Monday, September 15, 2014

Viola Volunteria

Viola has always been one of Lickety-Split’s best volunteers.  Some might even call her ‘easy’  - she just never says no.  Recently, however ,  when she volunteered to sell the token/tickets at the local school fair she got more than she bargained for.

You see this year the board determined to put the cotton candy and kettle corn tables on either side of the main ticket table.  This meant poor Viola was hemmed in by the sugary sweet smells of the cotton candy and the greasy-sweet smells of the kettle corn.  As the day got warmer poor Theodora felt taken with a strong case of the vapors (quite literally). 

Eventually she totally succumbed and was carried off the school grounds by the volunteer rescue squad.  As they carried her out we could hear her somewhat shaken voice whispering - I QUIT!!!  I suspect she’ll be saying those two words more than once during the coming volunteer year. 

"Cause you had a bad day
You're taking it down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You had a bad day"

"You had a bad day" by Daniel Powter

Friday, September 12, 2014

Today I am thinking about...

'Listening'.  This day I will spend really and truly listening.  As I walk I will listen for bird calls, leaves rustling, the sound of a small branch falling from a tree.  So many sounds that I usually walk right past.

I will  listen carefully to those who speak to me today.  Not just the lip service of hearing the 'gist' but actually weighing their words.  Not just a nod to show I understand when I haven't really listened fully.

I will truly listen to the music that fills my day. Everyday I have music in my studio -- today I will really and truly listen to it.   I'll sing along, get up and dance or at least sway to the rhythm and the sound.

Today I will be listening - truly and deeply to all the sounds around me.  I wish I could perfect the habit of doing this all the time.

"Part of doing something is listening.  We are listening.  To the sun.  To the stars.  To the wind." - Madeleine L'Engle, Swiftling Tilting Planet

Monday, September 8, 2014

Knancy Knitington

Until recently the 'queen' of knitting in Lickety-Split conducted classes in a room at the local library.  Sadly they were evicted due to their 'somewhat' loud laughter and frequent giggles which seemed to bother some of the library patrons (probably men, if you know what I mean).

 Knancy has found an empty store front and is now able to set up her very own knit shop.  She is thrilled to be able to conduct classes in her most enthusiastic manner and at last she has room to store the huge stash of yarn that she's gathered over the years.

As a side benefit poor, patient Mr. Knitington now has a place to park both the car and the lawnmower - something he's quite happy about.  We are all very envious of Knancy's new found teaching/storage space but I suspect her stash will go down considerably as we ladies browse through the shop.

"SABLE - A common knitting acronym that stands for 'Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy." - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Friday, September 5, 2014

Messy Me!

Over the past few weeks I've been bringing the Ladies of Lickety-Split alive and in the process my studio has pretty much been trashed!

Fabric stuffed willy-nilly into the wire baskets - no rhyme nor reason.  

Supplies jammed in pretty much wherever they will fit.

Paper rolled but not neatly and ending up with 'stuff' on top of it.

Who knows what lurks in this mess of paper stacked in every which way.

I promised myself that before the next "Lady" appears on the scene I would clean up, straighten up and pretty much get things in order (at least for a couple of days time - before it starts all over again).

After a fun morning of weeding through fabric, moving some into closed storage boxes and organizing by colors and patterns.  I had this.

My 'stuff' shelves became actually usable with a reordering and some things being carted off to the local thrift shop for donation.

 Now I can see what paper I have and it won't get more crinkled than it already has.

And how do you like this organization?  

I'd never take bets on how long this will last, but for now, I'll just enjoy it and enjoy the fact that now I can actually find what I know I already have.

"Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos." - Stephen Sondheim

Monday, September 1, 2014

And The Winners Are!

Today, on this official 5 year anniversary I happily prepare to send BJP bookmarks from 2010 to:

Debra at Moonie Bean Folkart

Debbie at Tapestry @ Sand Studio

Christi at Sweetpea Path

Chip Butter at Chip Butter White Oak

Jenclair at Bayou Quilts

[NOTE:  I'm afraid I don't have email addresses for Debbie Weaver, Chip Butter or Debra of Moonie Bean - if you will each get in touch with me and give me your mailing address I'll get these little packages out in a couple of days.]

Thanks once again and here's to five more years (at least).

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.  Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.  Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus


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