Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thpring Hath Thprung!!!

For those of you without much imagination, that means Spring Has Sprung.
I've been cleaning up my garden, and since it's pretty cool this morning my tongue's a little frothen (long o, not short). There is SO MUCH to do, I just have to remember that baby steps are the way to go. As with anything, so it seems.
I'll try to get some pics posted of my purty posies when I get a chance and IF I can edit them into this post. I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to this blog stuff, but hit and miss is working for me, so I'll keep doing that!
First Daffodil of 2011
"Liberty" Bell Camellia
White Camellia
This is our Pretty Kitty Cannelle
Ok, managed to get some pics up! What a chore, I think I'll go back to the yardwork.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

It just so happens that these Chic Chix are of Irish heritage, and like all good Americans, a few other origins thrown in here and there. I had always celebrated this day by wearing green, then as I got older, drinking green beer and other (non) traditional ways, but here in France it's not too popular unless you're actually in the City of Lights or in Brittany. Maybe I need to move there, I could express my wild Irish side on the in the good ole' days in California. Until then, I'll pass this tradition on to my kids (5 different origins, 2 nationalities, OMGoddess, what have we created?) and have a spot of Irish Whiskey (with an "e") this evening. I would close with an Irish saying, but I don't have one handy. So I'll just add, unless you're wearing green, Watch Out For Pinchers!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Musings from the train

Happy second birthday Peter!! Wish grandpa and I could be there with you.

This morning I am feeling very European (or perhaps homesick) riding the train to work. Maybe pretending that I am somewhere in Europe helps with the long commute? Or maybe I am just needing more sleep...
Anyway, some great creative things are going on. Lots of energy, etc. The next few weeks are going to be busy, but fun.
Carl Jung said something (tried to find the exact quote, but alas..) about what you got lost in as a child was what should be your life's work. I remember always creating. Either embellishing store bought dolls, the walls of my bedroom or making Barbie clothes from socks until I learned to sew. Umm, I guess I spent a lot of time doing a lot of other things to come back to where I am meant to be.
Thought for the day, encourage your kids or anyone for that matter to pursue what is natural and fun for them. Even if they have to invent their own "job" when the time comes to earn a living.
Time to take a nap.
Ciao for now and be well,

Friday, March 11, 2011

Musings from the train

I can't believe another week has passed.
The good news about the higher gas prices is that more folks are riding the train. Maybe they will get hooked on public transportation and ride even when the prices go down. The bad news is I no longer get my little cubby to myself.
This weekend will be a time for creativity. I think I would be very happy locked in a room with a bunch of art, craft and sewing supplies.
Have a great weekend,

Monday, March 7, 2011


I was all excited about setting things up so I could blog from my phone. Got as far as the title and couldn't get the keyboard up. I will continue to work on it.
I am trying to figure out how we stay on top with the technology and the creativity. I guess that's what my train ride is for?
Ciao for now,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Musings from the train station

It is a cold, cloudy evening as I sit waiting for the late train back home. Fortunately, I have my phone, IPad, and a good book to keep me company.
Alysen (of Chic Chix and Champagne fame!) suggested Katharine Sise's book "Creative Girl". It is about turning your talent and creativity into a real career. So far, Al has been spot on as this being a must read.
I will sign off for now so I can put my gloves on, but will give further review of the book later.
Ciao for now,

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


When the yarn below caught my eye I didn't have a project in mind, but I loved the texture and color and bought a couple of skeins.
Here is what I have done with one skein:
For this first piece I crocheted two rows and the cut the yarn in one foot pieces and attached them to each stitch. I added a copper hook. Still pondering what to do next.

This was a piece I started to crochet for the necklace, but I wasn't happy with the results. As I was playing with it, I discovered that it fit twice around my wrist. I added a hook and will probably embellish it to coordinate with the necklace above.

This is a black silk scarf that I stenciled. I started to needle felt it and decided that adding some of the eyelash yarn might be fun. Voila!
Ciao for now.......