One of the reasons we bought this house is because it already had a basement suite although it was in rough shape and needed a major overhaul. I painted... everything... the walls, the ceiling, the tile floor, the cabinets, and the doors. To cover up some ugly wall issues, I used paint-able wallpaper in the kitchen. It worked great. Several people described the suite as really cute.
Last Saturday, we rented it. YES YES! I've been praying that I would recognize the right person so that we could live well together in our separate but connected places. We put an ad in an on-line newspaper with no responses. Our realtor sent the ad to a list of other realtors with no responses. A friend put it on Facebook telling me that suites typically rent within a couple of hours only we had no responses for over twenty-four hours and then two people called. We rented it to the first person because she was absolutely wonderful and when I phoned the second person to let him know, his phone was disconnected. I'd had a feeling. No one else has called since. How amazing is that? I love when God answers prayer so obviously and I'm not left questioning what to do although...
... questions can be good. Three of my favourite questions are what if, how can I and what do I really want? I shared some wants in last week's posting however, the very biggest want in my life is to recapture the joy of going into the studio, being totally immersed in the work, losing track of time, and loving the exploration and discovery of the journey along with the benefits of the results. I can live without attaining other wants but I miss this part of myself and I really, really want it back. It's six of one, half a dozen of the other. The studio nurtures me and supports the rest of my life while the rest of my life has exhausted me to the point that it is hard to work in the studio which leads to the question how can I.
Often we ask can I as in is this thing that I want even possible. When I ask myself how can I, I'm active in finding a solution such as incorporating new supplies like stone and wood into my work to take it in different directions. I won't get something different if I don't do something different so I'm trying to shake things up just enough to energize but not so much as to throw me off balance.
This envelope bag is made from a painted scrap of interfaced canvas that was originally intended for a coat only the fabric was so stiff it could have stood up on its own. I used bumper car stitching in variegated thread to cover the surface and then another scrap of painted fabric to make the closure. Painting is another way I'm trying to shake things up and it's nice to see that I'm starting to achieve some reasonable results. Using wood as the closure was inspired by Diane - my coach - who is so fond of sticks that I've started to see them in a completely new way and have - LOL - a wee small collection of my own.
Yesterday was my last coaching session of this year. One of the questions I was to answer was at what point in the process is it hindering my progress to not know where the project is going? I'm learning to work on a project for as long as possible without knowing what it is or how it will finish. The detail above is of a peek-a-boo seam that I incorporated into an in-progress version of Butterick 6138. All of the curved seams have this bit of pink peeking out. What intrigued me was that as soon as I knew where the project was going, I lost interest in it however...
... another thing I'm learning is how to work on more than one project at a time because...again... if I want something different, I have to do something different. I'm not ready for more than one garment project but I have several projects in different mediums. When I lost interest in the blouse, I went on to knitting and finished this capelet. While I was knitting - YES YES YES - new ideas appeared for the blouse and now I'm excited about working on it again. I love that. It's so encouraging. I feel I've made tremendous progress over this past year even with the limited amount of studio time that I've had.
Diane asked me to start collections of supplies for potential projects. Clutter and I do not get along so when I had these baskets sitting on the counter, they drove me crazy but when I tucked them under the work island, they became quite doable. One is filled with grey and pink scraps from the blouse that could be turned into fabric or thread lace that could then be turned into a bag or jewelry. When I allow ideas to flow, they come faster than I could ever possibly use them. I don't write them down because I know that the ones that tickle the loudest will stay around and get done but...
... I did buy a day timer to record what I accomplish in my morning hour. I've been struggling to get back into the habit of taking my hour in the morning so that's one of the things Diane is holding me accountable for over this next session. If you've started reading since I talked about the morning hour what that means is that I wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and head to the studio in my pajamas, set a timer, and work on whatever I want for the next hour. No matter which way the day goes from there, I've had that nurturing time in the morning and it makes the day SO MUCH BETTER. Before I go to sleep the night before, I decide what I'll do in the studio the next day. It seems to help me get started more easily and - LOL - perhaps my mind is working on what to do and how while I'm sleeping.
Another thing I bought was a garment rack to hang up the clothes I've acquired for re-fashioning. It's so easy to forget them when you can't see them and I love the mystery of making over a garment, of starting with something and ending with something completely different. In-between is a journey of exploration and in the end, I have a one-of-a-kind creation that absolutely no one else will ever have. Too fun.
This picture of Audrey was on Advanced Style recently and I absolutely loved what she was wearing especially that amazing piece of jewelry. I've made several attempts toward my own version of the necklace and the cord above is part of the latest. It's close but not quite so I'm working on another version this morning and feeling positive that I'm making progress with jewelry, another area of doing something different. The wooden shapes shown earlier may be part of this necklace as well. We'll see.
I'll have plenty of time over the holiday season to work in the studio since it will mostly be just Howard and I. The weather report is not good so my daughter and her family are staying home which is much safer for them although I'll miss the hugs. The "boys" are coming on Christmas day but otherwise they have their own things to do and Howard has to work four days between Christmas and New Years so we'll have four days together, four apart, and then four together. It's been quite a while since it was just the two of us. I'm looking forward to couple things.
MERRY CHRISTMAS - Myrna
Grateful - progress