Friday, June 13, 2014

My Holiday Treats Part 3

Three blog postings to share my holiday treats makes it seem like I bought a ridiculous amount of stuff. Not really. I stayed within my budget, bought what fascinated me, and picked up the bits and pieces I wanted for moving forward. This is good.  I have found it best to shop after the retreat instead of before. I'm more informed about the shifts that are about to happen.

Pacific Fabrics in Everett had several tables of mesh and lace yardage. The far left of this picture is a white piece just like the black next to it. I think the contrast was too much for my camera and it wouldn't show. I bought a half yard of all of them and a bit more of the one far right.

Fabricland in Chilliwack had a buy and get sale. The two knits at left were buy one, get three free and the heavy ponte at right was buy one get two free. I liked the crinkles on the white but rarely wear white so we'll see what it can become.

At the retreat, Gwen Spencer taught us how to make slippers. We each got a kit and were able to trace the pattern pieces in small, medium, and large sizes. I didn't sew the slippers there but came home with lots of ideas. I think they're perfect for zero waste sewing and for using up some of the quilting leftovers from my previous sewing life.

Before I left Ashland last Friday, I went for a walk in Lithia Park. It stretches for almost two miles and I barely saw any of it. Next year, I'll make sure to visit there sooner. It's a gorgeous place. I sat on the side of this pond...

... near the waterfall... to think about what I'd learned at the retreat and what I wanted to do with that information going forward. Coming home, the enthusiasm slows and it's important to recapture those moments and to use self-control and determination to stay on the track you saw so clearly then.

For me, journal writing is such an important part of identifying and staying the course. I've written that I'm excited to get back into the studio and I did get things cleaned and sorted but I haven't finished the little coat yet. Each day something has gotten in the way. Life has a habit of detouring us. We have to refuse to move away. We have to make time for what nurtures, for self-care. This morning I have two appointments and then it's my time in the studio. Today. And tomorrow.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - peaceful places

Your journey has molded you for your greater good. And it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.
- Asha Tyson

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