Archive | November 2011

My Angels are working overtime!!!!

This is non-fibre related, but I want to make sure that I remember this!

We’ll go back to Saturday. I went to the One of a Kind Show (art and craft) on Saturday. I had my winter tires put on on Wednesday, so I figured I was good to go. I noticed a bit of a vibration. I got out and checked my tires, but saw nothing. So I just chalked it up to them either needing to be rebalanced or maybe I just wasn’t used to driving with my snow tires.

On a side note: When we were in the parking garage at the show, my friend commented to me about the lack of lighting in the garage. I agreed. Then I started to giggle as I remembered another time I was in a parking garage. I had gone to pick my friend up (the one who passed this summer) at Pearson International Airport. I MAY have forgotten where I parked the car. So we had to go on a quest to find it. Of course he didn’t let me forget about that… LOL Anyway, as I was giggling and sharing the story with my friend… The lights came on πŸ™‚ I think she was a little creeped out. I’m past that now because he’s been making his presence known here and there. I love it πŸ™‚ And this time I found my car!

Yesterday, I noticed the vibration getting really bad. Normally I wouldn’t have been back to Minden in time to go to the tire place, but for some reason I was able to get out of school in decent time. So I went in and spoke to the man. He said that they probably did just need to be rebalanced. So I made an appointment for Thursday morning.

This morning there was (and still is) a significant freezing rain warning for the area. The school buses were cancelled. So I figured that little man and I would have a snow day. I will drive through 6 feet of snow, but when it comes to freezing rain, I don’t go anywhere! I called the “donor” because he was scheduled to see him to inform him that the buses have been cancelled and we weren’t going anywhere. Well, being the selfish jerk that he is (and that’s the nicest thing I can say about him), his visitation is clearly more important that my son’s safety. So we were dragged out. (And I hope the freezing rain hits with a vengeance on their way home. It’s not like I didn’t try to warn them)

When I was on my way to the exchange spot, I noticed a SERIOUS problem with my steering. I had a feeling it was related to my tire. When we got there, I noticed that my tire was seriously flat. I went over to the gas station, which is in the same parking lot, and tried to put air in my tire. It just wouldn’t fill. I got some in it. Then I took my car over the the garage.

I got a call and he told me that the belts must have weakened and that there was a serious bulge in the inner sidewall. That would explain why I couldn’t see anything. He showed me the tire and OMG!!! I have to get a new tire.

I have some SERIOUS angels watching over me! I have a feeling that the one who likes to play with lights had something to do with it. My tire could have blown when I was downtown Toronto. Or worse, going 90 MPH on the 401! I don’t even want to think how that would have went…

So needless to say, I am VERY GRATEFUL to God/the Universe and all of my angel team!


Where I’m At

Facebook status for the evening:

Right now I am watching Meatloaf, drinking from a special mug, with baby boy in bed, kitty having a snack, man who treats me like gold supporting me on various levels, amazing family (blood and extended… You know who you are!), typing on my purple laptop, about to write in my blog about my experiences of following my dream, reeling from the buzz of hearing that I have “that fire, that spark, that passion, you will go far, see you here soon!…” from people who “know”, kitty right beside me now, playing 6 Degrees of Kevin Smith, about to pick up my knitting.


I gave Mom her surprise tonight. It was a vest. But it was more than a vest. It represented a family joke. She laughed when she saw it, which is exactly what I was hoping for! Dad figures that my aunts and uncle will get a kick out of it. He figures they may want a copy as a wall hanging or a quilt. (I would do that in a heartbeat!)

I am so proud of myself with this project! I worked so hard at planning it out and it turned out EXACTLY the way I wanted it to! It was VERY tedious with the planning, but the end result was well worth it.

One of the many beautiful things about this course is that you get to see what works for you. There are so many different instructors and techniques, that if you just listen to them and pay attention to what works for them, you can see if that works for you or if another technique pops out at you when you try it. I discovered that I really don’t like coming up with patterns for sewing clothes. I did really enjoy revising and coming up with a quilt pattern. I have also written a couple of patterns for bibs and I have a few more knit or crocheted ideas in there. I love having a chance to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.

To be continued… Pictures to follow.

And the kitty is snoring, pretty much laying upside-down, butt on the arm of the couch, head on my lap. His paw is around my arm so he’ll know if I move.

Quilting Fun!

I don’t have time to post pics at the moment. This week we’re quilting! We have an absolutely fabulous instructor by the name of Judith. She seems like the kind of person that wants to do anything she can to help you succeed. Her teaching style is fabulous and I’m learning A LOT. She has challenged me to think outside the box, which is awesome!

I got my project from last week back, so I plan on giving it to Mom this weekend. Can’t wait to give it to her and to post pictures!

Better get back to my quilt. What a blast!

Applied Design, Life Lessons and Some Good Reading

This week was our most intense week yet. I don’t think anyone in the class got all of the assignments completed. Not only was it a lesson in textiles, but it was a life lesson too. Sometimes there is just NO WAY you can get everything done in the time frame you have been given. I not only worked hard everyday at my assignments, but I also put in an extra 13 1/2 hours of studio time at school (which consisted of 3 twelve hour days in a row) and some time at home as well. I put EVERYTHING I had into it. It got to the point where I was prepared to say that I wasn’t able to complete the side assignments and just take the zero. Fortunately, we are able to hand in our assignments up until 9 am Monday morning, but we automatically lose 20%. I guess that’s better than a zero.

If I can look myself in the mirror and know that I have done EVERYTHING in my power to complete what I am required to do, that’s the most important thing to me. Mom has always told me “All you can do is do your best.” I did and I’m satisfied with that.

Needless to say, I’m not even looking at my sewing machine today. I am spending some much needed, well deserved quality time with my baby boy. Then we’re headed up to my parents’ place for dinner.

As for my assignment, I still have to finish it. I want to post pictures, but it’s a gift for Mom. Now that she has become a bit more tech savvy, she may stumble upon my post and the surprise will be ruined. So once I hand it in and then give it to her, I will post the pictures. I have to say that the way it is turning out, I’m rather impressed πŸ™‚

In my “spare time”, I have continued to work on the sock order I have. I got Normy to try the one on that I completed and it fits perfectly. So it will fit the man that these are intended for too. Yay! Normy said that they felt really nice on (I think there was a bit of a hint included in statement).

I’ve also been doing some reading when I can too. I actually have two books on the go… One for weaving and one for spinning. I’m so excited about them both that I just can’t get enough of it! I’m reading Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning by Judith MacKenzie McCuin (ironically, the other book I purchased about spinning was written by her as well… I noticed this after the fact!). The other book is Learning to Weave with Debbie Redding. It’s an older book, but OMG, the info in here is amazing! Well, she had me gripped from the preface. The illustrations are wonderful and the way she presents it, she repeats the important parts in different ways to ensure that you understand. I feel confident and excited about warping my loom! (I’m going to wait to do that though because I would just lose my mind knowing that I have a warped loom waiting for me and not having any time to do anything with it!).

On another note, I am very proud of myself that I was able to come out of Marty’s with only having spent $20. I usually spend at least $100! So yay me lol

My Mentors… THANK YOU!

Yesterday there was a period of about 5 minutes where I was about to explode into giddiness (I kept myself under control, but it wasn’t easy!). Three of my four major fibre mentors were all in the same room! Of course Laura was there. Faye, who was our instructor the first week, had popped in. And then Darby Bayly showed up! The only person that was missing to complete it all for me was Wendy.

Darby was the one who helped cultivate the “seed”. The desire to follow a path in fibre arts had been planted many years ago when I was a teen. But what growth was there was cut down. In December of 2009 after starting Sew Resourceful, Darby helped pull out the weeds and nurtured that seed. She suggested that I may want to look into the program. She took it and said that it changed her life. Funny, because I was definitely in the market for a different life at that time!

The following summer was when I saw Laura’s work for the first time. I was just amazed at how one could use their sewing machine to paint fabric with (not to mention all of the other cool techniques she uses). That just left me wanting to meet her and know more! Well, that wish came true a couple of months later. She had also taken the fibre arts program and said that it had changed her life. Well, life was getting better than it was, but it sure could be better than that.

Between the encouragement and inspiration from these two and a desire to follow my heart since I’d been given a life “do-over”, the timing couldn’t have been better.

Enter Faye. We only had her for the first week, but did she ever set the tone for the program! The things we did that week were things that I really needed to do to help me deal with the loss of my friend. That was huge. Of course the new techniques were amazing too. It was the best time that I could have had, given the circumstances.

Wendy came in the next week. She has helped change my life (and other classmates, as we were discussing last night) just by telling us about how she is living hers. Aside from the obvious spinning and weaving, there is her view towards the environment and how she’s doing her part to respect it. She has also “guided” me towards safer ways of dyeing fabric and yarns. I am particularly grateful for this because she may have just added years to my life πŸ™‚

I want to thank each and every one of these ladies. You are all so inspiring to me. You have each taught me so much and encouraged me to follow my heart and my dreams. You have given me so much to think about and helped open doors (and my eyes) to spots where there were once walls. I now have a path that I want to follow, which I have never really had before. Or at least been on that path with such an enthusiastic cheering section. Each of you will always have a place in my heart.

The timing of those women mentioned above crossing my path and this course has just been phenomenal. Life has thrown some real curve balls in my direction over the past few months and I’ve been able to knock them out of the park because I have somewhere else to place my focus. Between losing my best friend, supporting a VERY close family member who is in the process of kicking cancer in the ass, the drama involved with custody issues and being forced to face an individual who is still allowed by the “process” to continue to mentally and emotionally abuse me on a regular basis, I honestly don’t know how I would have handled all of that.

I thank God everyday for my mentors and for this course. For the person I am becoming.

Catching up – Textile Embellishment Parts 1 and 2

Well then… I thought I’d be able to catch up last week. Think again! Laura warned me that this week is going to be even crazier. It seems like since we got back from reading week, the workload has really increased. But hey, I was actually expecting it to be this intense a lot earlier in the program. So… bonus!

I didn’t do so hot on some of the pieces last week. I really did get left behind when it came to the design element. Truthfully, it could have been broken down a bit more for those who really have no previous artistic experience. Like what the hell is a focal point in art terms? Where does it go? That textbook that we’ve cracked twice would have REALLY helped if we were directed towards the right place to go. Laura finally did that. I kept telling her that I am struggling with the “art” part of things. So she remedied that πŸ™‚ She showed me what to read in order to wrap my head around stuff. Then she challenged me to apply it to my projects. It was awesome! I really appreciate her taking the time. She is the kind of instructor that, if you ask her a question and show interest in the topic, she will do whatever she can to help that light click on.

So here is the yardage that I was speaking about a couple of weeks ago. This is designed to create awareness about emotional abuse:

The colorway (in other words, same print, different colours)

First free motion project

Second free motion project

More free motion fun… These are both coloured in with thread. Colouring with thread is way more fun than crayons! πŸ˜‰

Little pieces of fabric cut up and placed on water soluble stabilizer. I added another layer of stabilizer, did some free motion sewing, washed the stabilizer away and got this…

Some “findings” under some tool with free motion sewing on top. This was a blast to do!

This week we are working on a 2D and 3D project. I am making a vest for mine. I won’t go into detail as of yet. I’m hoping the recipient will skip the next few entries about my project. I don’t think she reads my blog anyway. It’ll be my luck that she’ll start now! lol

I got one sock down. Five more to go! Hopefully the woman that ordered them still wants them… If not, Normy was eyeing them up lol

I will do my best to keep posting. It sure hasn’t been easy. I got thinking more and more about my blog and how to back it up. I think I’m ultimately going to make a scrapbook. I think that’s the easiest way πŸ™‚

Another Crazy (AWESOME) Week

I haven’t forgot to update… Honest! We’re on our second week of embellishment (Laura is teaching us for the next 2 weeks! I LOVE her classes!) and it is AWESOME! It’s pretty intense though. We are learning some super cool things like reverse appliquΓ© and a technique using water soluble stabilizer. Pictures to follow… Just wanted to check in πŸ™‚