Monday, December 10, 2012

Peace and Love for the Holiday

Sending you

Peace and Love for the Holiday

Hoping you see a bit of life from "outside the box"as a gift...

Not all Snowmen round

Monday, September 17, 2012

Workmanship.... Quality in the Details

Workmanship refers to the quality of the work of an artisan or craftsman. Quality is always about the details. It is far more than adhering to a pattern or design. What sets an artisan apart from novice are the details.  

In cookies like these, it's the eyes that make them fun. A tiny detail that changes an ordinary star into a unique little starfish. A great recipe, practice and great tools enable me to craft cookies that people delight in.

In sewing, even stitches, clipped curves, trimmed threads, matched seams and smooth hems are the defining details of a seamstress versus someone who can operate a sewing machine.

Do you dot your "i"s and cross your "t"s? Do you measure twice and cut once? Do you clean as you go or leave a trail? 

What do you see in a vintage mitten that has lost it's mate? 

Do you see the beauty, the love in the mending...
Did you see a pincushion waiting to be?

It's in the details....when a sweater is no longer a sweater but instead evolves into art..into fashion...into style and function.

Are you an artisan of your craft?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

THE most important job i could have had.

Every once in a while the cloud clears,
and all the self-doubt.
the negative chatter I have been fed over the years-
slips away
and i am certain for a tiny moment 
that being 'here' was 
THE most important job i could have had.

as you stepped forward
onto the new chapter of your your life
you took the time to write a note.
a huge gift to me,
the loveliest of compliments-

to have had a hand in getting you this far---
and to know you include us as your family 
when you think about 'coming home'...

for all of you who have come here
and blended in my family
my heart swells
with love, 
pride and joy.
your words
are the greatest gift.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My version of Jane's Love Letters
celebrate her birthday yesterday...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

How Do You Spell Love?

How Do You Spell Love?

I love "letters". 
  • Hand-written heart-felt notes sent in the mail with the stamps upside down, sealed with a kiss.
  •  Calligraphy (from Greek 'kallos' meaning "beauty" + 'graphẽ' meaning "writing") the actual art of creating beautiful letters.
  • Initials have always been a fascination of mine. Growing up my initials were Y.A.H. for Yo-Jean Amy Huff. Yes, I do have a middle name and it is not Jean. The hyphen in my name makes it one word. I always signed my artwork YAH until I was married. After that my initials became Y.A.B. which didn't hold the same fun as YAH so I began twining the YB. I like the duality of the sound YB or (why be ___).
  • Letters are the core of every book, every story, every love letter--a tangible way to hold what you feel, to share your love. As most of you know I have a passion for books, for reading, for writing...
I love Jane's "letters"...her initial pendants. They have personality, they are timeless and best of all, for those of us with less common names, no letters have to be excluded.

Over the past year Jane's initials and I have bonded. They speak to me. They excite me. I have excavated them from beneath the rice while visiting at the store and photographed them in a variety of ways. I watched as people choose their letters. 

For some a single initial, or first and last initial, some with secret meanings, their children's initials or  grandchildren's. Round, square,and rectangle. Linked together or in multiples on the same chain. On leather cords, silver chains and chokers, some long, some short. For children and great-grandmothers, for new moms, for mothers and daughter, sisters, dear friends and teachers.  

It is always personal. A gift of love. 

I love Jane's Letters. 
Then again, as Jane reminds me when I prattle on 'you love a lot of things'. So true.  

You can now find Jane's initials at With Heart & Hand
       258 Dedham Street Norfolk, MA 02056  (next to Eagle Brook)     
       Tue - Sat:11:00 am-5:00 pm   
       Sun:12:00 pm-5:00 pm
       Phone 1 508.384.6568

Or find Jane on Etsy and on Facebook 
(please forgive her sad web presence, I'll be helping with that between batches of cookies)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Order your Easter cookies

Mini Carrot cookies

Mini Easter Cookies-1 box mini

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How to Become a Vegetarian...When You Hate Vegetables

It is a well-known fact that I do not like veggies. My mother always said if I kept trying them I would like them...
That did not happen.

Do you think these would count, so I can say I'm a vegetarian?
I cooked them, just special recipe....mmmm.

Plan ahead. Order your Easter Cookies before April 1st.

Watch for more photos of the Easter Minis.