I was hacked as I was finishing this blog and the entire blog was erased! My computer person is working on it today, Sunday Feb. 21st. Stay tuned! What a mess! For those who asked: My fractured right arm is healing but it is still telling me what to do. OUCH! I'm limited but I can now use a paper and pen! Progress. See You then.
JANUARY 2016 BLOG
Happy New Year!!
"Oh! For a book and a cozy nook! And Oh! For a quiet hour!"
Hope you all had a great holiday season. Now we are on to the new year. Did you make resolutions for 2016? I did. January was named for the Roman god Janus. Janus had two faces, one in the past, and one in the future that reminds us though we need to move ahead we should always remember what we accomplished (or didn't) in the past. I took time on New Year's eve to remind myself of what I managed to do in 2015 and what I still need to do in 2016. (Janus16)
When I go back into 2015 I remember all the great customers I spoke with and the new books that arrived. How I love books! But my happiness moment of the year came in the fourth quarter when I brought my husband home from assisted living. Because of MS this past year he stopped walking and it was suggested he go into a nursing home. But I didn't want that. I decided I could take care of him myself so I took refresher courses in medical work, home care, CPR, first aid, etc. With my confidence up I moved him home near the end of September. That was a hard move and stole some of my time from my business. Is everything perfect? No, because of his MS it will never be perfect. But both of us are much happier and that's all that matters.
Now looking ahead to 2016 I've decided to continue my business of selling books and since I've studied my past year I am going to correct any mistakes I've made. And there will be no moving to contend with! Life is good and I plan on celebrating that this new year. Of course I didn't count on catching my foot in a rear wheel of Mark's transporter and going down like a dead weight on my left shoulder and fracturing the head of the upper arm bone and getting extensive tissue damage - fortunately all healable. Luckily, I didn't hit my head, damage my glasses or knock some teeth out. So I count myself lucky. The hardest part has been the awful pain when I type and not driving. My tenant has been wonderful in getting me to food stores, post office, etc. The good news is the orthopedic doctor/surgeon said all should heal as good as new. What more can you ask for??
What are in your plans for 2016? I hope doing more reading and needleart are on your list. Perhaps a good way to get the New Year started would to be to get the old inspiration going.
So what is the key to your creativity? We'll explore ways to get that in high gear.
WHAT'S THE KEY TO YOUR CREATIVITY
Remember when keys looked like this?
No longer. Today keys are slim. In fact, at hotels they look like credit cards not like keys at all. I stumbled on to some pictures of ancient keys in a history book and was amazed at what keys looked like back then - big, important, many of them masterpieces of art.
When I was a girl our backdoor key was kept under the milkbox. (Who reading this remembers the milkman?) I can well imagine how many keys these early morning delivery men found! Keys were also kept under welcome mats, on door ledges, under a stone, and other equally easy to figure out places but I never remember hearing about a robbery or burglary. Keys were different then and so was life.
I have the old key to our backdoor hanging up on the wall of office. My father had painted it white to distinguish it from other keys. This key has come to symbolize more than my childhood home. When I tutored student in writing it reminded me I needed to find the "key" to turn students on to writing. When I face a tough problem it reminds me there is a "key" to resolving it. Now the key is my symbol for writing this blog - a key to inspiration and creativity; a key to help unlock the door to that mysterious room in your brain that is full of ideas you never knew existed.
Of course, there is no one way to be creative - that's the glory in it - the imagination can take wing in any direction it wants. But what better way to begin the search for the key to inspiration than through books or visiting artisans and learn how they stumbled upon the key for themselves.
Johnson, Steven - Where Good Ideas Come From - This is a sweeping study of the history of innovation that breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like "the slow hunch" and "serendipity". It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation.
Merrilyn lives what we Americans refer to as "down under", now in Northern Tasmania having returned to her childhood home. Since the age of five she has been stitching including sewing her own doll clothes. All her needlepoint and embroidery are designed as she stitches and no computer is ever used. In fact, she is so familiar with her beloved fabric, threads and needles, Merrilyn very rarely uses a diagram or draws out a plan and only uses a colour pallet of threads, the fabric or canvas to begin her stitching.
Although stitching is her first love always, in Tasmania Merrilyn has taken interest in farm life, especially lambing time, cooking, preserving and more. In spite of all her activities she has managed to teach needlework and writing articles for Needle Pointers magazine and Needlepoint Now both here in the USA.
She has nine other books published in the 1990's besides the new ones I listed below. If you get hooked on her designs I'll be happy to supply you the titles of her older books, still available.
Since silk ribbon is part of these needlepoint techniques I've included two classic silk ribbon books for those who need a refresher course or who are learning for the first time.