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Even yoga is an adventure

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I am in the process of recertifying for yoga level 1 teaching. The adventure came when we videotaped an actual class. I wrote a short note to the people issuing my certification and I wanted to share it with you. Yoga itself is always an adventure, but my classes are particularly eventful as we are all seniors. Perhaps in sharing this little note, you will understand the adventure just a little bit better:

Dear Marie:
I thought you might be interested in the fact that I only teach seniors–a truly interesting and fulfilling job. They come to the rec center for health and to socialize and we are certainly not a typical yoga class. We laugh and talk, all the while bending, stretching and twisting.
My greatest concern is that no one get hurt while in my class. We will never get the poses perfectly–in fact I tell them that if they don’t hurt somewhere, then they didn’t have much fun while growing up. I am very aware of the replacement parts some of them have–hips, knees, shoulders, and the possibility of high blood pressure. I have had three ladies with breast cancer taking my class as they went thru the process. Now they have some neuropathy from the chemo, but we manage just the same.
They are a loyal group and we form some wonderful bonds. I love them all and they love me (well, they say they do). We hug and share joy and sorrow with each other.
One of my guys lost a son recently to an accident and he has continued to come to yoga for the love and support he receives. Many of them have formed lasting friendships in my classes.
Because it is a government building, I am limited in what I can discuss, but I do share chakra info, mudras, meditation techniques–that sort of stuff. It is never not noisy in the building, so real meditation is not possible, but they are learning to “ignore the distractions.”
I did buy those squishy ear plugs, but they don’t use them either. I say either because they are all type A’s and it is a struggle to get them to use props. Since they are all adults, it’s hard to just insist, but sometimes I do. It is very important to take them all as individuals. I sometimes feel as if I am walking on eggshells. This is a small town and word gets around pretty fast, so I have to be nice–which means I have to pick my battles.
Yoga has been a joy in my life and I try to make it so in theirs. For me that is the true spirit of yoga and I hope I can still teach when I reach 80 (only 12 years away).
Thank you so much for all your help.
I was reluctant to view the video, but I needed to make sure the content was there. I found I did do an adequate job of instruction and that I have a wonderful group of people around me.
Every yoga class is an adventure. Each person is unique in their needs and abilities. As the instructor, I must figure it all out so that everyone has a good time and learns new skills to help them as they age. I love what I do and I will do it as long as I can.
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earring obsession

Earring Obsession

It’s been a bit since I’ve written for this site. I think that’s because it’s been a long time since we have gone on a hiking adventure. Life has been pretty complicated and time at a premium. That doesn’t mean I’m not creating art though. I’ve been obsessed with making fabric earrings. The above picture is only part of it. Our local art gallery is hosting a Christmas Boutique and I have signed up for it. I had already made a ton of earring for a LuLaRoe party my daughter was hosting, and so, I had some on hand. Now I’m making some actual Christmas type earrings.

example of earrings with necklace

Re-purposed trim with earrings

I have been making jewelry for some time now and the earrings were styled to go with the necklaces I’ve created, but they weren’t always in fabric, which is my primary medium for my art jewelry. Then I designed and created those below for my brother’s jewelry store in Ames, Iowa and got hooked on them. No two pair are ever exactly alike and I create them from fabric samples and quilt scraps, so I’m re-purposing things that would go into the trash heap–something I can’t even contemplate.

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Batik, peridot and onyx

That’s where the adventure comes in. I had to design shapes, select fabrics and then figure out how to bond the fabric to an inner-facing such that the edges don’t fray. Even after I worked that out, I found I still might have to run a thin bead of glue around the edges.

earring samples

Earrings made from silk and from quilt scraps

The ones I made for Iowa have gemstones on them. The ones I sell locally have Swarovsky crystals and seed beads. It takes me from two to five hours to create one pair of earrings. That being said, it is a labor of love. I love the adventure of finding the perfect fabric and then the perfect beads to go with them. And a good friend gave me her quilt scraps which are most batik. I love batik, as these clearly show. And the scraps are just perfect for earrings.

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Thai silk with quilting

My next great adventure will be making a bag from this piece of Thai silk that I am quilting and finishing with bead embroidery. I intend to combine it with leather, of which I have a drawer full. So the adventure continues.

I’d need another lifetime to create everything that is in my head as I have only a limited time left on planet earth.

My daughter is helping me with an Etsy shop–another great adventure–at silkandstoneboutique. The adventure there is getting people to even look at it, much less like and send it around. It seems people are more and more caught up in their own lives and have little time for anything else. I guess I’m guilty of that too. There is only so much time in the day.

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures. You can see more fun stuff at my Etsy store.

Life is the adventure

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Adventure isn’t always what you think it’s going to be. For me, it always has to do with family, hiking, writing or art. Recently I’ve put a lot of work into an Etsy (silkandstoneboutique) shop and getting earrings done for my daughter to have a LuLaRoe party. That work is in conjunction with finally getting my book written and teaching yoga and senior strength training. All of those I love. So, all in all, life is good.

This is my lovely granddaughter modeling earrings made for the party. The earrings were made from quilt scraps given to me by a friend. I try to make everything from re-purposed items.

Belle in red earrings

All of my jewelry creations are either fabric based or created from things found while hiking. We have some really great rocks, discarded metal, and wood in this area and I find pieces that I eventually turn into something.

My method is to put pieces I love on my work space and let ideas simmer. Another great source of inspiration is Pinterest. I also see metal jewelry on TV and wonder how I can make it out of fabric. I would need two more lifetimes to create everything I envision. I’ll certainly never live long enough.

This is a piece made from leather given to be because a furniture store went out of business. I have all of their furniture samples–a good example of why I need two more lifetimes. I want to make hand bags too! Something is always cooking in my brain.

leather leaves

It turns out that the greatest adventure is life itself and what we make of it. We are all creative and just need to find out what makes us sing inside. That is adventure.

Another Art Adventure

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I haven’t really had an adventure in a great long time. At least not the kind you’re used to seeing here. My latest adventure is learning to teach chair yoga. Sounds easy? Not so much. It turned out to be a lot harder than I’d ever imagined. I teach seniors. I’m a senior. We all have limitations.

But I am trying some new things in my art world. Here’s a picture of a piece of silk I’m embroidering with floss and beads. It is stuffed in the trapunto method. Later it will be combined with leather to make a bag.

embroidery-for-bag

I am also making a different style of earrings. These are fabric with semi-precious gem stones added. I have them on display at Gilger Designs in Ames, Iowa. He has this great fine design shop and I am honored to have them there. And they are such fun to make. I made a pair for my niece and my nephew’s girlfriend. I made me some too.

Of course, these are in progress here, but they turned out beautifully.

Now, a friend of mine is setting up an Etsy shop for me–another great adventure in the art world. Everything takes time and energy. But creativity is the domain of us all. We are by nature creative and for me it has become a real need. I suspect it is that way with all artists. For this new year I hope you all have lots of time and opportunity to create the things you love and that this brings you great joy and peace.

 

Spring Has Sprung

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I know, I promised to share my adventure with learning WordPress, but I got distracted! I get distracted a lot. This time it’s a script treatment that caught my attention. I have the script written although it needs work, so I’m writing a treatment. Maybe someone will want it. It’s a murder mystery, which is no surprise. That seems to be my choice in novels these days. I don’t read often because once I start, I don’t stop until I finish the book. I love Lee Child!

So, my next project will be a new blog page about writing a book. That and the script are my major focus, but I must pause for Spring. It’s here. I live in the desert Southwest and the Laural bush is in full bloom and the cactus have multitudes of buds waiting to pop. I want to go to Death Valley and see the wild flowers. What a sight!

So, today was a clean the yard day, one of many to come. I hope you are all as lucky as I am where the weather is concerned, but I fear many of you have great adventures ahead. My prayers go out to all who will face flooding when the thaw hits. Blessings.

It's look at that sunset

Just look at that sunset!

Today’s Adventure Begins With WordPress

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jewelry 9-14 013This a picture of a Storyteller that I created. I love them because they represent one of my passions. Writing. Truth is, I’m writing a book. In order to write the book, I have to read books. The book I’m reading is, “WordPress for Dummies,” by Lisa Sabin-Wilson. While I read it, I’m suppose to do what is being explained. There is hope on the horizon. I am going to learn how to make my page function like I want it to and to help people find me.

The things in life that bring me joy are (in descending order): family, friends, dogs, writing, creating art, reading,  hiking, cooking, yoga, gardening, camping and movies. Which means that I am enjoying the process of creating something that will, I hope, be an inspiration to people to be the best human they can be. While it’s true that nobody is perfect, we can allow our “reach to be greater than our grasp.”

I tell my yoga students that it isn’t about the end result, it’s about the journey towards it. Sure, it’s nice to have a great outcome, but is it necessary? Joy is found in the doing, in the being. I believe that’s why we’re all here: to actively create a joyful experience, or not. Maybe there are those who are here to create a miserable experience, but the fact is, at some very deep  level, you get to choose. Of course, I believe in a free-will Universe in which we are all just “experiencing.”

That being said, I intend, to the best of my ability, to share this little journey with you. Of course, you can buy the book and do it alone, but what’s the fun in that? So, here’s to WordPress and ” WordPress for Dummies”.

A Big Thanks

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Thanks to all who liked my recent post. I am still a neophyte at this, so I don’t know how to thank you personally. I am learning and I will get better at it. My generation didn’t grow up with computers. We still used pencils, paper, dictionaries and encyclopedias. You can bet the only spell check we had was the teacher. So, we are a little challenged. But I’m pretty smart, so I can figure it out.

And speaking of joy: I taught a yoga session on opening to joy the last two days. It went so well that one of my guys whistled as he left class. The poses are meant to open the heart chakra and it seems they do a pretty good job of it. Even with the gloomy rain outside, I left class feeling pretty great. Joy, like everything else of value is found right inside you. If you’re looking for something or someone to bring you joy, you’ll be looking a long time. And if you think you’ve found it outside yourself, you’re bound to suffer disappointment.

Dogs aren’t feeling so joyful today, though. Too wet for their desert run, so they’re lying around looking sad and soulful. At the mere word, “go” they jump up and head for the door. Too bad little ones. No go today.

It’s hard for me too. My chemistry gets off when it’s gloomy out. They even have an official name for it: SAD. Seems appropriate, although grumpy is more like it. It explains why people in the Northwest drink beer and coffee so much. I lived in Poulsbo, Washington one year and nearly went nuts. If I remember right it’s the melatonin we have problems with, but don’t quote me on that.

So, I’m signing off for now to do a little inner work.

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