Friday, August 15, 2014

more or less...

i've been thinking about more and less a lot lately

and how they relate to "you can't have it all"

this year, in my year of taking better care of myself, i'm thinking a lot about what i want more of, what i want less of, and what i'm willing to do or give up so i can do or have what i want most

are you confused yet????

i want to travel more... which costs money so i'm working more

which means i have less time for sewing, gardening and blogging - i eke out what i can, when i can... some days it doesn't feel like nearly enough, but one of the rewards for doing more and doing less, was a fun weekend in vancouver, visiting a childhood friend...


we walked to her community garden plot and while she watered, i wandered...

charming structures in several plots, giant dahlias, taller than me, and a fig tree, complete with ripe figs - we ate them standing in the midst of the communal herb garden


 saturday started out with a trip to gala fabrics and meinhardt foods on granville st
treasures found...

 the rest of the day and evening were spent on granville island, soaking in the energetic artistic vibe i love so much

we gathered our picnic from the food aisles, eating outside on the benches, watching the boats in false creek


wandering the seawall, pausing on yet more benches in front of the granville island hotel

 when i'm an eccentric old lady i'm moving into the granville island hotel and never leaving
{if i ever win the lottery, i'm moving in sooner!}


 the building below is my favourite in all of the city
there's a starkness to it that, in certain lights, is almost forbidding...


peeking through spaces 


another community garden... i found scented sweet peas...
one of my very favourites from early childhood
 

more city skyline...
 


and in the heart of it, a hint of what it used to be...
cool and dark - calm... lush
it is a rain forest after all
 

in the heat of the day it felt wonderful to step into this earthy green space, this shaded grove
an oasis from the heat and from the noise of the city


i found lovely fabrics - silk, hemp - which is very like linen, a wonderful striped fabric, buttons, beads, silk threads, beautiful ethereal papers... treasures for creative moments, a renewal of artistic joy, pure, unadulterated fun

 in october i'm going back, to see this and this
the maiwa textile symposium will be in full swing and my friend and i love our art... there will also be a trip to the museum, shopping for art supplies, creating at her dining room table, eating, drinking talking, lapping up all the city has to offer - drawing on the sheer energy of it

i'm quietly learning the lessons of more for less and less is more

more or less...

7 comments:

Wendy said...

I could absolutely live in the last picture! It looks so calming and a wonderful place to sit and stitch...

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

It's a tough balancing act but you seem to be walking the tightrope very well Jillayne! Vancouver is such a beautiful, vibrant city and it looks like you and your friend found some of the most beautiful spots to visit. Enjoy your visit in October!

suziqu's thread works said...

It is so wonderful to see these little pockets of nature where people are trying to maintain a sense of what is important - that thrills me truly!
Those trips are vital for our sense of well being and also important in continuing to foster our special friendships!

Marj Talbot said...

It is good to visit these places but then to return to life in the OK. To live where one dreams, what then would you dream??? Sometimes it's not the having but the wanting that keeps us going. Glad you had a great trip and a memorable time with a good friend. thanks for sharing!!

Createology said...

Less is More if one really listens to the quiet. Your trip sounds wonderful and the photos are phabulous. October will reward you once again when you visit and spend time enjoying less is more. Creative Traveling Bliss...

karen said...

and when you are an old lady, living in that hotel will you have a big daisy in your hat just like I will? The exhibition plans look stunning. I am so happy you have had a lovely break....

Suztats said...

What a lovely trip! Your October plans sound like more fun. Looking forward to seeing your treasures and their new life.