Except for the offer of food and an occasional hug. He prefers to be outdoors.
I have given that back to him. We work it out. The door is our connection. He has his favorite rug on the bench on the deck under the big maple. And a cozy place on the front porch. And the woods. I know in deep winter he will choose a spot by the fire. For a spell. But really this is how it is. Being born outside is different than being born inside.
I keep him healthy. But here in this neck of the woods he is OK. He stays close by, but outside. And very often I find him upside down. Purring.
I have reconnected with the inner Beast. And will be taking some quiet time to stitch through Solstice, the anniversary of Mom's passing, which now gives this shift in season, into summer, new meaning each time around. And at the same time the moon is big and strong. And it's father's day. I remember Dad, how he always advised me to remember well. It's a big shift all around. It pushes me inward for another look around.
We have made it through the worst of the current cold. Cozy, sleeping by the fire after a bit of red red wine. Whispering ♥ Hearts is active and open as I continue to convert the format a bit. It is ok to be going through it again which encourages me to continue with some of the thoughts there. And to consider changes to the whole Open Learning thing. It's big, this thing, needs a lot of work.
I have also decided to share a percentage of the donations, when I can, to help others who freely help others. But updating my newsletter is also on my growing list of things to do and March will bring new stories.
Sometimes a promise is hard to keep. Yet it seems that, to feel that, is simply to know what the essence of a promise is...the beauty in that. Note to self: Promise. It's a piece of you. What did you expect?
I made a promise to open the Whispering Hearts class as part of Feel Free for Valentine's day. I am a bit behind converting the audios to a more friendly format. But it's ok. I think it will still be an OK gift in it's in between format and I will work behind the scenes to shape it into something better. The link will become active later this evening, added to the Feel Free index in the sidebar. I love you.
Another note to self: I promise to draw every day.
A large cloth, for me, holds story, simply because it spans time.
I have started a large cloth. For my son. With my son in mind.
I am stepping back today, to make a place to hold it, the story. Not just in my head. So it might be shared as well.
I don't know how it might become, because story unfolds. But I know it will be a blanket.
It started like this. While in between.
Just three squares. Three that would be in between two more threes. Making Nine. That simple beginning again.
Yesterday I took this picture. Of this cloth I named Holding Pattern, for good reason.
Before I go any further, I want to step back into August. Where I started. Quietly. Without saying. Because there are things to say.
I will create a category here for Holding Pattern. And a project page at Feel Free... LARGE CLOTH - Holding Pattern. And a Flickr Album so it can be viewed as a slide show. Because I know I will want to look back. Story unfolds . So you can only hold it by looking back.
Today is warmer but after some chill, new furrry fellows have begun visiting for breakfast.
This is Bob. He is quite young. Fred, well I haven't seen Fred, maybe he has moved on.
Whenever I make squirrel friends, I think of Glennis. I thinking of all these blogging years and how long some friendships have been. Although I have actually never met her, I know her. I know her for her generous nature. Her teaching. Her slow persistence. Her loyalty and clear heart. I trust her.
So today, while sorting through cloth, wanting to talk about that some, I came across a few things here, that I dyed while participating in her shibori class from way back. I should make a section for Shibori over at Feel Free I thought. But really, I am only a beginner. Then Poof! In the spirit of free(r, Glennis pops up and decides to offer that old class. For Free! So a SHIBORI page is coming. You can go visit her blog and see what's up about that. My shibori page will contain a link to her kind gesture. I've so many ideas based on her introduction to it all. The page will surely fill up quickly.
Somewhere in between past online workshops and the Diary series, I compiled a lot of my basic approaches into a sampler class. Just a bit of everything. I ran one interactive workshop in this style and then made it into a work on your own class, including it as a bonus in the last What if Diary teaching series.
I run all my classes by just going. This one was no different.
My intention is to open this one. Now. I am actually going to update a few things, including the resource page and add some new lessons. But really, it is a good start for any newcomers. A kind of teaching base to add to. I think it will help make all that I do openly here, help make more sense of the new stuff that might evolve. Help to get us all on the same page, so to speak.
The class, to date has been hosted on a password protected blog. I have removed the security. I hate that password thing, enough. Feel Free to visit there. You might pay what works for you or not if that is the way it is. Certainly that is the way it is for all of us now and then. Maybe later...? At least tell me how inspiring I am. Oh ha! I haven't been able to let that go yet.
(just click the image to access. also listed on the student links page.)
A beginners work on your own course based on a previous workshop. Designed specifically for those who have never taken any classes or workshops from me before, because some content is repeated from other classes. Featuring a lot of the basic hand stitching and cloth construction techniques I call the Spirit Cloth style. A little bit of everything, an overview of my philosophy and style complied from other workshops. Includes simple design ideas and project examples to get you started. Suitable for an art or craft approach. Simple. Easy to follow, using the sampler approach as a learning tool. Slow and easy. No special experience necessary. Focused on hand stitching. Simple supplies.
Audio, Video, PDF.
I am in the process of converting the audio to another format. If you not see the audio player in the posts, email me.
Maybe I might talk about these issues as well, configuring online classes and what it involves.
All the free stuff will be posted and organized in some reasonable way on the Feel Free site as soon as I get my act together.
A great feeling of energy returned today. Even though company lingers. I pinned a few things to a special cloth. Do you have some of Deb's cloth?. It'll knock you over. Vintage, soft, full of energy and heart, just like the maker. A gift really, a real deal. And I am sure she will appreciate the support. That's the real great thing about gift giving. It's like a kind of basket that might hold us all. If we let it.
I am playing with three.
As a compositional tool. Thinking of in between.
How a September Stray is at home in between. Colored by that.