Saturday, February 3, 2018

Make Art Everyday

Time to do my daily meditation ~
For some reason this is difficult to do
so now I have decided to paint every day ~
No judgement
No directive
Just paint in meditation everyday ~
Here is #1

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Travel Journals by Janet Fredericks

I was up at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital visiting a friend in the oncology unit. During a lunch break I came across an exhibit of this wonderful Travel Journals by Janet Fredericks. They were absolution enchanting . . . so personal . . . so unique . . . so transpiring . . .

Janet is teaching a class in Middlebury, VT this May 2015. It is an evening class for 4 Wednesdays in May (6-27, 2015) at the Middlebury Studio School (
“Keeping a Travel Journal” for a fun documentation of your adventures . . . learn to draw, collage and paint to capture your travels. No experience necessary. We will construct a small book in which to collect our creations. Bring photos from a previous trip, images from magazines of a place you’d like to go…your dream vacation…all other materials will be provided"

Contact Janet for classes or instruction:

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Echizen Papermaking Song!

My friend Allison who is a Japanese translator sent me this link!

How sweet is this!

Thanks Allison!

suku 【· 
  • godan く verb → conjugation:
    1. to make something (i.e. paper) from wet, pulpy material by spreading it thin and drying it

The Echizen Papermaking Song
You can listen to it on YouTube:

五箇に生まれて紙漉き習うて 横座弁慶で人廻す

Born in Goka, learn papermaking , now managing a paper studio.

(Goka is another name when people call this paper village. Go means five. The village is composed of the five towns. )

神の授けをそのまま継いで 親も子も漉く 孫も漉く

Taking after what God gave, parents and children make paper, grandchildren make paper.

(God here means Paper goddess worshipped by people since 719 )

七つ八つから紙漉き習うて ネリの合加減 まだ知らぬ

Having learned papermaking since age seven or eight, still don't know how to mix neri very well.

(Neri is how we called `the mediation aid` to mix materials well in water.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Packing In McLeod Ganj

Julie is one of the wonderful yoga teachers I studied with in Florida, when I was living down there for four months during the winter of 2013. Julie went to India to study yoga and needed to ship 27 books back to the USA . . . and so needed a "book bag" to send them in . . . I just love this post! Enjoy!

This article is from Julie's blog Yogaressa . . .

Book Packing In McLeod Ganj

How can FedEx compete against this charming setup?
Yes, that’s Book Packing in McLeod Ganj, not Backpacking. The latter being a travel adventure for those exploring the Himalayas in (most likely) scruffy-baggy-unisex trousers and cotton rasta-colored friendship bracelets; seeking budget accommodation, ethnic meals and meaningful inter-cultural connections with locals and likeminded international explorers. The former being an adventure of a different sort – involving 27 books and a cheerful chappy armed with calico, a big sewing needle and red candle wax.
I had somehow amassed 27 books during my yoga teacher training: some of them part of the Kailash Tribal School of Yoga curriculum and some of them literary treats I just couldn’t resist.
  • Happy circumstance: Snapping up inexpensive and interesting yoga books
  • Problem: Lugging them home in an already-bulging suitcase
  • Solution: Aforesaid cheerful chappy with his tailoring skills
Sewing the calico cover

Shipping things home will never be the same again.
No boring FedEx or UPS box required. Instead, you take your books to a tailor, who takes a break from sewing his colorful Tibetan wall hangings to create a custom-sewn, cloth-covered, neatly packaged bundle, ready for its voyage home. All of this done while laughing and smiling as he works speedily on his little Sagar sewing machine, weaving his tailor mastery around your precious yoga books.
Red wax seal to add a special touch

He finishes off the final seam by hand, with a big needle and thick thread. When he holds a red stick over a flame and drips hot wax along the seam, evoking the nostalgia of a bygone era, it makes you want to press a Downton Abbey signet ring into it, to seal the deal. Seriously.

Signed, sealed and ready for mailing
You’ve Got Mail.
Two weeks later at home, when my parcel of books arrive, the cream calico material now dirty and scuffed but books intact, I’m immediately transported back to Jogiwara Road, McLeod Ganj, to visions of nimble sewing fingers making an art form out of mailing things home.

For McLeod Ganj Travelers – How to send parcels from McLeod Ganj, with minimum fuss:
Left to right, on Jogiwara Rd : tailor with parcel packing, Tibet Quality Bakery, post office.
It’s an art form in itself, but it can also be a bit frustrating if you don’t know the ropes. In the event that other travelers hit the search button on how to send their books or other items home from McLeod Ganj, here’s the scoop:
  1. Pick up a customs form (one form per parcel) from the internet services place, up the stairs just past the post office on Jogiwara Road. Also ask them to make two copies of your passport per parcel.
  2. Fill out the forms ahead of time and make sure you state the books are personal and used.
  3. Take your books (or clothing, or souvenirs) to the happy guy at the store that makes Tibetan wall hangings a few doors down from the post office, just past the Tibet Quality Bakery (see photo). You can’t miss him, as the storefront is filled with hanging pieces of colorful Tibetan material. Look for “Parcel Packing Here” sign.
  4. Watch, in awe, as he speedily sews a cloth parcel around your books, and seals it with red candle wax. The price for the parcel wrapping service was nominal – I think I paid less than 200 rupees.
  5. Write your address and the sender’s address (your hotel or someone you know in McLeod Ganj) in big letters on the parcel. Friendly tailor loaned me his permanent marker pen.
  6. Take your parcel, customs form and passport copies to the post office BEFORE NOON – when I was there, I was told they only do international parcels in the morning, even though they are open in the afternoon. This part was fairly expensive – I paid $60 to ship 27 books home, but excess luggage on a domestic flight would have cost a lot more.
  7. IMPORTANT! Take CASH with you to the post office. I didn’t have enough money and hot-tailed it down the road to the ATM, to find it was offline, then to the bank to cash money, and ran back to the post office, huffing and panting, with just minutes to spare. (And then I left my raincoat poncho behind and had to go back later to fetch it. Much deep yoga breathing required to remain calm!)
  8. The books arrived safely, and took just over 2 weeks to reach me in the US.
Happy Book Packing and Safe Travels!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Turners Falls Rotation Book Project

Just got this update from Pam Allan who has been coordinating the rotation book project in Turners Falls, MA.
Go to this link to check out the amazing entries:

What fun!

Here are a few of the entries you will see

Theme: Was I Dreaming?
Gina Vernava, August 2014

Theme: As Time Goes By
Trish Crapo, July 2014

Theme: Duality
Pam Allan, June 2014

I am game to start a new rotation project . . .
So contact me if you are interested in partaking in 2015!

Eloise Twilight

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Turners Falls Rotation Book Project . . .

My friend Pam Allan has an organized a rotation book project in her "neighborhood" of Turners Falls, MA. Originally was a member of one of my rotation book projects. 

Pam took the idea of the exchange and decided to run the project to meet her neighbors after she moved to Tuners Falls a few years ago. The group meets once a month at a local restaurant, they spread the books out on the pool table, and then look at all the new additions. It is a great way to meet local artists & book enthusiasts, and see the creative energy where you live. 

Here is the latest on her blog . . .

My entry for "Mandalas" March 2014

I am stepping in to finish the rotation for a gentleman who is moving and felt he needed to scale back on other projects, so I am doing entries for the last six months of the rotation. I am enjoying it . . .
And will soon start up another rotation. Let me know if you are interested in partaking in the new rotation which will probably start the end of the summer 2014.

My entry for "Learning/Discovery" April 2014


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Still Water Bindery is now on AirBnB

Come to Vermont and do a studio workshop of your choice!

Winter Hill Farm / Still Water Bindery  
is now listed on AirBnB!

Tell your friends or anyone traveling to southern Vermont.

There is always so much to do here . . . culture, art, outdoors, great food, and beautiful scenery!
See you soon!