Friday, September 4, 2015

Time Passes...

...and hasn't it been fun!!!  Tuesday, September 1st was  my 6th year blog anniversary.  When I look back it seems like a long time ago that I took heart in hand and went 'public'.  I was beading then but if you've come along for the ride all these years you know how much (and many times) that has changed.  

I thank each and every person who has given up a few minutes of their time twice a week to stop in for a visit.

There are some who have become quite good friends.  You know who you are and please know how very much your long-distance friendship means to me.  

Each reader has  given me a window to the world -- to your world and to your wonderful art and craftsmanship.  

So here's to another six years -- of fun, frolic, imagination, creativity, and success in whatever WE all take your hands to.

"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." - Theophrastus

Monday, August 31, 2015

Intuition versus reality

I knew what I wanted to do.  I knew I wanted to rescue a design, rework it and make it become something else.    I began knowing that I would change the arms of the earlier design.  Sounds easy huh? Well, many hours, several designs, attaching and detaching as I went along and getting a huge case of the 'frustrations' and I was still working on arms.

Finally, in a fit of peak I decided to not use arms at all.  So there!  Take that you hard-to-deal with piece of cloth and stuffing!!  Of course she looked bare and barren.  It finally came to me -- since she is supposed to be a 'spirit' of sorts why not give her wings.

At this point I'm sure the poor thing was getting a bit worn.  I'm not sure she's learned to use her wings because there she sits.  Perhaps she's wondering how she can 'seek beauty' while sitting on the shelf of my studio.

"Cease trying to work everything out with your minds.  It will get you nowhere.  Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be revelation." - Eileen Caddy

Friday, August 28, 2015

U Turn

[Jen of "Bayou Quilts" is the winner of the 4th Whisperer]

Fortunately the road rules in my studio do allow me to make a U-turn once in awhile.  That is exactly what I'm doing these days.

You might remember the few dolls that I made back in early June.  They were my first linen dolls.  Sadly I was never quite 'satisfied' with them and a trip to Nevada interrupted my creative flow.

These days I've made a U-turn and gone back to this basic design, making some alterations that are more pleasing to me and bringing them up to date.  Sometimes a U-turn can be quite fun. 

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Purple Crowned Flutterby"

Oh my, the rarest of rare - probably never to be seen again.  The Purple Crowned Flutterby.  She hides her decorated breast in her nest. 

These nesting Flutterby's are very quiet -- I'm sure trying to protect their nests.  However, considering how messy the nests are, I doubt if any other species would want to steal them.

I offered her a place inside, which would be safe, but after an hour or two she said "what good is it being a bird if I'm not able to fly?"  Very good point Miss Flutterby - very good point indeed.

"The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation." - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Friday, August 21, 2015

Chaos or Not?

[Michelle of "With Heart and Hands" has won Whisper number 3]

It starts out pretty organized.  This and that laid out on my work table -- each one with a potential purpose.

It continues with fabric pieces laid out -- matching colors and patterns.  What will go with what?

It ends up like this. Almost total chaos.  Trim mixed in with thread and needles and pins.  Bits and pieces of this and that scattered hither and yon.  All with the hope that something recognizable, perhaps even magic will come out of what looks like the leftovers of a mini tornado.  

"We adore chaos because we love to produce order." - M. C. Escher


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