Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world ~ Harriet Tubman

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Slow Down

Zentangle on the Beach


It was a beautiful weekend,
full of yummy goodness!
My husband Jimmy turned 60 years old!
We celebrated with a family Tides baseball game (his request)
and Gelato from Strawberry Fields afterward.
It was a wonderful celebration,
how we love our family!

Gotta have a selfie at the ball game!

Photo compliments of Heather Wynn Photography!

Greeting Jimmy when we arrived to Strawberry Fields
(It certainly helps that your kids own the shop!)

Saturday was absolutely perfect weather,
I started my early morning
weaving on my deck.
I so wanted to finish my Mirrix Loom Weave-A-Long
and I had just 2 1/2" to go ... easy right?
Wow it took me a very long time but it was worth it,
I finished!
With a cup of coffee nearby, the birds singing 
and a gentle breeze it wasn't that hard.
I don't want to even think of how many hours I have put into
this Tapestry Project.
As I have written before, it taught me many things.
I totally loved the challenge!

Found a new place to weave ... outside!

Well my 2 1/2" turned into almost three hours,
sure I was up and down;
but I steadily wove during that time.
Now I needed to cut it off the loom,
and assemble it!

Cut off the loom and finishing it up

My complete work ... hand sewn and beautiful!
A true treasure for me!

Saturday I was quiet at home,
taking care of this project,
my puppy and cleaning.
Much needed for sure!
We have been running so much I was
reminded how good it is to just slow down,
care for my home, my family and myself.

Summer does that for us.
It gives us permission to slow way down.
In a world of hustle bustle most of the time,
here we have been given a season of taking it easier.
Sunshine, beaches, reading books, laying in the sun,
tending to our gardens,
delicious salads and yummy light foods,
quietness in our own backyards,
time with family,
time to nap,
create art, write poetry.
Time to just soak in all the goodness of life.

There is something magical about a sand dune!
I never grow tired of seeing them.

My Sunday was the ending of a perfect weekend.
Worship at my beloved Trinity Church
with family and friends,
started packing for my Outer Banks Week
and then a quick trip to the ocean,
Sandbridge Beach,
just twenty minutes away.
Dinner out for some seafood,
Zentangle® on the Beach,
and a quick swim.
The perfect ending to a perfect weekend!

May your summer be filled with
all good things.
Take the time to slow down,
be good to your own self,
re-prioritize what's important.
Thanks for taking the time to visit with me,
I cherish you and writing!

Donna Lee






Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A dozen positive thoughts . . .

Found along the Lake Shore last weekend

I have been battling Bronchitis
for ten days now,
(just passing grand baby germs back and forth!)
I could say I haven't felt very well, (woe is me)
and didn't want to do a whole lot.
When our bodies are weak,
so is our spirit.

I've been working on my watercolors lately,
I am always drawn back to them,
here is a peak at my art table lately
I really love it don't you?

My creative safe haven

I decided to get over the sickness stuff ...
be positive and think about the good things,
so here are my thoughts on this Tuesday Summer Morning!

Life is a gift each and every day . . . don't take it for granted

Dwell on the positive, never the negative

See the beauty all around you . . . I promise you it's there

Kindness goes so much further than you know

See the good that is right in front of you

Lending a hand to others helps you feel so much better

Creativity stirs the soul in a very good way

Music and Dancing are life desserts

Family is a treasure ... mend those broken fences

Grandchildren's hugs and kisses are the best ever

You do make a difference in this life of ours . . . never forget it

Quiet your heart and mind ... the calmness will come 

Drawing always slows me down


May your week be filled with beauty
Look for the good in all things
Be creative in anyway you can
Spread love to your neighbors
Do something totally different

I'm looking forward to the long holiday weekend,
how about you?

Donna Lee


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tapestry Teaches Patience

Beginning

I have been participating in a "Weave-A-Long"
for a little while now,
I thought this eyeglass case would be easy
and that I could just whip it out!
I had to think again!
I love working on my 22" Zach Mirrix loom,
while my big loom in the studio is occupied
with an even bigger project!

I have been working on Part Two of
(another incredible learning experience)
for awhile now and just wanted to play with my loom
before diving into Part Three (can't wait)

I purchased the kit for the eyeglass case,
loved the colored yarn choices
and Claudia's hand dyed silks were beautiful
to blend in with the fibers.
I was ready to go.

Warping the loom is one of my favorite
parts of weaving.
It is a slow process; it requires lots of thinking
but the end result forms the foundation
on which to weave.
I love it.

Slowly tapestry begins to form

I was playing around with a process
called Eccentric Weave,
something I wanted to learn, 
but was afraid to try.
So when Mirrix Looms offered this
project and I could learn the weave structure,
I was excited to try!

My little Annabelle loves helping me weave
Beating is her favorite thing!

I am sure that many of the participants
in the Weave A Long have finished their
Eyeglass Case project,
I have not.
In fact, I have learned so much with 
each and every row woven in this project.

Here are my lessons learned:

Eccentric weave is beautiful and fun

I don't want to rush any project
because I am enjoying every row

Tapestry teaches me to slow down
and to enjoy the process of weaving
(It's not always about the finished product)

For me weaving along other people
is a motivator, but I still must go at my own pace

Tapestry weaving cannot be done quickly

I love weaving in the quiet with no distractions,
I can hear my inner voice coming through

I wish others could learn this amazing art

Tapestry allows the fibers to run through my fingers,
it's all about a sense of touch

Tapestry weaving is a meditative art
it forces me to slow down, think and take it in.

Tapestry speaks to me

Every row teaches me something new

As of this morning 4 1/2" woven ... 3 more to go!

On this quiet Tuesday morning with coffee in hand,
it seemed like the perfect time to write about something
I am extremely passionate about!
I love to weave quietly in the morning,
before things begin to happen in our household,
it is a gift I give to myself!

Perhaps this is why the words of
rings so true in my own life . . .
I have certainly loved this song my whole life!

"My life is just a Tapestry of rich and golden hue . . ."

Me and my Hokett loom while traveling to Squam Retreat,
(Fiber and Weaving are always with me)

If you ever get the chance to learn this gentle art,
I encourage you to do so!
There are so many opportunities out there,
and weaving have had an explosion of attention lately.
I'm glad I have come full circle after 35 years,
and returned to where I began my own weaving journey.
Oh the lessons I have learned and I have so far to go.
I love to think of the yarn fibers that have passed
through my hands over the years.

I stand here grateful for having been drawn to this process
oh so long ago.
I am a better person today because of it.
Patience and slowing down is slipping away from all of us,
I'm just glad that when I sit at my loom,
even if only for a few minutes in a day,
it speaks to me ...
Donna Lee just enjoy where you are right here and right now
nothing else matters in this moment.
Relax and breathe it all in





Saturday, June 11, 2016

Return to Squam


Wow ... looking back at my blog I
realize I haven't posted since my amazing
Maryland Sheep and Wool Experience!
Where did the time go?

I was busy preparing for my teaching at Squam 2016,
working as an Optician, and of course,
watching over my three little grandchildren!
Time does get away from me quite often lately.
Trying to find balance in life
between work, family and my teaching schedule.
Somewhere in there, I try to fit in some ART!

It was just a week ago that I attended and taught
at the amazing Squam 2016
at Squam Lake in New Hampshire.
I was gone for five incredible days.
To say it was Magical and Life Calming
doesn't seem to be enough,
it was a rare and generous gift!

I think it will be best to describe my experience
through my photos.
I grew spiritually, stretched my teaching wings,
had the sweetest roommate Kerry Lemon,
met new friends, deepened current friendships,
quieted my heart, tried new things, heard new poems,
helped others feel comfortable and welcomed,
walked along the trails in appreciation
and reconnected with my true self.
So here you go . . . Squam through my eyes.

A familiar greeting when I arrived

My Cabin ... Point Comfort

My view everyday from our bedroom

Mindy Tsonas's amazing Dream Catcher

My wish to come true

The familiar and beautiful Woven Heart

Walking the trails to class ... yarn bombs leading the way

My amazing classroom for three days

My Class Sample found a special spot

Students faced this beauty while they drew

We came inside the circle for reflections and insights

Students embracing the Zentangle® process

Some of their completed works ... so proud of their creations

 Beauty found along the trail

The gift of Peace along the trail (heart throb!)

 This beauty morning and night in our cabin
Fire in June ... hey I'll take it!

A treasured gift from Mindy Tsonas

Mini Workshop with Tierney Barden ... Paper cutting
My word was Squam

A different message each day before entering dining hall

Simple pleasures along your way

Working quietly to the sounds of nature

Mandala paintings drying before drawing on them

Creating a mosaic of our work from the day

Busy art tables

A small nature mandala demo

Jean was
 our winner of Louise Gale's new Mandala Book!
Thank you Louise!!! 

Emily won the class demo to take home!

Our students display of work at share table

 Creating a Squam Totem in Kat Stromecki's Class
It was so yummy!
My cherished totem to bring home!

 Found some quiet time on the dock for weaving

 How I love these two!
Mindy and Forrest
They worked the magic for everyone who attended!
How grateful I am to call them friends

Last night ... the Art Fair

Impromptu photo taken by Elizabeth
Oh how grateful I am to have these two amazing women
Elizabeth and Colleen
in my life!

Soooooooooooooooo
as you can see it was an amazing five days away from home.
Coming as a teacher was an even deeper experience for me.
Elizabeth thank you for your love and trust in me.
She has created a safe place for so many.
I hope each one of you will look into attending
just once in your life,
it will be a gift that keeps on giving.

This was a long post, but there was so much to share.
May your life be quiet and full of good things.
Trust in who you are and your own abilities.
Love yourself just a little bit more this week!

Donna Lee