Tuesday, 18 November 2008

A Day of Sharing Words

While popping into the lovely Red Velvet blog today Judy posted about the challenge that LK Ludwig has on her blog. It goes like this:

The idea: We have words that touch us, move into our hearts and resonate, creating a feeling, taking us some place- past, present, future- perhaps some place we have never been and may never go, but for whatever reasons, the words pulse in our blood. Meeting new words, new poets, new poems, new ways for my heart to beat, is an intruiging concept. Want to go on this adventure with me? It will be easy to travel along.Many of us already do this sharing; this idea is just to help us find each other and hear the words we have to share.

The Date: Wednesday, November 19.

The Plan: on your blog, post a poem that moves inside you, touches you, reaches you. (quotes and song lyrics welcome). Include the author (or composer or musician) and source (book, album)- perhaps also the amazon link if there is one. no explanation required, no other revelation necessary.One last thing- Perhaps add an image. a photo. a video. a painting. a collage., if you would.Come here to this post. Add a comment with your link.I'll create a typepad page with the links, so others can hear the rhythm of the words, see the image and share in the experience.

The Request: If you are intrigued enough, post on your blog about this Day of Sharing Words- encourage your friends to post. Who couldn't use a few new poems in their treasury or new songs in their hearts?

So here are my shared words. I have planned a book around this for my beautiful daughter and hope to finish (start) it in the near future.

Did I tell you?

Now that you are grown,I look back and ask myself-Did I tell you all that I meant to tell you, all that I felt was important?Did I tell you or was it lost in the shuffle of our Everyday lives.The busy full days when we taught and didn’t know it.What did I teach? Was it strong? Was it good?Will it root you in something real that will allow you to grow with a firm and sound foundation?Did I tell you…

Did I tell you to love?Not with a fair-weather love, but with a love that accepts and cherishes unconditionally.Love not with a quick and passing love, but with a love that is a quiet peach within your heart.

Did I tell you to be thoughtful?Not to be a martyr or a doormat to be trod upon, but to be aware of other people and their needs.To meet others with awareness and within your own framework,Be able to meet them halfway and on occasion, go the other half joyfully.

Did I tell you to be courteous?Not to display empty manners with no meaning but to live the courtesy born of caring.And to express this caring through the small formalities and customs born of the years.Did I tell you to be bold?To be not afraid of the unknown, but to live life to the fullest, and meet each new experience with joy and anticipation.And did I tell you to be cautious?To temper your daring and sense of adventure with good judgment and consideration.

Did I tell you to serve other people if only in a small way?There is growth and satisfaction in being part of something larger than yourself and your life will be richer for knowing this.

Did I tell you to find a part of nature that speaks to you?Then know it intimately and well. For some it is a mountain peak, for some a windswept beach.Find your own and in it find your restoration.

Did I tell you to maintain a sense of the past?To recall and uphold all that is best and meaningful in our country and in our society.But never be afraid to speak out when you don’t believe or where there is room for improvement.Work for what you believe, but work in a positive way, with a structure of order and reason.Remember your ancestors; learn about them, so you can know of where you came.

Did I tell you to be creative?To explore the seed within you.Find your creative spirit and let it grow.

Did I tell you to laugh to dance to sing?There is a lot in life that is hard, but take it as is comes and find the good…And make time to dance.
And did I tell you always to respect yourself?Don't compromise your morals- do what you know to be right and good, regardless of what others may do.

Did I tell you these things as we went along the way?If I did, I am humbly grateful.If I did not, then choose for yourself.If it has meaning to you, accept it and make it your own.If it does not, discard it.Your life is yours to build as you choose.

And did I tell you…I hope it will be a good life.Now that you are grown,I look back and ask myself-Your life is yours to build as you choose.And did I tell you…I hope it will be a good life.

Elizabeth Knapp

Some workshop work

Well, I had promised a few people I would post what I have been making at the workshops I have taken recently. None of these are completed works but I'm at the learning stages for a lot of textiles work and its fun. I did a silk papermaking class in Lisburn last saturday which I really enjoyed. I did have a play also when I got home to make sure I knew what I was doing but it didn't turn out just I had expected. I think the thickness of the paste might make a bit of a difference so more experimenting needed. Also 2 weeks ago I did some quilting practice and felt beads at a workshop in Dublin which was endless fun, especially when doing it with some friends. The felt beads/millefiori were great fun as I had no idea at all what they would turn out like. I will have to master this art and incorporate all my litte pieces into 'something'. I'm begining to wonder if I will ever make that final 'something' at this stage. Off to London this weekend and then for my final textiles class next week so hopefully more techniques will be on offer. Oh yes, I did have a play with some potatoe mash and bleach on linen which I absolutely loved and have to try to incorporate this into something soon also. :0))))))

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Textile Translations - Maggie Grey

Have any of you bought this book and tried the free online classes? Its definitely a must if you love to experiment with something new. I bought the book at the Knit & Stitch a week or so ago and have been busting to get all I needed together to have a play and join in the classes. This is my work which is as yet unfinished. I absolutely loved trying these techniques out. I was even more delighted to find what was left behind on my blotting paper which I used to dry out my vilene, the image is so colourful I will use this in another piece of work. TFL....

This for me was the bonus of the experiment.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

One Powerful Hour

The Challenge this week at One Powerful Hour is an xmas ornament. Joanne is guest designer and is being sponsored by Inka to give away a beautiful xmas stamp. Why not jump on over and have a look and a play :0). This is my effort which I had promised Joanne I would do this week. Have fun......