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Sunday, January 25, 2015


...said the Walrus. I have no sewing projects to show, as I've been out of the studio for a while. But I've had a memorable two weeks.

First off, new SHOOZ!

Trippen "Bus" in red...I LOVE red shoes!

I had a blogger meet-up with the fabulous Lisa from Amid Privilege; we had such a good time at lunch that we totally forgot to have our picture taken together! We jabbered for almost two hours, learning about each other's past,
present and future. Lisa drives to Santa Barbara regularly to see her mother, and I hope to be a permanent stop on her trip. She is exploring where she wants to go and what to do in her early retirement. I can't wait to find out.

We had visits from two of our daughters recently; the first was from J. who now lives in Salt Lake City. We had a busy four days, visiting, talking, a trip to the beach with her Dad. One night she taught me how to make potstickers to my total delight. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph it!

Then the next weekend we had a visit from Maggie and David, who had not been up here for a long time. David is a Mac Whiz, and we discussed a "secret project" that he is working on, with a little help from me...

The fact that my giant "swatch book" is sitting there should give you a hint of what the project is about...more to come later!

Maggie brought up the gorgeous photograph of Morro Bay that she had given us for Christmas, and we spent hours deciding where we would hang it.

It's fun when the photographer can supervise the hanging of her work. Micmac the Maine Coon arrives whenever the ladder appears.

Because Maggie is such a fabulous cook, we usually cook together when she's here. Of course I had to introduce her to potstickers. Because she doesn't eat wheat, we used some rice sheets instead, which were SO BIG that we turned them into GIANT GYOZA.

Hand included for scale...then, we cooked

and steamed...

added some stir-fried veggies

and served it all to Paddywack (not really)


I got a chance to wear one of my new vests out to lunch with Dave last week...

And then last night, we celebrated our 39th anniversary...

Wow, it looks like all I do is eat...

I am joining up with the Visible Women over on Not Dead Yet Style where the
ever gracious Patti hosts our get together...See you there!


Sunday, January 11, 2015


I'd like to thank those of you who sent me understanding and  uplifting responses to my last post...I'm feeling much better! and Happy New Year!

Here's a vest I've been wearing a lot lately...

It's B6064 by Katherine Tilton, in a yummy scarlet cross-woven-in-black poly
taffeta from Marcy Tilton. Here is another hands-in-pockets view

and here is the perfect button I just happened to have in my stash!

 And here's another vest, this one by Lynn Mizono for Gisele Shepatin. Its out of a lovely thick fleece and I love the collar!

and the back...

It appears I can't have too many red vests! This one is from one of my favorite

And then, I saw this online on Shopbop and decided I had to have it...

The beautiful shibori scarf is from several years ago when I went shopping with

We are enjoying a visit from oldest daughter who lives in Salt Lake City. I am going to roast a chicken tonight and we'll watch Downton Abbey. What fun!

I'm headed over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style Visible Monday where there's a giveaway going on...check it out!


Sunday, December 28, 2014


It's been almost a month since my last post...the last two months of the year are often difficult for me...I teeter on the edge of depression. The expectations of the season are sometimes overwhelming, and all I want to do is sleep till January 1. Over the years, I've amassed many ways of coping; one, obviously is to hide away in my studio. Another is to get together with loving longtime friends and let my inner extravert out...

Yes, that's a plastic bag on my head...

and here I'm dancing my heart out. All of us are "of a certain age" but time
hasn't slowed us down much!

I'm almost back to normal, whatever that is, and ready to share my life again.

I made another kappogi for my friend Joan, for Christmas,

from a Japanese cotton from F&S Fabrics in Los Angeles. I use mine so often, I
hope she enjoys this one as well.

I also made a pair of "lantern pants", V8712 OOP, from Marcy Tilton, to go with a new pair of boots. My elegant friend Willie from Oregon stopped by on her way to spend Christmas with her family in Los Angeles. She looked so stylish in her
pants, jacket and boots, that I tried to copy her look...

(picture lightened to show details). I haven't quite got it yet, but I'll keep trying!

The Visible Women  are having a post-holiday meet up later this afternoon over at Patti's blog...
come over and say hi!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Yee haw! We finished moving everything back where it belongs and I got to return to my studio. FINALLY. 

I had two projects that have been in process since we started our renovations, and I finally got to finish them.

First up, another pair of Marcy Tilton pants, V8929, which I've made several times before...this pair is out of a lovely "French 'faded scroll' printed stretch denim - gray"  from Emma One Sock...

This pattern has become my favorite pull on pant and goes together quickly. The 
OTHER  new things I am wearing are my Superga Silver Sneakers...

Such fun!

Next, I made a jacket from V8620, an OOP Marcy Tilton pattern that I made
here and here.

I lengthened the jacket by about 10 inches. I love the collar on this jacket and can't wait to wear it!

I'm going over to Not Dead Yet Style Visible Monday where there is a sign up
for a Karina Dress give-away. Thanks, Patti! Come on over, sign up for the give-away, and marvel at the Visible Women!


Sunday, November 16, 2014


I'm still in the thick of renovation...the painting is finished, the new flooring starts going in on Tuesday and I have been SHOPPING (mainly via the Internet)
24/7 (or so it feels...).

This is the paint color, although it doesn't look this brown on the walls...more green in it.

New bed (but not the headboard or footboard)...still looking for a headboard.

8x11 area rug....

New sheets and duvet covers...etc., etc., etc......

Meanwhile, we have moved the contents of our closets to the living room

and hope for no company in the next few days!

I treated myself to a very lovely Kantha Cloth Vest by Mieko Mintz...the link is to her wonderful website...such eye candy!

I took my friend Joan out for her birthday yesterday, and my vest had its debut...

It's totally reversible, light as a feather and something I'll wear a lot.

BTW, I'm also wearing my Danish outfit from Bitte Kai Rand. AND...the new funky bracelet is from Marirose who I discovered at Artistry in Fashion and told you about. I LOVE her work!

Maybe, just maybe, I'll get to spend the afternoon in my studio...my fabrics and my machines are calling to me!


Sunday, November 2, 2014


As I may have mentioned, we are doing a little bit of renovation (there's no such thing as "a little renovation")...we are repainting our bedroom, dressing room and my office, and then putting in new wood flooring. The good news is that our kitchen, dining room and living room are still intact, and we are sleeping in our lovely guest house for three weeks until the work is done.

The bad news is that we had to move 1000+ books from our bookcase in the bedroom.

This is what happens when you have a degree in English Literature and rarely throw away books.

The whole area will be painted in Dunn Edwards Center Ridge....it's a medium
gray, neither blue nor brown.

The trim will remain an off white. The plaster walls have a "skip trowel" finish with a glaze, but this time we will do a simple paint coat.

This weekend we went up to the Cambria area (in Central California) where Dave was born and raised, to attend his high school reunion. It was a beautiful
day, after a little tiny rainstorm Friday night, so everything was sunny and glittery.  We stopped off in Pismo Beach for some oysters on the half shell (for Dave) and aFish Taco (for me). This is a blurry picture of me at the restaurant, but it'll qualify me for an appearance on Hat Attack, Judith of Style Crone's wonderful monthly opportunity to show off our hats.