Friday, April 30

Cactus Forest Loop Scenic Drive

Today, after a hike up and back on the Ridge View Trail in Saguaro National Park East, we succumbed to this month’s Sunset Magazine article on the wonders of the 8-mile Cactus Forest Loop Scenic Drive – well worth it! Quite yummy with blooms ablaze in all directions!  You can see why they call it The Flowering Desert!

DSC_0016Peach and yellow blooms on the same prickly pear plant. 

Roxy the Wonder Dawg loves goin’ for rides:DSC_0018





Monday, April 26

Quote of the Week – April 26, 2010

"He told me one time he forgot himself and his heart opened up like a door with a loose latch and he tried for days to put it all back in proper order but finally he gave up and left it all jumbled up there in a pile and loved everything equally."

Brian Andreas

Wednesday, April 21

The Yes Breath

“One shift in your bodymind can get you unstuck faster than anything else we know of.  The Yes Breath also solves the central human dilemma: How can I increase my ability to give and receive more love, positive energy and appreciation from myself and others.  The Yes Breath is a skill that simultaneously takes the brakes off and opens us up to more possibilities.”

-Gay Hendricks
The Hendricks Institute

Tuesday, April 20

My latest little quilt!


My latest little quilt! (Approximately 8x 10 inches, hand-dyed cottons and commercial batiks.)

Monday, April 19

160 visitors through our garden yesterday!


We participated in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association Garden Tour yesterday.  It was a fund-raiser for our neighborhood’s historic status nomination process.

I expected maybe 50 to 75 folks to come through and was pleasantly surprised to see that we had 50 in the first hour, for a total of 160 visitors! 

It was fun and a great catalyst for getting our winter cleanup done, and I’m glad it’s done!  Phew! 

Here are some images of the garden that I took between visitors:

Also, you can click here to see some fun “before” photos.








A gorgeous metal sculpture designed and created by our dear friend, Tucson artist Marla Ruane:DSC_0099


The bird of paradise obliged by blooming as if on cue:DSC_0108

Kenny the truly-good-sport, who not only agreed to this crazy idea, but put in MANY hours pulling it off!


Kirby the Gatekeeper:DSC_0090


Six gorgeous blooms on the bird of paradise!DSC_0107 


Our “outdoor room” filled with the heady fragrance of jasmine and magnolia!  Yum! DSC_0139 



Roxy the mild-mannered docent , who patiently observed most of the proceedings from the WRONG (to her way of thinking) side of the dining room screen door:DSC_0122

The path to the backyard:DSC_0078

And I even got to put some of my art out for sale to benefit the neighborhood!  My first official semi-public showing!


A little peek at the backyard which was not quite up to snuff, in my opinion, to be “officially” included on the tour:DSC_0079

Quote of the Week – April 19, 2010

“To find our calling is to find the intersection between our own deep gladness and the world's deep hunger."

-Frederick Buechner

Tuesday, April 13

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Monday, April 12

New Springtime photos of studio

A day of Spring cleaning in my studio presents the perfect opportunity to snap some fresh photos!




DSC_0056Cutting table:  DSC_0063   DSC_0066

Fabric stash:DSC_0065



Pressing table: DSC_0068

Design wall:   DSC_0073 DSC_0075DSC_0070




Yoga spot! Roxy spot! DSC_0054