Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Lesson Learned

When we are young, we think somehow that we have all the time in the world to do the things we want to do.  But in the words of someone wise,
"LIFE" is what happens to us while we are making other plans.

Over 20 years ago, I stopped doing what I loved the most--needlepoint/petitpoint--in order to pursue new crafts and new ideas. None of which I was very good at.  Unlike needlepoint, which I can say with all modesty, I excelled at.  This is not to brag--it is just a simple fact.  While most of the world seemed to be doing tedious stitch exercises, or stitching goofy looking frogs, I was quietly creating masterpieces.  Not MY words--I was told this by everyone who saw my work.  Yet I blithely set it aside, to come back to "some day".

The trouble with "some day", is that it doesn't exist, except in our minds. I learned this all too well when I decided to go back to my first love, and discovered that my eyes had other plans.

I learned I was going blind.  I am slowly losing my eyesight to macular degeneration, at the age of 66.  I am taking special vitamins, but this is not going to "fix" me.  After dealing with the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, and coming to terms with the fact that I had lost part of "me"--now I was facing blindness.  As an artist, there is nothing that could have been more devastating.  I was actually diagnosed over a year ago, but am only now able to talk about it.  I mean, it's not like you can send out announcements saying HEY GUESS WHAT??  I am going blind!!  I went through all the emotions, I threw myself a pity party, and now I am ready and eager to use the time I have left-and the eyesight I have left--to do what I love the most.

To this end, I bought myself a magnifier/light, and am back to working on my tapestries.   I may never "finish" them--but for now, I am happy.  I am content.  I am doing what I was meant to do.

And here is SUMMER, from a painting by Alphonse Mucha.  Petit point, 18 mesh canvas.  That translates to 324 tiny stitches per square inch, every single one of them put in by hand, one at a time.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Good Morning, America! AND WHAT ARE YOU OFFENDED BY TODAY?????

Enough.  ENOUGH!  Every day it gets worse.  Someone--anyone, is offended by--
a word
a movie
a story
or anything else anyone can possibly be "offended" by----

And suddenly it is news worthy!  

Guess what, people? I know this will be hard to understand, and even harder to believe, but

The world is not here to placate you, to coddle you, to conform to your every feeling.  It is what it is.

Someone says something you don't like?
A movie has a scene you don't like?
A new story says something you don't like?


This world is not here to appease your every thought and emotion. Get over it.
Get over yourself.
Who made you think you were so special?? 

When did America become a nation of WHINERS????  Boo hoo, poor you.  

I am sick to death of it.  This world gets worse and worse. I shudder to think what will be going on here in another 10 years.

Books are being banned.  BOOKS are being banned--AGAIN.  Did we learn NOTHING by this the FIRST time?

America--you are going to hell, faster than I ever believed.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Oh no, you DIDN'T..........................

.........except yes, you did.  You really did.

Of all the Prince songs you could have chosen for the Super Bowl halftime show, you chose "I Would Die For You".

Not Purple Rain, or one of his other greats, you had to chose the one about him dying.

Does no one have even an OUNCE of basic sense any more????

Friday, February 2, 2018

Randall Margraves--Sir, I Salute You!!!

Father lunges at Larry Nassar in court before being restrained

After hearing his three daughters detail their sexual molestation at the hands of Nassar, Randall Margraves asked the judge for 5 minutes alone in a room with Nassar.  Of course, the judge declined.  The he asked for ONE minute--again denied, and he went after Nassar on his own.

He never touched him because NASSAR had multiple people protecting him.  Unlike all the young girls Nassar molested.

Our legal system protects the guilty.  ALWAYS.  How about the man who coldly shot his two young daughters to death while his wife listened in horror over a speaker phone? Finally executed last night, but his lawyers were worried he might "suffer" during the execution.  You know what? HE DESERVED TO SUFFER!  

The Bible says, "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"--and yes, it also says "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord", but I am not getting into all that right now.

Randall Margraves acted in the most normal, primal way to a man who hurt his children. I am sorry he did not get to Nassar, however--

you won't ALWAYS have protection, Nassar. When you are in prison, there will be LOTS of men lined up to get you, and one or more of them WILL succeed. (Hint--don't drop the soap, Larry....... ;>)

But I digress.  We try to say we are a "civilized" society, but that is just a guise to hire fancy lawyers and let bad people walk free.

Personally, I would LOVE to see Mr. Margraves get his one minute alone in a locked room with Nassar.  Then the taxpayers would not have to support this asshole for the rest of his miserable life.

Instead, we will have to be content to sit by and let his Karma get him--and I KNOW this is going to be good!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SICK of it

I am sick of reading stories about kids (as young as NINE) and teens committing suicide due to cyber bullying.

Does anyone see the REAL problem here?  These "kids" are given phones and computers--AKA WEAPONS---and no one is teaching them right from wrong.  They give their kids these devices, and fine--walk away, they are now "entertained" and out of mommy and daddys hair.  Much like planting a child in front of TV, but of course the child could not USE that TV to maim or harm other children!  You know what?  If they COULD have--

We would have taken it away from them!!

It is too bad that so many parents today are too busy to BE parents.  To teach right from wrong.  They are, quite literally, handing their children a loaded gun, and not bothering to tell them not to shoot anyone.  Because, of course, they are KIDS-
What harm could they do?

Well,  mommy and daddy--stop and look at the statistics of how many "kids" (under 18) are being charged with cyber bullying which results in suicide.  The numbers will stagger you. Well, maybe. 

 Or maybe , you just don't give a shit.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Once in a Lifetime

 I would like to introduce Miss Garnet Remembrance--a Queen Anne reproduction doll made by the Canadian artist Kathy Patterson of Babes from the Woods.  She arrived last week, no clothes, because I couldn't afford the doll AND her clothes!  It took me a while to figure out a pattern for her dress.  Today she received her antique garnet necklace, which is actually one of a pair of earrings--the perfect scale!  So sister Tilly will have a matching necklace, just as soon as my eyes uncross from stringing the beads.......

This incredible doll is 15" tall, and as authentic as you can get to a real, 200-300 year old Queen Anne doll.  Everything about her, from her patina to her flat back, joints and hands, is perfectly recreated.  I saved for a LONG time to be able to get her, and she was worth every dollar.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Miss Tilly arrives home!

This week brought the first snowfall of the season, and along with it,  Miss Tilly arrived home to Minnesota.  She arrived naked and cold, but with a warm smile and sweet disposition.  She borrowed a dress until I can make her a more suitable one.

She has the most beautiful patina.  She was obviously made with much love.  Judging by her paint and the wood condition, I estimate her to be between 100--150 years old.