Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Take time to eat some sand.

Or, we could put that another way, take time to try something new, DO something new, change a point of view, the list could go on and on, or you can do the same old same old.

Isn't she a cutie? Sandy mouth and all. She sat on the beach and lifted fistfuls of sand up to her mouth to taste. Each time we got the raspberry!

I worked out this morning. Woke up at 6:30 and decided to go to the gym in the morning instead of the afternoon. That would leave me a nice block of time to work in the studio.
Took Murphy to puppy day care, where apparently he spent the day showing the ropes to a new puppy Erbie. It was a paws on day, for Murphy.

I thought I was going to work on my Full Wolf Moon doll but I found myself drawn to a stack of fabric that needed to be sorted and put away and then I found a beautiful piece of cheddar colored fabric and then I was cutting out a 15" square of it and well like the book, If You Give a Bear a Cookie or something like that I was off.

My Internet group of buddies, we've been together over 10 years, chatting every day, 365 days, multiple times a day sometimes, have decided to do a challenge. I forget what it's called. Yvonne mentioned it once on her blog and it must have been going around quilt groups because it popped up in our group too.

Everybody participating makes a little quilt, whatever size they want, what ever they want. They keep it. But, it's sent to the first person on the list and they pick something about the quilt that they like and they make their own little art quilt. Maybe a the theme, or a color or whatever. The original is sent home to the owner and the second person's quilt is now sent on to the third person on the list, same thing happens.
A lot like the "whisper down the line" game, some of us might have played when we were younger. Obviously, the last person to make their little quilt is going to be far a field from the original one.

I spent most of the day working on mine and I am quite pleased with how it is turning out.
I'll post a picture when I remember to take the camera over to the studio with me.

I have the head made for my Full Wolf Moon doll. That's a biggie.

My DIL is expecting at the end of May so I would like to make a quilt for the baby. That's going on my TO DO LIST.

To balance the Fiber work I have some projects in mind for the mixed media part of the studio.

All in all I feel very energized and excited about this month. I'm over my "poor me" I'm back in Wisconsin with COLD and SNOW mood. Didn't last long. Never does with me. I'm just not that kind of person to spend time moping about something I can't do anything about.

I'm on DAY TWO of my Temporal Tapping for stopping drinking Diet Soda. Kids, what can I say but it's working and I'm not running around looking for a can of Diet Coke.

I met an old friend over the holidays. She is very ill with a rare disease that attacks her own body and cartilage. She's at risk that it will attack her heart muscle or lungs. She's my age, maybe even a little younger. I asked her about her health and then asked her if she was creating anything. She looked at me and said, "You know you asked me that the last time we got together, two years ago."

She mentioned that she had had time, too busy, working, yada, yada, yada. I just waited her out.
Then she said, "I should be doing something, right?"
I nodded.

I saw her again briefly before she left the area and she made it a point to tell me that she had thought it over and she really liked to cook. She just hadn't had time for it anymore and had fallen back on old tried and true recipes. She told me that she had told her husband that from now on over the weekend they were going to be trying something new to eat. He was all for the idea.

What I liked was watching her eyes as she told me about her plans. They glowed. It won't prevent her illness from getting worse but I know it's going to bring her much joy. Planning it, doing it, talking about it..........it's like dancing with your soul.

:) Bea Have a wonderful day and dance!


  1. Glad you had a great vacation - love St. Thomas, it was honeymoon island for me.

  2. Anonymous6:47 AM

    Also working on that full wolf moon...one step forward, two steps backwards -- but still creating! :)

  3. Sounds like your vacation did you some good. You seem refreshed and ready for the new year!
    I'm excited about the full moon dolls!

  4. I love the Islands. When I am there I envy the people that live there year round but then I remember that I love seasons too. sigh.....:)Bea

  5. Barbara, please remember that I don't want you to stress about making this art doll. There is no competition, it's for YOU. That said, it's also a great time to try some different techniques. :)Bea

  6. Yvonne, I feel really good right now. I think just having the studio, this winter has boosted my spirits.
    Working in the garage was ok, a little cold at times but ok. This is soooooooooo much nicer. :)Bea

  7. Living with a chronic disease is no picnic and when a person can find a different direction to focus and concentrate on the light in our eyes turns up brighter! I have Lupus...my white wolf for my New Year's Blue Moon ...and if I think too much about the uncertainty ...well it blocks living in the moment. Art Saves Lives!!! Cooking is a healing Art that warms our souls. That sure is a sweetie literally taking a bite of LIFE! Stay warm and Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  8. Bea you have spread your happiness and enthusiasm to that lady with the illness - well done you.

    How busy you always are and how full of get up and go. It's marvellous. I can't wait to see that little quilt, it sounds such fun. Keep warm in your studio in the snow.


  9. I forgot about that wonderful photo at the start of this post, sand eating, raspberry blowing adorable baby. Hasn't she grown? I'm off to see Poppy, Sonny then Jack and Kitty next Monday - Tuesday and I can't wait. xx

  10. Mary Helen I thought of you when I was talking to my friend. You are absolutely right about Art saving lives. I hope she cooks up a storm. :)Bea

  11. Oh boy, more wonderful pictures of Poppy and Sonny, Jack and Kitty. It's so much fun to see how they are all growing, especially the ones close in age. :)Bea

  12. I agree. Doing something you love is so important for overall well being. I have a friend with systemic lupus - she was diagnosed when we were 14 and now it's 40 years later and she's beaten all the odds (treatment wasn't as good then as it is now). I think her positive, enjoy-the-present attitude has helped her tremendously.

  13. Anonymous8:34 AM

    Thanks Bea, not stressing, I promise. New techniques are exactly what I'm doing though, so it's going a little slowly. That's OK though, I'm learning! Next month will go more smoothly.