Posted in Arizona, art, inspiration, Nature

Sedona Mood

Sedona, Arizona is such a beautiful place.  Its beauty is in stark contrast to that of our Oregon home, which is influenced by the maritime climate of the Pacific Coast.  I’m basking in the heat and sunshine, shoring up my reserves for our long, dark PNW winter.

It’s been a wonderful and relaxing few days, spent hanging out with family and taking in the scenery.  The red rocks are stunning and awe-inspiring.  I’d love to share some of my favorite images with you.

Right before sunset
Interesting flora
After sunset – I love the retro look these colors created
At sunrise
Giant black bees
Oak Creek, Sedona

Art abounds in Sedona:

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My favorite! Family is everything!

On the knitting front, I have been working away at the next pumpkin pattern.  I completely redesigned the shaping last night and hope to have a completed pumpkin this week.  Pattern soon!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll catch you again soon!!!



Posted in art, Carol E. Herman Designs, knitting, knitting swaps, Sketch

Creative People, Beautiful Creations

So, we are having a summer swap in my Ravelry group, and Paula drew this on the envelope for her swap partner. Maybe it was a simple act for her, but it brought joy to her swap partner and, later, to the rest of us. I hope it brings a bit of light and beauty to your day as well.


Thank you, Paula!

Posted in photography, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday – Well, Nearly…

I am writing this new post in response to a prompt made in the Blogging 201 class I’m taking on WordPress, a suggestion to write a weekly post such as Wordless Wednesday or Throwback Thursday.   I thought it might be fun to give Wordless Wednesday a shot.  The only writing in future Wednesday posts would be the title.  The rest of the story would be told through pictures.  As you can see from today’s post, though, sometimes there are a lot of words in my photos!  I truly haven’t any idea what anyone else does with Wordless Wednesday; this is my interpretation based solely on the title.

At any rate, it seemed like a challenge that would be fun and could share a bit of my story with you.  I’m not sure whether this is something that will stay in the blog, but for today, I present:

Wordless Wednesday – enjoy the images







Fairy Godmother’s Spa Cloth
Fairy Godmother’s Spa Cloth







Posted in art

The Salem Art Fair & Festival

Today I decided to make my way to the 66th annual Salem Art Fair and Festival.


Held the third weekend in July, this juried art fair features over 200 regional, national, and international artists.  Twenty-five years ago we moved to Salem in July, and I think the Salem Art Fair is one of the first best things we discovered about our new home.  The artwork is always of high quality, and there are items at all price points.  It’s always a lot of fun to see if you can find that special piece that speaks to you.

This year I was surprised to see more fiber artists.  Perhaps that’s because I am now more aware of the fiber arts.  Check out this fascinating embroidered work: Yan’s Design – Handmade Embroidery Art (link leads to video of the work being done).  She paints on silk and then hand embroiders the detail.  Amazing!  Also lovely was the weaving by Bautista Weaving:


I loved the canopy of old oak trees that provided much-needed shade at Bush’s Pasture Park, on this day when it was nearly 100 degrees by 1:00.


The heat did me in.  I headed home, slightly burnt and somewhat disappointed that I was done for the day.  The festival continues tomorrow; I can always go back if it calls to me.

I found just two treasures to bring home, but I was very pleased with them.

The first is the bar of handmade soap I was looking for to send to my swap partner in the Summer Spa Swap we’re having in my Ravelry group.  If you missed this swap, keep an eye out for the next one!  (But I digress!)  I found ArtSoap, which is made by creatively arranging pieces of glycerine soap and then slicing them – think millefiori.  The ArtSoap is definitely a unique look, but it smells divine!  I am hopeful that my swap partner will like it.  Their website is


I also found this sweet coneflower mug made by Fishbowl Pottery.  I just love it and think the design is perfect!  I love the colors and the sculptural texture of the flowers.  Love!



I hope you have enjoyed checking out the Salem Art Fair & Festival with me.  I didn’t even mention the food, the live music at the two bandstands, and the performances by the Children’s Educational Theatre!  If you ever have the chance to visit, it is well worth the trip.