Friday, February 28, 2014

Finding Peace - Off the Wall Friday

Earlier this month but it looked like this today too!
Living on a Great Lake is  - well - great!  We get 4 seasons of mostly moderate weather (mostly being the key word there) and I love my small town.  Still  - its gets to be February and I mostly just shut down for the month.  Luckily its the shortest month!

 For the last couple of years since I've had my blog to keep my accountable, I have been getting a bit done in February - but just a bit.  It took me all day to get the gumption to get into my studio to do something. sighhhhh but not a lot.  I just couldn't find the peace I needed to create.

I did find the piece  of fabric though I was looking for.  I managed to find the right light gray fabric to sandwich with felt and the right stabilizer.  This summer, while shopping with my friend Kristen for fabrics for her college play costumes   - I found the best "fabric".  Its this stiff nonwoven curtain liner  that comes in these huge widths.  One thing I've learned is that you can dicker at the remnant store, so I talked the guy down to 70 cents a yard for it.  It was nice and stiff and so big I thought - gee I can use it for something.  Well - not only does it make great patterns - but it also makes a great cheapie stabilizer!     Sulky eat your heart out!

Anyways - I did get the thread work started. The stabilizer is working out great and I'm starting to blend my grey threads.   And yes  I  missed  the deadline of the dreaded 28 day month.  But I reminded myself that my studio work was suppose to bring peace to me  - not to create stress.  And since I'd rather be under my blanket instead of in my drafty studio - I went and read.  (My husband promised to reinsulate under my studio for next year - windchills were -20 to -15 below today!!)

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!





What have you been up to creatively?

8 comments:

Hilary Florence said...

Hi Nina
One sideline of visiting all these blogs is getting a feel for all that snow and cold winds in the US - photo is wonderful. Here in the UK it is so mild - but wet,wet, wet. The amount of the country under water is frightening - but at least the storms are not so strong at the moment.
Thanks for hosting.

Hilary Florence said...

Hi Nina
One sideline of visiting all these blogs is getting a feel for all that snow and cold winds in the US - photo is wonderful. Here in the UK it is so mild - but wet,wet, wet. The amount of the country under water is frightening - but at least the storms are not so strong at the moment.
Thanks for hosting.

The Inside Stori said...

Oh dear Nina Marie......it's a wonder you get out from under the covers with the kind of weather you've been having......good to see that you did and do!!!

Chris said...

Yes I am sick of the winter this year as well and I hear we are having another storm for Monday. We have missed so much of the semester that I find at this point that I just don't care.

Going into our creative spaces should be fun and should take away the stress of the world, but sometimes we don't get the peace we need. Sometimes we have to step back and remember why we do this.

I quit one of my challenge groups this week because I was burned out on the challenges and wanted to focus on EB class. We can't do everything even though sometimes we think we can.
Chris
I look forward to seeing your wave quilt.

Sharon Rotz said...

I agree. I think the ever-lasting cold weather and snow, snow, snow is robbing me of my creativity also. Can you still function when your brain is frozen?

quilted fabric art said...

Is it the stuff they use for what they call black out curtains? It's white and is used to back drapes. I work in a hotel and we have to get rid of drapes from time to time if they get stained or cut and I could repurpose that. Never thought of using it as a stabilizer. Definately worth a try. Thank you for the tip :-) it's 14 below wind chill here in Vermont today so I'm off and staying inside under a quilt blog hopping. Kind of the perfect day, don't you think?

Julianne said...

It has been a long winter. I also need peace to create. Sometimes I can turn on so.e music and find peace. And sometimes not...

Julianne said...

It has been a long winter. I also need peace to create. Sometimes I can turn on so.e music and find peace. And sometimes not...