Monthly Archives: December 2010

Weaving Goddess tapestries with my cat

For weeks and weeks, I have been avoiding working on one of my Goddess tapestries.


copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay


I just couldn’t summon the courage to weave her face…

The metaphor or pun is, of course: I couldn’t face her.

Well… I decided yesterday, that I am going to finish weaving her before this year is done.

So, I got out the lovely new sketchbook/journal that my daughter gave me for Christmas, and the gorgeous aquarelle watercolor pencils that my son gave me, and started sketching:


copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay


That was exactly what I needed to break the barriers I had set up between the tapestry and myself.

Then, under the close supervision of Ms Kitty, who settled in on her usual perch: I wove the face four different ways.

I kept tearing it out and re-weaving until I was happy with it.

Tapestry weaving is wonderfully forgiving: You simply go back and pull out what you don’t like and weave again until you find the solution.

It’s fascinating, because, as I weave, I become aware of all the running chatter that flaps through my mind.

I have to consciously work at stilling the negative voices and work on letting just the appropriate stuff through.

So, weaving is a VERY Zen process.


copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay


Just ask Ms Kitty.

She knows all about Zen.

And, she also knows all about weaving.

She’ll be happy to tell you about it.

Or perhaps she’ll just smile sweetly at you and wink.




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A Blessing for the New Year by John O’Donahue

I am so deeply immersed in working on projects for my new book that I am rarely blogging these days,

but I do have a couple of things that I wanted to share with you….

The first is a pic that I just love… it’s me, dancing with our sweet grandbaby a few weeks ago, while Jim’s trio was playing.

I love how Jim is peeking over my shoulder!

copyright Clancy Harder

The second thing that  I really wanted to share with you is this poem by John O’Donohue…

It expresses my feelings so perfectly!

May you have days and nights that are beautiful, happy and blessed!

A Blessing for the New Year

by John O’Donohue from

‘To Bless the Space Between Us”

On the day when

The weight deadens

On your shoulders

And you stumble,

May the clay dance

To balance you.

And when your eyes

Freeze behind

The gray window

And the ghost of loss gets into you,

May a flock of colors,

Indigo, red, green

and azure blue,

Come to awaken in you

A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays

In the curragh of thought

And a stain of ocean

Blackens beneath you,

May there come across the waters

A path of yellow moonlight

To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

May the clarity of light be yours,

May the fluency of the ocean be yours,

May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And, so may a slow

Wind work these words

Of love around you,

An invisible cloak

To mind your life.


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