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following your bliss…….

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2012 by frannie50

sometimes i like to plan my days or weeks and make long list of things to do. more often than not, i misplace my list, and so i have led a life full of unplanned events. i dont recommend it, but its what i know.

some people may call this “following your bliss”. i prefer to think of it more as a stalking the wild cactus existence.

recently, the cactus in our area put on quite a display, and i finally got it all together enough to stalk the wild cactus and follow my bliss. i made cactus jelly. something i have been talking about doing for the last 20 years….sometimes following your bliss can take a few detours.Image


three chicks

Posted in Uncategorized on April 5, 2012 by frannie50

three chicks

just ready for easter

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Posted in Uncategorized on April 5, 2012 by frannie50

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recrafting a quilt……..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 2, 2010 by frannie50

i love this quilt. i bought it in round top from a great dealer named harol hollis. it was really the first time i had ever met harold and he gave me a wonderful deal on this piece. the first of many great deals.

so when the quilt after much use and love started to fray, i decided i would have to tackle the task of the repair myself. the price i paid was so minimal that maybe in my eyes this piece wasnt worth paying to have the repairs done, but i love this quilt and to me it is priceless, so maybe i just wanted to repair it myself.                      

There are so many things i love about this quilt. the colors are dramatic. the pattern is big , bordering on huge ,and the fabric is a cool crepe, not the typical cotton fabric that we usually imagine with quilts. there are some cotton pieces in the quilt but they are almost homespun in their roughness and surprisingly they are the pieces that must be replaced as if they finally decided to revolt and get away from this rebellious piece.  even the back of the quilt looks amazing and the fabric is as contemporary in its boldness as it is quant in its subject matter.

it could easily be seen in an anthropologie cataloque today. 

i would guess this quilt was made at least in the 50′s, but i lean a little more towards the 30-40′s.

this makes me wonder about the creator of the quilt. i think i must know her .

she had to be a dreamer, a young woman who thought out of the box. but her box may have been the 1950s, when the box for women was a tad more confining than it is today.

and somehow this quilt brought to mind a picture of my mom with her graduating class. she is the one looking off  tothe left.

i think about how she would often take the road less travelled in her opinions and then would “VOICE” them. what a journey she made. what changes she saw.

but i know she is not the only woman i have known that had an amazing story and a dream that if not fufilled by them, might one day be dreamed by a daughter or granddaughter.

i wonder sometimes where my stories come from , and my love for telling them. my mom was a woman of direct communication. she had romantic notions and loved to read, but she was not a story teller. when i asked about her past and the stories of her family she would complain to me that those things were not important, or that she just simply did not know the answers. after all, her mom grew up in a tenement house in new york, helping to raise her siblings who were without parents, orphaned at an early age. she died in a sanitarium for tuberculosis in san angelo, texas in the early 20′s. maybe these were stories that she would rather not remember.

so i had other women in my life, storytellers and dreamers who could see beauty and create it and had a life or maybe just a soul that inspired it in others.  i think of them as angels of mychildhood, who helped me remain an optomist. encouraged me with their humor and storytelling to believe in beauty and myself.

simone garcia was one of these angels, and tiny stepchinski was the other.

these ladies would encourage me, that i Could have long hair if i wanted it, and i could sing like a bird and that life could be fun,,,,,,and that storytelling is an art.

i think they would love my quilt.

i know my mom would.

autumn loves her omies stuffies……..

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 by frannie50

this is one of the reasons that i love to make the felted stuffies. my youngest daughter sent  this picture to me of her daughter hugging her latest stuffie from her omie.

i love the way that autumn comes to the farm just knowing that there is a new stuffie waiting for her….and that her omie made it….and that it was made from felted sweaters that have been transformed into a new treasure or lovey.  i love being a grandma, and a crafter and feeling like i have a new chance to hopefully  impart some  kind of wisdom to be grandchildren about our world .  i am constantly surprised, though at how much they all teach me about our world and what it means to love and be loved.

a simpler christmas this year.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2009 by frannie50

i think it is a little early for christmas,  we have yet to have thanksgiving.

but this year is full of surprises for me….so when i started getting the christmas feeling waaaay to early, i didnt know what to do.

i havent had a “bona fide” christmas in many years….about 20 to be exact.

and i never have the m0ney to go all out at christmas anyway.

my big celebration has always been thanksgiving, on christmas, i am usually alone, the result of a divorce that occured a lifetime ago.

it long ago ceased to be a sad time for me….it is a quiet time, with no deadlines and no frantic preparation.  i do use the time to reflect, and on occasion i do feel alone, but have long ago stopped feeling lonely.

so now i have grandchildren and they do NOT adhere to divorce decrees that have nothing to do with them,,,,and then this year i had the cancer journey which has made me more tender and more nostalgic…..i dont know how else to describe it.

olivia, my oldest grandaughter is frequently the catalyst here for new and improved ideas.  this year “omie” will be having a tree at the farm and here are the rules.

the tree will be miniature, fake and second hand. i am among other things a queen of all things second hand.  the ornaments can be found , or made but cannot be purchased specifically for the tree. no 25.00 ornaments, even though they are quite beautiful.

first exception:  the tree topper was purchased today……it coast 1.50.

i couldnt help myself , it is quite lovely and wasnt meant to be a tree topper, it is a repurposed ornament.  

then olivia and deven came to visit and olivia went right into the decorating mode. she understood the whole concept for the simpler christmas and wanted to do her part.

she started with some antique miniature ornaments that i had gathered up from the local thrift stores and started to decorate the tree.

we decided to gather up some beautiful items from nature and embellish them and see what kind of a tree we have from this plan.

i am so crafting again……

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2009 by frannie50


assorted pincushionsassortment of pincushions, in the works!and now i have an etsy site.

i have started crafting pincushions and acorns and bunnies again and having a great time doing it.IMAG0395

will be taking some bunnies to dallas this weekend . i am making a trip there to see my friend reid,  teal and the grandkids, and hope to go to a meeting with the dallas fiber artist, a group i want to join and start attending meetings.

DSC01121giant acorn pincushions

i am still making the giant pincushions from burr acorn caps, that are native to this area. they are so unique and if you are caught up in the acorn thang you will love these unique pincushions. they are stuffed with cedar sawdust so they can also be used in your sweater drawer to keep those pesky moths at bay.

on the bunny trails

so , until then, we’ll see ya on the craftin trail!

frannie in texas

bittersweet goodbyes………..

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 by frannie50

the bunnies destined for kentucky had a picnic meeting to plan their trip home….clooney, tango and violet 001……………………………………………………………………………………………..

as, with any change, i have had bittersweet moments over the thought of the bunnies making there much delayed trip to kentucky. i really knew all along that the couple was travelling to their new home, but then i got sick and mama bunny got pregnant, and it seemed that the trip was never going to happen.

mama and pappa bunny are just wonderful parents, and well, no one could have helped me more with the farm during my journey through chemo. they knew every inch of the farm, and all the animals, and kept everything going while i just slept through my treatments!

so many folks have been so thoughtful and kind  with prayers, and well wishes, cards and gifts. i will never be able  to repay every ones kindness.

the bunnys really sacrificed to be here with me, and so it seems the time has come for me to say a bittersweet goodbye and set them free.  they have a new home waiting for them in kentucky, and while they have made my cancer journey bettersweet rather than bittersweet, we have known all along that eventually they would have to resume their own journey and leave me to mine.

i am truly the richer for their comfort and they will always be in my heart.

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hitchin a ride on the gypsy wagon……..


Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2009 by frannie50

clooney, tango and violet 006

Of all the crafts i do, i have missed working with the bunnies the most. for one thing they were really a joint project that i shared with my granddaughter, olivia. and well, i never really felt i created them, i just  felt they were somehow, channelling themselves through me.(insert eeeerie music here). hehe

so it was pretty disappointing and embarrassing to me when i had to stop making them when i got sick. and really i still had a back order on them, and that left a bad feeling  in my heart as well.

i hope slowly to get all of that ironed out and then my bunnies will be on my etsy site.   we’ll see…Copy of clooney, tango and violet 008

these are some bunnies i hope to send off to kentucky to a farmgirl mom and her new daughter violet. i know the bunnies will enjoy their new home and i hope my farmgirl friend jonni and her little one will enjoy the bunnies.


Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2009 by frannie50
a herd of felted elephants

a herd of felted elephants

well, its just great to be alive, ya know what i mean? but for each one of us, life is made sweeter with the addition of the extras.  the farm, the children, the grandchildren, acoustic music, and the thoughts, prayers, and actions of good friends.

but on a solitary, personal level, for me for a long time crafting has been a way to feed my soul. so when i started feeling good enough to start imagining the crafts i wanted to make, my recovery took a different path, and i truly started to believe that this journey would lead me back to crafting.

so i have started digging through the stashes of recycled fabrics, and books, and  notebooks and once again began my daydreaming about projects and what i would like to make. a stuffie here and a new dress for miss bunny and oh,  a new journal…………

so i hope you will indulge me and let me share for a while some of the crafts that i have returned to

tiny felted pony

tiny felted pony


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