The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Getting ready to dye

Well, it's been a long time since I've dyed fabric. Or so it seems. I'm really itching to do some. And soon! This winter was so strange. We never got any significant snow. Just a few dribs of snow dusting and that was it. Every time I heard about big dumps of snow around the country I got jealous. I hoped and prayed all winter for one huge snow storm so I could snow dye. . .  but no-oo. So I got busy (new baby in the family can do that to a girl) and just forgot about it. But now. . . .  I'm getting the itch again.

So keep checking back to see what kooky color combinations or kool patterns I can come up with. It's what I 'dye' for!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rust Belt (artisan) Market Girls Night Out Benefit

So . . . I've been spending the last month or so at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, Michigan in a booth supporting the high school.

There are some wonderful artists at the market. One booth is split between Liz Coyle of Lizzy Jeanne Handmade and Vershion D. Young from Shionne Designs. 

Liz takes cotton knit sheets, dyes them, then cuts strips and knits tops & things! Holy Cow! How cool. I just love giving things new life. They sure are pretty.

And Vershion makes very cool jewelry from beads and paper that are repurposed in to pretty wearables. There is something in every color, length, style and price range just perfect for every taste and personal style.

And just in case you think these are two pretty faces just make some cool stuff to sell. . . well  . . there's more. . .  

 . . . they are organizers of a Girls Night Out event, created to benefit Vista Maria, an organization that provides hope and healing to victimized girls since 1883.

A VIP advance $20 ticket will get you a swag bag, an evening of pampering, beauty, heath, wellness, entertainment, silent auction and more, more, more. General admission tickets are $10. Most Rust Belt Market vendors will be open as well.

Stop by for this great cause and support your local artist!

Rust Belt Market, Ferndale, MI
Friday, April 20, 2012
6-10 PM
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