I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last blog post. The old saying, “my, how time flies” is right! The last year seems to have gone by in a blur.
Much has gone on with our family during the last year. My husband had a heart attack last summer. Our 5 year old grandson has undergone a fourth brain tumor surgery and is, now, in Seattle having six weeks of cutting edge radiation treatments not available locally. How amazing he is! He smiles through it all. I wish I could be so cheerful in adversity. For most of the last year we had another grandson, his mother and his baby sister living with us which meant, of course, losing the art room once again to become living space for family members in need. Without a dedicated art space and more people than usual in the house, I haven’t gotten much done by way of weaving or sewing during the last year. And the other biggie this year – I get to learn all about Medicare! Yes, I will truly become a senior citizen this summer.
We are now back to being just two oldsters and their dog and two cats. And we are dog sitting our grandpupper Roxy for two months. The oldest son (who never started college until age 40 and will graduate as a geologist in a couple more terms) will be with us for the summer when school is out in June. And I’m not giving up the art room again. He will just have to fit in wherever he can around here.
And I have the art room back! I have started a beaded bracelet project on my Mirrix Zach 22″ inch tapestry/bead loom.
It doesn’t look like much here, just the loom with a few warp threads on it. What it represents is much more: reclaiming my art space, having a peaceful and quiet place to work, having a place of my own to lay out projects without having to pick them up again when I walk away, and the regaining my artistic confidence. That last one – the artistic confidence – is the hardest thing for me. When I haven’t done any weaving or other art for a long time I always feel like I’ve lost ground. I become not so sure of myself, and fear about whether or not I will be able to do things or not creeps in. As I get older it gets harder and takes longer to regain my confidence. I guess everyone one has their ‘thorn in the flesh’. This confidence thing seems to be mine. But I am determined to persevere!
Weaving this bracelet is helping me, once again, regain my artistic confidence. I’ve never done beading before. I am learning something new! Once I got over the ‘warpaloomaphobia’ and got a warp on the loom, I’m finding it’s not nearly as hard as I imagined it would be. I’m so pumped about beading that I’ve ordered a smaller version of the same loom. I will be able to widen my artistic space by being able to sit in my recliner and do beading and weave small tapestry projects. I have mobility and chronic pain issues, so being able to take a project to the recliner with be a win-win.
I’ll report back later on how things are going. Right now I have to go make a little cloth with some beads in it.