Author Archives: Paula

Cedar Trees & the “Lust for Life”

When I first bought this piece of land in Arkansas and dreamed of living in the woods, I named the land Cedar Hill in honor of an ancient cedar tree located near the well and chimney of the 1880s homestead. … Continue reading

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Cedar Deck for Cedar Hill, Built by Women!

“Measure twice, cut once. Use the right tool for the right job. Keep the work site tidy to prevent accidents. Enjoy the process–admire each step of the work.” These “rules” I learned in 1987-88 as Jeanne and I worked under … Continue reading

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Picnic in Nonotuk Park,

“Tiny rituals hold together the seams of human life”, by Maggie O’Farrell in The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox When I visited the east coast recently I was able to visit with three different sets of friends. While staying with … Continue reading

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Wool: The Great Thermal Insulator

For me, thrift store shopping is full of thrills! Whenever I travel, I always seek out thrift store spots. I’m able to mingle with the locals, and I may discover a unique treasure. Martha and I stopped at a thrift … Continue reading

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Exploring the Jersey Shore

On Saturday, Martha and I drove to Allenhurst, NJ (less than an hour from her home) because I wanted to visit the shore sometime during my stay with her. It was a cloudy, gray day, and the shore was almost … Continue reading

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Exuberant and Untidy!

After sitting through a long-winded description and proscription on how to best please quilt judges, I was ready for another version of reality. Those of us who don’t see quilting as a “competitive sport” need to be heard too. For … Continue reading

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Scrap Happy

“In it’s simplest form, a quilt is just some fabric and a little bit of thread. It’s up to you to decide how to put it together.” YLI ad in QNM, March 2000 Every quilter has scraps. We all have … Continue reading

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Crete #6 Honoring the Holy Myrtle Tree

My first morning on Crete, I went out before 8:00 a.m. in search of an offering for the altars we would prepare on later days. I chose this Cretan honey, in part, because it comes in this small shapely glass … Continue reading

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Creating is About Alchemy!

Alchemy: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. “When you love something like reading—or drawing or nature (Paula adds quilting)—it surrounds you with a sense of connection to something greater. If you are lucky enough to know this, … Continue reading

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Improvisational Quilts & You….

When Jeanie Wyatt taught an “Improvisational Quilting” class at the Fayetteville library, I signed up immediately! With her encouragement I selected scraps from the mountain of odds and ends of fabric she provided. After showing several examples of her own … Continue reading

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