Friday, December 26, 2014

courant reguardant...


in which our plucky heroine continues forward momentum whilst informed with knowledge of the past...

When thinking about where my efforts could do the most good in building a life that makes sense, actually the word that seem the most relevant/resonant is the equitation term "extension". Which is the obverse of "collection", being, as I understand it, two different modes of moving forward. Extension is a way of stretching forward with impulsion, while remaining relaxed. By gradually experimenting with how far you can go out of your comfort zone, you will improve, as when learning to sing, you gradually are able to reach both higher and lower notes.

I have both some specific and an assortment of theoretical goals for next year, for both my textile/sewing and metalwork/enameling selves, but more on that in future posts. Today marks the starting line for SWAP 2015, though Boxing Day here at Acorn Cottage will be all about a private workshop teaching painting enamel for the next two days; and a good way to delve back into my temporarily neglected glass on metal projects.

Had another idea for a small fixit project that could be done before the end of the year: carving oak pegs for fitting in the screw holes in the oak wall beam that holds up the pot rack. And soon will have all the pieces cut out and instructions written up to mail stitchery packages to Mrs Eccentric and Luz Clara. Indeed mind and hands are all fizzy and eager to be doing and making!

What a lot of cleanup finally done, another four racks of dishes finally saw the end of the party dishes! The kitchen is small, with a small dish-dry rack, and no machinery. Now the kitchen is back to it's usual, and there is a modest pile of clean serving ware to be returned to friends, when next we are in one place. The success of Saturnalia is inspiring thoughts of The Return of Weekend Crafternoons...

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