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Friday, January 13, 2006
My, My....Chatty today
Ok, borrowed this from Julie ZS's blog who borrowed it from Jen at Bayou Quilts:

Remember, write it down, make it happen, make it real.

In the new year...

1. List one person you've lost touch with that you will look up.

Boy, I try to stay in touch with all my friends. Ok, my dad's cousin Peggy in Western Australia

2. List two places you want to go.

Lake Tahoe (for AQT), back to Saco, Maine

3. List three habits you want to change or to develop.

Stop procrastinating
Exercise daily
Keep the house somewhat cleaner....declutter

4. List four things you hope to learn.

Better photography
Better use of Photoshop and PSP
Using Quickbooks for my business accounts

5. List five goals you would like to achieve

Complete at least 6 pieces of art worthy of showing, either in a show or at a gallery
Keep better records of items made, materials used (and approximate cost) and where they are
Send in at least 2 entries to shows this year
Finish photoalbums for dad
Organize all the photos I have into family and business use; sort all photos I took for other people and get them to them!!

Whew.....well, I have started learning weaving. Had my first class yesterday and I am here to tell you, I have a whole lot more respect for weavers after that! I got as far as threading my warp through the reed but I had to leave. Next week I will actually get to start on my sampler. My back was absolutely killing me by the time I was done! I am quite tall (5'9") and the loom I was assigned is rather short so I spent a lot of time hunched over, threading the warp thru the heddles and then through the reed (I will take pictures next week so you non-weavers can follow along- I remembered the camera but forgot the battery). My color choice for the warp is, well, yuck but there wasn't a big selection that appealed to me and the instructor said it was better to choose something that would give big contrast to the weft threads so I could see what I did. Hey, it's a learning experience.

There is one other woman in the class who is a complete beginner. She drives all the way to Kalamazoo from Holland. I was amazed to discover that the KIA is the only place in west Michigan to take weaving classes except for a shop in Grand Rapids. That shop only has room for like 5 or 6 students and the lady who teaches it will only take one beginner at a time. The really good news is, once I get rolling, I can go in any time the KIA is open and get the key to the studio (assuming there isn't someone already there) and work. Also, there is an evening class on Thurdays (I'm in the morning class) and a lot of the students come in the morning and stay all day and into the night! There is a fridge and freezer and a microwave so you can bring lunch or go out and they order out for dinner (and there are a bunch of ladies who LOVE Lebanese food and so do I!!). Now, if I can just figure out a way to walk the dog long distance......

Anyway, we'll see if I get hooked or not....In March we will be hand-dying warps and I ordered 2 pounds of custom dyed Tencil from Mystical Creations Yarn so I guess I will have to at least sign up for one more session....if my back holds out.

posted by Teri Springer @ 8:17 AM  
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Name: Teri Springer
Home: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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