Happy New Year everyone. I raise a glass to new beginnings, to love and community, to new projects and connections and to continuing all the established ones as well.
I tried to get an email and blog post out before 2019 showed its pretty face. I wanted to write this before the new year began, but I waffled and wondered, wallowed in ideas, and now I know why.
I like to choose a word for the coming year, a word that will keep me in line with my intentions. My intentions going forward are to attract community, creativity, joy and abundance into my world – one word for all that?
Struggle, struggle, think, mull – what will my Word be??
On the first day of 2019 my two friends and I took possession of our newly leased store space. Kathy, our mysterious silent partner and I are opening the sewing lounge and teaching space in Nanaimo on Feb 1, right after we renovate this precious piece of history. Sew It Begins (thats the name of our new adventure) will reside in the lower floor of the old firehouse, a brick building of note with a restaurant above and an art supply store as our neighbour.
The current work at hand is renovation. Remove a wall, repair the ceiling, paint the walls, paint the floors, replace the sink, build the workbenches, clean, clean, clean, furnish the shop, stock it with inventory, set the schedules, … etc etc etc, we have lots to do. Planning and unbuilding and rebuilding – while in the back of my mind I’m mulling over ideas for my Word.
Kathy, the mystery woman and I communicate by text. Kathy sent a text suggesting we prep the walls today – and I hit reply, offering to bring the spackle, because I have some. My usual tormentor SpellCheck – (OMG, she constantly puts words in my mouth, changes meanings, embarrasses me by telling someone I’ve been on one date with that I love, love, love them – why would she do that?) – jumped into my court and changed spackle to SPARKLE! I found my word! And I will bring the Sparkle to the job site today.
And Sew It Begins…
The Sew It Begins Sewing Lounge is in planning stages – as it probably always will be! A great work of improvisation and experimentation. What we do know is that it will be an active and exciting space for sewing, learning, textiles, creativity and art. I’ll be in residence every wednesday and every second thursday and saturday11 – 4. I’m dedicating one saturday per month to teaching Improvisational Patchwork. Stay tuned for a real schedule. Stay tuned for a link to the website. Stay tuned! Get excited and make stuff! We are!