Thursday, January 26, 2012
It's not usually the big things that overwhelm me it's a whole string of little things - little frustrations like a broken shoe lace when I am in a hurry or not being able to find something that make me feel overwhelmed. Add a whole string of little things together and.... But then again, the little things can make a difference in a good way too. An unexpected phone call from a friend. A smile from a stranger in the grocery store, a postcard in the mail full of good wishes or the chickens starting to lay eggs again after a two month hiatus. Little gifts that lighten the spirit and make me feel like I am on the right track after all.
So when you are feeling bogged down in all the details - stand back. Look at where you started, how far you've come and where you want to go in your story. You just might surprise yourself to actually see just how far you have come. The little things really do count.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
|Shetland/Merino 2 ply hand spun|
|merino super wash hand paint roving|
The last few evenings I have been working on this super wash roving that I hand painted last fall. It is shades of dark royal blue, teal, green, and purple. It always takes me awhile to shift to spinning the shorter Merino fibers from the long Shetland. It is always so fascinating to see how the colors will blend as the singles take up onto the bobbin.
I love the way the fiber flows through my fingers, twisting into its transformation - it casts a spell of contentment and peace as it passes through my hands. A meditation in utilitarianism melding with art.
|Finished single ready for plying.|
Monday, January 23, 2012
"Work is Love made visible. And if you cannot work with Love, But only with distaste,
it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple, and take
alms of those who work with Joy."
A gentle reminder that without a joyful heart, life becomes bleak and miserable. It doesn't matter what you are working at, it deserves all the honor and respect it deserves. Now, I don't exactly believe in coincidence so when quotations are falling at my feet, I pay attention. Sometimes it's easy to forget the things we choose to base our lives on. Thanks for the reminder....
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
|The Calm Before the Storm|
|What a difference a day makes|
|Sheep hanging out in the snow|
Even my dog didn't think it was all that bad a day all things considered. Hey - at least we didn't have wind gusts at 45 mph like yesterday!
|What do you mean I need to come in??|
|Oh, all right! If I have to....Sheesh!|
I hope each and every one of you is at home, safe, cozy and warm, kicked back with a nice hot cuppa tea.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Well the much anticipated 2012 has arrived at long last! As with any New Year, have you made your list of resolutions to begin the year with an improved new, you? or are you like me and don't make resolutions you know you probably won't keep? What hats will you try on this year?
I ended 2011 with a bad case of the flu and now that it's finally resolved itself I have a whole new appreciation for my relationship with my physical self. I am so grateful for being able to breathe. That flu sat on me like an Elephant and now that I can breathe without panting or wheezing anymore, I have a whole new appreciation for the simple act of breathing. That's a pretty good lesson to learn but not the easiest way to learn it!
There are so many choices available to all of us. The only limitations are the ones we place on ourselves. I guess it's always good to go through an evaluation of what one wants and/or needs from time to time and New Year's seams as good a time as any. I have to admit that I get a good chuckle out of the TV commercials that run in January. Mostly they deal with weight loss. If ever one wants to see just how much we let others tell us we are not okay, read a fashion magazine or watch TV commercials! Frankly, I never was much for fashion trends having a taste in clothing that runs at least 100 years behind the trends. The good part about that is that nothing I have will ever go out of style....
It is said you should never ask a lady her age or her weight. Well in that vein, one of my favorite pictures and the story my Grandpa told me to go with it applies to this topic.
|Elsie tests the cattle scale|
It seems that one afternoon (1920's) my Great Uncle Bert and my Grandpa were working on the cattle scale. They decided they needed to test it out on something or someone who's weight was already known. So, Bert came running into the kitchen, grabbing Elsie by the hand and pulled her across the yard while telling her they wanted to weigh her on the cattle scale in front of half the men from the neighborhood. According to my Grandpa, smoke was coming out her ears that they would do this to her in front of everyone but being the lady that she was, she calmly stood on the scale while they checked it out. Once they were finished she stomped across the yard and back to the house. Bert later told Grandpa she didn't speak to him for three days! He had no idea what the big deal was....
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you choose to try out some really flamboyant hats this year...Perhaps with some feathers in bright colors???