Welcome to feather creations where I blog about different projects I've undertaken. They won't always be pretty but I'm hoping that they will be interesting and maybe thought provoking. Comments are always welcome. However, if you're moved to criticize, please make it constructive. I'm always open to learning new ideas and skills.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Marking Time

I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out if anything stood out for me in February ... and nothing does. It was just a month - 4 weeks, 7 days each - nothing special! The most that can be said for it is that I marked off all the physio and chiropractic appointments I had to go to to for my hip. It was a very boring, uninteresting and nothing month. So that's what I made - a boring, uninteresting piece that was just about marking time!!

Now that it's done I can move on to March - I have two ideas for that or maybe it's one for March and one for April. That could be it. Anyway, I should have them both finished before the end of May which would bring me right up to date. Yeah!!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

When I grow up ...

I'm going to be .... at 51 I still haven't figured that one out yet. Firstly, I'm still waiting for that "magic moment" when I'll know for sure that "I'm grown up" and secondly as I grow and change what I want to "be" also grows and changes. So it's hardly any wonder to me that time spent in January was thinking about career paths and what my next choice should be. My mother was always amazed by variety in my resume - it is a bit daunting - however, I've often thought I wanted to be a "renaissance" woman when I grow up so may that's still influencing my thought processes. Anyway, January is about "Opportunities" and trying to figure out which way to go. This time I'll keep my day job until I'm a little more solid about which way to go before deciding I want a change - new direction for me.

More importantly, I've figured out the design for February. I need to back the piece and do the edging. Should be able to post it in a few days and then start work on March. In the meantime, I'm gathering ideas for April.

Next is to get caught up on a piece for fSA which was due last month but should be completed before our next gathering ---- I hope!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

March goes out like a lamb....

Apparently not in Calgary. We're expecting 20 cm of snow tonight. This after a gorgeous sunny morning where I was sitting on the back deck in a t-shirt. Oh well... this too shall pass!!

Having said that I've finished my December piece for the Bead Journal Project. December for me started the last weekend in November when, for some as yet undefined reason, the muscles from my knee to my groin on the inside of my right leg seized completely. Despite the efforts of two friends, both of whom have massage techniques, we couldn't get the muscles to let go. In fact, the chiropractor wasn't having much success either. I finally ended up having IMS - a needle technique that forces the muscles to let go - done after Christmas. So Christmas wasn't fun; I missed work for a month; and I didn't get much sleep. Neither muscle relaxants nor codeine seemed to help much with the pain.

So my December piece is absolutely a reflection of that month. The background is burgundy silk, the beads represent the knots in the muscles and the silver stars represent the sharp pain that was a constant.

I guess I should say that my hip is now almost 100% and I'm spending more time finishing projects that should have been completed earlier.

On a much lighter note, I just finished Susan Sorrell's Fiber Collage class on Joggles. It was interesting. I really had to push myself to add the beads and the French knots. I like things to be simple and I really needed to push myself to go beyond what I thought was enough. Even at that I'm sure I could do much more. However, I'm not quite there yet. Maybe on the next one.

As for the BJP, I've designed the January piece and possibly March. Still haven't figured out what February will be. I might just have to cover a piece with beige beads and leave it at that.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Busy life - little blogging

OK - so I'm not yet an avid "blogger". I'll get there eventually. I've finally managed to finish 3 months of Bead Journal Project pieces.

September was my answer to two challenges: the first being BJP and the second being freeSpirit Artisans October challenge which was colour. For the FSA piece we drew crayons from a bag and that was the colour we had to work with. Fortunately for me, the colour was blue which was my favourite colour as a kid. Anyway, as I mentioned before September for me is a time of Reflection which is the name of this piece.

'Reflection means a number of things to me: the time spent in reviewing where I am in my life and where I'd like to be and also what I see in the mirror at different times. So it's a good title.

October was focussed on going down to the Crowsnest Mountain area for a shamanic workshop. I really love this area of Alberta and the mountain itself calls to me. I figured since it figured so largely in October for me that it would be the focus for October's Project.

The image comes from a picture I took in July. I was taking pictures of small wild flowers with the mountain in the background. This shot turned out to be my favourite one. I've travelled down to the Crowsnest area a number of times of the past year and the mountain always figures in some of the shots I've taken.

And finally, the piece for November. This piece is entitled 'Mental Confusion'. The image as a whole represents my thought processes. Every thought or idea should have a place where it can sit and organize itself. Somehow though in November it felt like thoughts kept creeping into other thoughts and I just couldn't seem to stay focussed.

This piece totally reflects that thought. Each colour of bead represents an idea that somehow manages to break outside it's box and spill into other areas.

I've also figured out what I want to do for December, January and probably March although it's not over yet. I just can't seem to wrap my head around February. Oh, something to work on.