Two more cuties!
Any time I’m using beige and brown, the fabrics are probably something my Mom bought.
Yikes, it has been almost 2 weeks already. Time to post, right?!
The Swaddled Baby class went really well. There were 15 participants, 2 5-hour days, and beautiful handmade babies at the end.
Babies in progress-
The first day we focused on the hard parts- the face, getting the body stuffed and closed up, basic designing. By the end of the first day, pretty much everyone was ready to move on to the fun part- designing, embellishing, stitching. I didn’t get any pics at all from the first day!
Lots of pieces-
And here are (almost) all the babies at the end of the day. (A few left early.)
They are all different and amazing! Most people didn’t finish but it seemed like everyone was well on their way and had fun getting there. Here are some of the dolls that went home on Sunday afternoon-
Another great class at French General!
I’ve been putting this off all week but I need to do it. It is really helpful for me to have my yearly reflections written down here so let’s look back.
Wow, I’m not going to lie, it has been a really tough year. Politics will be mentioned. The situation in our country and the world has been terrifying. I did some artwork in the first few months of the year to help me deal with my feelings of despair.
I posted about the above and below here.
Later, I spent a month working on this-
I had a very busy trip to LA in April which I posted about here and here. The trip was awesome and I love LA. It was hard to really relax though and I felt that many people I was around were also feeling the weight of the world’s troubles. And then my Mom died.
Unfortunately, as the year went on, I just found myself wanting to retreat more and more. Nothing seemed to help- social media has been/is overwhelming with the constant outrage, my energy and creativity felt sapped when I engaged. During the first 6 months of the year I felt like I couldn’t find the joy in my work or even get to that wonderful focus where the world recedes and I’m in the work zone. Having some shows and deadlines helped. Also, audio books and podcasts. I’ve been continuing to post photos and work pics but somehow the words are gone. I don’t feel chatty about my work on my blog or on any of the other sites where I hang out. I have retreated not only online but also in real life. I know it is not good for me so I guess that is what I have to work on this year.
There were good things too, thank goodness. My garden was amazing this year. If you follow me on Instagram, there were lots of flower pics. the daylilies and the dahlias!
In August I was feeling so uninspired that I knew I needed to mix things up a bit. I spent 2 weeks working on a quilt idea. I played with colors. shapes, designs. I didn’t finish anything but I’ll get back to it at some point. I felt totally recharged after that- It was like a brain vacation. Obviously, something I should do more often!
That got me back into work mode for the fall and right up to Christmas. I had a great show at CraftBoston 2017 and I plan on a post about my booth, hopefully tomorrow.
Lastly, I was part of this beautiful book, Beards Rock. A real honor.
And now, 2018. I hope with all my heart that this year will bring a more stable and peaceful world although this first week does not make that seem likely. On my personal horizon, I have lots to look forward to.
I will be going back to LA at the end of February to teach at French General again. This time we will be doing Swaddled Babies. There are still a few spaces available if you’d like to join in the fun. Check out all the info here. I am also planning to visit QuiltCon.
In April, I will be in Washington DC for the Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum.
Then, in August I will head west again, to San Francisco, for the ACC show at Fort Mason.
I think that having all these things to look forward to will keep my head in a good place. I’m already back in the studio getting a little work done, doing some cleaning and organizing, and thinking about all the projects ahead. Happy New Year everyone!
Suddenly it seems I am teaching a lot of classes!
Sunday Feb. 19, 12- 4
and on Saturday March 25, Tiny World Pincushions.
I will also be making a Crafty Hand ornament at Craftcation.
I hope some of you can join me for a fun few hours of making. Give yourself a crafty retreat-from-the-world spa day.
This weekend, THIS is happening!
If you are in the Boston area this weekend, it would be amazing if you could stop by! And the other event, coming up soon- Dec. 2, 3, and 4-
CraftBoston Holiday! I’m making myself a bit crazy about this one. It is a kind of show that I’ve never done before, and I need a whole new booth set-up (fancy, that is). Yep, stressed. If you go here, there is a way to get $3 off the entry ticket. And of course I am working to produce the most inventory that I can. It’s all a test because no matter what, ya never get it all figured out and ya just keep trying something new. And, Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!