My spring clean story is funny.like a fairytale, epic, funny and sad, and then happy. Once upon a time. from my talk on sewing organization, aka manage your mess
E for Ergonomics, which is all about you.So your space is for you. My space is for me. My home studio is not open to public, in fact my public mailing address is a UPS store. So this is a whole new world--but I still have a real physical place.
Best way to keep your space clean, don't use it much and hire an assistant to help you clean up before you have play date with an LA based designer.
Truth!more on that later! My art is my art--my dream is that sewing be awesome in the future (not just now) so, how I get there, my hair color -- and my too-much ness. Well, it's a record, that someday we can look back on. As in remember when she said sewing could save the world? I was kind of embarrassed that in my journey, I made what looks like a mess from the outside, but I truly believe is the right step in my FUNfromAtoZ. I leave my last post as is, being transparent is part of my story. But I am smart enough to rely on business powerhouse Cheryl Sleboda and just repurpose her words below! "I am thrilled to announce this year’s blog hoppers!! Every year, we show you the “before and after” of our studios, and we usually give you some cool studio inspirations along the way. I hope you visit each of the blogs on the hop starting tomorrow! Enjoy and be sure to leave a comment and say something nice to our blog hoppers!" May 1 – Teri Lucas – www.terificreations.com May 2 – Tammy Silvers – www.tamarinis.typepad.com May 3 – Emily Breclaw – www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com May 4 – Amalia Morusiewicz – www.FUNfromAtoZ.com May 5 – John Kubiniec – www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/ May 6 – Debby Brown – www.higheredhands.blogspot.com May 7 – Melissa Marie Collins – www.melissamariecollins.blogspot.com May 8 – Delve MIY – www.fronddesignstudios.wordpress.com May 9 – Misty Cole – www.mistycole.com May 10 – Sam Hunter – www.huntersdesignstudio.com/blog May 11 – Dale Ashera-Davis – www.dalead.wordpress.com May 12 – Sara Mika – www.mockpiestudio.blogspot.com May 13 – Sarah Trumpp – www.Wonderstrumpet.com May 14 – Carma Halterman – www.beanstrings.blogspot.com May 15 – Jessica Darling – www.jessicakdarling.com May 16 – Lisa Chin – www.lisachinartist.com May 17 – Sally Johnson – www.sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com May 18 – Mandy Leins – www.mandalei.com/blog May 19 – Shruti Dandekar – www.13woodhouseroad.com May 20 – Jane Davila – www.janedavila.com May 21 – Ebony Love – www.lovebugstudios.com May 22 – Cheryl Sleboda – blog.muppin.com Ehem, please disregard last post, if you want to think I am shiny perfect. Peace out- AtoZ (or Tia Tere, you know who you are)
IntroParticipating in the last 3 years of Cheryl Sleboda's spring clean blog hop has been critical in my development as an artist and my life. Not joking. Seriously, I am too busy, too engineer, too Spock, too Sheldon, too much geek or what ever box you chose to put me in. Yes, I know, I am like Yoda--weird and small saying things and doing things that don't make sense to all. I mean no disrespect. Only respect to the Quilting / Sewing world, I have. I have the future sewing people in mind. Yes, I may seem light and funny, like when I say I was kicked out of a quilt show. It was only for being there past closing and I turned it into a simple bond between those who were there. But I know it can be taken out of context. It takes a long time to say things succinctly and well. Making art, pushing the envelope into the audacious, that's not simple--it doesn't follow the steps A,B,C. Oh and yes, I work full-time, I came home to update my blog, cause I inadvertently did not follow the rules. So I'm off the work clock. check out the awesome list of players in the blog hop List is both on a previous post, linked above and at very end of this post. Before blog hop photo After blog hop photo of my physical sewing studio (YES, my physical space is less neat, more messy. I donated my cool trashcan, I donated a quilt, I created a mess, I am on the phone with a Yelp Account Executive as I type this so I'm also working the business side. My face photos are sideways, sorry I will fix that soon, but you get the gist--hair is purple. I wanted bald, so purple was a compromise. Heck yeah, I'm different. Still I love you and want awesome stuff for the world. Peace!
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One of my heroes, was a princess that became a General.Happy StarWARS day--May the Fourth be with you--well actually, may the force be with you every day. I wish I could give you the force, all I can do is wield my force, my power with the best of my powers and be an example. OMG, not be a shining beacon of perfection. NOPE, I prefer to be a small, greenish, big eared weirdo that talks funny. Laugh at my hope, there is good in the world--and I chose to feed that joy.
What you feed grows.MsV told me that, and her son is actually a superhero. My favorite princess is not Princess Leia. My favorite princess is General Organa, and I have a special love for Carrie Fisher. I didn't know her personally--but I read her book, I mean postcards. I know that there is great power in having some fame, it's also quite intoxicating--lucky me, my sisters named me "Lame Ame"--yes it does rhyme. So in 25 minutes May the Fourth starts in the Eastern US. I plan to be asleep by then, but this post will go live right at midnight. I'll likely update this post, correct any errors in it, add some more links, photos... but only in my minutes in between. I've had a heck of a year. but I choose joy and love, so that's how I roll. My Studio is Me. My words, my stories, my ideas. So it was more than just cleaning a room. I taught a class...Scratch that--no, I guided an experience at the International Quilt Festival called "Face Your Fears." PS--an awesome group indeed, to which I said as I closed the door, this is our space, our home for the next few hours and we aren't here for others to peek in and watch.
Safe SpaceI created a Facebook group -- sewFUNfriends with 3 simple rules--please feel welcome to come check it out. https://www.facebook.com/groups/SEWFUNFRIENDS/ PS-no sewing requirements other than finding a connection in fabric to one another. 3 years now, I've been part of Cheryl Sleboda's Spring Clean your Studio Blog hop. I'm so honored. My art, my studio, my life is always evolving--well life is constantly changing--I chose to make smart business decisions. So when I recommend someone, it's not because we are friends, it's because you have skills/qualities that I think can be of power, in the fight of good, vs evil. Yes everything is part of that battle.
Now, stop reading so much into each and every word
To Quote Tracy Ulman--go home!Good night, let's keep in touch on StarWars day, the Quattro de Mayo--when I wake from sleep, I'll paste in the photos.
May the fourth be with you!Before photo After photo Some of my favorite lines from General Fisher in an interview...
- Look, I wouldn't be anywhere else at this hour, except TV.
- I think in my mouth, so I don't lie.
- No, I'm a female in Hollywood, over the age of lets say 40, well, lets say 50...
- What I'm going to stop now [being Princess Leia, General Leia]
- Ridiculous in a really good way.
- I try not to respond as an adult.
- Normally, I wouldn't talk about it, but you are so thin so let's talk about it
- What music makes this worthwhile?
- I thought I was doing other stuff.
- People that are normal and have other genes.
- Gary is bored as hell.
- That you know of!
I'm out--catch you again after the sun goes down!
whatever, thanks to the Big G, my parents for my life. My best, I will strive to be.Check out the other blog hoppers in this awesome group May 1 – Teri Lucas – www.terificreations.com May 2 – Tammy Silvers – www.tamarinis.typepad.com May 3 – Emily Breclaw – www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com May 4 – Amalia Morusiewicz – www.FUNfromAtoZ.com May 5 – John Kubiniec – www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/ May 6 – Debby Brown – www.higheredhands.blogspot.com May 7 – Melissa Marie Collins – www.melissamariecollins.blogspot.com May 8 – Delve MIY – www.fronddesignstudios.wordpress.com May 9 – Misty Cole – www.mistycole.com May 10 – Sam Hunter – www.huntersdesignstudio.com/blog May 11 – Dale Ashera-Davis – www.dalead.wordpress.com May 12 – Sara Mika – www.mockpiestudio.blogspot.com May 13 – Sarah Trumpp – www.Wonderstrumpet.com May 14 – Carma Halterman – www.beanstrings.blogspot.com May 15 – Jessica Darling – www.jessicakdarling.com May 16 – Lisa Chin – www.lisachinartist.comMay 17 – Sally Johnson – www.sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com May 18 – Mandy Leins – www.mandalei.com/blog May 19 – Shruti Dandekar – www.13woodhouseroad.com May 20 – Jane Davila – www.janedavila.com May 21 – Ebony Love – www.lovebugstudios.comMay 22 – Cheryl Sleboda – blog.muppin.com
Changes.The one thing that stays the same is that nothing stays the same. As the spring clean blog hop is underway--on Day 2, let's talk H2O--water. Perspective can trick us. Imagine water carving a river so Grand that it creates a canyon. Okay, lets get the silliness going. Cause Grand Canyon is inspiring, but who is the real villain to be on the look out for in your creative space?
Villains--Dusty and DampnessDust is the arch-villian of the modern sewing machine. Water can be a friend or a foe. In my subterranean sewing studio, my dehumidifier hums along all summer long--pulling moisture out of the air. Not just cause it's gross, please avoid mold/mildew. Humidity (water) can result in rusting. Machines and tools working at their best like Goldilocks--not too moist, not too dry.
- Store your fusible interacting, fusible web, wash away stablizer in a closed/air tight container.
- Items stored lowest part of a shelf/cabinet benefit from waterproof containers.
- Avoid using the floor and table tops for storage--it's not dust free. Additionally, sunlight can bleach fabrics, and it's not typically a cool design or interesting pattern.
- what's your favorite hint? I know others are battling with dust or damp in their sewing spot!
Spring Clean Studio Blog hop starts May1.Please dance along, I mean follow along with the bloggers. here's my Tunes to Tidy Up playlist, add your own words and get your clean on!
- You just can't stop the
beatclean Walkin'Cleaning on the sunyour mess
- I can be somebody [to sew]
Lust allDust filled life
- The Life [give up for mess]
- Jeepers Creepers [where did you get this mess]
- 7-12, you got this... go freestyle
"Ted, is he that guy that uses the F-word all the time?"That's the answer, that I got to did you see Papa Francesco on a TED talk? Admittedly, this friend is not big on social media--and maybe that's a good thing.
JEDI LevelFirst off, us humans--admit it, you are human--we don't like to feel stupid. I'm so proud of this friend, whose response was laughter and human joy when I said--no those 15 min, on a stage presentations--you know, TED TALKS. Yes, finding humor and being at ease--these are definitely Jedi level qualities. AND yes, I love my StarWars mythology--yes, mythology--much more than the stories, books, or movies.
Meeting MercuryThursday lunch for me was a 1pm quick drive through lunch. Not at the King or the Arches--but at a temple of caffeine and cool:
Saint Arbucks.The young dude at at Starbucks, a young adult (not a kid), as per his nametag, he is MERCURY. I see it when, "I pull up" to swap my plastic money with the dude at the window, for caffeine, sugar and protein (yeah, I know not real food.) I couldn't resist and ask, "first or last name--and did your folks like Greek Mythology, and he seemed pleased to be associated with Freddie Mercury.
Truthfully (why do we say, truthfully? doesn't it put the rest in question)Truthfully, I don't know if he knows Queen's long lost front man, or that Hermes is Greek and Mercury, Roman? I didn't bring that up. Why? cause the words of Papa Francesco--which are so much like those of a certain webslinger, So you say, I am not powerful? I know that it's a luxury to spend $17.76 at a drive through, in a vehicle I own--yes 2 Fraps (extra caramel) and a protein box) I wield my responsibly with care and purpose. Last Saturday, I got up early and drove out to Historic Ellicott City, to have breakfast at Bean Hollow and drink coffee from a genuine mug made in a Barn. Yes, I did tweet this, surprised a young relative. Since, I'm not a JEDI level Tweeter, I didn't tag StArbucks properly. But, that's ok. I wasn't looking to chat with @starbucks, just the world at large to say;
I'm going for real, real is better.
St.Arbuck, I'm going for a natural colored, natural flavored beverage in a mug made of clay. No #unicorns for me, real is better!— Amalia Morusiewicz (@FunfromAtoZ) April 22, 2017
"if you have trouble in the joints,
stay out of the joints."I love this silly phrase. Joints meant bars or hang out places, a term not used much today. Joints are part of the body that help us move. I've played sports, and gotten hurt, and healed. The best advice came from my father in law--works for knees, ankles, elbows, hips. We are all busy, running around doing good for the world and sometimes we forget that answers can be simple. Applying those simple solutions is the hard part.
ElevationI know it's not fun to be on the DL. But before you are allowed to whine on the disabled list (and yes, there is no whining allowed anyway), you best be doing the simple stuff, and getting some support.
Channelling my inner Yoda--take care of your crude matter. I know that we are luminous beings, but these vehicles we travel around in, they aren't so sturdy.Not my will, but your will does not mean that we don't protect our body's from ankle sprains, or evil.
Tia TereTia Tere is not a medical professional and this post does not constitute medical advice. If you believe you are injured please get assistance, get checked out. Be audacious enough to be able to accept help. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juke_joint
Sometimes the basic and simple is just divine.Back to 420. I fact check, I love to pop in links for you to learn more info. In this case, I will just tell you--someone thought that was the time of day to take drugs, as in smoke weed. Sorry, you don't like that I called it drugs, and lumped it in with worse felons of the hard drugs. Eek, I don't talk about drugs even alcohol very often. But for you I will. In college, my friends and I had a little song "this is what I have to do pretending to be drunk." What I'm saying is, being silly with friends is fun. Staying safe because you have a brain, what's awesome. Now, you don't need to admit to your friends that you are taking advice from TiaTere and staying sober. We had a little story about someone named Dan Garrus.
Dan Garrus?Was he a code word (yes, for dangerous) or an imaginary person? Either way, he seemed to always pop up in situations that weren't safe. Now please don't think that I want you to lead a boring life. Nope, I want you to get to do amazing things, and live to tell about it, until you die, which we all will, cause we are human. But we really do have a lot to do on Earth, so stay safe, hunger for knowledge, create beautiful experiences and just be awesome. Remember laying in the grass, and I mean on the lawn as kids--watching clouds float by, or just listening to the rain while reading a book--yes, made out of paper--a real book. Unless the future has really changed a lot, you can still do that. If you need to borrow a kid so you don't look like an adult acting silly alone. Or take a furry baby along. There is rain and hail outside as I write this, maybe the big G is giving me applause for writing my truth. Maple, our sweet scared dog, is jumping on my lap, and tucking her petite 80 pounds into the crook of my arm. Maple the dog is scared of thunder and it helps that I'm with her. I don't coddle, sorry, it's not who I am, but I also don't say to her suck it up buttercup. She's a dog, not an adult human, she sees what I do and how I do it. It affects how she behaves and feels. Yes, don't you think that animals feel? Look at them for yourself using your powers of observation. Drink some water, eat good food, smell some flowers until your allergies go bonkers and do good stuff. You aren't alone, we all get that feeling of being human. Be smart, just cause you have a hat that says lion tamer, does not make you a lion tamer. We didn't all have the same experiences in the past, and we won't all have the same lives in the future. I'm tired of the days each being the national day of this or that. When everything has so much meaning, does anything really have any meaning?
Know what I think is audacious?Being present, being sober, being real. Yeah, I know that might not seem like your parent's version of cool. Guess what? You define your own cool. Seriously, Tia Tere tells it like it is.
PS--our planet needs to be cared for, and our choices make a difference.
Evergreen DreamWhile other trees drop their leaves, slim down and prepare for the long cold winter, those audacious pines, cedars, firs remain green. Prickly, sappy and harsh; evergreens endure snow and ice. Once their flowering friends appear, they vanish from view. Unsung heroes, taking a supporting role in show of spring and summer. Today, April 19, 2017 my Evergreen Dream returned home. Not a real dream, a quilt, an art quilt to be exact. Life is better than a dream, it's real. That's what I say, so make me prove it! Seriously, I do for reals use GYST. Thanks to Karen Atkinson for putting this tool out there, I bought it several years ago. It works for me. Here are my notes, both the ingredients list and the artist statement.
Hand dyed/ sunprinted cotton fabric, texture created by machine quilting with metallic thread, handpainted, bound with fused hand dyed cotton.
Curls and whimsical textures with the glint of greens and gold, give this abstract piece a dreamlike quality like snow covered evergreens shimmering in the moonlight.Secret Note: Dear Ms. Anne On Eemuss, please don't be mad. For reals! I know that for reals is bugging you a bit. I don't mean to prickly or be harsh, my writing is defiantly not the flowering tree. Sorry, not sorry. Ironically, all humor aside, this is all true. Life is too complex to not be true. My Aim is True. Peace! AtoZ
9:57PM April 15, 2013 I wrote: Do you ever find yourself giving advice and realize that the words that you just have said words that are the very ones you yourself need to hear? Today found myself saying "we don't need to understand, we need to trust God, don't worry or be nervous, do your part and trust God, He's in charge". Also without having heard the sad news of the day, I said the following to my mother-in-law we need "good news" reports, then I broke into my very best serious news anchor way "Today 4 tall men visited their mom who they love very much, and breaking news, her daughter-in-law loves to hug her and do silly newscasts"
Humbly, I say thanks to Facebook for that On this Day memory and the conversation that followed:
Carlos G Parra replied:
Thanks for being you
Yup. The good outweighs the bad; the bad is just louder sometimes.
Cyndi Zacheis Souder--yes indeed! As I write my Recipes for Teaching, I would love to quote your "The good outweighs the bad; the bad is just louder sometimes." in my chapter of Speak Softly and Carry a Lot of Love; the volume (value) of a message is not measured in decibels. May I have your permission to use that quote?
Absolutely. Thanks for asking.
Praying for all those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013.