Friday, October 25, 2013


Brimming with autumn splendor, the October issue of Victoria magazine is on newsstands now. In it, you'll find an article written by me! Entitled "Shades of Serenity", it profiles the Portland Japanese Garden. I didn't know much about this magnificent garden until I researched it for the article. Its subtle yet striking landscape, which adeptly melds stone, water, and plants into a seamless whole, is a living tribute to the history and culture of Japan.

Always one to share the wealth, I'd love to gift a copy to one of my readers. If you'd like to be included in the drawing, please leave a comment telling me what you love most about autumn on this post by Sunday, October 27, at 6 p.m. central time. I'll draw a random name and announce the winner later that evening. You needn't be an official follower to enter but I would like to thank those who are for their support with an extra entry (For the extra entry, you just need to enter a separate comment telling me you're an official follower who shows up in the Google Followers sidebar on my blog. That way it can be counted when I draw the name on Random Generator).

Before I close, just a quick sidenote about Victoria magazine: For all you tea lovers, Victoria is producing a tea special interest publication, and I'm writing some of the copy! In fact, that's what I'm doing today. The publication features several themed teas—including a sewing tea accented with several vintage sewing notions—as well as delectable recipes to accompany your teas. You won't want to miss it. What a perfect fit for a tea-loving quilter like me! 

If you haven't checked out my previous post on a new vintage sewing machine purchase, will you please stop by to take a look? I received a couple informative emails from blog readers but I'm still hoping to hear from someone who might know more about my particular machine model. Information on it seems sparse. Don't be shy! I'd love to hear from you!