Saturday, October 01, 2016

Bricolage: Snippets and Threadtales

Bricolage  ( /ˌbriːkɵˈlɑːʒ/ or /ˌbrɪkɵˈlɑːʒ/) is a term used in several disciplines, among them the visual arts, to refer to the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by such a process.

The term is borrowed from the French word bricolage, from the verb bricoler, the core meaning in French being, "fiddle, tinker" and, by extension, "to make creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are at hand (regardless of their original purpose)".

I am most definitely French, well..half French..and I am most definitely a fiddler, tinker, and love to make creative and resourceful use of just about anything I find, am given, or come up with from the sum of any parts.

I started blogging in October of 2006. I felt a strong need to connect online with the creative community that had recently gone wild and was an incredible amount of fun as we all shared through blogging, quilting, crafting, sewing, and making art of all kinds.

 It was a vibrant period in the blogging and community quilting worlds and the friendships that immediately sprung up were such a gift and such a blessing.

Bit by bit over the past decade, blogging has changed a lot! Many have left and moved on to fame and fortune, others to facebook and instagram. And many like myself do their best to keep up with all of the many changes. We've moved on to new ways and forms of quilting ..maybe art quilting, maybe modern, perhaps liberated quilting or making new things in different ways with some of the same old pieces but for a new purpose in our lives...

I continue to sew together all of the varied pieces of my life. To still do all of the things that my family and I love to do.

For home...

and both Oregon and Alaska ...

So, yes...I am busy in a lot of diverse and mentally, physically, and even  creatively spiritual ways!

Spending time with loved husband, three grown kids and their partners, my beloved grandbabies and pets and all of our families and extended family....

Getting together with my grown children and their partners, spending as much time as I am able to with my two precious and greatly loved grandchildren, visiting my brother who is still staying with family up in Portland as he grieves the loss of his wife and faces additional surgery of his own,

and doing all of the spiritually meaningful care giving and all of the charitable quilting, blanket making, and helping others that is my true nature in life.

Bits and pieces of our lives, no matter how simple...or how complex...all stitched together with love.

So, if you don't see me here...

or piling up my projects here...

or here.....

or even here....

or oh yes, here...

It's because I am here/there/and my real "dreamtime" of life....and maybe not in this virtual one. I will still be doing the things that mean the very most and make the biggest my life..... and the lives of those I love!


We all need to dim the lights a bit, practice our deep breathing, calm the pace of our lives, go within to the core, the center, the calming focus of our lives.

We access that inner flow, enter the presence of peace and harmony. in the simplest of ways, with the simplest of things....yet continue to manifest the creative impulse ....

.....and yet still share and communicate with others..... I do.....

With Love


With my heart and with my hands

So, you may not have seen me as much online, but I'm still up,  clearing out, updating and adding in my constantly growing collection of new projects that I'm working on .

But my primary focus is, and needs to be on my own ever growing and changing family. My Oregon family and my extended Alaskan one...some who are in Oregon visiting now and more arriving soon!

But I'm here every day...sending caring energies in all the ways I can...enjoy 10 years worth  of my blogging, my sewing, my quilting and crafting.


Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.


  1. Comments currently turned off due to spammers and blog content scrapers! But I love to hear from you and am cutting and pasting the comments you wanted to leave!

  2. Carol from Beads and Birds:

    I can't expand my virtual life beyond the blog world...or I should say won't. I check FB once a day to see what my kids and out of town family are into, but that's it. I cherish the quiet moments gifted to me by the Universe so I can tend to myself and my need to create whether inside or outside. And I must visit my frogs everyday who constantly remind me to enjoy the simple things.

  3. Another dear Carol, this one from

    Hi Michele I tried to comment on your blog however can't. As I read your post I was thinking oh no, not another blogger leaving the blogging world. Life happens and seasons change however I would definitely miss you and miss seeing all you've been doing with your gift of creativity. You are such a blessing to others and to me.

    I do hope all is well in your world. Hugs

  4. Michele, you re such a blessing to me so I hope you will be around for years to come. You lift me up when I am down and I appreciate you so much. Thank you for all you do.

  5. Glad to hear you are still humming glad xxoo

  6. Your life is certainly a bricolage! Bits of this.. pieces of that.... going here and there and everywhere, sharing, giving, tending, caring for, creating... you continue to inspire and amaze me! I don't see how you get so much done.. and I enjoyed seeing your wonderful crafting spaces.. and love seeing that you sew at that big old desk! First and foremost, take the time you need for YOU and your families and charity projects that you love so much... hugs and blessings to you... Marilyn

  7. Susan wrote:
    Since you have comments turned off, I am emailing my comment to you.

    Most of my favorite blogs and the ones I still read and respond to are those that don't feel they have to post a blog every day. They wait until they have something of substance before posting. Yours is one I still subscribe to and read every time you do post as it seems to always touch my heart and you inspire me. I don't do FB, Instagram, etc. I no longer follow blogs or businesses that do all or most of their postings on those sites. Thank you for being you and sharing your life with us. I also hope your blog never goes away.

    God bless you.


Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.