Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Best things about summer

I do love summertime. Michigan blueberries, farm fresh eggs, and dessert pears are a few of the best things about summer. A longtime and dear friend, Carolyn, came by today and brought me a hugh bags of Seckel heirloom dessert pears from one of her trees. They are now in cool storage slowly ripening up.  Lucky me!

I've been taking at least a 2 mile walk every morning. Today was hot and steamy with a southern wind that kept blowing my hat off. I love to come back home after my long walk, put on my big black boots to keep the chiggers off me, and water the plants in the garden. The butterfly garden is looking a little wild right now. Hurray for summer!

Friday, July 11, 2014


I'm enjoying my summer ~ today I made refrigerator pickles with cucumbers from the West Middle School garden. Oz has been traveling so I've been working in the garden, playing in the studio making more hats, and knitting a multicolored bunny. Hopefully I'll have something to show you next week. ~ Marianne

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Being an Auntie

Since I don't have daughters, I really cherish the time I have with my nieces. Two of them were in town last week and we were able to spend some wonderful time together. Whenever Pippi is in Kansas we plan a special day together. We went shopping, out for lunch,  and enjoyed our time together. She's so grown up all of a sudden! My other darling niece Cleo has just graduated from high school and is getting ready to start college. She asked me all kinds of questions about myself. "Did I go to college and did I ever work?" Things she would not know about me since I've just been a momma for the longest time. It is so sweet to think about her future!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Helen, The Cat

Helen has new clothes that I washed and are hanging on the clothes line. Her dress will be pressed and she'll be ready to go in my shop soon.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cabbages and Lettuces

When I was a kiddo, my mom would often send me to the Jewel grocery store with a list of things to buy for dinner. On one shopping trip, I remember selecting a nice big green cabbage thinking it was iceberg lettuce. When I got home, Mom sent me right back to the store to get the right thing (darn it, Marianne!) and I had to ask the grocer for help because I didn't know what iceberg lettuce was. It was that day when I started to wonder where my food came from. Where did that head of lettuce and rejected cabbage come from anyway? Eight year old minds want to know!

So now, when I'm not working in the studio on my artwork, I'm working for CMEF (Community Mercantile Education Foundation). Part of CMEF's mission is to help connect children to locally grown fruits and vegetables, right out of their own school garden! I'm on the board of directors and working as treasurer again this year.

Invest in this great project: Growing Food, Growing Health School Garden Project and consider an online donation.  Thanks so much! Love, M

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy purses ~

I've made a purse a day this week. I'm trying to finish up some of my smaller sewing projects before I make another knit animal. I have plans to make another sweet kitty, a colorful bunny, and a new grey fox. I have 4 new purses in my Etsy shop and am taking 3 purses to Essential Goods. These two are now in my shop.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sweet Kitty by WilleWorks

This sweet Kitty is now in my etsy shop. I sold Miss Daffodil this morning! My shop is looking a bit empty but Sweet Kitty will keep Bronwyn Bunny company.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Never-ending Mushrooms

I've got a dozen or more mushrooms to finish up before I move on to the zippermouth purses that are already cut out and waiting to be sewn up, finished, and put in my shop.  I'm also working on a new knit cat which is coming along beautifully. A dear friend (Thank you, Linda!) gave me some of her husband's worn out wool sweaters. I have washed them up and they will become lovely new hats for next winter.

What do you think of this mushroom in a cup? I have five more vintage cups like this one and I think they would work well at Pam's open house this fall. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Miss Daffodil in the garden

I'm not sure what possessed me but I just had to make Miss Daffodil a hat this week. Not that I don't have a million other things to do! But I like the way it turned out and sometimes I just have to follow the muse. The garden is a riot of purple with the flowering columbine and spiderwort showing off this week. The pink rugosa rose is almost done blooming and all the neighbors commented on it. I even had one neighbor ask me what kind of tree it is. The rose bush is that big.

My mother wrote to me and asked, "did you actually make that hat?" Yes, I did.
I did not make the material, which is a straw-like woven ribbon, but I did sew it all together in this shape, added the ribbon, and sewed in one of my labels on the inside.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

I'm so happy to be home. I had a guest for a week and then was away for a week visiting my mother in Nebraska. I'm finding joy in tackling the mountain of laundry and working a bit in my studio today needle-felting more mushrooms. I'm very thankful for my mother, all the people who have mothered me, and my three sons who made me a mother. Feeling blessed.