About lulu

I am a fiber artist with special emphasis on weaving, but I love working with threads and cloth in a variety of mediums. New ideas, new ways of connecting threads are the spice of life.

Dahlias and Threads

P9214852Two of my favorite things are dahlias and textiles, especially handwoven ones like this beautiful piece from San Gimignano. I’m attracted to work like this because I’m never going to weave with threads so small and have great appreciation for the time it must take to thread a loom with fiber no thicker than sewing thread. So how do the two combine? On a table where they become inspiration for this night’s dinner gathering.With colors much like the dahlias, the harlequin patterned plates are a natural choice and need no background other than the copper toned chargers. Add rose toned flatware from Target and teal thumbprint stems that were a lucky find at a back road antique shop and the settings are done. Continue reading

You Can’t Beat Beth’s

Beth'sThere may be a better farm market than Beth’s in Warren, Maine, somewhere, but I’ve not found it.  No fancy signage will get you there, but when one of these signs is on a corner, you better turn and head in that direction.

Beth'sAny time of year is a good time to go, but fall is my absolute favorite.  Do you get a hint why?  Nowhere is there so much evidence of fall bounty.

Beth's/pumpkinsThere are more varieties of pumpkins than you can imagine

Beth's/pumpkins/gourdsand so many decorative gourds that it’s almost impossible to choose which ones to take home.  If all this color and texture doesn’t get you in the mood to do some fall decorating, nothing will!

Beth'sIsn’t the name of these wonderful?  They almost inspire me to have a ladies lunch just so I can use them as a centerpiece.

Beth'sInside is just as plentiful

and with so much beautiful, fresh produce grown on the acres Beth’s farms it’s hard not to buy more than you need.

Beth'sIn addition to all these temptations, there are lots of specialty products and baked goods made in-house.

Beth'sWith all it has to offer, you can bet many of the area restaurants rely on Beth’s for their produce.

Beth'sI’m not sure though if these pumpkins are going to have many buyers!

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You’re Gonna Love it Tuesday

Fall Tweaking

Maine houseSince we are in Maine from May to November and our winter visits are short, not too much generally happens here in the way of seasonal decorating.  This year, however, I was so impressed by all the fall changes I’ve seen on blogs, Pinterest and in magazines I decided to make a few here.

Maine houseChange began by removing summer slipcovers and revealing the autumn  colors hidden beneath.

Maine houseInstantly, the room seemed warmer, and it would have been OK to stop right there, but no, I got the bug.

Maine houseThe coffee table has a new vignette that uses some of my favorite things in a different way.

Maine houseOn a roll now, I made a quick trip to TJ Maxx, confident of finding some new happy. I was not disappointed!  I found a cozy new throw that will knock the chill off as I sit by the fire in the mornings and read your blogs and emails.  I was delighted to find that it has contrasting sides which suits my fancy for texture.

Maine houseNew pillows for the chairs were a bonus find

Maine houseas was a garland of fall leaves that I hoped would work above the fireplace.

Maine houseUnlike many of you, I have no mantle, and the narrow stone ledge is an almost impossible decorating challenge. The garland works though it was kinda tricky getting it to stay in place.  If you look closely, you’ll see a few leaves tucked up under the edge of the frame.

Maine houseExcept for moving a piece of furniture or two, that’s the extent of my fall tweaking, but it made such a difference even the hubby noticed it!

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The Scoop

Show and Share

Metamorphosis Monday

Inspiration Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday

Once, Twice, Maybe Again

fall decor/flowers/tablescapeWhat better way to begin a table than with bunches of fall blooms arranged in bottles from the Dollar Tree and surrounded by a few pumpkins on a paisley runner from TJ Maxx? Together they become a centerpiece reflecting the warmth and texture of the season.

cioppinoWhatever centerpiece is on the table always influences how it is set as well as what will be served. This one makes me think of cioppino, a hearty seafood stew made with all local ingredients and perfect for a chilly night.  (You can find the recipe here.)

tablescapePlaying off the colors of the flowers, these are the dishes and accessories selected.

tablescapeThose of you familiar with my tablescapes know that mixing and matching to add a bit of whimsy and energy is one of my favorite way to dress a table.

tablescapeToo, I keep the setting pretty simple as suits most of the meals I serve and invites people to feel comfortable.

tablescapeNow, this doesn’t happen too often, but we had back to back dinner guests, and I saw no reason to reinvent the wheel.  Centerpiece, placemats, glasses and napkins (clean, of course!) stayed the same and worked perfectly with different dishes and flatware.

tablescapeThe textures and patterns in these pieces gave the table a totally different look to say nothing about how easy the transition was.  I’m thinking that if the flowers last long enough, there could be a third change to this table!

For this dinner, we had pasta topped with a tomato based sauce full of lobster and mussels.  I do love the bounty of Maine!

This is apple picking time, so a dessert made with apples plucked right from the tree is a must this time of year.  This one is an upside down pie made with apples cooked in chai tea.  The taste is delightfully different, one you might want to try.

apple pie1 c. pecans, chopped
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/2 c packed brown sugar
2 pie crusts (I use Pillsbury ones to save a little time)
3 c. peeled, cored and sliced apples
3 T. butter
2/3 c. chai tea latte concentrate
Dash each of ground cinnamon and ground cloves
2 T. packed brown sugar
  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • In 9-inch pie plate, combine pecans, melted butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Place 1 pie crust on top of pecan mixture in pie plate.
  • In 10-inch skillet, cook apples with 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat 2 minutes; add the chai tea. Cover; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add cinnamon and cloves. Drain apples and place in the pie crust; sprinkle 2 tablespoons brown sugar on top.
  • Cover filling with second crust; seal edges and cut a few slits in top crust to allow for venting.
  • Place pie on middle oven rack; place sheet of foil on rack below pie in case of spillover. Bake at 375°F 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven; immediately turn pie upside down onto serving plate.


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Full Plate Thursday

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From Beginning to End

The hubby was determined to shoot Sunday’s eclipse from beginning to end, and he did, staying in place from 9 PM until after midnight.  The night before he scouted the closeby area for a perfect unobstructed spot to set up his camera, so when the time arrived he was ready.  Over the next 3 hours he took more than 200 photos. I’ll spare you all of them but the following which beautifully show the progression of the eclipse.


A couple of hours before, the moon hung low over Penobscot Bay illuminating the water and surrounding area with its glow.  It was so bright that it made the sky seem empty of all else.

eclipseFinally, at roughly 9:11 P.M. the eclipse began and the first shadow appeared to introduce a progression that would last for about an hour.

eclipseAs we watched, our friend who is an astrophysicist explained what was happening.

eclipseHis commentary made the event even more special and was quite educational.eclipseHe talked not only of the eclipse but of the constellations

eclipseand the stars that began twinkling in the sky as the moon darkened.  Earlier it had been nearly impossible to see all but a few with the naked eye.

eclipseIn the final stages of the eclipse when the moon was a dull ball, the Milky Way claimed its space in a velvet sky.

eclipseThough I expected the moon to go totally dark, it didn’t.  Rather it appeared as if it were hiding behind an orange curtain through which no light could pass.

eclipseSoon after it was totally eclipsed, the reverse began and sometime after midnight the moon again appeared as a bright orb high in the sky.

eclipseFor those of you who missed it, you have another chance in 18 years when the moon again is closest to the earth and perfectly aligned with it and the sun!

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Wow Us Wednesday

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change


Simple Decorating Tips for Fall

With its warm colors, fall is a season that delights the senses and with a few simple changes its warmth can be felt in every nook and cranny.

Pumpkins and Gourds

pumpkinsPumpkins, real or not,

gourdsand gourds are favorite accessories that come in all the right colors and add interest any where they are used.


fall decor/candlesWhat could be simpler than candles?  They are a most inexpensive way of adding seasonal color and their night time glow adds a touch of romance.

Pillows and Throws

fall decorThrow pillows in fall colors easily change the look of a room

fall decorand nothing beats a cuddly throw for a chilly morning read by the fire.


fall decor/flowersCostco, Trader Joe’s and the grocery store are full of affordable fall blooms.

fall decor/flowersPut them everywhere and be energized by their beauty.

Porches and Doors

Maine house/diy/fall decorOh, last but not least, remember to announce fall at your entrance.  Nothing is more welcoming to visitors or passersby.

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Metamorphosis Monday