Things are getting more and more eccentric at Casa de la Swain. Changing styles in my textile work, falling in love again with painting and photography...and then there is the ever illusive quest for continuing creativity through working with Eric Maisel. Still on the road teaching, posting now at the Ragged Cloth Cafe and taking the pledge to keep handmaiden up to date.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Off to a Good Start.....Not!

With all my big talk, retractions are necessary. First, I am not going to make the Visions deadline. Just too much hassle running around like mad to get slides done in one day and then the $45 entry fee...yikes!...was a real consideration. Barely, got it together to get my entry ready for Paducah which must be postmarked today. See all talk and no action.
Did not take a stitch yesterday but did have to do two, count them two loads of dishes. Son Thomas just left to go back to Baylor yesterday. Finally can get the office him to death but not used to having someone in my space. I am so accustomed to having the house to myself that Ronnie can never retire. That's will have to fall out over his computer at work..bless his heart...I am so sweet to him.
Today will be spent moving all the office stuff...boxes of dvd's and cases...out of the studio and back to its proper storage. Of course, the office main component is still missing. My poor hard drive is dead and gone...a moment of silence. Hoping for a call from the Dell guy this week...but never fear I am not cleaning a single thing until he calls. do it and then you just have to do it again. Gotta be something wrong with that picture. I much prefer doing something that when you finish stays quilts.
On the brighter side, today is the first session with Eric Maisel...will keep you posted on how this goes. Totally new territory for me...I don't have a clue what to say...I hear you laughing at me being speechless...stop it right now. This guy is famous having coached famous people...hope I don't just say uh and um over and over.
Off to move boxes so I can get to my know that thing you use when you are painting, cutting fabric and other fun things.


Debra said...

First, congrats on working with Eric. I seriously doubt that you will be speechless. He will ask you 2 questions... and the next thing you hear from him will be "this session is up."

Secondly, I told Steve years ago that when he retires, he must be out of the house a minimum of 25 hours during the work week. And to start planning how. Heck I even suggested he open a used book store!!! My anti social curmudgeon!!!

Instead, since we move when he retires, I'm thinking we need a house with a guest house or something on the property... that I will claim as my studio and escape from him.

hmm... better get cracking to enter some shows and "legitimize" the need.

jenclair said...

Yeah, the tragic difference between housework and quilts. I hate doing things over and over; also, hate putting things away (you will need whatever it is again later), but the "putting away" would be such a time-saver in the long run. Quilts are a process toward and end, but housework is a never ending process with only the most transitory product.

Good luck with Eric Maisel!

Valeri said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about Eric Maisel. Thanks for the link to Alyson Stanfield yesterday. I'm thinking of setting up a salon as outlined here. So you have done well again with the dollops of encouragement and inspiration you hand out. So what's a bit of housework. It'll still be there when you're gone. It isn't going anywhere. More's the pity! Grin.

Coyote said...

Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?
-Phyllis Diller

mary m. said...

The wise Phyllis Diller also said about housework:

"I know people who are so clean you can eat off their floors. You can't eat off my table. Fang, my husband, says the only thing domestic about me is that I was born in this country".

She also said,

"I put on a peekaboo blouse, he peeked and booed".


"I never made Who's Who but I'm featured in What's That."


Health-what my friends are always drinking to before they fall down"


"My Playtex Living Bra died - of starvation"


"Doctors say it's okay to have sex after a heart attack, provided you close the ambulance door."

"Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight."


"Cleaning your home while your kids are still growing is like shovelling the walk before it stops snowing."

Don't you just love Phyllis Diller? And she's still going strong!

By the way Gabrielle, nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I.

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