Something I learned last winter: how to make a pine needle basket with a stone middle. I am not at liberty to share the photos of the ones other people made that were so inspiring and beautiful to me, but here is a photo of the one I made as a gift to the mom of my oldest three grandkids:

Pine Needle Basket with Walnut Shell Handles

Tabby's Gift 2016

I won’t include a photo of my first basket because I will never again make an over-the-top handle. It was such a pain and looked messy at the finish point. But it was my learning basket. I will keep it so I know what NOT to do. Expect to at least start another basket this winter when I get back to Arizona and the Rock and Gem club.

After A Long Absence

I’ve been away from my blog for a while. Spent the summer with the grandkids. I’m a senior citizen and they wear me out, but they are great fun. Choosing between them and blogging–no contest!

I am currently in NC, getting ready to attend the wedding of one of my best friend’s daughters. I have another wedding to attend in KY in about three weeks. I seldom get to see my friends so this is a special time.

My husband and I used to live here many years ago and our former pastor nearly died of pancreatitis a year ago. When we visited last September we happened to be at the church on his first day back in the pulpit. What a blessing that was. Seeing him last Sunday, without the wheelchair, looking more robust (had gained to a healthy weight), and his voice as strong as ever, was a thrill to our souls. I was able to share pictures of our grandkids with he and his wife. I must put in a plug here for my favorite pastor, John Hill, Jr. and the church he has pastored for thirty years: Hughes Grove Baptist Church, in Thomasville, NC. Though we have been away for most of those thirty years, we are welcomed each time we come back, and the love and enthusiasm of the people is as strong as ever. We also really enjoy the teaching, preaching, and singing.

I will try to post pictures of the wedding this Saturday.

A note to all of my friends: I have deleted my Facebook account. Someone keeps cloning me and I’m tired of spending so much time trying to fight it. I will keep writing and using my other social media connections.

I intend to get back to working on my novel between now and the next wedding. If any of you have any suggestions about how to develop an interesting newsletter, please let me know. I’m hungry for feedback. If you email me regarding this post, please use the subject blog so I don’t delete it. I have over 2,000 emails so the ones that don’t reach out and grab me are being deleted for now.








Long Exposure Landscapes of New Zealand

Oh to have these photos in Microsoft Jigsaw so I could always have them. Or if I could have them painted on the ceilings of my motorhome (my full-time house). To be able to see such beauty every day. Then again, we as frail human beings are prone to take things for granted when seen on a regular basis. Re-blogged from


Brent Purcell is a talented photographer, who was born in Palmerston North and currenlty based in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. Specialising in long exposure landscape photography, Brent’s aim is to capture the beauty of New Zealand and the movement of the sea sky and nature.

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The Alpine Lakes And Waterfalls of Jiuzhaigou

For water lovers everywhere, these photographs capture imagery we certainly don’t see in the U.S., though we do have many stunning views of waterfalls, lakes, and rivers here. And let’s not forget that Alaska belongs to the U.S. and is non-stop stunning scenery throughout its borders. Re-blogged from



The Jiuzhaigou Valley, located at the foot of the snow-capped Minshan Mountain, in the north of Sichuan province, China, is a place of exceptional beauty. A nature reserve and a national park, Jiuzhaigou is known for its spectacular jagged alpine mountains, coniferous forests, blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes, waterfalls, limestone terraces, caves and other beautiful features.

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17th Century Sketches Comparing Human And Animal Faces

Interesting drawings from the 17th century showing similarities between human and animal faces, at least in the eyes of the artist. Re-blogged from


These bizarre sketches were made by French painter and art theorist Charles Le Brun (1619 – 1690) who was declared by King Louis XIV as “the greatest French artist of all time”.

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Vertical Forest

Wow! Now this is how to move the country to the city! Re-blogged from


Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory.

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Eco Street Murals

Amazing 3D art posted on



NEVERCREW is a swiss based artists duo composed by Christian Rebecchi & Pablo Togni. They work together since 1996. In the recent years NEVERCREW undertook a research that doesn’t aim at forcedly channeling reflections in a precise stylistic and formal way

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Sleeping Under The Stars in The Swiss Alps

Okay. This is interesting, but with no walls or ceiling, one would need to be pretty certain there was no pending inclement weather, and being in the mountains, they would need to have warm clothing for sleeping. What about taking a shower, brushing teeth? How far to the nearest restaurant? Any danger of wildlife encroaching on the peaceful atmosphere? Hmmm. Think I’ll skip this retreat.


As part of the Null Stern Hotel, designers from Atelier für Sonderaufgaben and hospitality professional Daniel Charbonnier from Minds in Motion SA, have created this unique one-of-a-kind hotel room that has no walls or ceiling.

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Travel Photography

I love travel photography. Wouldn’t mind going along on some of these jaunts. See more at


Spud Groshong is a talented photographer and world traveler based in Portland, Oregon. Spud uses Canon 5D Mark II, he shoots a lot of travel, landscape, cityscape and architecture photography.

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