Friday, October 13, 2017

First Time Success

It's ten o'clock on Thursday night and I am only just now sitting down to write this post. Ideally, I'd have written it much earlier in the day and that's not the way things went. What I did write earlier was a five page letter to my youngest son. He asked if I could write down what we talked about in a discussion earlier this week and it was surprisingly intimidating for someone who likes to talk and give advice as much as I do. I wanted to make sure that he knew how proud I am of him, how amazing he is, and how - as annoying as it is to hear this phrase - it will all work out it the end, no matter what it may be.





One of the things I talked about was that my highest priority is relationships. I believe that life is about relationships and I work on my relationship with God, with myself, with my family, and with friends in that order. After that, everything else is stuff. This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving as well as Howard's birthday and our entire family was home which I really enjoyed. My oldest grandson told his parents that he likes Grandma's house best. It's because everything is on one level and he doesn't have to go upstairs to go to bed but I'm choosing to interpret that as Grandma's the best - VBG.





I love this picture of my youngest son and my oldest grandson playing in the dirt of my unfinished walkway. Huge amounts of time and energy in my life have been spent attempting to recapture the childlike play that used to come so naturally. One way I play is by realizing that no matter what I'm creating, it's not earth shattering, it's not a life and death event. It's entertainment. An experiment. A learning process. This thing that I am making can succeed, it can fail, or it can evolve and I will still be warm, safe, loved, clothed, and fed. Some of my most favourite projects are the secondary ones that came after the primary failure. I've found that by letting go of expectations, I've been not only more successful but I'm having far more fun.





In May, I started renovating the house... and then the yard... and then the suite... and life has had some ups and downs that I'm still navigating. I have definitely not had nearly enough time in the studio. And it shows. I'm somewhat itchy, anxious, crabby BUT... this was the week to get back in the flow. As a warm-up, I'm working on pajamas for my grandson's Christmas presents. I have both pairs of pants finished and one top minus the buttons, buttonholes, and slip stitching. I hope to finish the second top this morning and the handwork at knitting this afternoon.

I'm visiting my daughter next week and I want to take their Christmas presents with me. She is graduating with her degree in accounting and has invited me to the convocation. As my friend Barb said, it's a huge accomplishment especially as she's done it through correspondence and night school, while maintaining a home and a marriage, working full time, and having two children. YES YES! I'm so proud of her.





One of the women who works at Starbucks is having a baby boy in the next few weeks. Her nursery is painted yellow and turquoise. I don't own any yellow yarn so I used left over yardage of grey, green, and turquoise yarns to knit this size two cardigan. The buttons look brighter in this image than they do in real life. They actually match the stripe which means...





... I can use this image in the photo editing course that I am taking on Craftsy. I signed up for four different photography courses to improve the quality of my images. I took these sweater photos outdoors in "open shade" which means in an area that is shaded by an obstacle nearby but has open sky above.






I took the images of this pendant I just made for my friend Wendy outside with a white piece of paper as a background and an overcast sky. So far, I am getting better results with outside versus inside images so I'm researching lighting and a photo set-up for the studio to improve the indoor images and I'm working to develop the skills to edit the pictures.

THANK YOU for the feedback on last posting's questions. I've done a lot of thinking about what I want to do going forward. While I want to maintain my tone and style, I definitely want to improve my writing skills and the photos on my blog. I'd like to update the format so it's somewhat more glossy and just have fun putting every post together. One of the photography workshops I'm taking is about narrative photo essays and that's basically what each post is. My primary objectives are to share what I know to support and encourage others and to connect with the community that loves what I love. That's not going to change.

Some other things might. I've realized I do not want to teach interactive on-line workshops. I've done that before and when I'm completely honest with myself, I don't want to be that "on" anymore. I want my focus to be on developing my skills and abilities and sharing what I'm working on... which is more than I can keep for myself... so I may start offering pieces for sale. And I'd like to do more writing which may also take the form of something to sell. We'll see as time goes on. As far as formal teaching goes, I would like to teach two or three times a year at a retreat, weekend workshop, or event of that kind so I'm quietly setting that intention in the background as I continue to do my best in the present.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the delight of changing thread in the serger with first time success



10 comments:

  1. Lovely post....I will await your venture to Iowa for artistic inspirational talks/workshops! 8-) And I will be excited to see what you offer for sale sometime..

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    1. Thank you. I've never been to Iowa before. That could be fun.

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  2. I don't have time this minute to write much, or even finish reading your post (I will give it my full attention this evening). I just wanted to say, while I'm thinking about it, how much I love the work you've been doing with jewelry. Your wirework is amazing!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. The encouragement is much appreciated.

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  3. Second Kay's admiration of your wire work - it has an archaic feel that goes so well with the bronze/turquoise. And the little sweater is really cute; so nice to see less typical baby sweaters.

    BUT the cutest thing of all is the boys playing in the dirt; how lovely your son is to get down and play trucks!

    ceci

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    1. Thanks. I gave the pendant to my friend yesterday and she loved it, quirky dip and all. I was pretty sure she would. I really enjoy knitting children's sweaters but definitely in atypical colours like grey or black even. When I saw the "boys" playing, I definitely had to have that picture. It's wonderful.

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  4. I third the admiration of your wire work, and also the joy of changing the serger thread on the first try!

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    1. Thank you. I wanted to sew the second pair of pajama pants that night and it was going to be a lot easier if I tied on the new thread and it fed through correctly... and it did... and saved lots of time. YES YES

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  5. I feel certain your jewelry (pendants) would sell online. Your skills in wire manipulation are wonderful! Clothing is more difficult to sell. People no longer appreciate quality in garments as they accept the cheap, throw away garments available everywhere. Keep us posted on your journey. Karen

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    1. It's next to impossible to predict what may or may not sell. I showed my pendants to several gallery owners this weekend and the feedback was positive along with the phrase "but not suitable to our clientele". I can't see myself selling clothing unless it's something I made for myself and don't wear, which is often the case with anything labour intensive. Things I might sell could include purses, or parts, or home decor or information. Time will tell.

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