Tuesday, June 28, 2011

End of June Report

This is a work in progress, basted yesterday -- so you see, there are signs of life emanating from my studio!  In fact, I have another piece basted and two in design as we speak.  One or another of those will likely be my entry for Fiberactions' "departure" challenge, to be revealed on July 15.

The update on my back/shoulder problem is that the culprit was repetitive motion injuries in my upper back, which periodically also has taken a large toll on my wrists, hands and forearms.  The typical syndrome.  Anyhow, 40 years of doing office/computer work for a living, and considering all the close handwork I've done for that same period of time plus very intensive gardening for a few years...and this is what you get ~ back, shoulder, arm and hands that don't work right.

So I quit my job!  Just cleaning up some loose ends there, training my replacement a few hours this week and next, and my worklife is OVER.  And since I came to the decision to do this, my body has begun to feel better.  That, plus training my left hand to do as much as it can do.  The relief, though, of not having the constant stress of a job and all that it entails, has begun to free my soul as well.

Talk soon!


Friday, June 17, 2011

HUGE Sale Happening Now thru July 4

I'm having a HUGE 50 Percent Off Sale on ALL items listed for sale on my Sales Blog as well as at my Etsy Shop.

For sales from the blog, email me as usual to purchase, and I will send you a PayPal invoice for the discounted price (half off listed price).  Discount does not apply to shipping.

For sales at Etsy, check out there as usual but apply the coupon code "50PercentOff" to your purchase and Etsy will discount the price before you checkout.  Discount does not apply to shipping at Etsy, either.

Any questions, please email meThanks!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Early June Update

Thought it was time for an update on what I've been up to for the past couple weeks...

I'm still having problems with my back ~ more specifically, my right upper back/shoulder/right arm.  After several chiropractic adjustments and an acupuncture treatment, I start in with physical therapy yesterday.  Apparently the problems originate in the scalene muscles of my neck.  So at least for the rest of June, I've got two physical therapy appointments scheduled each week.  I'm working with a P.T. who's a good friend, someone I used to work with when I was administrator of the very place he works, and I trust him completely.  The long haul continues.

I gave my introduction to shibori workshop last weekend, in my studio to one student, and it went really well.  We had fun, she learned tons, never having dyed before, and went home with a stack of gorgeous fabric and numerous good ideas for how to use it.  The weekend totally exhausted me, however.  I knew it would, but I wanted to get it out of the way so I have no major energy output committed to much of anything for at least a couple months.

Even the collage-making has slowed down a bit, although I hope to regroup here this coming weekend.  Glad to say I have stacks of fabric out on my worktable and have begun blocking out some new quilts.  I have a bunch of ideas for Fiberactions' "departure" challenge, and I hope to be able to have something completed by the reveal date on July 15.

Thanks for your faithful readership during these days of lessened art production on my part.  Hope June is being kind to you.  The weather's still been poopy on the North Coast, but at least is seems to have stopped raining!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Wednesday's collage...

An article I wrote recently on "Seeing Clearly" is today's guest post on Psychic Everyday.  Read it here if you're interested in knowing more about me personally.