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About kcthreads

Two years ago I left an administrative government job to live near my relatives in America's "heartland," and to be free to pursue my own and my family's interests and needs! This transition exceeds my dreams of a life near loved ones with time to be creative. My husband and I have found ourselves young at heart again as we explore gifts we had set aside to meet the needs of our workplaces and community. He photographs birds and wildlife daily, and exhibits in local galleries. I design and make handbags and aprons that I sell through my Etsy shop and by word of mouth. After 30 plus years, I am finally studying art again, taking classes in watercolor and pastels from a nationally acclaimed artist! During the years I promoted youth development and family programming in my community and state, I have been compelled to find ways to support American made crafts and products. This recession has encouraged me to promote and support the efforts of local artisans and craftspeople, in the belief that a renewal of hands-on entrepreneurial-ism can make our community and our nation stronger. When we purchased this '30's bungalow three years ago, we didn't realize there was a farmers market within walking distance and an artists cooperative gallery even closer! I am an advocate of using and re-using products that have been designed and crafted with care, and strive to live responsibly and creatively. Another indulgent pursuit of mine is re-learning how to cook - after a lifetime of taking shortcuts due to long work hours and ease of take home food. My inspiration and tutorials are mostly from Jamie Oliver and Julia Child! After a year of experimentation and joyful homemade cuisine, I am inspired to share the crazy fun of cooking and dining with more than family and friends. As I cook, and watercolor and sew I find inspiration everywhere in the present...and the past. I was blessed with a Mom who was home with my brother and I, and who joyfully cooked and sewed and imagined the possibilities in life each day with us. My offerings in this blog will include some of her inspiration. Life is good!

The Ocean

Although I live in and love the Midwest where big skies, wind and sun are abundant, a part of me seeks the salt spray and reflective beauty of being by the sea.  This pastel painting I recently completed is of … Continue reading

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Sedona Morning

This pastel painting came from memory and a photo I took last Spring when visiting the Sedona area for the first time. What a landscape. This particular view was early morning when the light is soft but brilliant with lots … Continue reading

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Pacific Coast Morning

Pacific Coast Morning – pastel painting

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Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass or Jazz Oceans and Pegged Pants are Forever I just found this video of hot ’60’s jazz artist Herb Alpert and couldn’t stop smiling.  Wanted to share regardless whether the viewer/listener was around at that time, but just for the coolness, the pleasure, the feeling of the … Continue reading

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I “Got It”

I’ve continued with a multi media art class weekly for over a year, and just about a month ago had a breakthrough where I suddenly felt that I “got it.”  That did not mean anything rare but something in me suddenly … Continue reading

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Old Bridge in Ireland

Old Bridge in Ireland

Photo taken by my daughter and son in law while touring Ireland this winter. Although I have traveled England in the past couple years it has been over 25 years since I’ve seen Ireland! I remember the green and the beautiful rivers.

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Strength and Brilliance

  Some mornings I feel I could walk across America.  Rising sunlight filtering through tree branches, brisk dog walk, my full breath with lungs wide… Strength is being present and awake.  My lab gets it. This is “whispering” – no … Continue reading

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This Year, This Beauty

Bidding 2011 a satisfied farewell!  Thanks for the love, the health, the family blessings and inspirations…much culminated with beauty and grace.  Amen! Onto a new year, leave the door wide for inspiration, hope, wonder, and love.  It surrounds us, let … Continue reading

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This Year, This Beauty

This Year, This Beauty.

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Monday Meditation

Monday Meditation.

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