December 2009


just something interesting i realized this morning.   things are very not ok around here – in the financial realm.  once again, as we were just this time last year – in very real danger of being ‘homeless’.  so, i have been in the process of finding things to sell – to contribute to the cause as well as to be able to purchase some necessary items for myself (and critters – they do like to eat now and then).  so, i spent yesterday unpacking china and crystal.  things that have been sitting in my storage shed out back for going on 12 years now. (hard to believe i’ve been out here that long!)

for the past few years, when doing my ‘trunk show’, i have included words about my ‘interest’ in things japanese.  specifically i have repeatedly said “before now i have never had or been interested in anything remotely related – except for a pair of jade earrings”.  and then, yesterday, upon unpacking my beautiful (spode) china – what did i discover and finally realize this morning in my journal??  the pattern:  Geisha!  what does it look like?  pure white with light blue cherry blossoms around the edge. hmmm.  and then, i remembered something else very similar.  a lamp i made in ceramics (you know, where you go and clean up something that has been ‘poured’ and then you paint it to make it your own).  light blue with cherry blossoms done in ‘reverse’ – where i removed the blue paint to create the design.  i loved that lamp. (ex broke it.  another reason he’s an ex!^_^)

so, what does all this mean?  makes me wonder what subtle hints of what’s to come for me that perhaps i’m missing – here and now.  where is life taking me?  for sure, i am being forced to clear space – which is always a good thing!  free myself of a lot of past baggage and make room for more good to flow in.  and to more fully appreciate what i am, where i am and what i have.  and even more importantly – how much i love my family and appreciate living here with them.  i pray it will continue so.  and humbly ask for your prayers as well.

and, anyone interested in some really beautiful spode china?  or noritake.??  here’s a ‘rough’ picture of both.

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just listed fabric bundles on etsy.  4 half-yard pieces (2 yds) for $10 or 3 half-yards for $8.50.  very reasonable shipping.   check them out.

http://jrixman.etsy.com

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well, we thought we got a lot of snow last year.  hah!  a mere dusting compared with sunday/monday!  and it hasn’t gone away yet!  not sure exactly how many inches – at least 12 and perhaps 18?  and some ‘piles’ nearly 2 ft deep where it had fallen from a tree.  too bad not more fell!  it was wet and heavy and clung to every tiny twig and then created actual blankets that were at least 6″ thick.  need i say some trees didn’t handle it well?!  we didn’t lose any whole trees, just some branches – as did most everyone in placerville.  needless to say pg&e has been hard at it ever since.  we were restored yesterday, mid morning.  myra, this morning.  bobbie (in shingle springs, but out in the boonies) still not when we talked earlier today.  i use little electric heaters, so it got right chilly in here.  temp was low 20’s past two nights.

as i look out my big window, there is still snow in some trees, after two days of sunshine!  and the path – what a mess it is.  deep footprints that are frozen and very slippery.  and big bushes that broke off and are covering it in one area – which means a detour around, which is downhill.  slow going up and down the path for me!

today i finally turned on the nice hot shower and had already wet down my hair when i noticed i was standing in water about 1″ deep.  oops.  drain frozen.  so, i have ‘rinsed’ hair.  it didn’t thaw until just a few minutes ago – with little bathroom heater blowing toward it all day.  good to lose those luxuries every now and then – generates authentic gratitude!  and here’s the 2009 mr. snowman. ^_^

he’s a happy guy. ^_^  as is his friend, rachel.

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just thought i’d post the pin i just put on ArtFire.  Have two more to finish.  Lots to do in the weeks before i head out again!

    

so, it’s back to it for me.

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i have now put those samples on ebay and the starting bid will be $18.  cheap at half the price. ^_^  you can find them by searching for ‘hand applique crest designs’.  and here are pictures of the 3 i posted.

these will finish to 12-13″.  i have added borders to at least one sample and made a very nice small ‘wallhanging’.  actually did 2 and they  both live in Quilter’s Cove in Newport, OR – unless holly has taken them home by now. ^_^  i would normally charge $100 to do one of these blocks for someone, so even with being a ‘used’ sample, i think a deal and a half.

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