Posts Tagged ‘random acts of kindness’

Where has this week gone? Just that type of thought makes me laugh.  I have been here for the entire week.  New things keep entering my life and I am finding it very exciting yet it makes the days go by so fast.

I am still on my spree of clearing(a.k.a cleaning of) space and I am seeing and feeling a real difference in my space and in my mind.  When inspirations strikes an artist, it is best to go with the flow. If that means dumping everything off the lazy Susan that holds all you miscellaneous bathroom type items in your hall closet because you want to use the turn table for a still life set-up, well that is what you do.  Needless to say that is what happened to my closet and so it has sat, a complete jumble of items that I was not ready to undertake.  This week the time finally came to undertake the task and it felt wonderful! It felt great to clear out two shopping bags worth of things that I no longer needed in that closet and in my life.  I desire to clear out the things in my life that just take up space.  Sometimes I look at some things and think, why am I keeping this thing?  The more I get my living space together the more my life feels like it is coming together in a new found synthesis.  It is a beautiful thing unfolding like a flower before my eyes.

Craft or Bust Update:

  • I completed the square I was knitting for a RAK member.
  • My Traveling Woman seems to be traveling by foot, lol!  She is gaining ground but it is slow going.
  • I found a wonderful assortment of books at the library on Making lace and also on felting. I have been reading about needle felting techniques and also felt-making in general. I see the potential for using felt pieces in some of the new mixed-media pieces I have in my mind’s eye. I was ecstatic to see they had a book I had really wanted to buy  when it was first coming out.  What made me want the book, Little Felted Animals by Horvath, was the picture on the cover.  I wanted to make a little black cat(the one on the cover is white) but at the time didn’t have the spare cash.  So I tucked the memory into the back of my mind and was so happy to find it at the library.  I sat down eager to read it but as I made my way through the book I discovered it was not what I expected.  Basically the first two pages I found very helpful with the basic needle-felting techniques.  The rest of the book is beautifully illustrated with step by step guides of how to form each animal and I believe it would be very helpful for some people.  I do love the illustrations and photographs but I was hoping for more on techniques because I am not short on ideas or creations that I want to make.
  • The next book I opened  Complete Feltmaking easy techniques and 25 great projects by Gillian Harris seems to be just what I am looking for with loads of knowledge for a newbie.  I am only a little way into the book and am very happy with the information I am finding in this book.  I look forward to reading more!
  • I have narrowed down my latest photographs to 207 and am sorting through them.  I find the best thing to do is to narrow down, then walk away for a bit.  I will be uploading them to my on-line gallery sometime this month(hopefully sooner rather than later).
  • My clearing process has restarted my Inspiration Book again.  What do I mean by an Inspiration Book? Some might call it a journal but it consists mainly of visual images. Some people use vision boards too.  Sure I have some images pinned up on a board as I find some that inspire me but I also have several books going.  I had a somewhat intimidating pile of magazines and various images that I had ripped out of magazines and such that I decided to look through. So all those images and photographs get glued into a book.  I find inspiration all around me.  I see more hearts and inspiration coming into my life and hope to share them with the world.  Wondering if I should blog more about these books?  Let me know if there is an interest.

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With all the craftiness going on in my ‘verse, Craft or Bust (CoB) seems only natural. I got a good chuckle at my list of goals as being described as a “quite organized set of goals”. I do like organization. ha ha! Although sometimes people do not understand my system of organization, particularly those only meant for me to follow! The list below is meant for everyone to be able to follow so I guess I should begin with a rundown of creative adventures from this week.  I will be doing a weekly check-in on Sundays as I participate in the group.

  • I am working on a 12×12 inch square for someone in the RAK group.  There is a  lovely soul there organizing to make afghans, or as she referred to them, comfortghans.  She is honoring several slain police officers. If you are part of Ravelry check it out here. Maybe you have time to knit or crochet a square or two? She is requesting they be made in 100% acrylic. Could be the perfect way to use up that acrylic you want out of your stash….only requirement is they be in red, white, and/or blue.
  • I signed on for my first art card exchange.  The theme is Imbolc and the exchange has been organized by Jen over at Chasing Domestic Bliss.  I have been busily working away on my card and am thoroughly enjoying this process.
  • I prepared(frogged) my yarn for my Traveling Woman lace project.  New beginnings. 🙂  I did get to see how many times I caught some of the individual fibers when making a stitch…hmm need to watch that one more carefully from now on. Largest piece I have ever frogged.
  • Working on some new photography.

I have been continuing with my theme of clearing your space clears your mind.  I have a friend that laughs when I tell her I am cleaning. “You cannot possibly have that much stuff”, she says as she laughs.  I did my best to explain to her that for me cleaning, or better yet clearing, is a process. In a way, it is like a meditation.  Letting go that which does not(or no longer) suit(s) you.  I can feel the difference in my home as I clear my space.  The theme of clearing out the old to make way for the new is in perfect time for Imbolc.  New beginnings.

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Over two weeks into January…..what have I been doing? Well after a bit of a hiatus in my yoga practice I am back.  My biggest challenge right now is to allow my practice to be integrated with my daily life.   Once again the theme of balance arises. On average it works out to about an hour or two of yoga/ meditation/ practice a day.  It might sound like quite a bit but when you are in the moment of it, it seems like just that, only a moment.  That is not to say that every day is exactly two hours, it depends on the day.   Today was quite a bit less, but nonetheless I find my mind returning back to the place of practice.  Again this returns to my thoughts of the New Year, no set New Year’s resolutions.  If I skip a day entirely that is okay.  I will know when I need to practice and will honor that feeling…..the feeling is my own intuition.

I am blessed to have wonderful people in my life, some I have physically met while others I have not.  Many wonderful people helped me complete this quilt as a gift for my husband.  Thank you all for this gift! I have been able to combine most of the fabrics I received through the Ravelry RAK(Random Acts of Kindness) group. I have some different weights of material that I received that I am using to make pillows.  I also received some lace swatches that I will be using on the pillowsOriginally my plan was to use the lace to make my outfit for the art show I was in last October but that did not work out.  I let those know in my request that if I was not able to use the lace for the dress then I would be using them in the quilt.  My original vision for the quilt was more of a crazy quilt with lots of surface embellishment but as the material began to arrive in the mail the vision of the quilt evolved before my eyes.

The back of the quilt is made from a full size top(flat) sheet that a friend had given us quite some time ago.  It had worked its  way to the back of our hall closet and had not seen the light of day for many, many months.  Now it has a new life and is being used in our home everyday.  Using the sheet helped me finish this quilt as it gave me a perfect template for the size and the squared edges that I SO needed after improvising the design.  I do not foresee any more large quilts in my future, but lap size or crib size are highly probable.  Possibly a large one assembled from smaller ones…but first I have pillows to make! I hope to have the first pillow done by the end of this month.

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Happy father’s day to all the dads out there.  Thinking of my Dad today makes me need to write some more about this event at Kenyon Corn Meal Company. I did get to speak to my Dad on the phone today but the last time I got to visit my Dad & Mom we went on a little adventure.  When I get to visit Rhode Island I usually try to do things that bring back wonderful memories and also to have new experiences. This last trip provided adventure, reminiscing, and new experiences.. I asked my Dad if he knew if we could go see the Kenyon Grist Mill.  We sat and looked at the kenyon grist mill website together and watched video from when Martha Stewart Living came to the mill(go to the media room link on the Kenyon site). We also noticed that there was going to be an open house with free tours of the mill and free Johnny Cakes!!  How can you beat that?! Instead of charging admission, they asked for a donation of non-perishable food or  a clothing donation. Especially during challenging economic times, I am so grateful to the Drumm family for hosting such a wonderful event.  Many families are looking for ways to enjoy a day out.  I noticed they were offering more tours  throughout the summer for those that might be interested.

When I spoke with my Dad today he brought up the previous Kenyon Mill post and mentioned that he really liked the pictures so….here is another post of images from that day for all the Dads out there and to the Moms too!  

During the tour Paul Drumm III was describing the various equipment where the corn is ground including the wooden spindle  known as a damsel. While we were on the tour my Mom asked Paul a question.  “If the damsel has problems spinning around do they call it a damsel in distress?” People got a good chuckle out of that one!  She’s a quick witted lady!

I hope more people take the time to share special memories with the ones they love.  We can all make a difference in the life of someone else.  Even a small act of kindness can go a long way.  Random acts of kindness can multiply and we can change the world…one life at a time.

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