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March 4, 2022

where do you find inspiration?

how do you overcome “writer’s block” or if you are a textile person stitcher’s/spinner’s/weaver’s block?

with Covid drifting on and a limited amount of time spent away from home and hearth I’m losing my enthusiasm

much of what I do is time spent alone – but – I don’t believe in intuitive creativity

ideas have to come from somewhere

in looking back – I find a pattern of activity

this month – Nov. 15 2010 –

demonstrating in public – something I’ve been doing since at least 1982

some of the comments leave me shaking my head

“I always think woman need a hobby” – I think I resisted hitting the man!

now I realize that the contact is vital

years of Fibrations – granddaughter Carrie demonstrating in 2012

a guild Spin-In – 2017

Saanich Fall Fair Sheep-to-Shawl – 2018

all such a major part of my creative life and still “on hold”

online events will have to do but they aren’t the same

100 day challenge – another page finished with a peak at what’s next

and the weather is improving with garden time a welcome reliefplanting the bear’s small Christmas tree

Arthur wanted to help and Little bear needed to know how deep to dig

Rosie didn’t want to get her feet dirtyPookie was smelling the flowers

I’ve started my sunflower seeds

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  1. March 6, 2022 1:14 pm

    Although I have been fortunate to be less shut in than you, by the sound of it, I have found my creativity sagging. It needs to be staked and watered by stimulation, whether that’s just looking at other things, or by talking to other people. Strangely, it seems to be putting out shoots in other directions. Once our chickens arrive today, I will be able to enjoy them as talkative companions, and I will also be using the cooler months to create and develop my vegetable garden. We’re having a tremendous heatwave in our part of Queensland while the south of the country is having even more tremendous flooding. Nature is having a bit of a fit, apparently…


    • March 7, 2022 10:01 am

      Kate – you are so right – my grandkids would say nature is having a hissy fit – the planet is pissed off. Time for the humans to wake up. Have fun with your chickens, they sound like a good diversion tactic.


      • March 7, 2022 1:05 pm

        The chickens are marvellously entertaining and surprisingly well-behaved – and the speed at which they’re bringing the weeds under control is epic!


      • March 7, 2022 10:20 pm

        Kate – I’ve been on my hands and knees for 4 days weeding. Maybe I need chickens!


      • March 8, 2022 2:40 am

        I think so! Chickens are designed by nature for weeding. They’re very companionable, too.


      • March 8, 2022 11:50 am

        Kate – I think chickens are against municipal bylaws – guess I’ll have to keep weeding!


      • March 8, 2022 12:50 pm

        That’s a pity. Here and in much of Europe, you’re allowed to keep a few in towns and suburban areas, so long as there is no rooster and any chicken house is 10m from the nearest dwelling. It’s amazingly popular.


      • March 9, 2022 10:02 am

        Kate – it’s certainly not something that will happen here in the city, for one thing the raccoons would be a nightmare . We had chickens for years when we lived in a rural island community but I don’t miss them.

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  2. March 5, 2022 6:49 am

    i wondered how you were keeping up for SO long in a fashion more productive than most people not in panorama times! while it’s good to know you are human, i wish it was more possible to make the in-person stuff work. i was just invited to do more online teaching and it made me want to chuck the computer out the window! it’s not even close to the same, it’s a whole other category of ‘interaction’.


    • March 5, 2022 11:13 am

      Aimee – I too have come close to chucking the computer – it is NOT a substitute for personal interaction – just a big sink hole swallowing up time and creative energy. Travel safe, hope to hear about your adventures when you are home again.


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    March 5, 2022 12:43 am

    I hope you are able to get out soon and although I appreciate it has been a struggle you seem to be being as creative as ever. I think it is like weeds – it can push up through concrete if it has to!


    • March 5, 2022 11:18 am

      Sue – well, I have been forced (like most of us) to look at life differently and try to find new sources of inspiration. Nothing I have come across yet can replace face to face exchange of ideas. I think the concrete is getting thicker!

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  4. March 4, 2022 8:29 pm

    Yes, I too understand “event/s cancelled”. I’ve had both my study groups canceled with “let’s review in April”… and our main monthly meeting seems to go the same way monthly.

    My main other way of inspiration, real time, is drifting around my city on public transport, dropping into stores where I know the working people. Just yesterday messaging N, can’t come by. This morning her saying that xyz is like a ghost town.

    I looked around on line for some challenges but nothing appealed. So I decide to make a book with a totally different theme, a lot of the supplies for it will have to be made from scratch…plus a lot of online research to fill it.


    • March 5, 2022 11:21 am

      Catherine – enjoy the challenge of making your new book, hope it is not so much about the finished book but in the time spent planning, designing and hopefully learning new things. Relax and enjoy.

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  5. March 4, 2022 2:28 pm

    First read of one sentence had me thinking you had an offbeat springtime ritual of planting small bears! The photo seemed to confirm it. It gave me a chuckle on an otherwise somber day of reading current news. Regarding inspiration during these extended Covid times, I’ve had fun Skyping an international friend now and then. We unpack “new” finds together as if they’re lavish unboxing videos and share techniques and tips that are best shown visually. I hope you find something that can safely top up your social meter.


    • March 5, 2022 11:27 am

      Wizzy – the bears were created during these stressful time and have provided some fun along the way – besides they give me someone to talk to. As the situation is constantly changing I am staying open to whatever comes my way.


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