We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving and we all have the power to make wishes come true; as long as we keep believing ~Louisa May Alcott~

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Checking in with Myself!

Looking for tiny moments of Joy

It is now the season of Fall . . .
Just a few months left in this amazing year!
I always consider this time of year 
as a time to check in with myself,
re-evaluate and step back just a bit.
I love that there is a crisp feeling in the air,
Leaves are changing colors all around me,
I can open my windows at night and hear
the beautiful sounds of nature.

October is almost over
and here we step quickly into the Holiday Season,
it's right around the corner folks!
I must say I dread the busyness of the next few months,
it's all about what we have to get done,
who we have to buy for,
hurry, hurry and hurry some more.

So I took the time to re-visit
my WORD for the year,
How appropriate for me this time of year!

The world is such a loud and noisy place,
it is good to be reminded to turn Inward.
Re-evaluate our priorities,
slow down for a bit
and concentrate on what is truly important.
There are just a few months left of this year
and I ask myself how did I do with my 
Word for the year?
I think pretty darn well.

I have learned that in this life,
we are constantly changing.
People come and go in our lives,
we walk in and out of relationships,
we hold on to certain things with a strong grip,
we are learning each and everyday we live.
So I guess we are constantly renewing
our hearts and minds.
We need to look at all the opportunities that come our way 
and actually see that we can grow from each one!
They are all teaching moments.

I was featured recently on the Squam Website with
Elizabeth's Morning on the Dock Podcast Series.
What an honor that was for sure!
She asked thought provoking questions,
and I answered with an open heart.
It was as though we were sitting in her amazing living room
just chatting over a cup of herbal tea!
You can find it here . . .
I think everyone needs an Elizabeth in their life,
and know her the way I truly know her.
What a gift it is to truly share a friendship with this woman!
I so appreciate her guiding me along my creative life path.
This podcast kinda explains what this blog post is all about today!

So as November fast approaches
and the Holidays draw near,
just take the time to breathe in Nature,
breathe in Stillness,
breathe in Opportunity
and let go of unneeded stuff in your life.
Find regular moments of solitude
to keep yourself in check.

I love watching my little grandchildren growing up,
they are teaching me something new every day.
Especially about love, acceptance and discovery!
They are now 3, 2 and 1
(how precious is that!)

Grayson Blake

Dylan James and Annabelle Lilly

This is the perfect time to check in with yourself,
change the things you can
accept the things you can't change.
Allow yourself this freedom.
We can't rely on the "resolutions"
we wrote down in the beginning of the year,
for we are constantly evolving.

May your day be filled with joy today
as you walk your own path.
I'm so glad you stopped by today!

Donna Lee

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How color affects our artwork . . .

I never stop being amazed at the beautiful sources of color
that is all around me.
I am more focused on color I am sure as an Artist,
whether using my Watercolors to paint,
or weaving with my scrumptious Fibers.
I take so many photos because I don't want 
to miss a creative moment, 
knowing that photo will affect my
artwork somehow and sometime!

I am having fun in Rebecca Mezoff's 
Color Gradation Online Course,
and I am learning more that I ever dreamed!
Color blending, hatching colors, shading,
and taking two colors of threads close to each other
on the color wheel,
separating them and blending them to make new colors.
The possibilities of color are endless.
This course just goes on and on with
insight and inspiration.
Thank you always Rebecca for giving
so much to your students through your courses.
I am a sponge soaking up every morsel!!

As part of the Social Marketing team at Mirrix Looms,
I also wrote a blog post about my course with Rebecca,
using my new Spencer Treadle
and The importance of color in our artwork.
You can find that article right here

Let me tell you one important thing . . . READY?
If you are at all interested in Tapestry Weaving,
explore the beautiful Mirrix Looms,
I purchased my very first 25 years ago,
They are as magnificent now as they were back then.
(I don't say that because I am part of the team,
 I say it because I love mine!)

I have had a dear internet sister purchase a Mirrix recently and
I welcome her into my weaving family!
She also signed up for Rebecca's course,
she is hooked for sure!!!!
Nancy is such a beautiful soul ...
check out her website here
she inspires me through her faithful walk,
and all her creativity!
What a gift it was when we connected
through our blogs one wonderful day!

I have just come out of the effects of Hurricane Michael,
I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia
and we were only going to have a snippet of the storm,
2 am Sunday morning was a fierce storm passing through!
We lost power for quite a while, and it took days to get our cable back,
we still don't have our landline phone in service.
It did teach me the importance of not depending on television,
political news, Netflix and even my Pandora music!
Quiet is a good thing.
It slows you down, teaches you to listen way down deep, 
to rely on your thoughts
and rest your body.
The sounds of nature outside are so beautiful.
We usually close our windows and shut the world out,
we are missing life's little treasures.

I played Art ... using my new Sennelier Watercolors,
here is a small creation I keep working on.
You can usually find me with a pen and some watercolors nearby!
I am thinking of creating a card from the painting,
what do you think?

So on this quiet Wednesday, I am heading to my studio,
where all my favorite creative things are stored.
I am hoping to get a few hours of uninterrupted weaving time in today!
As I enter my studio, this is what I see first . . .
My precious Felicity Grace ... I've been calling her Gracie
and I think it fits!

Enjoy your midweek,
we are halfway there to the weekend.
Take the time to always observe your surroundings,
look up at the beautiful colors in the sky,
or see the plants still blooming,
certainly you have many shades of mums nearby!
As always, thank you for taking the time
to visit here ... it warms my heart!

Donna Lee

Monday, September 19, 2016


Wisdom comes in all forms . . .
I found this tree recently and had to capture it with my camera.
I remember standing there for quite some time
just marveling at it's beauty.

Each limb carried such history,
it's roots were strong and mighty.
It was still hanging on to the leaves of summer,
yet it was gradually beginning to change
and let go of some leaves.

It stood there as if to say,
"Come Donna Lee and sit with me awhile"
and so I did!
Ask yourself when was the last time you just sat
under a tree, breathed in the fresh air
and heard the sounds of nature singing to you in the background?
I didn't bring my paints, or sketchbook, or Zentangle® with me,
I just sat in the presence of nature,
and it was so calming.
Sometimes I feel like I always have to be doing something.
It makes me wonder what I have been missing.
Even in creating Art, we might not see the beauty
happening around us.
I am grateful for this tree, what a wonderful
lesson I learned that day.

As I re-read my past blog entries,
I am consistently reading a theme of 
quiet, slow down, breathing it all in,
a need for calmness and rest.
I believe we are all searching for that in a small way.

I have entered my sixth year blogging,
I honestly don't know where the time has gone.
It has taught me to share my feelings,
get words onto the "virtual" page
and I now have a wonderful journal
of the past six years.
I have published my posts in book form,
I will always have a record of my thoughts and dreams
written here.

There is Wisdom in our lives,
our past experiences,
our art, our friendships, our families,
just in our day to day life journey.
Each experience is a stepping stone, 
guiding us along our own way.
I am grateful I have recorded mine
through this blog,
for she is a familiar friend to me.
Just like friendships,
sometimes we stray apart, 
time slips away from us
and then we come back together,
just picking up where we left off!
(Usually on a Monday morning)

Where do you find your own wisdom?
Where do you seek your comfort?
I would love to hear about it if you care to share.
Walk lightly as you step into this fall season.
Look at the beautiful changes nature is handing to us 
at this very moment.
Wasn't the Harvest Moon spectacular?
I sat under it for hours the other night,
just soaking in it's beauty!

Donna Lee

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Way We View Life . . .

The view from here

Life is such a beautiful thing!
Filled with love, family, incredible experiences,
hurts and disappointments,
resentments, broken relationships,
lessons learned, wishes granted,
broken promises, goals attained,
beautiful friendships,
blessing after blessing,
meaningful conversations
and so much more!
I've merely touched the surface

I have learned that it truly is
all about how we perceive what is right in front of us,
how we see things,
how we absorb what is happening
and how we react to things.
No two people view life with the same way.
Each of us carries a different perspective or point of view.
How many times have you seen something
so beautifully and someone you know
sees it as a negative or bother?

Standing right in front of me ... my friend chose not to see!

As a Tapestry Weaver,
I am constantly taught to slow myself down,
to think "what if" as I'm at the loom.
I try to see my weaving from a close perspective.
Perhaps that is why I view life the way I do.
I love viewing the world around me,
my eyes are truly WIDE open.
Everything becomes a photographic moment for me!
I love taking image after image,
because I know somewhere or somehow
they will show up again and be used in a blog post
or a card or something!

So I leave you with this thought ...
I would love for you to look at your own life
with a total open heart.
Look at the wonderful possibility,
don't see the negative hinderances.
See the beauty in all things
when if at all possible.
See the beauty of that last little rose bud,
still thriving and blooming;
rather than the empty thorns and dried up leaves
that are present on the same bush!
It's all there I promise you!

Especially with the significance of this day
for our nation, September 11th.
Here we are 15 years later,
each American still healing in there own way.
There are so many lessons we have learned as a nation
after all this time.
Each of us carrying our own perspectives.
May we truly never forget this day in history, NEVER!

May your week be filled with joy,
your days filled with promise and  possibility,
and your heart be free to love!

Donna Lee

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Happy Little Woven Piece

In my last post a few weeks ago, 
I was just beginning to work on a 
small tapestry face.
It was a project I had wanted to try
for such a long time.
I had recently finished weaving
my Eccentric Woven Eyeglass Case
and my sweet Mirrix Loom was sitting empty
and ready for a new warp!

I had just added the Spencer Treadle
(an electric foot pedal)
to my 22" Zach Mirrix Loom,
and I was eager to give it a try.
I put on a small 3" wide warp,
sketched a small face
(inspired by my sweet friend Mindy Lacefield)
you can find her online class on painting faces
right here
Instead of using paints, I was going to create with fiber!
(I even used some of my handspun yarn for her hair)

Each morning before work
I sat at the loom and wove a little before my day began,
sometimes a coffee and scone helped me along!

Boy did I learn many lessons during this tiny
weaving project ...  I didn't think something so
small could teach me so much!

It's definitely not as easy as it seems

I had to learn to adjust to an electric pedal for sure

Even with a small cartoon behind, the design might change

Tapestry continues to kick my butt

I am learning and growing stronger as a Tapestry Artist

I love this weaving process so much

Mirrix Looms are amazing for sure

I made some mistakes, but I also learned how to correct them

I am inspired by other Tapestry Weavers
that make this look so easy

So meet my little "Ruthie"
dedicated to the amazing
who inspires me with her weaving,
her gentleness and her wonderful faces.
She makes it all seem so effortless!

One day I will have the pleasure of
taking one of her classes in person!!!

I'm kinda in love with her!
I wonder what my next little person will look like,
can't wait to start another one!

Have a great rest of your summer ...
I'll return after Labor Day with a more regular blog posting.
I told myself I would return to my big tapestry the beginning of fall,
and I have to put a new warp on my Mirrix to keep working
on my online class with the amazing Rebecca Mezoff!
Summer time is meant to have no rules and no deadlines!
It has been a special time of being with family, my puppy,
taking the time to rest the soul,
rejuvenate my spirit,
and prepare for the fall!
I did all that and more!

Donna Lee
Tapestry Artist
(well ... Learning and Discovering Tapestry Artist!)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Summer Slow Down Continues!

Reminder for me written in the sand

I look over my blog this morning 
and realize it has been a month since I have written anything!
I must be having a great summer slow down,
just what I needed for sure!

Summer is such a great time for rest and renewal.
We all need that don't we?
I spent a week with my precious family
in the Outer Banks.
(If you are a mommy/grandmommy
you know how wonderful it is to have
your whole sweet family under one roof
for an entire week!)
Oh the kisses and hugs and joy I received.

My treasures!

 Intention setting on the beach

 Re-creating one of my favorite photos of my precious boys
(They were troopers!)
How blessed am I!!!!!

Poetry and Latte in the mornings

So as you can see, I had a very good time away.
The ocean always brings me back to focus.
How grateful I am for family, time away and rejuvenation!

As I have returned home I have been able to 
have quiet mornings to pursue my artwork,
and I am learning new things all the time.
Here is a peek at some of my work:

 Playing with Inks, Words and of course Mandalas!

 Playing with Abstract Watercolors

 Creating Originals for cards

Playing with White Ink on Black tiles
for a future Zentangle® class

Fun collecting botanicals for my flower press

My lace shawl I started at Squam is progressing

I love creating my art . . . it truly soothes my soul.
There are days when I have no time to create anything,
and then there are mornings I feel like I have all the time in the world
to explore new ideas!
Funny how life works that way!

So here I am less than two weeks away from
59 years old
and I am having a most beautiful
summer slow down.
No worries, creating my art,
spending time with family,
writing and of course ... napping!

My creation of Zentangle on a  24" x 24" wooden panel

I am just beginning to try weaving
a small tapestry face . . . something I have been wanting to try.
So I sketched a sweet little face
inspired by my friend and teacher
Instead of painting a face,
I will be using fibers . . . wish me luck!

A weaving cartoon to create by

I hope that you are able to have a slow down 
of your very own this summer season.
I encourage you to do something out of the ordinary.
Walk the ocean shore if there is one nearby,
hike in the woods and explore nature,
try writing a poem,
learning something new,
hey ... how about stopping what you are doing
and have a long three hour nap!

Wishing you peace and love
these final days of summer!

Donna Lee

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