Snow Dyeing continued

April 5th, 2011


Nate, our town’s butcher, and newly elected selectman, helped me squirt dye onto the snow covered cloth.¬† The dye had soda ask mixed into it to make the dye stable when it came into contact with the cloth.¬† We applied it in rainbow order.

Snow Dyeing

April 5th, 2011


I stretched a full bolt of cloth across my front yard.  I wanted to do a snow dyeing with a large amount of cloth stretched out.  A late spring snow allowed me to start this experiment.

February 19th, 2011

The icicles up here in Grafton were awesome.  This one continued from the roof to the ground, making a solid column of ice.  This is the back of the house with the kitchen window.

February 19th, 2011


Margery Hayes Heindel,  September 5, 1923 to February 5, 2011
By Frances Holliday Alford, her niece. 
Margery Hayes Heindel died on February 5, 2011 after a battle with cancer.  She was 87.
 Margery  had nearsighted vision, but in life, she had foresight.  

An occupational therapist by profession, she graduated from Tufts University after beginning her college career at Wellesley College.  She worked at the Brattleboro Retreat as the chief Occupational Therapist for a number of years and then worked in the public schools doing the same.
Margery was very interested in the welfare of the students of Grafton Elementary School .  She was instrumental in starting a free breakfast program for the children.  Later, an after school arts program was organized in her honor, known as the Hayes Project.
During her time in Grafton, Margery was involved in the Grafton Woman’s Club, The Grafton Church, the Grafton Historical Society and Grafton Cares.¬† She was the first president of Grafton Cares and one of their organizers¬† She also cooked and provided hands on care.
She was an advocate of low income housing in Grafton.
She organized the funds for the preservation of Kidder Bridge when it fell on disrepair and was at risk of being lost.
As a Naval Officer’s wife, she raised her two children in a variety of communities with time in Japan and Thailand.¬† She was a consummate hostess and was later able to use her Grafton house as a bed and breakfast, the Hayes House.
From early childhood, she collected pigs.  In her early sixties, she called a halt to the pig gifts as her house and garden had become crowded with pigs in every nook and cranny.  
Margery’s acerbic personality was not unnoticed by Grafton residents or by her family.¬† She was always fair.¬† Underneath the vinegary persona was a woman of great wit and humor.¬†
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Heindel, grand daughter, Heather Austin, and son, David Truman Heindel.  She has 11 nieces and nephews. 
A memorial service will be held this summer.  Gifts at her request may be made to Grafton Cares or to the Hayes Project at Grafton Elementary School.
Margery was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September  3, 1923. She spent a great deal of her childhood and early years in Grafton. During a scarlet fever epidemic in Cambridge,  her parents extended their time in Grafton and enrolled Margery in the Grafton Elementary School.  She became a permanent resident in the 60s, when her husband retired from the Navy.

She was always community oriented.  She served Grafton as the first female selectman and later as chief alderman.

Blue Eyed Susans on Orange.

February 12th, 2011

Blue Eyed Susan on Orange

I love Pointillist artists work. I used my “Draw” program to make these blue floral images in the style.


February 12th, 2011


I made your breakfast on the Spoonflower site. If you would like to see more of my Spoonflower fabrics, go to amd take a look.

Fairy House

September 27th, 2010


Tote bags for Townshend

August 2nd, 2010

Local artists were asked to design tote bags for Fair Days, a benifit for Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vermont.  Here is my donation.

Dante’s Fabrics

August 2nd, 2010

Dante is a talented photographer and artist in Grafton, Vermont.  Double click on these images to see the beautiful Spoonflower fabric designs he has made. 



Daylily Days

July 31st, 2010

We had a late frost and then a very hot July.  It has made all the flowers go crazy.  The daylilys are fighting for attention.  So, here they are.