ready for cold & flu season …

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments

ready for cold & flu season …

I just completed 50 travel tissue covers! Available in a myriad of colors and all filled with a pack of tissues ready for those inevitable fall sneezes and sniffles.

(Please note: These are not available in my etsy shop. Please visit the Sign of the Dove in Burlington Mall, the Celebrate Newton Holiday Fair, or contact me directly.)

And when you do feel the clouds rolling in and that cold coming on, make up a batch of white chicken chili to warm you and your friends. (Green chiles are an excellent source of vitamin C!)

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on the road again …

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 | 0 comments

on the road again …

Sign of the Dove, the storefront where I sell some of my wares, is moving!

As of November 7 we will be open at the Burlington Mall. We are on the 2nd floor, above Legal Seafoods and across from the food court.

It will be great fun to join in the excitement of a large mall for the holiday season. Not only are there many more stores to visit, but some great restaurants …

I’ll be there at least once a week through the holiday season, so please do let me know if you’ll be dropping by!


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Elvis is in the house!

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Elvis is in the house!

Elvis is in the house!

A woman I met through etsy is having an auction fundraiser on behalf of Tara’s House Animal Rescue, an animal rescue organization in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. She asked if I might be able to donate an item to the auction …

I immediately thought of Elvis. Elvis is an extremely handsome young pit bull who was rescued from the Memphis streets after having been shot in the jaw. Hearts of Gold Pit Bull Rescue, a wonderful foster mom, and many financial donors brought him back to health. I thought he would be a fitting ambassador for this fundraiser.

So using his picture I made a pillow and it will be auctioned tonight! Even if you don’t live in the D.C. or Memphis area, stop by and take a look at the auction items and maybe give another pup a chance at a better life.

The auction is taking place on line on facebook tonight at Amazing Online Auction to Benefit the Animals at Tara’s House Animal Rescue

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play it cool, boy*

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 | 0 comments

play it cool, boy*

It’s officially summer! And while the weather has been exceedingly pleasant this week, I know the heat is coming.

And when it does get hot, stop by and visit me at the Sign of the Dove in the air conditioned comfort of the Chestnut Hill Mall. It’s the perfect place to shop for summertime gifts. Whether for that special birthday, hostess gift, or something wonderful for yourself …

Drop me a line and I’ll give you a tour. Then maybe go get some cheesecake?

*apologies to Leonard Bernstein … just got done watching West Side Story while doing some hand sewing under the fan …

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FABric!

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 | 0 comments

FABric!

Stop by the NewTV gallery tonight and enjoy their latest exhibit: FABric! Every image is constructed of fabric and fiber, or with fiber as the subject. This show was organized by Newton Open Studios and features Newton artists … including me! Here’s a preview of the exhibit.

My work is usually in the form of three dimensional objects so it was fun to think flat. I’m showing a framed tea towel printed with my grandmother’s cookie recipe and two quilted pillow covers (pillow stuffing removed!) made from my grandfather’s shirts. The quilt pattern comes from my quilt class at Button Box Sewing.

Meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments at the NewTV gallery reception this evening, Wednesday, June 18, 6:30-8:30pm. The show runs through July 15.

NewTV Gallery, 23 Needham St, Newton MA. Entrance at the top of Easy St next to National Lumber.

legacy: grandpa's shirts #1

legacy: grandma's recipe

legacy: grandpa's shirts #2

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thank you

Posted on May 26, 2014 | 0 comments

thank you

Thank you. Two words that you can never use enough. And since it’s Memorial Day, I thought a little “thank you” to those in the armed services would be appropriate.

As I have gotten to know the quilting community, I have been impressed with their incredible willingness to donate their time and work. Whenever there is a natural disaster (or one of the human-made type) a group of quilters gather to provide survivors with the care and warmth of a quilt. It may seem like a small gesture, but there is something so special about the personal touch that goes into creating a quilt. Just one person reaching out to another; letting them know they are not alone. Magic.

This Memorial Day, a friend introduced me to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Their mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts. Every year they select a quilt block pattern and collect blocks to be sewn into completed quilts by other volunteers. So this year I will be making some blocks to send to Quilts of Valor. If you would like to join in, here are the quilt block instructions.

For more information about Quilts of Valor and other charitable groups that sew and quilt for those in the services, see Nancy Zieman’s blog.

And, yes, thank you!

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spring has sprung?

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 | 0 comments

spring has sprung?

An inch of snow on the ground and nighttime temps below freezing aren’t exactly the Heralds of Spring, but in some corners it is beginning to look like springtime. At least indoors. I belong to a local artist’s co-op and spring colors are in full display this week.

New vases and planters for spring flowers, brightly colored scarves, cuddly baby quilts, floral watercolors and photographic prints, and my own Peter Rabbit baskets are making me feel spring-like in spite of the weather. Stop by and visit us at The Sign of the Dove in Chestnut Hill Mall!

Here’s hoping that the cold won’t totally frustrate the spring blooms … and the crocuses, daffodils, and forsythia that began to bloom last week will soon be bursting forth in welcome to warmer weather!

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