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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Yvette's Gift



Done

 Well, this long in the process, slow cloth has been completed, mailed and received.  It went off to Yvette as the winner in my 2013 blog anniversary give away.  During the course of the year, on and off, I put together this story starter cloth.  
You've met parts of it along the way and here it is in its entirety.  
Cloth and Medicine Bag, together.
The story begins a long while back in the Mistakes in Weaving
post, where I began the weaving portion of this cloth.
After Yvette won the drawing for my blog anniversary, I began to consider HER and what I would like to send her.

The first thing I did was work on her medicine bag.

One Side


As I wove, I thought about her.  I kept thinking about things she has shared on her blog Feathers From Heaven.
I kept going back to the picture in the header and some of her words.
They stayed with me.
And I thought of her.
I mostly thought of nature at first.  The elements.

The Other Side


So, I included those colors in her bag.
Earth~Water~Air~Fire
Then I threw in a few Happy Flower colors for good measure.


When I began to think of cloth, 
I moved away from the desert cloth I had thought about using.
Due to a few posts of Saskia's regarding this weaving cloth..."Woven Connections"
I was inspired to pull out my own weaving cloth, started so long ago.

*NOTE: I coincidentally won Saskia's "Woven Connections" cloth 
in her Valentine's Day give a way!  Thank you again Saskia for such a beautiful gift.
It hangs where I can see it every day!

A bit of a closer look

I again began to consider Yvette.
The first thing I did was to weave in a secret message, 
written on old dyed cloth from way back.
I cut an 'envelope' type opening in the back, behind the weaving
and placed an extra piece of the message cloth inside, so she could read it.

I will let her decide if she wants to share her secret message.

Earthy things got woven in.
Grasses grew.
Vines grew.
Stars shone.
Full spectrum & magic thread circled around...capturing the light.
In the forest, a wishing star window opened up.
A golden sun/moon gave rise.

On an angle

This cloth evolved to be rather lumpy...
Thick and Thin...
Like life.

Tilted in the vines

It is a Story Starter cloth,
with areas not stitched, flaps hanging loose
and shapes suggested for inspiration...

There is room for Yvette to add her own part of the story.
Or she can keep it as is...
Hold it as is...
and imagine.

The other side tells it's own story
May she enjoy the cloth itself and the good feelings and love in which it was created.
Blessings to you Yvette.
~Nancy


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Post

I'm going to give this a try.
I haven't posted recently, except eloquently in my head as I commute.
My reasons are varied and valid.
I have something and nothing to say.
Things are small and too big.

My time is limited and I have been spending it on FB, both keeping up with people in my physical world and those online friends who are over there too.  I've been trying to clear clutter by selling.  Not really going great lately.  Oh well.

But, mostly...everything with my computer takes so so so long to do.  I think the problem is both the computer and the connection.  Double whammy.
So I get frustrated and quit.  Besides the slowness (connection and too much stored on hard drive probably)...I get the spinning wheel of death constantly.  I get the 'stop script' message constantly.  I have to force quit and begin again...a lot.  If I type to fast (hardly possible with my skills) - it freezes or my cursor jumps into a completely different place, which I of course don't notice as I type merrily along!  Then I pause for a moment and AHHHHH...what is all of this gibberish??!!
Sigh...fix it up.

The numeral 6 often doesn't work on the first try.
Things get highlighted and moved at will, just not mine!

A new computer is not in the picture right now, so I will have to see if those 'geniuses' can work their magic soon!

So, there you have it.  If I don't post or comment often...you'll know why.
And if you're on FB...say hello there!  That seems to be all my distracted shallow brain can handle right now!!  Haha

OK...
Now for a post that is not just whining!
Well maybe.
Happy photos and current events = LIFE.

One yellow rose from Teacher Appreciation week, along with one red rose from out front.

I was all set to post a poetic, beautiful post near the last full moon.
But, along with the computer issues...
My friend's husband recently passed away.
Although he'd been sick, his passing was sudden and not expected.
And sad.

He was 2 months older than me.
(((sigh)))

Wrapped in copper wire and into the little brass pot

This has been a hard year for health and life and death.
It's May.

And a few extra petals added


After attending his funeral, yet another funeral...
the next day wast the local
American Cancer Society - Relay for Life.
I met some friend's there.
We walked in the candlelight in honor, memory and hope for many.
I'll post about that another day.

And some onion peels too!  Dreamy.
Last week, one co-worker's brother was diagnosed with cancer...
while another co-worker began the care, concern and juggle of her mother's ill health.


One week later...muck

I have friends in the Isla Vista area.
I used to work up that way.

I know someone who taught the shooter as a child.
Too close for comfort.
These shootings can happen anywhere at any time.
That is so scary to me.
Especially since the reasons seem to be...
seem to be...
to be...so unworthy of causing so much pain.

It is overwhelming to think of all the children we care for...
try to help...
or don't even know to help.
(((sigh)))

Out of the dye pot




Today my sister's family had to send off their ill 15 year old dog.
15 years of loving and living with a dog is a long time.
Charlie will be missed.

And beautiful
 May tomorrow bring better days,
for my friends, family and co-workers.
For us all.

Lavender and rosemary infused
 So, a few hours later...
you've got this.
A post about dying and life.
Pretty much as it should be, yes?

Also, I got a message from Yvette...
she got her gift!!!!  Yay!
I will post about that soon.

Plus, I've already been working on Els gift too!

Have a nice week everyone.

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

And the Winner is...

The names are waiting...




The guy picks one...



And the winner is...



Yay!!!  Congratulations Els!

I'll begin working on something for you...
Mmmm...What shall I do?

Stay tuned!


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Birthday/Anniversary Post

...one month...one day late!

OK folks, I'm late to my own party here.
Twice.

First Missed Event

First of all, my birthday is now a month passed.
I kinda forgot to do my post.  Ooops!
But, then I decided to do it anyway.
Because...why not?!!!

So, Happy Belated Birthday to ME!
As my guy said...
I'm now "half a century plus five"!
Now doesn't that sound old?!  Haha


So, let's play the game again as in previous years.

5 Things About Me

1. I am obsessed with 'tiny houses'.  
Of course if you are also my Face Book friend, you may know that already!
I want to have little and live small and quiet.

2. I really, really wish I had the talent to play the guitar.  
But, I'm not willing to try to learn again.  I didn't do too well with that as a teen!

3. The first musical I ever saw was "Oklahoma!" in a theater in the round.
I was fascinated watching them change the sets with dimmed lights.
At one point, real horses came down the aisle!  I will never forget it.
I was three years old.

4. I am not athletic and have no patience for games.  
But, I was a great tether ball player, I could last forever on the 'rings' - swinging round and round and round, I was lightening fast at the card game "spit" and people (including my own children) refused to play the board game "Othello" with me because I never lost!

5. I love my gray hair.  I've never dyed my hair and never will.
I earned this gray baby!

If you want to play, leave 5 things about you in the comments.
If you've played before and are running out of 5 things...
I understand.  I am too!  So, this may be a short three year tradition!

April Selfie!
So, there you have it.
Me.
Me, celebrating another birthday!



Number Two Missed Celebration

I also missed my Blog Anniversary yesterday (May 1st).
Oh well.
Let's celebrate that now, shall we?!

Yesterday was the THREE YEAR mark for pomegranate trail!
I can't believe how the time flies.
On the other hand, I feel like I've been here forever!
I would again like to thank all who have joined me in this adventure.
I am so grateful for your participation and friendship.




Again, I will be doing a give away.
If you want to enter for a chance to win something...
AND you don't mind it arriving via Slow Time,
leave your name in the comments.

Michelle won for my first year give away.
I sent her this.
Yvette won for my second year give away.
But, poor Yvette has been waiting this whole year for her special package.
I apologize for my slowness...
but I have let her know she has been thought of all year as I stitch (on and off) and more!


If YOU win, you will be getting something cloth, and something else.
That's all the hints you get for now.

I will draw a name next Friday, May 9, 2014.
Stay tuned...




Thanks for celebrating with me!
Sincerely, Nancy


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014