
is celebrated
in glory
 i am sure

Saturday, November 12, 2011

lusciously x-rated...

my mind
and body
are aching...

...for some
sewing time
it's been much too long
since i've had access
 to a machine
 so tonight
 i am sitting down
with needle and thread
thought i'd do something with
hello luscious
the newest release
from basic grey
it won't arrive in stores
until february
which makes
a carrie nelson schnibble
 the perfect pattern
for a

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

smokin' hot...

flipped the page
in the
photo album...

...the one from twenty years ago
and found this
at first i was just going
 to pass it by
then my honey came down
and told me
 i looked smokin' hot
it was the reference
to fire
 that made me
decide to scan it
just in case
i never want to forget
that yes
there was a day
when i'd show my legs
i also remember
finishing this outfit
on the way to the event
as john drove
i sewed
typical of our life
back then
wouldn't change a thing

Monday, November 7, 2011

conflicting emotions...

from the moment
you look
into his eyes...

you know the day
will eventually come
it seems so far off
in the undefinable distance
it's easy to pretend
 it will never happen
then it does
the day your baby boy
moves out
 into the world
on his own
the funny thing
i've been hinting of late
sometimes in a subtle way
and sometimes not
 he didn't seem
 to be in a hurry
to flee the parental nest
then out of the blue
he tells me he is about
 to sign a lease
turns out he has been looking
for a great many weeks
that's my boy
i should've known
mr independent with
a well thought out plan
he took me for a preview
but not
until he first took
 his sister
which of course
 melted my heart
last evening he told me
about a new
herringbone couch
a side chair
a chocolate brown table
 he showed me
 a stripped pillow
he was so elated
 i was happy to share
 in his excitement
until he told me
about buying a
king size bed
and that's when it hit me
he's leaving
for good
my baby boy
has grown into a man
in a flash
of an instant it seems
i had to fight the tears
from streaming down my face
i wanted to run and hide
curl up in a corner
so this is what it feels like
my head
 tells me it's time to go
my heart
wants him to stay
 in the middle
i'm as proud as i can be
he'll always have a place to visit
and a permanent corner
in my heart

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

beautiful heartbreak...

a beautiful yet heartbroken soul and friend shared this with me. i thought it perfect to begin the season of thanks and gratitude. it's such a powerful reminder those around us may be hurting much more than we know. yet through all the heartbreak therein lies the beauty...