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.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

I have a good excuse for being such a bad blogger

Take a look at this poor dear. This is man asleep with a bowl of gold fish crackers and the remote control in his hands. This is the look of a man who needs to retire......so the big news that I couldn't reveal in my last post is he did just that.
We talked with our broker, set up a payout schedule and wrote the resignation letter. Out of appreciation his boss gave him two weeks paid vacation so his official date of retirement will be 25 September. However, he hasn't been back to work since 11 Sept and won't have to go back for any reason. Congratulations to a well earned rest, sweetheart. You have been our rock all these years providing for us in so many ways. Enjoy! Celebrate!but most of all get some sleep.

On the artistic side, I thought I would share with you how to prepare your backing fabric. This is the quilt I will be working on in the newest DVD. Busby just felt that the addition of fur would be a perfect design element to catch in the stitches. Notice although he looks like road kill, he is also asleep. Is there something going on in my house that I am missing?
Last but definately the best are the shelves son Charles constructed for the office so we can organize the DVD production better. Here comes the excuse.....we have been filming, I had to make the top and baste for filming....and there was a teaching gig involved somewhere in there.
Along with my inescapable insomnia, I am just darn tired.
Now the real work begins, we have to prepare for market and festival.....and I am teaching 3 days....no one ever said I was intelligent. I am leaving tomorrow for Lawerence, KS...home on Wed..more filming on Thursday...off again on Mon for DesMoines for a week...and then back to package DVD's for sale at festival. Oh yeah, I forgot editing the last DVD and burning copies of it
to have at market and festival. Poor excuses as they might be I just haven't taken the time to sit down and blog. Forgive my absence please. I am not making any promises about being a good blogger again at least until after Houston....but I will try to check in from time to time.
There are so many of us now I cannot believe how the ring has grown.....but I do check in with my favorites now and then.
Personally, I think Sonji is a shoe-in for Quilt National....unless they do that body of work bs....but for my money her piece is amazing. I managed to finish two constructions for my entries. They won't get it...occasionally I feel as if I should just send them a bi-annual donation and be done with it; instead of working my fingers to the bone with cable ties. Don't you all agree that would be so much easier? I will miss my letter from Hillary especially her personal "I love your work....and so wish it was here" or some other kind words hand written so you would know she really was thinking of you. We have lost a great supporter of our work and an amazing woman.
Signing off for now...actually happy with my retired husband but remember it hasn't been a month yet. I am sure there will be more to this story as time passes. Posted by Picasa

7 comments:

Deborah said...

Ah... I adore Lawrence. I wish I was going with you!

Karoda said...

I adore you and you get some rest before you fall asleep right in the middle of filming or while teaching. And I agree! I'll eat a quilt if Sonji doesn't make it in.

Mrs. Mel said...

All those are DVD's??? Amazing!
I love your kitty. And how funny Ronnie looks mid slump. Musta been the goldfish that did him in.

Debra said...

I will wave in your general direction while you're in Des Moines. I am just a bit east of there on the Mississippi River.

Nice that Ronnie retired. The spouser is considering that in a couple years....

Gerrie said...

Enjoy the retirement time. I'm sure you will find lots for ronnie to do! I received the dvd, but have been so busy I haven't had a chance to watch it. I'll do it this week and give you a plug on my blog!

Sonji Hunt said...

You are a sweetheart.

Elle said...

The pics of everyone asleep are hilarious! What were you feeding them both? LOL!!!