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Figs and Dreams

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When I was a child, I thought that the Bible prophets were boring. After all, once Daniel was rescued from the lion's den there really wasn't much more to read. It's taken years for me to fully appreciate the beauty and raw emotion that is conveyed within the prophets. Now as an adult, I find myself returning to the prophets - especially Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Micah - again and again. The words that best express my emotions are there within the books of the prophets: the sorrow, the hope, and the joy.



While looking for another quote about dreamers, I found this quote from T. E. Lawrence who is often better known as Lawrence of Arabia. It's an excellent reminder to me that dreamers are often exactly what is needed in this world. Often, though, dreams come with a price ... one that we sometimes wonder if we need.

What do dreams have to do with figs? Easy. Jeremiah, the second book of the prophets, lived from Josiah's reign until the Kingdom of Judah fell to Babylon.…

Last Saturday Updates

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It's been a busy February, but not for writing so much. I had one book that I started, but it never went much farther than thinking about it ... and researching. I found that I needed more information to even begin finishing the book. I had gifts to make for a friend's bridal shower, and I had books arriving.

It's been busy.

 Yesterday, my remaining 650 books arrived by 18-wheeler. I live on a country road that rarely has that sort of truck traffic. Indeed, if we do have large trucks there are usually two reasons (1) it's a milk truck coming to the dairy farms or (2) there was an accident on one of the two major roads and all traffic is diverted. I received 14 boxes of books, and they are now moved either into the house or into the SUV we're taking to MD and PA in a week.

 The bridal shower gift all wrapped up. I used one of my furoshikis to wrap four dish cloths (seen below). Each dishcloth is hemmed, and is a straight repeat of the warp. They are a little longer…

Books Arriving!

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Back in December, I had my first 100 books arrive on my doorstep. The photo above was taken at that time. Tomorrow afternoon, I should have my remaining 650 books on my doorstep!

This is a major praise since I have two book signings coming up. One is on March 5 in Owings Mills MD, and the other will be closer to home in Wyoming NY. The second one, at the Wyoming Free Library, has no tentative date yet, but I will be certain to announce it when the time comes.

It is a wonderful thing to see how the Lord provides for us, even when we wonder if He will. Through the past eight months, I have wondered if publishing was what I was supposed to do, but time and time again the Lord assured me that this was the path that He desired for me. Knowing that I am on the path that He desires encourages me when it seems like I have no idea what I am to do.



Little Gifts

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Adding a quick update about weaving. I enjoy weaving, and I find that it is a good way to create a gift for someone no matter the reason. For a woman, a shawl is usually a hit; for a family, a rug. The photo above is for a friend's bridal shower this weekend. Her kitchen colors are green, so I'm weaving dish cloths in vibrant colors.

The sett is 12.5 ends per inch, and I use four colors: jade, olive, sea green and black. My black is doubled both in the warp and weft to create defined lines.

On the loom, the dish cloths are 11.5 inches wide by 18 inches long. Once washed, they shrink to 10 inches wide by fifteen inches long. They'll be hemmed, so they'll be closer to square. I use an 8/2 cotton warp and weft for my dish cloths, and find that they work out very well in daily use.

The colors that I used I would like to use for a rug or some other household items since it is a beautiful combination.

Freedom Sunday 2013

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Tomorrow is Freedom Sunday. Tomorrow is a day that we set aside to pray for those who are involved with the modern day slave trade: the slavers, the slaves and the abolitionists. Tomorrow churches around the world with donate time and money to the cause.

Tomorrow.

What about today? What can you do today to end modern day slavery? I can think of 5 steps that you can take today to help end modern day slavery:

Realize that it exists. Slavery isn't just out there or back then, it is here and now in our backyards. I come from a farming community, and some of the migrant workers could very well be slaves that we never noticed. Slavery isn't invisible, we just don't see it for what it is.Learn about it. There are a myriad of books for sale or at your local library about modern day slavery. Not For Sale by David Batstone is a good starting point. Pray that God would raise up people. Prayer is an important part of the Christian walk for we are the royal priesthood of the Most High…

The Least of These

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Valentine's Day is a difficult day for singles - I have friends who joke that it is Single's Awareness Day and wear black. While on Valentine's Day, I am quite aware that I have no boyfriend or husband, it is also a time for me to consider those around me.



Freedom Sunday, a day that the church is setting aside to pray for modern day slavery is this coming Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent. God constantly calls Himself a Father to the fatherless. Those who are least, especially widows and orphans, are most susceptible to being exploited in a variety of ways.
Haiti, where this video was shot, is one of the most vulnerable places for children to grow up, but it isn't the only place. This Valentine's Day, I'd encourage you to consider ways that you can help end modern day slavery as well as show Christ's love to the least of these in your community and around the world.

Vines and Leaves

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I love weaving - it's something that I learned in college, but I picked up the desire to learn from my Grandma who never had the chance to teach me to weave. While I still have Grandma's looms, I usually work on the smaller looms that I have, and my inkle loom is one of my favorites.

This first photo is a picture of the project on the loom. As you can see, it doesn't necessarily look the best, and you cannot see the design as well, but once you have a chance to look at it from another angle:

The design becomes a little clearer. These first two photos are of the same section that I worked on this morning: finishing up one vine and beginning the next. I made a mistake on the first vine, but I can barely tell where the mistake was. The photo below is the first design that I wove into this warp. Apparently this is a Turkish symbol that means: A Woman made this, for it represents the universal female position of hands on hips.
This last photo shows you both the first symbol a…

View from the Studio

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As much as I dislike driving, shoveling, or doing most anything in the snow, on an overcast morning, the snowfall can be quite beautiful. Today's post is simply a photo of what I see out my studio window.


Finished Book 2

I delayed writing today's post since I wanted to be able to say that I finished Azure Lights, the sequel to Azure Maris. I can say that I have finished the book!

It's been a hard book to write, but I know that it isn't going to be hardest of the books. Finishing this book is an accomplishment in two ways:
it's the first sequel I have finished. I have had several ideas for second books, but I have never actually finished any of them ... until now.I have fought through writer's block and won. I suppose other writers and artist have these problems, but sometimes it does feel as though I might be alone. Thankfully, I am not the only one who has these problems.

Now comes the process of editing this book. For those who've read Azure Maris, I can tell you that favorite characters return, and new ones come. In this book, Azure learns more about her people and her heritage as a priestess-princess of Deep Waters. The history that she discovers forces her to confront wh…

February Book Review

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Today's review covers one of my favorite books: Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. She has written another, more academic book called Prehistoric Textiles which covers textile development more in depth.

In Women's Work, however, she has pieced together the anecdotes and other information that provides the non-academic a concise book to read, while giving enough information that should one want to dive in deeper, it is possible.

One of the things that I enjoy about this book is watching how she teases out information from items that I would not necessarily see such as Egyptian tomb paintings. She explains that looking where the weaver is positioned discerns the style of loom used: if the weavers weaves from beside the loom then it is the traditional horizontal loom (stretched out straight along the full length of the warp); if she is in front of the loom, with her knees to one side then she is probably weaving on a vertical loom similar to t…