Thursday, December 18, 2014

Adventures in Weaving and Writing

I really had no idea how to describe this, but adventures seemed to be the best. Over on my weaving blog, Bryony Studio, I focused on weaving a new shirt. Yes, you read that right - weaving a new shirt. Actually it turned out well (check out the site tomorrow for the image).

On the other hand, I'm working on new books while I also work on Azure and Orfhlait. Normally, I have a couple ideas rolling around my head while I work on other novels. The most recent short novel (by short, I mean less than 200 pages) has a fashion designer as the main character.

Added to all of this, I'm preparing to head to France in May for a mission's trip. One of the things I've always known is God can use the gifts He's given us to glorify Himself. Art, whether through weaving or writing, is one way I've been blessed. Part of the reason why I'm going to France is to see if the Lord wants me to live in France, using my artistic gifts as a means to show people God loves them.

I haven't decided if I want to make a separate blog for those interested in my journeys, or if I will just keep it here. When the decision is made in the next week or so, I'll make certain to let everyone know.

If you're in the Buffalo-Niagara area on Saturday, December 20, come visit me at Bender's Christian Bookstore on Sheridan Drive in Williamsville. I'll be there signing copies of my books from noon until 3 PM.

Until then, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Corcra Baile

Corcra Baile means Purple House, which I thought an appropriate title for the quilt.

Corcra Baile Quilt
As you can see, I tend to be eclectic in my quilt designs. I have little use for the ones with hundreds of little pieces to sew together. While the quilts are beautiful, they don't really intrigue me like the big block quilts do.

It boils down to a lack of patience - first to cut out the pieces then sew them together. I prefer to be over and done with the quilts at the end of the day, not still arguing with them a week later.

It is, for me, and interesting style and design to see how pieces of fabric can flow together in seemingly mysterious ways.

The Corcra Baile Quilt is available for purchase here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Book Signing

On Saturday, 20 December, I'll be at Bender's Christian Bookstore in Williamsville NY for a book signing. I'll have copies of all three books, but the focus will be on Shamrocks of Stone. The information (including Bender's address) is down below.

Hope to see you there.

When: Saturday, December 20 2014
Where: Bender's Christian Bookstore
             8550 Sheridan Drive
             Williamsville NY
Time: Noon - 3 PM

Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review - December

I think this is one of my favorite books. Part of it is from the photographs, partly because it is about Ireland, and partly because it involves weaving.

Weaving Tapestry in Rural Ireland is about a group called Taipeis Gael in County Donegal. The book is substantial, heavy with beautiful photographs, some in black and white, many in color. It's really an ode to the weavers in County Donegal.

Tapestry weaving is not indigenous to Ireland. Something I had to remind myself while I wrote Shamrocks of Stone. This book, however, is part of the reason I often set contemporary weavers in Ireland (and to be honest, I love Ireland).

Some of my favorite sections include the gallery of tapestries as well as the section on natural dyes found in the Isles. It's a section I used for another series I'm writing.

If you like Ireland or weaving this is one of those books to purchase. It's a good book to flip through occasionally.

Note: the book cover links you to Amazon where I receive a small commission when you click through. It's a way you can support your local writer.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Wake-up - Diamond Door

Where does this door lead (if you can read German it probably helps)? Character, setting and one or two sentences about the plot line.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I'm Back

It has been a slow couple of weeks, let me tell you. Between twisted knees, plenty of snow, and writing for NaNoWriMo 2014, I haven't had much time to write on the website.

As one friend put it - "Being off her feet will help her write her next novel!"

She is, as you can tell, anxiously awaiting the sequel to Shamrocks of Stone. It is coming along, and once December hits, it will be the primary focus. Sometimes, I find after a long writing hiatus (such as this summer) National Novel Writing Month is a good way to jump start my writing juices again.

It's down to the last couple days, so I decided I'm going to push through and try to finish it by Thanksgiving, or at the very least, have it almost finished before Thanksgiving so I can enjoy the time with family.

By the way, for those concerned about the snow, it's gone for the most part. Three feet of snow has nothing on rain and mild temperatures. Of course, those in the flood-prone areas of Western NY have one disaster after another, but where I am, the flooding is mild.

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Wake-up - Old Rust

Where does this door lead? Character, setting and one or two sentences about the plot line.