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June 04, 2012



I think you ought to make some candles for meditation! Just fill them with the scent of Clover in a meadow and the heady delights of peonies! I'm making Elderflower Cordial (2nd batch), 'cos the first was lovely. There's Strawberry & Elderflower ice-cream in the churner and the sun has come out so I'm off to the hammock in the garden just as soon as the ice-cream is churned. Good luck with getting organised.


i am thrilled that you have honored a foremother of the artistic persuasion. and an older artist. when i think about mrs. delany i think about two books, Said on Late Style, and Parker on The Subversive Stitch.

i am thrilled you are following the artist's way and investing time and money in systems to make space for real designing. i hope you will think about rescuing other mrs. delanys.

thanks for the indomitable optimism and creativity, as always.


sorry to spam you, but kate davies' work on shetland lace, estonian colorwork, and, for example, fisher wives' traditional knitting, is a true inspo to me, even if i don't knit.


YES YES YES! I was just at Ikea YESTERDAY. And for the VERY FIRST TIME, we bought a tray of cinnamon rolls to bring home. Wow, they are good! And THAT SMELL. My husband and I were totally discussing that amazing Ikea cinnamon/furniture smell -- it's so divine! I loooooove that smell. :)


It has been raining for too many days here in my parts of Sweden too - I´m not enjoying that anymore..! Love the cross stich sampler! :-)

Deborah Bauernfeind

Every time I see Clover's sweet face, I smile. Can't help it. She just warms my heart and gives me a giggle. Congratulations on your growing success. Rightly earned. Go have your Ikea moment with that wonderful hubby of yours.
**blows kisses** Deborah


Ikea gets me nervous - we have a love hate relationship. But cinnamon bun scented furniture would make the directions with the pictures and no words easier to follow.

Love your cross stitch sampler ♥ and even with all the twirling chaos that seems to be going on at your house, it stills seems like happy fun good news things.


A friend is visiting and she wants to visit Ikea. I live 20 minutes away. Never have to fight the weekend crowds. The Swedish meatballs are also very good!


Really love the cross stitch. Summer themed or not, I would do it in the winter. I rarely cross stitch in the summer.


Your cross stitch sampler is beautiful!

I know what you mean about the crazy world of owning a creative business. I am a freelance graphic designer and my "systems" are very archaic. The invoicing and techie stuff is so far from what I want to be doing that it tends to slide and take a back seat to the "creating." I once knew an artist who's wife was a businessy gal and ran all that stuff for him. He just sketched. Sounds grand!


That sampler is gorgeous! I can't wait for the opportunity to try my hand at it. Tons of luck on the cleaning and organizing. I know it can be crazy daunting to take on such a challenge but it will be so worthwhile............especially if you post pictures of the finished result!

debbie @ happy little cottage

I would be first in line for the Ikea scented candle :) Good luck getting your systems in order!


Oh, I LOVE that sampler! Can't wait to make one for myself. :)


Yes IKEA! Altho it is exhausting...definitely a special plannedout,eat-your-wheaties shopping trip (one close to my house so no travel involved to distract!)Cant wait for the next looks so cool on black!!

Alice S

I like your Summersprig sampler very much. Andy's quilt looks cozy too. Best wishes on the organizing! I actually love to do that when I have the time. I find it very impressive that you manage all of the details of your business as well as having time for beautiful creativity. A true DIY girl.


The picture of Clover cuddled up in the blanket made me smile. What an adorable shot!


love the Mrs Delaney sampler..your photos are just wonderful..esp. that gorgeous clover meadow....xx


Firstly, love the new sampler! Very excited by all that is happening with you and yes, c'mon Andy let's see your quilt :) We went to Ikea last Friday (updating child #1's bedroom into a big BIG girl room) and guess what...looks like we may have to go again before the week is out - yay! Enjoy your re-org.


I so love your photos! Do you edit them in lightroom or they're sooc?

Sandra Licher

I love your sampler! And I also love Andy's it just hand tied? I want to make one but machine quilting is so expensive. Do the ties show on the back? COme one, tell!
You've inspired me to design my own wool applique patterns/kits. Especially when you mentioned you are single-tasking....ME TOO!!!! I multi-tasked for years in the corporate world and got very physically ill (it wasn't normal for me to "multi-task" and what was all that "team player" crap anyway and what WAS
"the new paradigm"?). LOL! I am poor now but happy! (I'm not that poor but compared to what I used to make I am). But I am finally ME!
Thanks for the inspiration you give me and others through your art and creativity,your lifestyle, your cozy decorating, and your "projects".

claire ashworth

haha you just kill me... i love ikea too and wouldnt mind one bit if i got locked in there at night. i'd go from fake living room to fake bedroom, happy as a clam!

like you, i can only manage one big task at a time, even if its not really big. my bf keeps hounding me about going to the dr about my back but im like NO MY DENTIST APPT IS THIS WEEK. CANT CALL THE DR UNTIL THATS DONE WITH. hahahaha


It's really comforting and reassuring to hear other work-from-homers talk about their organizational/logistical headaches and triumphs. It can make the whole thing seem a little less alienating! Which, of course, is why I love blogs so much in the first place :)


Oh, Alicia, that is beautiful! I can't wait to stitch it, even if the black fabric kills my eyes. (Your Winterwoods sampler is singlehandedly responsible for sending me to the doctor for new glasses, I so wanted to be able to work it without eye strain...I'm only 35 but I have very bad eyes!) I think we have all been waiting to see what you'd do with the ideas from Mrs Delaney (whose book I'm reading now), and this is just lovely.


The new sampler is gorgeous! I wish I had more time for it. I have the Winterwoods sampler and I am saving that project until I get moved into my new house so it'll be a special memory for me;) Good luck with the organization. I have no doubt you will pull it off.

sharon from sharon stanley writes

pretty pretty pretty! Love it all, but the sampler is just charming. ikea does have a special scent about it. i love that advertisement on tv where the people have just moved into the ikea living room and are living there as a home!

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