Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Souveniers Of Potential

The drive back was lovely. I always enjoy that time to decompress, to think about where I'm going and what I want to do when I get back to the studio, and to transition back to my normal routine. There is still snow on my yard although less snow with patches of dirty lawn showing through and no more ice on the driveway or sidewalks. This is good. This morning, I was able to safely walk to Starbucks to journal and I should be able to continue walking through until fall now which is especially good since I was doing a fair amount of walking in Ashland.





At one of the stores, I was able to buy this raincoat at a significantly reduced price, less than I would have paid for the fabric. I like its shaping except for the collar so I'll adjust that and otherwise it's the most finished souvenier that I bought - the rest are souveniers of potential.





These three garments are from the thrift store and go together. The plan is to sew an Ashland garment using some of the refashioning skills I learned in the workshop. Right now, the three pieces are in the hot dryer following a hot wash so they will be as shrunk and processed as possible when I get to working with them.



 


Diagonal from the hotel is a wonderful store called Looking Glass Beads. I purchased the seed and the Czech beads there to go with the fabric beads I'd made at my friend's studio in Eugene. The gold thread came from the quilting store and the word pendant from Gathering Glass Studio as did...




... these purple and blue glass pieces that I hope to incorporate into a necklace. The beads shown at right are also from the bead store. The findings are gorgeous, different than anything I already have, but quite expensive so I didn't pick up too many of them.



 


At Websters - the yarn store - they had a sample knit up in this Quinoa yarn that has fabulous texture so I bought four balls as well as a pattern to make the Alee capelet which I think will look lovely with sleeveless summer clothing although I'm not sure when I'll get to sewing summer clothing since I plan to spend April finishing painting inside the house and May working on some projects in the yard although I will - of course - still be working in the studio for the morning hour.

When I travel, I typically buy books, yarn, fabric, and jewelry as souveniers although this time I bought jewelry supplies rather than a finished piece. What are your favourite souveniers?

Yesterday, I unpacked the car and my suitcases, started the laundry, and picked up a few groceries for dinner. This morning, I moved slow, journalled, walked, and put things away in the studio and now I'm ready to knit in the sunshine and decide what to do next in the studio. I think it'll be the necklace with the word pendant.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a safe and fun trip

8 comments:

  1. You got a great haul – love the raincoat and the thrift store purchases – all of them. Sparkles and stripes - what's not to love. The fixings are beautiful and will take your pieces to the next level. Brava!

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    1. LOL - it was fun unpacking them and re-imagining the ideas.

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  2. Love your finds, especially the blue and purple beads. Can't wait to see what you do with the word bead...it could be a wonderful candidate for a seed bead frame. The raincoat collar is so close to being right, I wonder if all it needs is a rolled (like a hand-rolled scarf) edge and maybe some additional surface manipulation. Glad you had a great trip!

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    1. The word bead was bought to make a piece for a friend so I'm keeping in mind her style which is far more delicate than mine so I'm not sure how I'll attach it yet. I did contemplate a wire frame. I'm debating elastic for the collar to just pull it in and crumple it up a bit. I just need to research it a bit more. Right now, it's a very light single layer that doesn't have enough presence for the rest of the coat. Ideas brewing.

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  3. For a little town, Ashland has some great finds. You did exceedingly well! Looking forward to your new inspirations!

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    1. Ashland is such a magical place for me. I really love wandering around there, the shops, the park, the food, the atmosphere. I'm so happy every time I get to visit.

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  4. What fun souvenirs, and that rain coat is very cool! When I travel, my favorite souvenir is something hand made by a local crafts person. Even better is I get to meet the crafts person and buy from them directly. It is always fun to make that connection.

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    1. Hand made is a lovely souvenier and meeting the maker is - as you say - even more fun. It adds that special element. I do like to visit studios when I can and see how other people work. Everyone has a different way and a different rhythm and I find that fascinating how we are the same and yet different.

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