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My Journey to the Life I Want

Disappointment January 8, 2008

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So, I hadn’t received my supplies so I emailed the company about my order, just to get a timetable. She emailed me back at the end of the day stating that it was a sale item, they were out, and they would be unable to fill my order. That is fine, these things happen, but my thought is, if I hadn’t emailed her 7 days after my order was placed, would she have ever let me know, or would I have sat here and waited totally in the dark? I was basing using her site off of several recomendations, but now I just don’t know. It is not so much the loss of the stuff as it is the sour taste of bad customer service. Oh well next….

So now my challenge piece is up in the air. I have to start over and rethink it. I searched all morning for a suitable replacement and can’t find what I am looking for. It is much akin to brainfreeze 😉  I think I may go sew for a while and mull it over.

 

TIF Challenge January 7, 2008

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So this is an interesting theme, and I have been plotting since New Years. I am currently waiting on supplies, but I have a definite design in my head. There was never any question in my mind who the person I most admire and respect is,  my Mom. I know for alot of people that may sound trite, but she truly is the most remarkable person that I have ever known. I admire her strength, her ingenuity, her ability, and most of all her perserverance. I have never seen someone, who has faced more hardship so gracefully and lovingly. I spend my life striving to be more like her. Unfortunately I find there is just no way, but at least I try 😉 

I am hoping that my supplies come in today, I ordered them on New Years. But I already know what it will be, I say that, but it will be interesting to see how it may evolve during the process. I will try to sketch  out my idea tonight, but I am not much of a sketcher. I give new meaning to “rough” sketch.  On another note, I have thouroughly enjoyed seeing everyone’s progress.

 

Progress so far December 10, 2007

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I have been stitching on my sampler for my personal library of stitches, I still think I may be practicing for the next year. But I am most definately enjoying the challenge.  My crazy blocks are a bit more challenging for me, because I am a big fan of symmetry, but I am hoping to overcome that hurdle.  My pollage class has shown me things with color and texture that have really excited me. It is almost like experimenting with Sharon’s stitches. Just we are using different mediums with the polished pigments to create different effects. Vibrancy is attracting me like never before. I am normally subtle and safe, but it has become a very freeing experience working with things that are not safe and guaranteed.

 

7 weeks December 1, 2007

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Tomorrow will be seven weeks since my Dad passed away. I can hardly believe that there is a world without him in it. His death sent me into oblivion, the first week being so full of so much activity with preparations for the service and taking care of Mom, then it all stopped. There I was sitting on my couch and there was nothing to do. Worse, there was nothing I wanted to do. The pain was (and still is) more than I feel I can handle. I close my eyes and see him there, or a day is going great and I suddenly stop and think “Dad isn’t here anymore” and it all goes downhill from there. I’m not sure when it happened, but I developed and idea in my mind of how I wanted to memorialize who my Dad was to me. I have always been creative, it is who I am. I have sewn on a machine forever, I have done embroidery, cross stitch, decorative painting, quilting, knitting, crocheting, well there hasn’t been much I haven’t at least tried. But it just wasn’t enough for my project.  So I started looking around for mixed media instruction, and found the coolest website ever  www.joggles.com and there were classes for just about everything I need for what I want this to embody. So I am taking 2 classes from the incredible and insanely talented Sharon Boggon http://sharonb.wordpress.com/, Encrusted Crazy Quilting and Personal Library of Stitches. She makes me look lazy with all that she accomplishes, and I will be working on her class assignments for years (yes, they are that informative). On top of that I am taking a Pollage class from Patricia Dibona http://www.dibonadesigns.com/. Although I am doubtful of my abilities to be as free as she is with collage I am having a great time going through the motions. I start an altered tin class with Carol Murphy www.alteredbydesign.com  next Friday so that I can creat a special keepsake for my 12 year old sister.

So it seems that my Dad has started me on a strange journey, taking my creativity places I never knew it could go. I am even finally creating my own “studio” workplace, in no small part due to my Mom being the wonderful person she is and helping me get the furniture that makes it all so great. My Dad always said that if it was worth doing it was worth doing right, so here I am trying to do it right, the way that makes me happy, that helps me be who I want to be. It will be interesting to see where this all leads me, I might even surprise myself!