Ode to Art

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My mother bid Art into my life as she prayed over her ‘babe in womb’—“if the child is a girl let her sing”—then sang excerpts of her favorite arias for my lullabies that wove a musical cloth into my bunting. … Continue reading

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Young Martha Washington

It crosses my mind that I wasn’t really ‘taught’ ANYTHING about FIRST LADIES…..it’s as if she had no history worth mentioning other than being married to a US President. That ENDS now!



Worth noting: The artistic rendering of her was created by a forensic anthropologist.

“Here we see an image of the slim, charming, and strong young woman who ran five plantations after the death of her first husband, bargained with merchants, haggled over tobacco prices and followed her new husband into battle, and of whom patriot, soldier and future first president George Washington was deeply enamored.”

So, before crocheting a FIRST LADY MARTHA WASHINGTON, I was inspired to create a YOUNG MARTHA WASHINGTON as part of the amigurumi FIRST LADIES series. I used the artistic rendering as my model.



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Mary Todd Lincoln


One of the most misunderstood and maligned of US First Ladies….

“Mary Todd Lincoln, the most criticized and misunderstood first lady, experienced more than her share of tragedy during her lifetime. From the time she was six, her life took a melancholy turn from which she never recovered. She suffered from depressive episodes and migraine headaches throughout her life and turned to squandering money on lavish gowns and frivolous accessories during the white house year in hopes of finding relief from the void deep within. ” There’s so much more to read about her.

Of the 52 US First Ladies, you may wonder why I chose to crochet MTL first. I think it has to do with all the turbulence in the nation today, AND, as I scrolled through the list of US First Ladies, MTL kinda hung in my thoughts. Thus, I chose to create her first.

I used the preceding photo as my model. I didn’t quite have the ‘perfect’ hair accessories, so I ‘improvised’ and here is the end result.

I added the hankie and a reticule, also known as a ridicule or indispensable, was a type of small handbag or purse, similar to a modern evening bagused mainly from 1795 to 1820.

Will you, too, create a Mary Todd Lincoln? What will be your motivation? Or, will you choose to crochet one of the other US First Ladies and why?


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Ladies First

For my next amigurumi series, look for the 52 US First Ladies…perhaps not crocheted in order! Continue reading

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Be The Light

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Amigurumi Inspiration–Be The Light

Next in the series of working my way through the grief labyrinth. Continue reading

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Self-Anchoring Art

When the stabilizing people in ones life go MIA, how does one self-anchor? Continue reading

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Grief Therapy


Since I can no longer sing as a ‘therapy’ skill, I crochet like a woman with hair on fire! Continue reading

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Always and forever….cosmic sisters of the heart separated at birth. 

On Friendship

Kahlil Gibran – 1883-1931

And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship.
     And he answered, saying:
     Your friend is your needs answered.
     He is your field which you sow with love and reap 
with thanksgiving.
     And he is your board and your fireside.
     For you come to him with your hunger, and you 
seek him for peace.

     When your friend speaks his mind you fear not 
the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”
     And when he is silent your heart ceases not to 
listen to his heart;
     For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, 
all desires, all expectations are born and shared, 
with joy that is unacclaimed.
     When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
     For that which you love most in him may be clearer 
in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer 
from the plain.
     And let there be no purpose in friendship save 
the deepening of the spirit.
     For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of 
its own mystery us not love but a net cast forth: 
and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
     If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know 
its flood also.
     For what is your friend that you should seek him 
with hours to kill?
     Seek him always with hours to live.
     For it is his to fill your need but not your emptiness.
     And in the sweetness of friendship let there be 
laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
     For in the dew of little things the heart finds 
its morning and is refreshed.

Of THE FOUR LOVES.. Affection, Friendship, Eros and Charity,  friendship is the purest form. “Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.” wrote CS Lewis.

The price of love is….dear.

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Election 2020 is as raucous as the days of Suffrage for Women.

How did they achieve those hairstyles? Using a hair rat….and just what is a hair rat?

hair rat is a form made of a woman’s own hair that is used to beef up bigger hairstyles.

Using a ‘hair rat’ was part of the Gibson Girl fashion era, beginning in 1890 and lasted for around 20 years.

My grandmother was born in 1890, but she did not participate…at least that anyone still living can recall…in any Women’s Suffrage marches….in fact, no one is certain she ever voted once the vote for (white) women was secured in 1923.

Nevertheless, I’d like to think she would be pleased that I created this Amigurumi Suffragette ornament as a tip-of-the-hat to Mary McGowan, Suffrage and my political enthusiasm.

So, how does one create an Amigurumi Suffragette ornament?

One looks as many, many photos of women Suffragettes to decide on costume, but most especially, hair-do and hat.

I had to figure out a ‘hair rat’ then how to attach the crochet thread to replicate the Gibson Girl hairstyle. Then the fashion costume. I’m tickled with the outcome.

Once I figured that out, it was a matter of pulling yarn through the hair cap and securing it around the hair rat.

Covering the ‘hairs’ to make a ‘bun’

Adding the hat

Black and White and Asian sisters…all of us marched together to secure the vote for women! Let’s NOT let them down!!


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My Note From Italy

August 2, 2020

Hi MC! Just discovered today your album, I’ll try to get an original vinyl copy too, but in the meantime…  Hope you can get an “official” release too together with the Elektra demos.

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