SnippetsAll’s quiet on the Western front. It’s not that there aren’t interesting things to do. It’s just a quiet season after finishing a couple of long distance conferences and enjoying a summer hiatus from the Lighthouse therapeutic art workshops. It’s been a couple of months of continually sorting through snippets of this, and snippets of that – fabric bins, fermenting trays, and card board boxes of assorted resources. It’s been good to touch, and retouch, and touch again so much creative potential that has languished out of my awareness for far too long.

In the process I’ve opened groupings of fabric clustered in fermenting trays awaiting inspiration. Several years ago I’d hoped that a creative spark might catch fire, but now I simply wonder what was I thinking! All those fabrics have been reunited with their appropriate colors families. Some even thrown out or relegated to a recycle bag. Other boxes I looked into brought an emphatic “nope, never gonna do that.” A stack of empty file boxes stands six feet high, but the carpet is bare of stuff under my 8 foot x 4.5 foot cutting table.

On top of my cutting table? Well, I’ve valiantly continued my effort to sew down my fabric stash. It’s a bit of a creative challenge when thoughtful folks have continued to give me their “pass it along” fabrics. But I have prevailed and am enjoying the colorful results. Four quilts are going to the quilter tomorrow to be finished on her long-arm quilting machine. For several months I was completely flummoxed with what to do with 3 1/2 yds of heirloom tomato fabric, but inspiration finely arrived and I’m very happy with the results. 

In the kitchen? Well, that’s just the perfect place for an afternoon shaving cream art play date with my nine year old buddy Toby. Among other things, we learned that shaving cream art can be done on fabric. It washed beautifully and the fabric retains its original softness – a great boon since paints often change the hand of fabric and make it more stiff. Here’s what the fabric looks like. Also a slip and slide book we made from the marbleized shaving cream paper. It’s pretty tough to keep the reverse side of the paper clean with busy fingers thick with shaving cream so I water-colored the back sides as part of the design element. 

Oh, and all those snippets of fabric from my latest Salsa quilt? A colorful pile grew on the end of my cutting table that just begged to be turned into something creative. Sandwiched between a piece of copier paper and a scrap of bridal tulle, all the little scrapy throwaways were randomly stitched on the sewing machine until everything was secured. Cropped into index card rectangles and glued to half sheets of cover stock, they became a small hand-stitched discernment journal (as seen at the top of the post) at an art group last Saturday hosted by a friend.

I love those quiet seasons when I have the leisure to explore the “I wonder what ifs,” to step outside my routine, to turn things inside out, to throw out, to re-purpose, re-create the snippets that have languished because of inattention. I love the leisure of listening to what all these snippets want to become.  And how that influences who I am becoming.

If you’re enjoying a quiet season, what are the interesting things that engage you? What snippets have captured your attention? How have they invited you to wonder what else they might become? How might that influence who you are becoming?

Looking forward to your snippets of life.

1 comment to Snippets

  • Caroline Weber

    Sorting through my fabric and craft stash came about when my niece bought a beginners sewing machine. I’m filling a larger Post Office Box with samples of everything that might interest her and in her colors. Sending a 3 ring Pattern Binder of gift items I make for my friends. Homemade notions organizer and things to decorate her sewing-craft-office will be appreciated. She lives in Texas so I will learn to send .pdf files and teach on Skype. I strongly believe that older women should teach the younger woman in this day and age. All of us have a skill to pass on to someone younger.

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