Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop....

I was invited to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop this week by Nicole.  She is an artist, gardener, and mother.  Her photographs of flora and fauna, design, and her life are an inspiration.  She is also a super sweet gal. 

Before I answer the posed questions, I just want to say I am not a self proclaimed artist, writer, or gardener.  I dabble in things that interest me.  I work full time and squeeze in as much of life as I can.   

1.  What am I working on

There are always a ton of things "in the works".  I work best with a deadline, otherwise things may never come to completion.  

I am currently curing our first garlic crop.  If you follow my blog, you know we live in the woods and sunlight is limited.  All of our crops have stunted growth due to this, but we take what we can get.

 I've been trying to manage the direction our squash is growing,  so they don't overtake everything else.

 I love giving homemade gifts.  This is one I just completed for my nephew's upcoming birthday.

 And this is the ever and ongoing quilt which I have been hand sewing for a few years.  I pick it up off and on through out the year.  It's getting really close to completion now.

I make our own laundry soap & cleaners.  I've been learning about foraging foods and making tinctures. We raise chickens and quail, grow a modest garden, and try to live simply.  I try to find ways that we can break away from the reliance of the main-stream world.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?  

I can't say I have a genre.  I like simple, useful items.  Everything I make is imperfect, but created with good intent.  I am not a master of any art.  

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?  

I like to be independent and knowledgeable about things that I feel are meaningful.  The process of doing something and seeing it come to fruition is pleasing beyond words.  Creating something is good for the soul.

I also enjoy taking photos.   There are so many magical moments that happen everyday that I never want to forget.

4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

Normally I read or see something that sparks my interest.  After that, I try to learn more about it and if it seems like I can pull it off, then I give it a try.  There is beauty and inspiration all around us.  

I'm also surrounded by super talented friends  that give me a lot of motivation and inspiration.  In addition to those great gals, I like to surround myself with reference books that keep me focused on my goals.  There is so much yet to learn, so much yet to do.  I have dreams that I want to live out.  I don't want to regret not having tried, even if it ends up in failure.


  1. Such a lovely post! I'm new to your bog, and this was a good way to get to know you a little more, I look forward to reading more about your life, I love the way you speak about living simply. The felt sushi is adorable by the way and your quilt is beautiful, I have a similar and ever ongoing project too. I'm just trying to write up my ATWBH post, it's making me think about my creative life quite a lot more than I ever have. Thank the lord for Nicole, not only a sweet soul and creative inspiration, but without whom I wouldn't have found your blog. x

    1. Thank you for your kind words Cate! I look forward to keeping up with you. Isn't Nicole an amazing woman?

  2. Hello, I came over from Nicole's, love your quilt!! It was great to read about you, and I look forward to reading more! xx

    1. Thanks Amy. I appreciate your kind words. It's been great finding new blogs and "meeting" new people.

  3. SO fantastic to hear what fuels you friend! I have always admired your living simply and doing with intention! Man that quilt just rocks and so does that gift for your nephew! You inspire me! Bookmarking that book collection you have up there! Nicole xoxo

    1. Right back at you, sweet friend. And thank you for inviting me to share. It was a bit daunting, but I liked the process of stopping to think about the questions and how to answer them.

  4. I just love you so much! This post was great!