here i am landing in blogland with a big thump after several weeks' absence...
the image below is pretty accurate
it's mayhem, alright
not really controlled either... barely managed, mostly endured
the summer of easy relaxed days was not to be, but it was a good summer nonetheless
gallivanting around bc, alberta and the western states
visitors coming and going
canning and preserving
a quilt shop closing and another opening
work, work and more work
these past few weeks i've also been struggling to get my class samples made
i think i'm half-way through, and the first one done is my hand-made book
"a compendium of spells, potions and lotions"
the book-binding part is done - i have the spells and receipts to do next
know any good ones????
charms and beads and special buttons decorate the spine
the man in the moon is a charm from a pair of banana bob earrings from a decade or two ago
the stray cat strut below is from a funky bracelet that belonged to my grand-mother
i have enough cats to share one with each person taking the class
the black net adds a little elegance i think...
hallowe'en fabric for the cover, deep purple ribbon for the tie
most of the papers are black, orange, purple, brown...
with the odd spooky one thrown in here and there
i loved making this book and will love filling it even better
"eye of newt" and all that
a local outdoor theatre poster from last year makes for a fun fold-out page too!
teaching classes pushes me in ways i can hardly begin to describe - asking myself all the time, "what can i do to make this piece more interesting?"
"what detail can i add that might inspire someone to sign up? to say to themselves "i have to make this!?!"
and then of course, the desire to put your best face forward, do your best work, think of what else could be done with this technique, and wrap it all up in a fun-filled experience that would make them want to come back
it can be exhausting, but it's ever so exhilarating at the same time
all of this would be more than enough to keep a body and a mind busy to the nth degree
but life has a cruel way of coming back to haunt one from time to time
in this year of re-visiting words, about mid-august i was wondering about september's word and how that might possibly play out... two years ago the word i chose for september was "sorrow"
that was the month we lost bozzy, our dear little cat
and with cruel irony, it appears miss josie is herself failing on us now
she is terribly ill, frail, and in need of great looking after
tiny little cat who seems to be slipping away from us a little more each day
she sleeps a lot, so we all pile on the bed and hang out together, watching movies, reading books - she seems to take comfort from having someone close by
so if you know of a spell or a potion or an incantation or two that might put a spring in her step or a smile on my face tell me true and i'll write it in my wee book
and i'll be trying to wend my way through all this to see what y'all have been up to - i miss you!!