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