Thursday, September 11, 2014

Creative Friendships - Creative Conversations

My room was so quiet and my bed so cushy that I actually slept until eight o'clock yesterday morning and since my first meet-up was at eleven, I sat and had breakfast on the porch and enjoyed a slow beginning. This morning, I have to be somewhere on time so I set the alarm so I'd a bit extra and not need to rush. I prefer mornings like that.

Outside one of the stores along main street is this beautiful display of flower pots. Very pretty. There's an aged and comfortable feel to the town and lots of benches where you can sit, rest, and contemplate.

Claire and I went for lunch at one of the Italian restaurants and had a fabulous time getting to know each other before heading to the drop in at Diane's studio - So fabulous that I forgot to get a picture of the two of us until later.

The drop-in is a mix of working on your own piece, getting help from Diane, and discussing with the group what you're trying to achieve. It's filled with a creative energy. Exactly what I came for. That and...

... a real life meeting with members of my tribe. Marta - above left - is also taking the surface design workshop on Friday/Saturday and Ute - above right- and I met when I was down for the retreat in June and we've kept in touch ever since. I'm so thankful for this creative connection with other women. It's a gift.

Marta just took a workshop on natural dyeing and shared several of her projects with us. She over-dyed existing pieces. The one above needed a little tweaking fit-wise. The fit afterward was superb and I learned a way to work with the side seam and underarm that is quite flattering and not at all complicated. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to show it in a future project.

Judy and I first met at the DOL retreat in 2012 and then again in 2013. Last year, she was in the process of moving to Ashland and missed the retreat and we missed her. It was wonderful to touch bases again. We went for dinner and a walk around downtown. When we asked a woman to take our photograph, it turned out that she actually knew something about photography beyond point and shoot so it took a bit longer than we thought even though she couldn't correct whatever it was she wanted to correct. We are - apparently - a bit over exposed. LOL - life will do that to you. What I noticed is that Judy and I have similar cheekbone and mouth structures. They - the great omnipotent all knowing they - say there are only a few face shapes in the world. Perhaps this is true.

Today is my 1-1 coaching session with Diane. I'm excited and nervous. We'll see how it goes.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - creative friendships, creative conversations

The prosperous heart has reciprocal relationships. The give and take comes out even. The prosperous heart is generous and its friends are generous in return. The prosperous heart neither over gives nor under gives. It believes in fair play. It offers reciprocity. It is always willing to meet a new friend. 
- Julia Cameron


  1. It certainly looks as if you are having a spectacular time and I really appreciate the day by day reports. I got a big smile when I saw Ute there too. I met her a couple years ago on one of Peggy Sagers's NYC buying trips. I tried to talk her into flying herself up to my neck of the woods for a sewing retreat. I look forward to hearing about today's session with Diane.

    1. I'm still processing today's session with Diane. I'm working on my "homework" and we're getting together again on Saturday morning. Ute is a sweetheart.

  2. So much fun! I love how you're connecting with everyone. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your trip. Love these posts.
    How exciting to work with Diane one on one.
    Must say, I want Ute's shirt. WANT! I love how she paired bright colors with black & white. So fun and very like Katherine & Marcy Tilton. Tre Chic!!

    1. It was good to work with Diane 1-1. She has a wealth of experiences in many areas. I'll let Ute know how much you love her shirt. I forget which pattern it was. I know the sleeves are from one of Peggy Sagers and she transfers them garment to garment.


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