The gas company is coming this morning to change the meter. They wanted a four hour window which I find annoying since they must have some kind of schedule and could provide a tighter time-frame... however... it is what it is. I left writing the blog for this morning when I had to be home... waiting.... which is not my favourite thing. This helps.
My work schedule has shifted. Working Friday nights and Sundays was having a negative impact on Howard and my time together. I thought when I told my boss that that would be the end of doing hair only it wasn't. For now, I'm working only on Mondays but once tourist season comes I'll have more hours. It's difficult for building a clientele but perfect for getting out of the house and spending money so I'm willing to see what happens. Good things I hope.
After several months of being super busy, this quieter week was the perfect one for catching up on coffee with friends. I feel back on track even though it meant little time in the studio... which... with spring slowly creeping across the yard... will become more contained to mornings and evenings once yard work begins. The path I started cutting last year is emerging and I'm looking forward to finishing it.
And the cardigan. To wear with my spring wardrobe. I finished the neckline using bias strips of the purple taffeta and have the collar parts ready to finish. I'm going to tuck the neck edges under and secure them with edge stitching so they'll lie better against the neckline with less bulk. I still haven't decided on the closure. I'll work it around the collar.
Yesterday, my friend gave me these handwoven tea towels that I'd admired on her loom. As someone recently said to me, it's wonderful not only to be given a hand made gift but to be given one that you couldn't make for yourself but can totally appreciate. I'm almost afraid to use them but I will. They're my favourite colours and look fabulous in my kitchen.
This carpetbag pattern is from Marchwerke. The image shows how clean and crisp the look is and how big the bag is opened. Last weekend, Craftsy had a sale so I signed up for Lisa Lam's course Sewing Structured Bags: Purse Frames and Beyond which is VERY well done. So well done that I'm waiting for the next sale to take her other workshop. The carpetbag is one of my favourite purse shapes and can be made in handbag to weekender bag sizes. I'd like to make some as gifts using hand painted fabric.
Last week, I went to the thrift store to find parts and pieces to use in jewelry and handbags. It turned out to be bag day so I bought the three purses above and all the items below left for $2.00. YES YES. I've separated all the parts and tucked them into supplies.
The bracelets above right are from a local dress shop. They're a woven band with a magnetic or turn clasp at the end and were discounted to $6.60 each which is far less than just a clasp. I don't even need to take them apart. I can build my design on top.
These pieces were in the "quality" section of the thrift store which is excluded from the bag sale. They were individually priced at $2.50 each. The chains are all part of one necklace and can be separated as can the wooden parts of the wo bracelets. I can't decide if I'm going to cut up the wooden bracelet with beads. It's gorgeous and brand new only I'm unlikely to ever wear it.
One of the assignments I'm working on with Diane - my creativity coach - is taking a starting point for a jewelry piece and working on it for one hour and then setting it aside as a part that may or may not be taken forward into a piece. I'm supposed to see it as a part and not as an unfinished project. We'll see - LOL. For the first starting point, I used this metal disc that I picked up a few years ago on a clearance table in a bag of ten. It's been tickling and because I have more than one, it can be a "blank canvas" that I fill in several ways. Always fun.
When I was looking through some files the other day, I found this image. One of the coffee conversations I had was with the director of our local gallery about the changing world of art and where I fit into it. One thing I really appreciate about her is how honest, straight forward, practical, and pragmatic she is and I came away from our talk feeling focused for the spring and for this season of new growth and possibilities in my life. Some choices are past. While at one time they seemed absolutely perfect, that perfection is in the past and now, in the present, they are no longer the right choice and other opportunities are appearing. That's quite wonderful really. Change is what keeps life interesting.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - time to catch up with friends