Tuesday, September 5, 2017

FAQs & Other Topics

Today - the first day of school - is still one of my favourite days even though I no longer have children in school. It's the day that I sit down, assess the past year, evaluate my goals going forward, and look at what I want to add, subtract, or change in my life.





One thing I learned this summer is to take on less at a time. There were too many things on the go, mess everywhere, a lot of starts with not enough finishes, and definitely not enough time in the studio. It wore me out. Thankfully, I am now finished the suite and my new tenant is in and the kitchen is mostly done. I still need to paint the lower corner cabinet doors and touch up a few things but it's functional. YES YES!





When I bought the house two years ago, this is what the kitchen looked like. It was closed in, tight and tiny, with a huge dining area. Although it obviously functioned for the past thirty-some years, it's functioning a whole lot better now and I'm grateful for more openness and better flow.





This is my less than elegant version of Nicole Hanna's The Elegant Charm. It's a tutorial she offers on her website although it's about to be retired so if you like it, buy it now. My version is not nearly as curvy and flowing as hers, perhaps in part because I didn't have the correct gauge of wire, however... what I'm finding helpful about following tutorials is learning to think through a project and how to carry and shape wires. I'm developing technical ability. Every instructor has a different way of working with wire. By following their instructions, I am learning how to create in a combination of ways that will result in developing my own style and voice in wire although it'll always have the layered textures, curving lines, and boldness that I love.



 


This piece above left is by Daryl Adams of Adams Handcrafted Jewelry and was part of a contest that Nicole had on her site. Its FABULOUS and definitely the type of statement piece I'm working toward. It incorporates some of the individual flowing wires I see in Sarah Thompson's work. I took her Wire Weaving Bracelet Basics course  in April and made the class sample shown. It's obvious why - but still interesting that - we are attracted to the work of artists whose lines are similar to our own. I've seen that in my own life with garments, knitting, decor, textile art, and so much more.

SO... as I look at the year ahead, learning more about wire weaving and making wire jewelry and exploring the possibility of combining wire and fabric in jewelry pieces is on my agenda. So is sewing more creative clothing. I made a blouse a few weeks ago that I haven't blogged about yet and I'm spending this week working in the studio which means that I will have things to share when I get back to regular postings sometime in October.

AND... I really need to alter the blog format. I'm the type of person who likes to sift and sort, change, create, eliminate and add to the flow of things so they feel like the current me. The blog does not and I think that's making it harder for me to post. One thing I'm thinking of adding is some pages so I'm wondering what would be of interest to readers. Do you have any questions for an FAQ page? What would you want to know about me on an About page? What topics are worth of an individual page? I can't promise to incorporate all your suggestions but I'd appreciate them as a starting point. Thanks.

Talk soon - Myrna

grateful - a closet organizer in the closet in my bedroom and my clothes hanging in place, accessible, available, where they are supposed to be - such a lovely thing.

14 comments:

  1. Oh Myrna! What a beautiful, beautiful kitchen. I love everything about it. You've done an outstanding job and your attention to every detail is apparent. Love the narrow table - great idea. So happy for you!

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    1. Thank you. I'm quite happy with how it's turning out. I bought the table about twenty years ago. It's made from old barnwood and was being sold with other furniture in a fabric store.

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  2. You mentioned in a previous blog post you intended telling about making a corbel from every day objects-did you? Lovely kitchen, really love the colour of the stand alone unit.

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    1. The corbel isn't finished and I'm not sure when I'll get to that. It was to hold a shelf for our personal coffee cups. Right now they're on the counter. When my oldest son saw the pantry, he asked if I was going to paint it. He didn't realize I'd ordered it that colour and thought I'd bought it used because the surface is distressed. Made me laugh.

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  3. Myrna, I so enjoy reading your blog, especially your creative process and how you are evolving. It's very inspiring. I'd love to know if you are on Pinterest or Instagram too?

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    1. I am not on either of those sites and not sure if I ever will be. Blogging seems to be my "only" thing so far. If I do add anything else, I will mention it in a blog post.

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  4. I really enjoy your blog but i would like to see you in the clothes you sew or alter. Your kitchen looks so much better, well done

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    1. Thanks. I'll try to add more "on the body" images. The kitchen works way better too.

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  5. Your kitchen looks great - love the light and openness, and that turquoise cabinet is Awwwesooooome!

    Ideas for FAQ....hmmm
    a list of your favourite supplies, tools, books, & on-line sites for fabric and jewelry work
    links to your posts that are tutorials in reality

    about you page...
    a bit about you in general - I know you've mentioned being in the jewelry business and a hair dresser in the past, have made those cute girl's coats for sale, used to live in Kamloops(?) then moved, but I'm not tieing it all together.

    In general, I like that you "talk" through why you are or are not happy with the way a project is going. Also, what you do to fix the things that you're not happy about.

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    1. Thank you. This furniture company make the most gorgeous pieces either from scratch or refinishing older pieces. Thanks for the FAQ suggestions. I'll keep those in mind.

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  6. Your kitchen looks great. A major improvement.

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  7. I agree with everyone, your kitchen reno is fantastic! The narrow turquoise pantry and the table are such clever, beautiful, space saving ideas.

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  8. love your posts!! more please!!! i need inspiration. 8-)

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.