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Day 4 – Signs

Today started really early. I wanted to make sure that I had my paper done so that I could work on my first “art for the sake of art” piece.

When I got to school, I started on my piece which was due at 2 pm. I had made that paper yesterday which I had intended on using. I had also brought in some items that I believe I received as signs from my friend who has passed (see “If you don’t have anything good to say…”). I was going to incorporate all of them into the piece, but something didn’t feel right. I decided to ask Fay about it. Of course I wasn’t looking for her to tell me what to do. What I did want to know is where do you begin to sort out what goes where. She also suggested if something didn’t feel right for this piece, that I could do a series of pieces. I thought that was a wonderful idea! She also suggested that I may want to write a poem to him or about him. So I did. I will post the picture below and explain it. I just want to wrap up the rest of the day’s events.

So today was the last day that Fay will be with us until further in the course. I am sad to see her go. She is such a wealth of information and inspiration. I thanked her for helping me this week and for listening to me. I told her that it really did help me and that it meant a lot. She gave me a hug. She is a person I would love to spend more time with. I would love to see more of her technique – art and spiritual. She is another person who “gets it.” I LOVE hanging out with people like that!

I went to pick little man up at the daycare. He was in a much better mood today. It sounds like he was doing better. I took him to the grocery store. He wanted to get an orange and an apple. Just when I was about ready to pull into my garage, Mom showed up. She asked me if I wanted to go out for pizza. Considering I was beyond exhausted, I took her up on it in a heartbeat. Little man was pleased that he got to spend some time with his Grammie too. I really am so grateful for Mom. I wouldn’t have been able to do this course without her. She is helping me so much. I love her beyond words!

Here is the piece dedicated to my friend, unofficially dubbed “Signs”:

The background was wet felted. I chose red and white because my friend was the MOST patriotic Canadian I ever had the honour of knowing. I wrote and hand stitched a Haiku for him:

Thank you for the signs
I feel you are beside me
Always in my heart

The other parts of this piece are items that I (and a few others) believe are signs from my friend.

The REALLY interesting part of this whole thing… When I was presenting this piece to my class and explaining what the signs meant, a single light blew. There was no power surge. Fay just looked over at me in awe. I think there may have been a couple of my classmates that were freaked out a little. I’m not scared. I am really amazed at just how strong his spirit is coming through. I’ve experienced signs from my Granny Girl shortly after her death, but nothing this strong. I am so grateful for each and every sign. I just hope that he doesn’t think that I’m holding on to him and he’s staying for my sake. If he has to go, I am ready to release him. That was one of the points of this piece.

I am quickly learning that there is more to art than I ever thought. I have learned that there is a spiritual side to it. When I say spiritual, I’m not talking religion. I’m referring to getting in touch with your soul and giving it a chance to get up on the soap box. When I was writing that poem and working on that piece, I kept getting chills. To me, that was an indicator that something unseen is pleased with what I was doing.

So that concludes my first week. Now it’s time to unwind. I’m thinking a Big Bang Theory marathon is in order. Tomorrow… Spending the day with my little man πŸ™‚

My First Day of School

Picture a child who had just came home from their first day of kindergarten. The enthusiasm. The excitement. The stimulation. The tired and crabby child that appears after everything settles down. Then the euphoria sets in. Yep. That’s me. (Okay, maybe add 30 years…)

This week, my instructor’s name is Fay. I really like her. I had a good vibe from the moment I saw her. Maybe the purple streaks in her hair had a bit to do with it… She’s probably my mom’s age! She’s really warm and patient. She gets really excited about things too… Her enthusiasm doesn’t seem too be far from how excited I get about stuff!

When we got there, she asked us to sit around a table. There’s 9 of us. She asked us to make a banner with our names on it and some words that describe us and/or our intentions for the course. She also split us up and had us ask each other questions. Then we presented them. She had us tie our banner on a stick to represent the class. It was really nice.

Then we busted into the felting. We started off with wet felting. I can say that at this point, I still enjoy the needle felting far more. But then again, I only did one piece. So I’ll give it another chance. We did do a bit of needle felting, but I think we’re going to delve deeper into that tomorrow.

I have a piece due on Friday. The wheels are just a turnin’ in my head. I’ve got a few ideas. I’d better write them down before I forget. Now if I can just get what’s in my head to my hands… Shouldn’t be a problem since I’m not drawing! LOL

The rest of the parts of my day… My little man went to his first day at daycare. They said that he cried quite a bit in the morning because he was missing his mama. Then he had quite a nap. He almost started to cry when he saw me. Poor little man. I really do wish I could stay with him. But he has to go to school sometime… I tried to make it up to him tonight. I took him out for dinner. I bought him Finn McMissile. After we finished dinner, we went home and I made a garage for him out of a cardboard box. He played with that quite a bit.

His father cancelled their visit again today. I wanted to cancel it, but I was advised against it by my lawyer. I thought it was pretty harsh to expect him to spend the morning with him to just have him dump him off at his very first day of daycare. I think that would have went much worse. I called on the “Handy Helpers” to protect him. Sure enough, at 7:30 this morning, I got the phone call. Ask me if I dropped to my knees in gratitude!

There were a couple of negative aspects to my day though. First of all, I couldn’t find my keys. I was so thankful that I knew where my extra set was! The other part is that the support workers are on strike at the college. I do have to say that I support their reasoning for being on strike. I certainly DO NOT endorse their tactics.

I am so exhausted, but I am so euphoric. I have been waiting for this day for so long. It was so worth the wait! And on that note…

Is it day 2 yet?!

Felted phone cases… Stepping out of the box

The felting needles have been going pretty much non-stop since yesterday afternoon. I have completed an iPhone case to my satisfaction. Now I just have to test it. It’s really simple to make, but it is time consuming. With that said, it didn’t feel like it took any time to make at all. I have lots of ideas of how to embellish them. I just have to make sure that they’re not going to fall apart first! I have confidence in my skill… I just don’t know if there’s a right or wrong way to do this. At this point. My answers are on their way…

SCHOOL STARTS ON TUESDAY!!!!

Just had to throw that in…

Anyway, I now have two complete. The other one I’m going to use as a template. I have decided I am going to take a shot at making a purse. I’m loving this!

Here’s what I have of the phone cases so far:

One of the coolest things about this… I did the on my own without a pattern! This is a big thing for me because for some reason, I had it in my head that I can’t create things without a pattern… I lack the imagination. Guess not, eh?

Here we begin πŸ˜‰

What chapter are we on?

Who cares? All that matters is that this is a new one. I just know I’m going to like this one!

Knitting hasn’t come back to me yet, but I did manage to do some felting yesterday. I bought a felting tool the other day (5 needles in a handle) to help speed the process along. It was going okay until somehow one of the needles broke off and ended up in my foot. Thank goodness I got my tetnus shot last week! And thank goodness it was my foot and not my little man’s or my kitty’s. I was not very impressed by the whole thing. Screw productivity, I’m working with something I know that is less likely to snap (and end up in my foot!).

So I decided to make a cellphone cozy. It’s shades of purple and blue. I have a friend in mind who I would like to give it to. One thing I’ve noticed is how I didn’t realize that I have as much to give as I do. For some reason it didn’t occur to me that people actually like gifts from the heart. I always thought I was too broke to give gifts and I let that get me down. Not anymore!

I got my textbook yesterday. I go for school orientation on Monday. Yeah, I’m excited. Scared. Curious. At least this time I know I’m in the right place. I went to hairdressing school a week and a half after I graduated high school. I went because it was safe – I knew that no matter what happened or where I ended up, I would always have a job. But that security came at a rather large price. Not even 5 minutes into my very first day, the precise words that came to me were “What the HELL am I doing here?” I guess being 17, you don’t trust your intuition as much. There’s probably some 17 year olds that can’t even spell intuition, let alone know what it is!

This course is where my heart is. I have no idea what I’m going to do after I finish this course. I do know that I am going to enjoy it though. I refuse to accept anything else or settle for something that is going to make me so miserable that my light is extinguished once again. I can’t wait to get there to see what sort of options are open to fibre arts students. I know somebody who is taking a master spinning course. I know I would enjoy that. There’s teaching. Starting your own studio/business. I may even end up taking the Visual Arts program. I’m letting my heart and my gut determine what happens next.

I’m excited about all components of this course, but I’m really looking forward to drawing. Drawing is not exactly my forte… I’m not expecting this course to cure everything. But I am looking forward to learning about colours, their values, shades, hues and whatever else is involved. Textures too. This is the part where I really don’t know anything.

Since the computer has come to be, my regular visitors may have noticed the lack of pictures. Yes, I’ve gotten lazy. It was a lot easier to snap a picture with ye olde iPhone and upload it that way. But then again, I guess in all fairness, I have had a LOT on my plate!

I’m thinking I should be back on the knitting track this weekend. I still have to dust myself off after picking myself up… I’m trying to be gentle, but I don’t want to hide behind things either.

For now I am off to pick up my felting needle πŸ™‚

If you don’t have anything good to say…

That’s pretty much where I’m at.

I have had quite the week. And it’s not over. A week ago today, my best friend took his life. His wife called to tell me that night. I’m still amazed at her strength. I wish I could be there more for her. She’s on the other side of the country. Of course we have no idea why. I knew things were pretty intense, but I had no idea they were that intense. The irony? He helped pull me out of my depression and lay the foundation for the path on which I travel today. I am trying so hard to stay positive. His mom called me this morning to thank me for the note that I sent out and to see how I was doing. I said I’m trying really hard to pick myself up. I told her that it would be a disservice to him if I let this drag me down and my life came to a halt. I would be undoing all of his hard work. She said that she never looked at it that way, but that was a good perspective to have. I still see signs of him all over. I swear he’s not too far away. You can bet that I will be taking him with me to school next week.

My bestie stayed with me all weekend. I really don’t know what I would do without her. She was lucky enough to have met my friend too. One of my fondest memories includes the both of them. She has been there for me through thick and thin too. This is one time that I’ve needed her the most and she’s been right there. Thank God for her.

To add to everything, I have to go to family court tomorrow. I try hard not to talk about it. I just pray that everything goes in my son’s favor.

And then there’s been the school preparation. I pretty much have everything ready to go. What a lot of work! I’ve said this before… If I wasn’t so passionate about what I want to do, it would have just been easier to sit on my butt and do nothing. But since I don’t roll like that and I actually want to move forward, I will do what I can to make sure that is going to happen.

I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. I don’t know the reason why my friend made the decision to leave, but he had his reasons. Just like I believe school is happening now for a lot of reasons. One being that it will be a coping tool for such a big loss. It won’t make the pain go away, but it will certainly be a great distraction. I won’t allow this to take away from my experience… I could see my friend coming back to kick my ass if I did!

I went out today to get some more felting supplies. I picked up a couple of books over the weekend. One of them actually had me laughing out loud! So that got the felt bug going again. I think I’m going to give into it right now. I have some sweaters that I need to do, but I just don’t have the drive to knit right now. I’m sure it’ll be back by the weekend. It has to be. There’s one that I want to have finished before I start school for sure.

As for school shopping, that’s done. And I’m sure you’re assuming everything is purple… Yep! Including my computer. It’s called Sweet Purple. Yep, cuz it’s sweeeeet and it’s purple πŸ˜€ I also got a rolling tote to put my sewing machine in. Bet you can’t guess the colour of it! I love it. Twenty years later and everything is still the same colour!

I’m so thankful tomorrow is the last day of August. I’m so glad to get this month done. I don’t know about anyone else, but I just feel that tomorrow is going to be a day of closure. September starts a new chapter in my life. The reading this summer has been pretty crappy. But the adventure portion is about to begin!

Yeah, fibre is my coping mechanism

I had to face a demon from my past. Literally and figuratively. (Too bad I am unaware of an exorcism ritual that will send this particular one packing… Open to suggestions here!). I asked if I could knit while we were talking and it was all good. I didn’t grit my teeth once and I knit a dishcloth and a half in less time that it takes to normally knit one! I guess the speed was perhaps to compensate for having to be in the same room as such darkness.

I knew knitting soothes me, but I had no idea just how much until today. I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to endure one of the most uncomfortable situations I could be exposed to for as long as I did. I’m really proud of myself for that!

Some people smoke. Some exercise. Some use drugs or alcohol. Some eat. Some shop. My vice is knitting and today really opened my eyes to that. I am SO THANKFUL that I am able to knit in the first place and how it soothes me.

Now it’s time to release some anger that came bubbling back to the surface. That will be channeled through needle felting. Pretty sure I will be getting something done tonight!

Thank God for such wonderful coping mechanisms!

Trying to end on a positive note, here’s John Deere sweater number 2:

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Number 3 is on the needles. The back is completely done and the tractor is started. It’s just downhill once the tractor is done πŸ™‚

Introducing “Sunset at Silverspoon”

I gave in.

If you haven’t read my post about sunsets, you may want to do so now in order to understand this a little better.

I had to send my little man off again this wknd. I won’t get into it great detail. All I will say is that I don’t agree that he has to go to an environment where he is not appreciated and his needs aren’t being met (mostly emotional). On these weekends, I try to surround myself with positive people and experiences to keep up my happy vibe in spite of his absence.

What’s better than going out to lunch with a dear, long time friend and then topping that off with some retail therapy at the local fibre arts store (aka “candy store” hehehe)? And little did I know that it was going to end up being a bit of a reunion party too! Yes, this part is relevant too… Lol

I picked so more wool rovings for some felting at the candy store. I figured I may need them for school, so that was my “justification” πŸ˜‰

So while I was at my friend’s place, I figured that I would introduce them to the world of felting. I had written about the bestie going on a cross Canada road trip and the pin she picked me up (and the fire she ignited again!). She had also picked up a felted hat. She was curious about the process, so I thought I would introduce her and our friend I went to lunch with to it. So now the bestie is digging the felting too πŸ˜€

While I was there, I had pulled some of my treasures out of the bag. I had picked up a variety of colours, but I had no idea just how beautiful they were until I pulled them out. And guess what? I had the perfect colours for the sunset piece I have wanted to do for almost a month now.

I was going to wait until I got to school, but that’s not gonna happen! I couldn’t help it. When I sit around and chat, I have to have something in my hands. So the piece has now started!

I’m not resisting it anymore. I’m also not going to “should” myself. My plan for today was to do some cleaning and organizing. But I just can’t get this piece out of my head. I’m done fighting. On a few different levels…

So I introduce you to my very first felting piece called “Sunset at Silverspoon”:

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I thought it would be neat to see a work in progress. I have no idea what I’m doing or if I’m even doing it “right”. It’s a learning process an that’s what I’m doing right now. One day I will look back at it and smile, remembering how it would just not get out of my head and how it got the fire going πŸ™‚