Make It Work

August 12, 2010 § 5 Comments

Sometimes you’ve got to pull the curtains
Sometimes you’ve got to light candles

Sometimes you’ve got to send the kids away
Sometimes you’ve got to be prepared to play

Put on just the right music
Put on just the right outfit

A good marriage doesn’t happen all by itself
And sometimes you’ve got to take it by the horns

Sometimes you’ve got to dance around the room
If that’s what it takes to get the other’s attention

Sometimes you’ve got to pretend nothing else exists
If that’s what it takes to get the other’s attention

A good marriage doesn’t happen all by itself

Turn off the lights
Put on just the right smile
And make it work

Sewing Without A Pattern – A Metaphor

August 12, 2010 § 2 Comments

I’m making a medieval style skirt to go with the bodice I’ve been working on.

Unlike the bodice for which I have a detailed pattern, I’m making the matching skirt out of remnants that just happen to co-ordinate beautifully.

I don’t have enough fabric to work with any of my existing patterns so I have to improvise and pretty much wing it.  I have an idea in my head of what I hope it will look like when it’s done, but I have no guarantees.  I’m confident in my skills and abilities but I worry because there’s still so much room for error.

Right now, all I have is this…

A partial bodice, a bunch of fabric and notions, the necessary tools and a firm desire to make something useful and pretty out of an idea in my head.

This is where the metaphor part comes in.  This experience is a tangible reminder of what life has been like for us since we started homeschooling/unschooling.

It’s okay to follow someone else’s pattern if it suits you and if you are learning from it but it should be equally okay to decide you want to wing it, make your own mistakes and continue trying to make your own ideas and visions a reality.

The end result may be more obscure and harder to come by but it is infinitely more satisfying.   😀

Random Update

August 9, 2010 § 5 Comments

The stifling humidity that’s been plaguing us has not really let up but the rain all day yesterday brought with it a most welcome reprieve.  We had the windows and doors open all day and it was so nice to breathe the cooler air.

Son has gotten himself a new full-time job that in a few short weeks will afford him the opportunity to make changes to his less than desirable living arrangements (and keep him out of our basement).  Supporting and encouraging him to pull himself up by his own bootstraps has not been easy but totally worth it.

It has always been easier to just take him back in instead of watching him have to deal with bullshit, but in the long run I know that it’s much better for him.  He’s definitely been learning more about his responsibility to face the consequences of his decisions.

The oh so anticipated deck has not progressed much since I last wrote about it but frankly, I’m not concerned. We’ve made more progress this summer than we have in a decade and I know that eventually it will get done.  And come next year I’ll get to go shopping for outdoor furniture and planters to decorate it and I’ll be very happy.

Other than that, I’ve been playing with fabric and having a blast…

I just LOVE fabric as an artistic medium.  The picture above is not a dress, it’s merely the front piece of an incomplete  bodice and a bunch of fabric just thrown together made to look like a dress (a la Art Attack hosted by Neil Buchanan).

There’s just something so forgiving about fabric that appeals to me.  It can be placed, moved and rearranged so easily that it almost pains me to have to cut it and sew it to turn into something practical.  Yet, I need that element of practical if I’m to make any money from my creations.

Anyway, there might be some news on the medieval business front but I want to confirm it before I get too excited about it.  I’ll keep you posted.

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Poetry – The Next Generation

August 5, 2010 § 8 Comments

I write poetry because…well, because I’ve been doing it as long as I can remember (I was ten when I wrote my first poem for my father) and after almost 30 years, it comes naturally to me.

But imagine my surprise and my delight when I found the following in my e-mail inbox the other day…


Words can’t express my love for you
A rough life we’ve had, I know it’s true
Feels like we’ve been through hell and back
A busy life, with no time for a snack

School, and family, and inbetween
You tossed aside, having me as a teen
Times on the bus, and fun on the swing
I want you to know, I’d never change a thing

We’ve had our up, and had our downs
Tons of smiles, and lots of frowns
I’m nearing the age of twenty-two
But wouldn’t be here, without you

Through thick and thin, you’re at my side
With you there’s no need to hide
It hasn’t been easy, this is true
Just want you to know, I’ll always love you!

I was so moved, pleased and proud that I was able to pass on and inspire my own child to express himself in prose.  Moreover,  can you imagine any Mom’s heart not melting at the sentiment?

He even asked me if I had posted it because he’s rather proud of it himself.  Of course, I immediately wanted to post it and show it off but I waited until I had verbal confirmation from him that it was okay.

He knows that my faithful readers are big fans of my poetry and he wants to know what you think.

A Sampling

August 4, 2010 § 6 Comments

The redevelopment of my medieval website is going slower than I had hoped.  Hubby needs time to work out how to implement the fancy mouseover catalogue application that I want.  And then of course I still have to make a database with all the content.

In the meantime, I’ve managed to finish up a couple of incomplete projects, you know the kinds of things that sit around for nine months but in the end take less than ten minutes to actually finish.

Anywho, here’s a few pics of the kinds of stuff that will make up the bulk of my inventory…


Feast Gear

and Accessories

I’ve also got tons of bits and pieces but my main focus will be on the above items.  I recently got a lead about a flea market opportunity but in the end the dealer wanted way too much for the space plus a 12 month commitment and I had to pass.

For now, I’m going to focus on getting the website up and perhaps getting out to a local craft fair where I need only to pay for a table for a day or two.  That rather suits me much better anyway.

And now back to our regularly scheduled stifling, without air conditioning, humidity.  Ugh!

As I Grasp at Straws

August 2, 2010 § 5 Comments

Some part of me is still waiting, breathless
Some part of me is still holding on desperately to intention

Some part of me still refuses to admit defeat
Some part of me still resists the idea that I’m beat

But most of me is too tired to fight
And as I grasp at straws

I realize I’ve lived too much and too long
To concern myself with these kinds of flaws

Some part of me is still naive enough to believe in my dreams
Some part of me is still weaving along worn out seams

Some part of me has already decided I’ve won, whether I feel it or not
Some part of me has already celebrated victory, no matter how empty

But most of me is ready to resign
And as I grasp at straws

I understand that I have half a life still to go
And I can’t focus on these kinds of flaws

Some part of me is still waiting, breathless

Where Am I?

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