seems lately as if my life has been about quenching all manner of thirsts...
thirst for adventure, thirst for understanding and contentment, thirst for organization and structure, thirst for creativity, thirst for knowledge
today i read up on oxford university, and cambridge
robert louis stevenson
i organized my sewing room a little more
and made myself a travel journal...
a little larger than is wise for hauling around the countryside, but as we are going to be on the go for five weeks, and as i have such varied interests, it's as big as it needs to be
i had it in my head to use my yukon tartan for the covers: sky blue, gold, fireweed pink and forest green, but it was just far too colourful for me
so i settled on the red and black tartan of calgary, alberta, where both our children live
pages are comprised of cardstock, fabric, watercolour paper, drawing paper, writing paper, acrylic-paint paper, and fabric...
isn't the texture of this fabric gorgeous!?!
i am already dreaming of embroidering on this...
hand-made flower petal paper and diamond embossed card-stock
(kind reminds me of argyle socks in a weird sort of way)
a christmas card from a kindred spirit and sometimes travelling partner
pretty floral paper that reminds me english chintz
coarse woven linen, with decorative machine stitching to join the two pieces along the top edge
the sides and bottom edge are left open for now so i can add whatever embroidery or needlework i like and, once completed, i'll stitch those edges closed
there are three fabric signatures and i chose a different stitch for each one
now to gather embroidery threads, needles and small scraps of linen and lace
although i do hope to find some along the way that can also be incorporated
various sized envelopes to attach to a few of the pages, perfect for tucking in the small scraps and bits of things i seem to collect along the way
and a rusty tin maple leaf to remind me of home
i have a little more work to do on it before it's ready and that will be one more thing off mt list
yes, i'm still listing things, but i have separated them out for daily and weekly and in order of importance - helps immensely
slowly making headway with changing how i spend my days... i have learned i need the same structure for each day, not "this way for days when i work" and "that way for days when i don't"
i have learned my best creative time is early in the morning, and my best computer time is early in the evening - normally i work exactly the opposite but i am going to switch them around
this week i also tried formal meditation for the first time - i think i'm hooked!
beginning slowly, and in a small way but i am already feeling the benefits and they are said to be huge... evening seems to be the best time for that as well, but i would like to try early morning before i decide
finally, i bought a book of poems last week and just as i got it out to type a poem for you, i noticed the title of the book...
by mary oliver
i suppose it has stuck in my head even though i didn't realize it
i bought it for this poem:
when i am among the trees
when i am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
i would almost say that they save me, and daily.
i am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which i have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "stay awhile."
the light flows from their branches.
and they call again, "it's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light , and to shine"