Monday, July 4, 2016

Yarnbombing Makes My Heart Happy

Happy Fourth of July!
 Prettifying a drainhole in this California drought
Giving a plain tote some character
Shrouding my father's broken Crucianelli guitar
Shrouding my father's broken Crucianelli guitar
Giving a tote bag a new life
One day, this will hug a tree, or a boulder….

Repurposing old CDs

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Yarnbombed Prayer Pole

Have you seen a prayer quilt? It has loose threads that can be tied in a knot, and as one ties a knot, a prayer is made. I can't quilt, but I can ‪#‎yarnbomb‬. We have a tipu tree that weathered a storm, and almost got uprooted in the last round of strong winds. Here it is in its wintering phase, buttressed by a few cinder blocks and staked. It looked so sad that I wanted to cheer it up. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Succulents, Seashells and Yarnbombing

The evolution of a cypress hedge to a yarn-bombed succulent garden is an exercise in the pursuit of happiness.  It took my husband and son a few days to tear down the hedge and uproot the gnarly wood from the soil.  Then, I planted the succulents.  Each of my succulents came from someone I know - my mother, an aunt, a friend or a co-worker.  It reminds me of a gardener friend who once said that all her friends are like the flowers in her garden.  Each one is unique, and each one brings a different beauty to her life.   The shells came from beaches in San Diego, and from a collection of our travels along the coast when the kids were younger and we took a lot of road trips.  The sticks came from pruned branches from the bougainvillea and pepper trees from our yard.  I let them dry for a few weeks, then knit little skinny scarves to wrap them around.  Voila!  A year later, a garden that makes me smile!

Creating my own doodle

Sunday, August 23, 2015


I've been knitting since I was eleven years old.  I have always liked creating things with my hands, and my latest passion is yarnbombing.  My local library had a campaign "Get Cozy with Your Library" for the summer reading program.  I first saw yarnbombing on trees while on vacation in San Luis Obispo.  Needless to say, I was thrilled at the concept of participating in a program like this.  That probably explains why I haven't quilled in a while.

Yarnbombing Day at Carmel Mountain library - mine is the middle loop and the pink/red/white loop inspired by Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat.

Our yarnbombing made it to the local newspaper!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”

- William Ewart Gladstone

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent Wreath

Advent is a special time in my family.  For the four weeks before Christmas, we gather around our advent wreath in prayer.  It is a simple green wreath with four candles.  The first purple candle symbolizes HOPE in the coming of our Lord. The second purple candle symbolizes PEACE.  The third candle is pink and gives us JOY, for the waiting is almost over.  The fourth candle represents LOVE.  These are the values we reflect on to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ.  This is our daily reminder to keep Christ in Christmas, and the keep holy during the holidays.