Jude is offering a free Magic Feather workshop for the month of August where she shows and tells all the hows and whats and ways you can make magic feathers. Jude's goal is to collect 1000 feathers. You can also watch the Gathering of the feathers. As of today she has 54.
We have Blue Jays this year which we rarely see here. And last weekend while in the yard I found two Blue Jay feathers. It was like magic. Magic Feathers and magic inspiration.
I'm off now to get ready for my special company. Lots to do.
I'm so excited about your visit that I can think of nothing else. I am counting down and OMGoodness, it is three days and a few hours!!!
So I have decided to reveal my surprise before you get here because I know how you are. I know you are all in a dither because I said, "I'm working on a surprise for you. But it's not something you can have. It is just something to look at while you are here." I told you it is "no biggie".
Well, guess what? It is a biggie. It is the kind of big as "the elephant in the room".
Although we call it The Garden Palace and it is not in the room, you can see it in view from several rooms. When anyone sees it, they instantly want to go closer and go inside. That happened last year when my friend Deryn was here. It is a curiosity. But I just could NOT let her go in.
The fact is, The Garden Palace is mine and I have neglected it shamelessly. Here is the problem. While I have not been tending to things over there, I have had some seasonal (winter) guest move in. You might even call them squatters, of the furry type. They found the accommodations to their liking but oh my they are a messy bunch. I have been so overwhelmed, crushed and disgusted with myself for letting this happen, that I couldn't face it. So no one besides me has been allowed inside The Garden Palace for quiet some time.
And there really is something quiet fantastic to see over there. And it is only natural that you would want to go over there. And it is something that I love showing off. And you simply can not come all the way from
California and then have me say, "sorry, no, you cannot go inside." It is just a great big little play house full of things and projects.
It has a wonderful story to tell and I am excited that you are coming and I want you to see it. I am cleaning up the mess so it is somewhat presentable. I didn't start early enough to get everything done that needs doing. But I will let you go over and go inside and we will sit and visit about things.
That is my surprise. The elephant in the room. But now it really feels like it is more for me than for you. I think I'm confused.
Hello friends and followers. Creatively, I have mostly been stitching. Mostly because I can do that while resting in the chair zone. Lately, I have been inspired to do other things around this home. Things that I am feeling a renewed passion for like the yard work and other little projects.
I have become very aware of the fact that I am content to do the things that inspire me at-the-moment. I'm not sure you know what I mean by that but I guess there are so many things that are always on my mind that I wish to do and sometimes, I let the weight of all of these thoughts slow me down. That is not what is happening now. Now I am just content with what I manage to do at-the-moment and let the enjoyment fill me.
Of course you know, I would probably be sharing more with you if I could get use to my temporary replacement camera that seems to always need charging. I'll be so happy when mine gets back from repair.
I'm off now for a secret project I'm working on each morning. Because I'm expecting a Dear Friend late Sunday who will be here for a few days.
She is still on my easel. During this morning's art period, I was ready to start painting her face. I don't know why but I have been avoiding the face. She is still a work in progress but it does help to console me if I can bring her in picture form with me for the day to this desk in town. Isn't is odd that one can see the little things that need changing when looking at the screen.
I wish I were at home with her and still painting.
I love using my hands to do anything. I get lost creating. Painting faces, collage, mixed media, and altered books are my passions.
Digging in the dirt feeds my soul. Flowers are one of God's greatest creations.
I'm shy although one might not know it. I have too many opinions and can't keep them to myself.
Every now and then, I just need to touch cloth. I use unwanted clothing, cast offs, remnants, unfinished works-in-progress, cloth napkins, table cloths, curtains, and my stash which is pretty extensive.
And then, I sit and stitch. And stitch. Because stitching calms and relaxes me. It quiets the chatter in my head and keeps me upright in the chair zone in the evenings. And that is The Cloth Side Of Me.