Water, sun & moon

My visits to Michigan are calming to my soul. How could they not be – just look at how the sun and moon reflect off the lake, creating gorgeous colors and patterns. I feel so lucky to witness the magnificent Michigan sunrises and sunsets.


Windows, Gallery 1

More shots for my window image collection, this time from my adventures in Michigan. Windows can be plain or ornamented, shabby or freshly painted, but they all have personalities. I especially loved the little cottage with the window boxes, so sweet.


Nature Up North

During my visits to Michigan, I spend most of my time outside. I find inspiration in nature and love looking for the birds that are my neighbors for the summer and landscaping in the form of wild raspberries and lilypads.


Fourth Photos

Yesterday I enjoyed a morning at the Petoskey Antique Show with my mother and aunt. Here are a few shots..Loved this button flag from Top Hat Antiques, and the bark cloth pillows were in CJ’s booth, just visited her blog.. and wanted to share!!! My book Vintage Notions was a hit with dealers, particularly those […]


Nancy’s Garden

Last week I flew into Madison Wisconsin to film Sewing with Nancy segment on my new Vintage Notions book. During my visit Nancy Zieman hosted me at her beautiful home and I spent some time enjoying her garden…thought I would share some shots I took. I fell in love with Lucas while I was there, […]


The Costume Society in Kansas City

Last week I was lucky to have a national sympoisium on fashion in KC for their yearly event. Needless to say, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend various workshops on the history of fashion and dress. I met amazing people some of whom I own their books, Candace Kling (The Artful Ribbon) […]


Window Collecting

I traveled to St. Louis’ Central West End a couple weeks ago for the Mary Engelbreit Workshops. These are some of my favorite window photos. Shooting interesting windows is a favorite creative amusement of mine. The ME Workshop was wonderful, I am already looking forward to next year’s event.

Mary Brooks Picken

Why Thimblefuls?

Naming a product line, business, or blog can be a fun and challenging exercise. The process of brainstorming names for my Indygo Junction sewing patterns has gotten more challenging over the 20 years as we have already used some of our favorite names. But I am always up for the challenge and we try to […]