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Monday, October 31, 2016

A Bit of This and a Bit of That

Over the past weeks, I've done a bit of this and that...
Embedded in the usual work-live-commute, there was some stitching, 
some visiting & celebrating
and my beloved Big Sur!
There have been wedding celebrations, weddings, baby showers and meeting other babies...
there has been Life!
There was also a new set of wheels, a huge necessity after 239, 297+ miles on the old one!
I am deeply, deeply grateful and appreciate all the little workings of my new ride!

Morning fog, heading to work
 
Perhaps, flowers in the garden?

Breaking Bread to celebrate the newlyweds at their reception!
Fabric stash tiny quilt, maybe 12-14 X 12-14

A Goodnight Moon gift set...welcome new little one!

Game, Story. Song quilt for the 4 year old "big' brother!
Passing on J.'s stocking, made by my Mama years ago.  Now belonging to her namesake, my great-niece!

A visitor from next door!

Welcome to the tribe!  A stocking for a groom!

Stocking for my friend's newest granddaughter. You saw her quilt recently :)

Enjoying a meal (and the pickles!) at our old favorite deli with two incredible elders.
Yum...our childhood bakery, next to the deli
These cakes bring back so many memories of family celebrations!








We traveled to a wedding, seeing friends & family...children and babies...
elders and buddies.  Tribe. Wonderful!
Came home Highway 1, through Big Sur...our tradition.
I couldn't help but think of Grace as I saw these grasses.  I do not recall ever seeing so many clumps growing along here in past visits.  It was so amazing the way they caught the sunlight...the way the sunlight danced on the water.  Man, I love this place!









Back home, my neighbor's trees and our local birds sustain me as I head back to work.

Morning Hawk
I hope you all are finding beauty where you can, appreciating what you can and
holding one another in gentle, loving hearts and arms.
~Nancy
Photo by Nancy A. Erisman ©2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

One Thought Leads to Many

Today I thought of this quote posted over at Henrietta's place,  

Wisdom

Mom always says, "never cut a knot, always untie it. If you can't figure out how to untie a knot, you'll never figure out how to solve your problems."
I was working on that old...slow going weaving in my car, on my lunch break.
It has been giving me problems as the warp threads had loosened and then knotted in the back, making it hard to weave on.
As I kept weaving, challenging myself to make it work, I began to think: What else can I do here...this is not working...I don't really like how it is looking and don't want to put in lots of my precious time only to have it fall apart in the end.
As I wove my beloved, soft brown Alpaca yarn, 
I considered just unweaving the whole thing.
But that seemed silly.  
What would I use these small pieces of yarn for if I did that?
I didn't really want to waste these fibers, especially the Alpaca and the multi-colored warp & weft yarn as I wrote about almost one year ago.

I kept turning it over and fussing with the knot, to know avail.

Finally I couldn't stand the problem solving of it anymore.

What if I just cut it and then knot the ends and finish the opposite ends.
Stop considering, stop struggling and just let it go.

If I cut it loose, it would be free to become something else.  Something else equally beautiful, just different than I had planned.

So that's just what I did.  I cut it right apart.


And I knotted it, so it wouldn't fall apart, which it hasn't so far.
The opposite ends are still on the little loom.
But, it is holding.  It is still together, even with the somewhat loose ends.

And it is still beautiful.  It is already inspiring new ideas.
I have some leather from a Pow Wow past that may make a cool back...

It may sound silly, it is only fibers aferall...
but going through this thought process and taking these steps was 
a kind of unplanned therapeutic exercise.  
It felt good.

I'm excited to see what comes next with this one.



When I got home, Dee's post was in my inbox.
It is called:

Tangled but not defeated

I think my favorite part is that we looked at our knots from completely different places, yet both came to resolutions that felt good and right to us.  Not only that, but I can see her side when she says: 
"knots can be undone".  
I can totally agree with her, even if I also say 
they can be cut and transformed from there!
Isn't it grand that there are so many ways to do things?
Isn't it wonderful to know that there are so many ways to do this thing called life?! 
* So, a big shout out to Dee for bringing this long day full circle.  This means a lot to me.
*I'd also like to give a shout out to Jude
...who showed me, by her example, that cloth and fibers 
can be manipulated quite bravely, if you want.  
* And my last shout out goes to my daughter 
who is beautiful no matter where she stands.
(((hugs)))
Nancy

Photo by Nancy A. Erisman ©2016

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lunch Walk in August

Walking on my lunch break, no camera in hand...
                                                  Noticing, noticing, noticing
                                   Pondering...
             Mentally recording all I see, words come to me easily.

*The sound of drums bursting out of an open garage door, played by an unseen musician. 

            *Light scent, pale yellow rose, reminds me of a moment years ago when I mentioned the amazing clouds to a childcare father.  He hadn't noticed, he hadn't looked up.  Woman walking, notices me smelling the rose and follows suit. 

      *6 white, bulbous toadstools?  Mushrooms?  The kind that grow in suburban lawns and put the fear into children who know not if they are poisonous or not.

*Very small finishing nail.  Picked up and carried back to be thrown away, protecting tires and summertime bare feet.

              *Half a shell, paused on a lawn and causing wonder about its journey to this space.

*One lone metallic balloon, half-flat.  Shining on a slow drift upwards and away on an invisible breeze.

Back at the car, shell
 May your days be filled with noticing...
and lots of pondering.
xoNancy

Photo by Nancy A. Erisman ©2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The beach boys - Sail on sailor


                                                                 
  I listened to this on the way to work...
thinking of Hazel and the beautiful sailboat work she has been doing.  I treasure the small cloth I was able to purchase as a gift for a dear friend.

I am missing my Big Sur and mourning the way it must look after the recent flames.

I am sewing on the comfort cloth and finding comfort in that.

The beach has felt nice.
The healing has felt hard.

The roses bloom, die and surprise.

It is just life as it goes, as it continues.




White rose on a not-white bush
 We'll see if this will post or not.
I hope you are enjoying your days of discovery and just going.
xoNancy

Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cloth Garden


A handful of stitches, thick - texture filled...
forming a 'blanket' wrap around the softest velvet.

A walk in a community garden, warm and welcoming.
Growth...new life and life expiring.

Full circle.
A comfort.






  Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Singing for a Weary World

                                      
Sweet Honey In The Rock - Let There Be Peace

I remember when I was in the 6th grade, one day after school, a bunch of the 'cool' boys rampaged around the lunch area, flipping over benches while singing loudly: "All we are saying is give peace a chance!"  Over and over they sang these lyrics while being disruptive brats.  These guys were my 'friends' (whatever that means in the 6th grade).  One of them was really cute, according to most of the girls.  But all that I could think of at the time was how they totally had missed the mark.  They were not protesting anything in particular.  Most of the adults were gone for the day.  It was most likely a weak imitation of what they'd seen on the evening news.  I was disappointed.  If you're going to start a rebellion, it should at least have meaning!
It is good to have a friend along as you journey through the days

Here I am all of these years later watching protest after protest.  Seeing the injustices from every perspective.  I am a witness among thousands, dare I say millions.  And I think all of these years later and there is still so much work to do.  I feel weary from last week's events, from months (years really) of similar events.  Give peace a chance.  I am weary from difficult people and unpleasant neighbors.  Give peace a chance.  I'm completely weary of the political demise in our country.  Give peace a chance.  I'm weary of unpleasant news.  Give peace a chance.  I'm even weary from the sad predictability of natural disasters due to a world on fire.  A world on fire in so many ways.  Give peace a chance.

Jade from our beloved Big Sur
 I held on last week, through the days, with the help of good friends and special talismans and cloth.  I meditated on goodness with stitches.  I remembered the better among the hard...  the 7th of July would have been 37 years, if the love and the man hadn't died.  Give peace a chance.  The comfort cloth is coming along.  I hope to send it on to its new home soon.  Here we are at the start of a new week.  I'll smile at those who welcome it,,,but also those who relish in their closed and angry hearts or don't even know that they need calm and understanding.  That is my plan anyway.  
Give peace a chance.

Saturday Fire (much better now and we are fine, just smokey air)
 *Thank you to Michelle  for this wonderful video!

Until we meet again, "Carry on my wayward son..."
With Love,
Nancy 

  Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2016
 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Some Cloth


OK Folks...let's give this a try!  I've been wanting to post, but with my computer freezing and having to be powered down every other keystroke...well it is just a tad frustrating!
I made another few of these small tags.


The one above was especially meaningful to do as all of the braiding/knotting gave me time to meditate on the future recipient.

Some of these have gone off to their new homes and some lay in wait for the right time.

I've also been working on this comfort cloth again.  It has been so long.  I think the last time I posted about it was here,
Months have gone by with this one waiting for my time.

 What do you see in the dye on the cloth?
I've auditioned scraps and begun to sew some down too.  I really like working on this cloth diaper, like the feel of it in my hands.  I like how the green fits right into this growing vine.

In April I gifted this guy with a quilt for his new baby girl.  Hard to believe how the time flies by!  Here I am holding him many moons ago!  Lots of hearts = Lots of Love!  It takes a village!






Then this month, a quilt for my niece's baby girl, due to arrive soon!  This one was made with the parents in mind, their love of camping and nature.  It was made with our recent Yosemite trip in mind.  This one was what I am calling a Quick Quilt, which is pretty much the opposite of slow cloth.  It was what fit into my time and so I let the fabrics do the talking.  The flannel on the back is from when my son was a baby and most of the scenic fabrics are from our Big Road Trip in 2010.  These fabrics are from many different states!  Their nursery theme is "woodland"...but NOT cutsie!  I think I got that done :)



May your days come together beautifully, creating a wonderful picture for your life!
Enjoy, Nancy




  Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2016