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!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

List it Tuesday - quick fixes for your home

Todays prompt from Artsyville is: quick fixes to make any room in your home look  better.... Quick, easy design changes that you could make to each room for an instant lift. Well, in my house, nothing is going to be a quick fix, but here are a few things that have been done, need to be done, will be done:

~ The upstairs bath needs a lot of help. There is a gaping hole in the ceiling where water was pouring in at every rain and snow melt, paint is peeling on the walls as a result of repeated rains, the floor is old and horrid. We recently purchased a new cushy and loopy bathmat and it has greatly elevated the room to pleasant to be in.

~ The roof was a big mess. There were multiple spaces where water rolled into the house. There were spaces, small, but spaces none the less that little animals and birds decided to take the opportunity to freeload and bring relatives for a vacae. It was not a cheap fix but quick in that it was a total tear off and rebuild in one day! Yes, one day start to finish.... gracias vatos!

~ The downstairs kitchen has had boxes off to the side that contained random stuff that needed to be put somewhere or pitched. Another check goes in the done column.

~ The living and dining room both are just a piled up mess. The contents are saved items from the flood and bunches of Pops' stuff that just needs permanent resting places.

~ The dining room, a.k.a. temporary craft room has become more organized and some things put in their permanent homes, but a long way to go....

~ We've been wanting to change out some artwork in den and finally replaced a piece with one that Pops had in his room :)

~ Pile of dye buckets on back porch finally put away in the proper place... till next dye run :)

~ One kitchen cupboard set of doors refused to close properly. New latch purchased and installed. Thank you dear....


  1. Oh how I remember living with the big hole in the roof until we could find a contractor (and the magic price) to fix it. I would typing away on a story as the water poured down the sides of our chimney...and directly into the upstairs room. "Luckily" (the contractor said) it was much too cold to mold. Lucky, lucky, lucky us : )

    1. Yes... lucky lucky you. I have major mold allergies. It's not something I would wish on anyone :(

  2. gosh! A hole in the ceiling and floods? Sound like a nightmare to me! At least the room leak was over a bathroom, if anything... Good luck in continued repairs. {:-Deb

    1. Well, part of it was over the bathroom...thanks, it is a work in progress..

  3. It's hard to think of quick fixes cause it usually involves a larger project. :) It's great you got some of the things done. Mine are still a list. :)

  4. I totally agree. In my life there is no such thing as a quick fix.. it's more like a domino fix! But, sometimes just a small change makes it easier to move forward and tackle the big. When the time is right, you'll start tackling them... no rush : )

  5. I'm intrigued by the "dye" buckets. I've always wanted to hand dye cloth.
    And true about how a small change can be a good start for moving forward.
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my rocks story:) Glad it brought a smile to end the day.

    1. Once again I never know how a comment, a story, a gesture, something unplanned can make a difference is someone else's day. And I so love your artwork!