Monday, November 9, 2015

Great Feats Of Amazingness

In the over forty years that I've been sewing, these past five and a half months have been the longest period of time spent away from my studio and... thank God... literally... today is THE day when things begin to get back to some semblance of normal. Please don't expect great feats of amazingness. Although absence has made my heart grow fonder, it has also rusted my skills. I'm out of practice.



  


I'm starting with some Christmas gifts for my grandsons - a pillow and pillow case for the oldest and bunting bags for the youngest as well as some sheets for the nursery that just haven't gotten sewn yet. These are simple sews yet near to my heart. After that, Butterick 6138 and Vogue 9112 are cut out from the Design Outside the Lines retreat in May. Not a stitch has been taken on either project and the raincoat isn't finished yet either. Finishing works for me. As does routine only...

... it's just a month today since my fall down the stairs and while things are healing, it's going to take a while so I'm still (... or at least attempting to) pacing myself. It'll be good to be in the studio since I seem to find that edge of too much far too often. Last week, I exhausted myself trying to get everything done but luckily now all of the get rid of the smoke smell and organize things better renovating has been done. What's left is to get the suite ready to rent and to "make pretty" in my part of the house. The plan is to do that work in-between the studio work. YES YES!





Tomorrow, is my first coaching session with Diane since we left off in the spring. I'm really excited to be working together again. Coaching has been far more than I hoped for and has really helped me to move both my life and work forward. This fall, I want to dig deeper with making jewelry and get comfortable with those processes and I want to focus on piecing and adding details with creative clothing in a way that pushes me beyond what's currently safe. An interesting thing about my new community is that while it's smaller, it's also more artistic and rather than overdressed, here I am often under-dressed. I like that. There's lots of room to up my edge. YES YES!

While it's been a slow beginning, the move to Salmon Arm was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. I've been welcomed and included and the community really suits me. I feel like I belong. Being a maker is not unusual here. May people are makers and there is a high degree of respect for both the maker and the made. Everywhere I go, I overhear interesting conversations that confirm I'm where I need to be. I'm so excited to see what develops now that I'm going to be back in the studio and feeling well enough to get out in the community more.

I can't guarantee a return to daily postings but two or three a week should be possible. It depends on how tiring it is to stand and sit for any length of time in the studio and on what I produce. Simple is not too exciting even if it is de-rusting my skills. We'll see. I plan to start with my morning hour and see how it goes.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - healing

10 comments:

  1. It's good to see another post from you this morning, Myrna. Even though you may "overdo" you seem to be getting well and productive. I'm anxious to see what you create in your new studio. Karen

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    1. Overdoing seems to be the way I find that edge and keep upping it. Today, I had a three hour nap so I guess I'd overdone just a little bit too much. I'm looking forward to what I create too.

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  2. Nice to read that you're starting to heal. I'm so envious of your artistic community and the fact that you had the courage to move into a environment of like-minded artists. I live in a small city in southern Saskatchewan and have not met anyone who likes to sew as a hobby. Lots of quilters, though. Love reading about your journey into independence and art. Well done.

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    1. I'm not sure where the courage came from. Suddenly I could and needed to take the risk and believed it would all work out and so far, so good. When I dropped some things off at the thrift store today, another woman was also dropping things off and wearing the most amazing coat. When I complimented her on it she said "I bought it but I also sew and there's a pattern just like it in..." Things like that happen all the time here and it's a totally new experience for me. Love it.

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  3. It always make me happy to see a new post from you.I see the same crafting joy in you that i feel even though im nowhere near your level...Hugzz

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    1. Thank you. I just finished sewing my first project and I could do the happy dance. SO WONDERFUL to be back sewing again.

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  4. So nice to read that you are healing and still moving forward on re-settling and new projects! I don't comment often but I noticed that i really missed your posts over the last little bit. Your new community sounds like a dream and it is exciting to read that you feel you have landed in such an ideal spot. Happy creating!!! :-)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know that you missed the posts. That means a lot to me. It won't be all perfect here as time will - I'm sure - tell but there definitely are some wonderful things about this community. I'm glad to be here.

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