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.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Checking In

First, I cannot believe how long it has been since I have talked with you. Poor little handmaiden has suffered from neglect.....but I have been incerdibly busy. I know that is no excuse but it is my story and I am sticking to it. I spent a wonderful 6 days is the heart of northern California...visiting Redding and Chico. The Redding guild shown above and a wonderful quilt from Carol in Chico, that was bravely sacrificed for a design study.

Carol was deighted and I can't thank her enough for trusting me with a rotary cutter and her quilt...a brave soul.

I arrive home from CA with the sun setting over DFW.....thinking I had two weeks home before going to Williamsburg for Elly's Applique Academy. Au contraire, I am leaving again the following Monday. Go in to high gear, calling program chairs, sending boxes to Williamsburg, filling a large order for AQS, and washing and packing for variable weather in Virginia.

I think I got everything done....slides to East Bay Heritage, quilt to AQATS: Re-View exhibition and order shipped to AQS.What I ran out of time and product was sending the dvd's to my students in CA that placed orders.My apologies; I promise they will be in the mail as soon as I get home.

Also, I had to catch up with my terrific students in the Creative Spark class. These students are so dedicated and insightful. It is truly my pleasure to share this journey with them. We have completed a series of design principle exercises and are working toward our first original design for a finished quilt.

On the home front, Thom found an apartment and has returned my office and studio to me. Now if only had time to work in either of them.Unfortunately, my class did not make at the Hudson Valley workshops so I will be home in March catching up and cleaning up. I will miss teaching but have so much work to get done that it is probably a good thing.

Since Thom's departure, sweet Ronnie and I have enjoyed staying up late watching old movies and sleeping in late in the mornings.....having dinner at any hour we want....and returning to the glorious state of an empty nest. A month home might even get the second dvd I have to edit done....some quiltmaking....ah, the possibilities.

Promise to check in again with pictures from the Academy....until then...go make some art.
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Deb Lacativa said...

There's nothing like living life instead of just writing about it.
Don't apologize.

Debra said...

Let me know when you're coming to East Bay Heritage and I'll be there!!

Tor Hershman said...

You have a most interesting blog.

Stay on groovin' safari,

Valeri said...

I have nominated your blog as one of the ten blogs I find most interesting. Now you should nominate your ten choices of blog to keep it going. Your blog by the way heads up my list!

Karoda said...

are you still on the road oh soulful one! today is a day of reckoning in Texas!