Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thursday thoughts and tidbits


On Tuesday, our plucky heroine wrote a polite message to Sterilite customer service about my disappointment in the quality of their new dishpans (which cracked and tore before even a year had passed); they just wrote back to let me know that they had modified the product and offered to send me replacements... I am surprised and pleased to get such a speedy response, and an attempt to make things right.
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Today the two embroidered front yoke panels (my transit time handwork for weeks now) are complete, and I am rather pleased with the results, well worth the over forty hours of hand stitching. The design is a creative interpretation of the heraldry of Kateline MacFarlane. I combined wool felt applique, surface couching and a variation on Bayeaux tapestry stitch, on a background of wool melton cloth; the background panels are approximately 9" x 6.5"

I will be teaching a short embroidery workshop later this month on some of these techniques, and am hoping that I can borrow these as examples to share. Still need to write up a class handout sheet, and gather supplies for the little sewing kits that will include floss, a needle, and pieces of wool felt or felted wool. It has been a while since I did any teaching other than enameling, and I am looking forward to it!

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September SMART goal challenge
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 tunic muslin for B carport cleared yardwaste bin
2 gown muslin for M shelves in SCA closet 5 yardwaste bags
3 2nd Pegasus embroidery herb planter improved funky red dresser
4 * housefront plantings
mulched and weeded
old baby stroller
from garden shed
5 * * clay flowerpots
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Today I am grateful for being stubborn my determination to learn to be a functional human, despite years of evidence to the contrary. Finding polite ways to speak up, for example, is a skill I continue to practice with much effort, and greater or lesser success. Letting go of old grudges is another big challenge that I continually find opportunities to attempt, the hope being that in time there will be fewer and fewer of them to raise their ugly little heads. And I am grateful to still be walking in the bright world, so that I may continue to move towards lovingkindness...

may this gratitude contradict despair...

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