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.

Once Again

dahliasI’m crazy for dahlias, but no matter how hard I try to grow them they never do well.  Dahlias need lots of sun and my yard is shade challenged!

DahliasSo, I get my dahlia fix by making an annual trek to Endless Summer Flower Farm where  at least 250 varieties flourish.


They come in all sizes from small 


to medium


to almost as big as your head.


They are so perfectly formed and the texture so waxlike you have to touch the flower to make sure it’s not artificial.

And the colors….well, it seems they are limitless!

dahliasThere’s no walking away without a bouquet of these beauties

tablescape/dahlias & gourdsand no matter where they are used, they are perfect.  

I’m thinking next year I’ll try again to grow my own, this time in pots.

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Never Too Many!

Beth's/pumpkinsNo question about it, I’m crazy about using pumpkins and gourds this time of year, and there’s no such thing as too many.


Wherever they are used, they add such color and texture, two of my favorite things  when it comes to setting a table.

img_7671Those elements make it very easy to put everything else together,

img_7676especially during this season when the colors are so rich and warm.

img_7668As important as anything on the table is the humble napkin.    For me, it’s always the final touch that keeps any table from being ordinary and there are lots of options.  The above fold is one you might want to try.img_7662With the napkin laid flat, fold it on the diagonal.  

img_7663Fold from left to right to make a smaller triangle.  Repeat.

img_7665Fold each side accordion style, starting at the middle.

img_7666Hold the napkin tightly about 1 1/2″ from the bottom and tie with twine or ribbon.  Adjust the folds.

Folding the napkin is not difficult.  Where it gets a little sticky is holding it with one hand and tying it with the other.  That’s when an extra pair of hands come in handy!  Next time I do this fold, I’m going to add a leaf or a herb sprig or a flower or a cinnamon stick….well, you get the picture.  Napkins are just another way to express your creative self.  Have fun!


Tablescape Thursday

Imagining: the Olson House

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo matter how many times I visit the Olson House, I am intrigued by its history, the people who lived there and the art it inspired.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine a young Christina Olson shrieking with delight to the creaking of her rocking horse.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine her sitting in a sunlit kitchen gazing past her red geraniums to the world outside.

Olson HouseI imagine her brother Alvaro walking through the blue door after a day’s work,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAone that may have seen him putting his dory away for the season.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine their friend Andrew Wyeth sitting in the kitchen with Christina and Alvaro enjoying their, perhaps, silent company.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine Wyeth looking out a second floor window toward the St. George River and finding subject for his next painting.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine him sitting in this room painting Christina’s World, which would  become his most famous work and inspiration for the creative output of many others.

Yes, the Olson House gives birth to many imagined wanderings, but there is a reality here, too.  


Olson Houseand Andrew Wyeth have left this place for another that they share.  Their presence here together speaks volumes about their relationship, one that I can only imagine but much of which is told through Wyeth’s art.

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WPC: Local

Indian IslandMany times I have posted photos of Indian Island which sits at the entrance to Rockport Harbor.  The welcoming sight of it lets me know I am safely home in the place where my heart resides.

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Invited or Not

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInvited or not, these gals have a way of popping in around this time every year.


They plop themselves right down in the middle of the table among  pumpkins and gourds as if they belong.  Nervy aren’t they?


As if the uninvited gals are not enough, they are joined by a raven that flies in scattering leaves in every direction.  Whatever plans I had for a centerpiece have gone awry as these characters have made the table their own.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have to give them credit for making it pretty easy to select dishes and flatware,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand those leaves scattered by the raven?  With a little Sharpie help, they have just become place cards.   You know, this table is turning out to be quite fun thanks to the arrival of uninvited guests.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll in all, the unexpected result is a playful table perfect for the season that lends itself to touches of whimsey!

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind


Tablescape Thursday

Halloween Tablescape

Cliff Dwellings of Mesa Verde

Being totally unfamiliar with Mesa Verde,  I had no idea what to expect when our Durango hosts suggested we go there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASee this flat topped mountain?  It is Mesa Verde and for some 600+ years, it was home to Ancestral Puebloan people who farmed and hunted on the very rocky terrain.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday Mesa Verde is a national park and World Heritage site that has some of the best preserved archeological sites in the United States.    That fact alone made it a very interesting place.


Spruce Tree House

What attracts most people to Mesa Verde are the cliff dwellings which from their earliest days became more and more sophisticated.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you might guess, not all the dwellings are available for exploration due to their fragile state, and this day Balcony House was the only one allowing visitors.  To get there required climbing a 32 foot ladder.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI must admit to having second thoughts about that, but I gritted my teeth and with eyes glued to the wall in front of me, I made the climb with the park ranger cheering me on!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArriving at the top, the view was amazing.  When I saw how far a drop from the ladder would have been my stomach did a little flipflop!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAccording to the park ranger, Balcony House had 45 rooms and 2 kivas.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConsidering how high up it is, I could only wonder how building materials were hoisted into place and marvel at the construction ingenuity of its inhabitants.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt also dawned on me that the people must have been quite small as there were some very narrow spaces through which one had to pass.

Though no one seems to know why the cliff dwellers left Mesa Verde or for sure where they went, it is estimated they were gone by 1300.  It is thought they were possibly starved out or experienced such drought that it was impossible to live there without water.  Whatever the reason, the early Puebloans left behind an incredible legacy.

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