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Smoke in situ, charcoal ikat tapestry commission, ©Sherri Coffey.
Wow! Time really does fly! It’s been a long time since I sent out a newsletter. That can be taken as there’s so much going on, who has time to write or there’s nothing happening, so there’s nothing to write. I think I’ll take the middle road—busy but uneventful.

Being Grateful
And for that, I am grateful. This is the month we always try to think about gratefulness, but I try to take a few minutes each day and think about what I'm grateful for. Some days, I am grateful just to be here and to be able think about it. Other days, I could make a huge list. Guess that's the way of life.


Wildflowers, 58 x 8.5 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry, mounted on linen stretched onto frame, $500, ©Sherri Coffey
Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small Saturday is coming soon--the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This is a national movement (I think), so I am busy working on some small pieces. Working small does not come naturally, but I'm trying. One of my small pieces is 8 inches high, but 58 inches wide (above). Maybe not really small? There will be some small handwoven Christmas ornaments, though. One is here.

 
Watching and listening to the birds

Does anyone out there like to watch the birds? This is a great time to see many different birds come to the feeder as they move to new digs. One day I was outside and realized how many bird calls I recognize. Not many in the big scheme of things, but quite a few. Which leads me to an app...there may be many others, but I just heard of the Merlin Bird ID app from the Cornell Lab. If for no other reason, I love this app for the calls, songs, and other recorded bird sounds. Of course, you need a general idea of the bird in order to look up the sounds, but it's still interesting. It made me realize that I have been hearing screech owls at night, not screeching, but kind of warbling.
 
Mud Woman Rolls On by Roxanne Swentzell. Very impressive and large–10 feet high! Definitely a piece you can't miss, since it's so big and right outside the elevator doors.
This is my second year to visit Golden, Colorado, the home of Coors. Golden is a nice place to visit, even without the beer. I love the waiting benches made of skis outside the pizza place. This year, the aspens were golden and the mountaintops white.

After staying in Golden (by the way, the Golden Hotel  is great!) for a few days, I went to Denver to visit a friend and go to the Denver Art Museum. I especially wanted to see the tapestry exhibit there. It's funny, but I took no pictures in that section, but have many pictures on the Native American art floor.
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