Finding Happiness

Through my work as a textile-recycling artist, I have noticed that making, using discarded materials, builds a sense of contentment, of satisfaction and actually, even - empowerment. Witnessing this transition is why I love teaching my craft.

Recently it has become clear to me that teaching my craft serves people on many levels:

Firstly, it serves me – empowering people really rocks my world.

And secondly participants in my retreats and workshops come for many reasons that usually fall into these categories:

Some students want to master my craft. These folks are sometimes interested in building a portfolio or even a business using skills honed of my tutelage, cause they love to work with their hands and making stuff with discarded materials makes them feel magical. (Makes me feel that way too!)

Others want to delve into a simple process of turning garbage into treasure for fun. That sounds a little dramatic but the truth is that my process opens the door into that realm.

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Uncharted Territory

family grieving re-entry Aug 24, 2019

New terrain here – walking through my days with a sense of loss and lostness while at the same time feeling more connected than ever to my friends and community. The outpouring of love and support holds me up, keeps my knees from buckling with grief. Helps me know that I can find some sort of normal.

Ben taught me that finding a secure positive path forward is the right way. He taught me that I have that power even in the face of an unexpected, or at least unprepared for, seismic shift that changes my path.

So, now, for Lucy and for Violet, I am seeking a place to land where I can earn a living, support you with a direction toward all that is wonderful and use my own advice to find my path to our shared destination. For Lucy and Violet I need to land, in a place of processing and a new normal with the idea of a sunny, positive and fun-loving future, just around the corner. 

Before things in my life began spinning, I had this idea that my gift is actually to help people...

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Moving Through Grief

family grief re-entry Aug 18, 2019

This summer has been a whirlwind of loss, of love and support, and of healing that will be my path for the foreseeable future. You can read back through a few of my recent posts here and on my social media to learn more on the topic. This post will be focused on plans for learning and attaining some tasks in the forward direction.

I’m standing at a crossroad of the grief and pain of great loss and bright shiny future that has been my focus in the past. I am ready to walk carefully toward my goal of financial freedom and increased global impact while traveling through my grief and sadness, honoring all that it is and processing it with the intention of re-entering the world in a way that allows me to serve the universe, and you, and also serve me. My son taught me that serving me always holds priority, as from a healthy place of self-care is the best way for me to share my gifts and that means processing this untold level of deep grief I’m feeling now.

My friend Erinn and...

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Remembering Ben

family grieving re-entry Aug 15, 2019
My family - L to R, Brother-in-Law Pat, Sister Sofia, Niece Lily, Me, Niece Jamie, Son Ben, Daughter Lucy, Husband Chris, Daughter Violet photo taken December2018.

I have had the most difficult last two weeks in my life. My sweet son Ben died on July 30. He was 26. He had lived his life with cardio-myopathy and resulting pulmonary hypertension. Diagnosed at 2.5 years and given 18 months to live. He far surpassed any medical expectation and filled our lives with love and music. I’m reeling over here while holding his love close and knowing we had a beautiful time together.

This chapter of my life is kinda weird for me. Feeling so vulnerable and sharing that here – it feels authentic yet a bit uncomfortably public. Having thought deeply about it for the last two weeks, it feels right. It feels like this change in my life has an impact on my forward motion. So to be truly authentic it feels important to share this here.

As I navigate re-entry into business and making...

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Weekend Retreat - Making Magic Happen

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2019

What is on your agenda for this September?

Each year as my kids head back to school, we return to a daily routine that brings opportunity to focus in on education – theirs, and mine ~

Summer feels expansive, relaxing, and free and the minute our family swings back to the structure of early mornings, packed lunches, and study, organization and schedule return.

If you have been around for a while you might know that I just love routine and schedules. Being organized AND creating a dependable, consistent, (did I say organized?), pre-planned workflow is my biggest challenge.

I was listening to a podcast interview the other day – where an influencer I am just learning about shared that her heavily pre-planned calendars and schedules are how she has overcome her aversion to, and difficulty with managing her time. She got really vulnerable discussing her undiagnosed-until-adulthood learning disability.

Her words really resonated with me. I too struggle with focus and...

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Organization (and Removing Obstacles)

weekly theme workflow Jun 12, 2019

If you have been around for awhile you might know that each week we pick a theme that helps us focus and move into places that need our attention. This week the theme is Organization – not like an organization but more like, organizing myself.

I am hell-bent on overcoming my obstacles and for the last few months I have invested time meditating and journaling with the goal of clearly identifying my biggest obstacles. Settling into our theme this week, Organization, a little voice in my head is praying, “please, let me get this right this time, let me take the time it takes to organize, plan and schedule my workflow to be most productive!” That little voice just taught me that THIS is my biggest obstacle! Magical how the universe serves up just what I need right on time.

Let it be known that I am committed to create a schedule that allows for the satisfaction of success, while resulting in having the most fun and leaving the hurrying and stress of always feeling...

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Focus and Productivity

Uncategorized Jun 07, 2019

If you are like me you might find it hard to focus in on a routine and create ‘on-ramps’ to productive days. For as long as I can remember my to-do list is a mile long with no end in site – it seems like as soon as one task is complete two more are added!

Interruptions are commonplace for me at work and when I look back at my day’s work it’s often that the most urgent, needle moving items on my list were circumvented by less important but more pressing issues brought to mind. I see this as a challenge to overcome.

For the last 18 months I have been focusing on figuring out how to make my business the job of my dreams. It is not far off – I mean I have a blessed life! It is amazing when looking back to see that since my college days I have been successful at doing work that I love and sharing it with you! So Cool! I mean, I LOVE what I do and have met many amazing people and made lifelong friends along the way.

A big factor that has been...

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Learning Curves and Hiccups

Uncategorized May 25, 2019

What a Week!

Wowsers ~

This past week I launched my very first full-on online course – my Potholder Rug Lab and it was AmAzbALLz!  For the next 5 weeks the awesome group of brave and crafty people who signed on will be in the thick of learning every last detail of my process.  At the same time, I’ll be in the thick of staying three steps ahead of them providing engaging, fun content to convey all of my experience in 5 modules and help my students get their desired results.

During the process of making the class and getting it out into the world there were a few hiccups which are to be expected but are, never-the-less, just a little FRusTrAtInG!

As I dive into the wild world of online teaching, I am working hard to develop a clear, fun, and targeted presence with my website and supporting social media platforms.  This is where your comments and feedback are so super-helpful!  (Please leave a comment below and let me know how I am doing,...

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Great Barrington Artists Market 2019 Kick Off

Uncategorized May 23, 2019

This weekend come find me at the Great Barrington Artists’ Market where I will be selling on the last weekend of each month through October. GBAM is adjacent to the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market where there The Lucky Five will be playing and all manner of deliciousness will be for sale to take home and cook or eat on the go as you browse the vendor tents.

I’ll have the beginnings of my brand new summer collection, some sweet n cozy wool things to fend off the last of the spring chill and some fun little patches, posters and kitchen towels from the printshop.

Speaking of the printshop, did you know when you join my email list and include your mailing address we send you a inspirational hand-pulled, signed and numbered print in the snail mail? When is the last time YOU got a hand addressed, personal thank you and welcome all at the same time, card in the mail?

Spread the word - Great Barrington Artists’ Market and Prints in the Mail!

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My Potholder Rug Mini-Course - A Quick Video Update

Uncategorized May 07, 2019

Hey Sweet Earthling!

Late yesterday we got a little ahead of ourselves and sent out the first in my 4 part Potholder Rug mini-series! It is so exciting to be right where we are today – ready to jump in to a whole lot of tutorials to teach my craft far and wide and ooopsie!

If I have had the pleasure to teach you in person, you likely know that I am all about tweaking my teaching to meet the needs of my students. Yesterday, when my FIRST Potholder Rug video snuck out of the ‘brand-new to us’ platform we are using to host the growing library of teaching information, it went without a place for people to comment and leave feedback! YIKES! This is so important to me! The comments, email, and general feedback I get from you is truly instrumental for my development of my courses. We remedied the situation – so if you had a chance to see my intro to Potholder Rugs video yesterday and feel like sending along your feedback you can leave a comment on this post or click...

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