Yes, I am really still here.

I have spent the last umpteen weeks trying to figure out how to run a Zoom meeting, including trying to figure out how to put up a background that isn't my kitchen. At this rate, you may have to look at my kitchen. It could be worse.

Today I took the morning off and wandered around a store that was not a supermarket. A bit of zen and a complete change of pace from sitting at the computer, the sewing machine, or the camera. Ahhhh...what a treat!

I have finally given up on working at my (roughly) 2x4 kitchen island and have decided to go back to the studio. I came home to work in the first place because I don't have central air in my studio and the air conditioner is so loud that when I play back the video, all you can hear is the roar of the a/c unit. And if I turn it off - I am in a sauna. But when (my partner) Phil gets back next week, I will let him help me schlep my stuff back and try a workaround.

Just as well. When I am home I am distracted by doing laundry, baking bread, and talking to my plants. How cute is this celery? I don't even like celery but I use it when I make soup, so I want to see if I can grow it on my windowsill. So far, so good. LOL.

My big design wall is in the studio, so I have been using my little portable one. These are some of the blocks I've been playing around with at my temporary studio as I make samples for NPPP. .

I have decided to move back to my studio and just have the a/c running 24/7 so I don't have to swelter and try to be engaging at the same time. LOL

Fast forward a couple of days -- I couldn't wait, so dragged everything back to my studio in another part of the complex (all that exercise; all those steps that my Fitbit loved). Today I was actually able to get down to work. Hooray!



So, here I am at the end of another day: making samples and testing out ideas with "what if?" as I go along. Big problem: one thing sparks another idea and I'm off on a tangent. Well, maybe not such a problem: more of a problem would be if I forgot what the idea was before I made at least one trial block to see if it would work.

In my video I was playing with strips (or strings, as I prefer to call them because it sounds more playful). After I finished talking to you I decided to cut up another of those blocks with the diagonal line corner-to-corner. Here's what I ended up with. ' It isn't anything - but it will go into my bag of ideas and maybe I'll continue some day, or cut it up and use it somewhere. Or not. Maybe it will inspire you to play around with some ideas.

In any case, I am working on my first course; making samples. This morning I had to run over to the studio to bring back the thousands and millions of leftover strips to my living room. In fact, there are so many that I had to order two more storage crates to keep here, for now.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Leftover strips of all sizes, colors, eras, cultures, and patterns; also, commercial solids and Helene Davis' gorgeous hand-dyes. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. LOL.

Enough! I have to get back to work. I have more ideas about what to do than I have time to try them out. xo.

Don't fall over laughing - no, I changed my mind - it's fine to fall over laughing. Shooting yourself (which I am ready to do) without another person to deal with the camera is not only a learning curve, it is a TIME CONSUMER. This is about 3 days worth and I am totally not going public with it -- it's a run-through and at this point, I can't remember what it says or doesn't say. And you will hear all the noise when I move the camera down. ARGH. It's the real me (as my mother used to say).

BUT - it's only for you, my blog readers because it's a practice piece for a new video editor. (they are all awful, IMO). Not dressed up, no makeup, and in need of a haircut, this is the way I am in a classroom and I simply don't know how to be a "buttoned up" teacher or anything else. What you see is what you get. Have fun!

Oh, you should know that I have not been able to decide what the first thing I teach should be, so you can help me out here. This link will take you to the list of workshops on my website, although it probably needs updating. Let me know in the comments what catches your fancy and which ones you'd enjoy taking on line with me. It will help me make some decisions on where to start. http://www (and I don't need a critique on this video. LOL)

Thanks and I love you!


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