Drank so much last night with our friends from back home. We were celebrating now that my piece is done, I can squander my time on things like showering and eating something that doesn’t come in sandwich form. To meet the show deadline, I worked on it about 12 hours a day, for just over two weeks, and that’s all I did. My right thumb still lacks sensation, and my right hand has been somewhere between pins and needles and completely numb for an amount of time I’m scared to admit. Anyway, it’s done now, and my next deadline isn’t until April. But I have to admit, when someone tells me that they disagree or disapprove of my video project because this kind of work isn’t boring, or painful, or tedious or whatever, I’m kind of baffled. Maybe if it was a hobby instead of a job I’d feel differently? Maybe I just need to start turning down invitations to show so I don’t have to ruin my body to meet deadlines. I don’t know. I think I’m still drunk from last night.
Creative work is still work.
Congratulations! I hope the feeling in your thumb comes home soon.
you may not believe it
but there are people
who go through life with
they dress well, eat
well, sleep well.
they are contented with
they have moments of
but all in all
they are undisturbed
and often feel
and when they die
it is an easy
death, usually in their
you may not believe
but such people do
but I am not one of
oh no, I am not one
I am not even near
Jamie and I will be recording the upcoming episodes of Stitching n Junk soon, and we need something to talk about. If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask or a topic you’d like us to discuss, please respond to this post, won’t you? Thank you!
I asked myself that question a few weeks ago and the answer was yes. Yes, I wanted to learn how to cross stitch. Really learn it from the ground up. I want to build my skills from nothing. I’ve started and I feel good. I’ve finished a product and I want to keep going with the next thing, whatever that is. It’s been a really long time since I’ve felt this way. I like it and I want to keep doing it.
I figured out I was serious about it when I made a list of the things I’d figured out after the first week. Here they are in no particular order:
It’s hard to thread the needle
I bought the wrong size needles
My first piece was done using “half stitch” because, since the needle was too small, I wasn’t able to use the whole floss.
It untied itself pretty frequently. Is that normal? Am I lousy at knot tying? Did I use the wrong knot?
How much floss do I use at once?
What do I do at the end?
Those are some of the questions I have that are the few frustrations I’ve had. Otherwise, this has been a real pleasure for me and I can’t wait to do more of it.
“the idea of magical creation underpins the perception of artisans in Ethiopia and in the wider African context. In many cases these skills have been acquired originally from an elemental source of evil via the paternal lineage, rather like a Faustian pact.” The power of the evil eye allows its bearer to change into a hyena, allowing him or her to attack another person while concealing his or her human identity.
“Hi, um, I just got your phone call… I mean, I just saw that you called, or, um, I mean I got your message. I don’t know why my phone didn’t ring, that was really weird. So, um, you said you were calling about an offer? Anyway, I’ll be waiting for your call.”—anonymous voicemail