May 2011


seems the last post was the day before departure – sometimes hard to remember what i’m doing today, let alone last week!  anyway, red bluff was a success – did better than ‘minimum acceptable’ and looks like i will be teaching at shop in redding in july.  info is on the website – only tentative at the moment – will update when confirmed.

have been having a lot of trouble getting myself to be productive since i got back.  was just wiped out on monday – marginally better yesterday.  today, just no choice about it, must do some things.  the rack hanging was a near disaster – really needed to ‘test drive’.  as a result, setup was long and hard and extremely stressful.  managed to get it all to work – not before i bonked myself in the head.  better me than customer!!  weather has also been a problem for me these 3 days – cold and rainy.  some on and off sun today, so a tad better.  have just finished the cover for the new rack and altered the other one.  now must pull some poles out of van and do a partial setup to see how i can rig those racks.  ugh.  of course that means pulling even more out of the van in order to get to the poles.  no rest for the weary (or wicked).

so here’s a little smile for ya – since i  forgot to take pictures of the new setup (even tho i did take the camera).

   and now it’s off to work for me – plus trip to home depot for at least some zip ties.  oh, am headed to fallon, nv!  you might want to check out the show if in that area! ^_^

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While the trip tomorrow is not a long one – red bluff, just under 3 hours – it is the beginning of another one of those crazy schedules – as in, i was crazy to have scheduled myself that way!!  anyway, i am excited about what i am planning for today – it’s the engineer in me, added to the creativity part- the finding of a solution and new way of doing things, etc.

so, yesterday i added all the ‘hooks’ to the newly constructed rack and stained it.  i had to go to the local hardware store to find enough of the large, ‘fender’ washers i use to keep the bolts (that are the hooks) parallel.  i had bought all home depot had last week, and when i checked again day before, they were still out.  while i was able to buy them ‘bulk’, and even discovered one slightly smaller in dia that seems to allow for closer spacing when using both sides of the rack (mesh) – i also discovered that they cost 2 1/2 times as much!  seriously!  paid $15 for 50 instead of $6 for 48.  yikes!  ok, so i also had to admit to myself that home depot is the walmart of ‘hardware, etc’ – and my shopping there makes me a bit of a hypocrite -( i do a personal, semi-boycot of walmart.) ^_^  grrrr

ok, back to the good part.  while in the hardware store, i also found the solution for hanging the rack!  i am psyched!  plus, in my journaling this morning i realized i could split the folding screen (which is heavy and not as space efficient as i had envisioned!) and use both sides of one piece.  and, saw how to hang it in the back corner – using stuff i already have on hand!!!  i will probably end up using the other half once i have created another simply flowers design.  and the little one that now holds those will get used for the nearly nouveau kits.  while i won’t attempt to make all of those changes before i leave tomorrow – i am going to see if i can separate the folding one and get it ‘loaded’!  my goal is to finish all of the rack stuff and pack everything into van today.  plus, complete any kits i need, etc.  leaving only bare minimum for tomorrow pre-departure.  yes, it is perhaps a tall order – will give it my best shot!! 🙂

oh, and then there is the planting i must do today!  3 flowering and 2 tomato plants.  and the kits that are not yet cut.  my my

and the sad news is – no more basketball for us.  celtics are a really good example of what kinds of changes are taking place on this planet.  the old paradigm that included “brute-force” and willpower is falling away and giving way to more ‘heart-centered’ intention – true teamwork, co-operation, etc.  you cannot rip apart the heart and soul of a true ‘team’ and expect the fragmented parts to succeed, even if you have added what appears to be some ‘better’ parts.  only a true team can create synergy – and the human, logical mind can never ‘make’ that happen.  you can’t coach “ubuntu” and manage “it’s a business” (=rip apart and plug in different pieces) and expect the magic to still happen.  how long will it take to heal?  how many more pieces will get replaced?  as the song goes – “wait’ll next year and hope”  i remain green at heart. 🙂

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my first client will be coming today to check out available  fabrics, etc.  ok, not the  very first ever piece i’ve done for someone – but at least the largest.  i will be making a wallhanging, about 50″ wide and 40″ tall – using 5 of the nearly nouveau flower blocks.  i did a couple of layout drawings and she chose the one with them done ‘on point’.  she had originally said size should be more like just 30″ tall, but with the larger black eyed susan block as the centerpiece, just couldn’t do that with them set on point.  today is mostly about choosing the green that will be around the blocks.  also need to verify that the green i usually use for the framing circle (what i call an overlay) is to her liking.  or at least, one of the 2 i use.  both of those will have some impact on the greens i choose for the leaves for the individual blocks.

needless to say, having a total stranger come to my house has resulted in a bit of cleaning and clearing.  i must admit, it feels a lot better in here already – and i haven’t even run the vacuum yet!! ^_^  i have also done some work in the yard and have a new commitment to transform IT over the course of the summer.  with all the financial stress & distractions of the past 2 years, i did not direct any energy toward maintenance – and it shows!!  i am now committed to just making this little place the best it can be – as it is!  no more waiting until i can afford to “remodel” – i will just love it the way it is!  planning to even give it a paint-job!!  i soooo hate tan and brown!  yuk!!!  a lovely shade of green so it just blends right in with everything around it – yes!  while it is a small space, it does serve me well.  and, truth be told, if i can clear out more of the unused ‘stuff’, it will make a big difference in the organizing of the business related ‘stuff’ i actually need and use!  especially now that i have added beading/beads to the fabric, etc.  change is good!!!

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that was not the greatest show i’ve ever done – money-wise.  however, looks like i’ve made a new ‘friend’ and opened a new opportunity for classes.  and got to talk with suzie from main street quilts in martinez, again.  we will be choosing dates in august for classes – probably both the beginning and followup classes.  i will post the dates on the webpage and you can also contact the shop directly.  no, don’t have the # in front of me.  hmmmm, i will need to find it for myself, i think!

the other shop is broadway quilts in sonoma.  we are looking at scheduling that one for right after the santa rosa show, probably june 7th.  that # is 707-938-7312.  if you live in that area and are interested, a call now could help cement the possibility. ^_^  my beginning class is  intended for everyone – even if you’ve never taken a stitch, or if you have taken ‘many’ ^_^ and are just looking to improve in some area – or for a tip or 2.

had a conversation with good friend bobbie yesterday and sounds like she might cancel out of the show in albuquerque!  i have made that drive alone, so not a disaster for me, still, was looking forward to the time together and a possible side trip to the grand canyon on the way home.  also, when we went the last time and stayed at the ‘rv park’ (hah, parking lot!) within the fairgrounds – there were hookups, but no restroom/shower available.  that won’t work for me in the van!  have alternative ways to be clean without an actual shower – but can’t do without the potty!  😦  so, may have to find a real rv park – they didn’t seem too plentiful, as i recall.  i so love staying right where the show is!  most fairgrounds do have showers in the horse barn area – perhaps i’ll get lucky and they will have and be willing to open! ^_^  yes!

nothing new to show off here.  time before red bluff on the 13th will be spent cutting kits and making sure i have enough of everything to get thru red bluff, fallon and albq.  and, for fun, doing some beading.  would like to have some pins for albq.  i know i’m gonna buy beads while there! ^_^

dogwood is finally coming into bloom.  i’ll post a picture tomorrow.  happy spring!

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