Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

koru #332 and 333

Today is my friend Maia's birthday. Six of us met her at Il Piatto restaurant to celebrate. The food was fabulous (especially the pumpkin bisque), the company was even better. The view was pretty stunning, too. (And yes, that is my car on the far left, thanks to a good parking karma night.)

And from yesterday, imported Japanese indigo fabric photographed at, but not purchased from, Santa Fe Quilting. I may go back for it.

Friday, November 25, 2011

koru #331

My friend Jennifer recently attended a conference in New Zealand. While there she sent me this postcard. Special New Zealand bonus: we get three for the price of one (picture, note, and stamp). Thanks, Jen!

"Tamaki Waka Nene" by Gottfried Lindauer, Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

koru #330

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, including having made it so far with this project. Can you believe I have only 35 more korus to go?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

koru #329

"Storyteller Dolls" in turquoise from the "Tucson" collection by Elizabeth's Studio.

Note that this is nowhere near the actual color. For a more accurate representation, visit the fabric page on

koru #328

House number.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

koru #327

Yeti and his crazy koru curl (also on the nightstand).

koru #326

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma, on my nightstand. It reminds me oft dad and how he used to sit on the floor outside the bedroom door and read to me (us).

Monday, November 21, 2011

koru #325

From last night's party (or maybe the night before by now), a very cool ceramic salsa bowl.

Friday, November 18, 2011

koru #324

Color study for quilt pattern "milky way" -- it has a lot of pieces but you just can't beat the tessellation. Plus each block looks like a fighting koru throwing star, so bonus for that.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

koru #322

I absolutely love this lapis lazuli and wire necklace by jewelry artist Maro Morales. The motion is amazing and the blue stone looks like it's being tossed by waves.

Check out her Flickr photostream for more amazing work. If only I could find an Etsy shop of her work...

koru # 321

A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color and Design: The Basics and Beyond by Heather Thomas, pages 24-25. Featured quilt illustration, "Evergreen," by Rhonda Lambatos. Actual quilt by my mom.

koru #320

I didn't find the couch on Sunday so I tried again on Monday. Once again, the perfect couch remained elusive, but I did find this amazing console table at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If I had space (and money to burn, and super human strength) I probably would have bought it.

koru #319

After returning from Taos, I decided to continue my hunt for the perfect couch (right now I have two broken straight-back chairs and a rolling desk chair in my new place and that's it). I didn't find a couch, but did find these koru-liscious glazed pots at Jackalope.

koru #318

One of the women in my writing retreat wore a gorgeous necklace all week. Of course I completely forgot to ask what kind of stone it was because the wrapped silver wire koru had me mesmerized.

I also forgot to check the photo before I let her leave, so it's out of focus, but you get the idea. It's a beauty even blurry.

Friday, November 11, 2011

koru #317

Wrought-iron firewood stand, Mable Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

koru #316

Koru-emblazoned paper star lantern, Lenny Foster Gallery, Taos, NM.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

koru #315

Antique pitcher full of flowers, Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

koru #314

Twig koru sleeping on a mattress of rock beneath a blanket of snow.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

koru #314

Fall is apple season at my parents' house in Belmont and this year they have a bumper crop. I know I have already featured an apple peel koru before, but when my dad sent me this one I just couldn't resist.

Granny Smith apple peels, Belmont, CA. (Thanks, Dad and Mom!)

koru #313

Sometimes I find a really good koru hiding in plain sight. Take this Mary Kay makeup bag for example. I've had it for years. every time I open my purse I see it there, and yet, it wasn't until this afternoon between bowls of chicken soup and episodes of Sanctuary and Grimm that I actually noticed its zipper pull. And it's a good one.

Friday, November 4, 2011

koru #312 - moss & mist

Today in my online travels (a nasty cold has prevented me from getting much useful done, like upping my nano word count or working on my quilt), I came across an amazing piece of jewelry on Flickr by Moss & Mist. I had to know more so I followed the trail to her very cool Etsy shop -- full of a whole host of stunning spiral motif rings. Not only are they beautiful, they are very reasonably priced. Definitely worth checking out.

koru number 311

My housemate has the most amazing collection of world art objects, many gathered in her travels, and many of which feature koru patterns. Here's one example. If only I could remember where it was from...

Detail, plate.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

koru number 308, 309, and 310

Yesterday was my housemate Kristin's birthday (happy birthday!) and she received the most gorgeous bouquet -- one I could not help but photograph. 

310 (11/3): Kristin's birthday rose (and its friends)

309 (11/2): Postcard from Wendy Johnson after Nourishment from the Boundless Field retreat in September (yes, it actually did take me that long to notice the koru)

308 (11/1): Enamel wood-burning stove, Santa Fe, NM