Whoooo-ra!! The blogger is back! What a dance it has been learning a new touchscreen laptop and jumping up two operating systems. A lot of twists and turns and labyrinthine pathways in this dance, for sure. When all else fails, it's best to revert back to Beginner's Mind and go with the flow. Of course a huge, and I mean HUGE, amount of help from Mr. Bill didn't hurt either. See this Indian Temple Dancer? She exists in a constant state of Beginner's Mind. Just swaying and dancing.
Being in Beginner's Mind means having no expectations that things will turn out "right." It means just messing around and stumbling onto what works, and adding to it incrementally over time. No hurrying here. Patience--then more patience. Then when it all falls into place, it's like the first crocuses I saw on my walk yesterday--unimaginable delight!
And now I will share a secret--in addition to new laptop and new operating system, I am also making a big transition to a new camera which, I hope (fingers crossed here) will make it possible for me to post images which are a delight to the eye. Maybe. If I don't perish trying to figure out all this technical stuff. There may be some experimentation growing out of this Beginner's Mind thing. Some of the experiments may turn out better than others. The "look" of Tales for Paloma may change a few times. Be on the look out for amazing progress.
Just before my laptop burned itself up, I was working on a little Star of Texas quilt for Clemence's bed in the dollhouse. Here it is, with the needle-pointed rug my mother made 30 years ago.
This quilt was so much fun to make, I decided to make another for Celine's bed in red, yellow, and brown patches. Here are the fabrics I started with:
Again, I wanted to make a quilt that would harmonize with another of my mother's beautiful needlepointed rugs:
Notice the pillow on her bed? It was hand-woven with silk from Cheryl Kolander 25 years ago. The silk yarns are all hand-dyed with natural plant colors.
Celine is in charge of all the littlest bears. She is very patient when they all crowd into her bedroom to play.
Among the smallest bears are Willie and Sam, who are always up to "something":
"Hey, Willie--she has the laptop working again! Want to stay up late tonight and sneak out and say "hi" to Esther and our bear friends in Tasmania after she goes to sleep?"
"Oooooo....let's raid the kitchen and make popcorn,too!"