Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ending

This is the official announcement...

Miss Snips has written her last column for the Canadian Quilter Magazine. It has been eleven years of tips and techniques for the readers in this magazine. I have totally enjoyed formating and searching out resourses for quilting ideas, but now it has come time to pass the reins onto someone else to put their ideas and words forward.

Some who read this blog also read the Canadian Quilter Magazine and some just read my little blog stories and I very much thank you for both or either. I still like to write and tell some stories but those stories are not Miss Snips.

Miss Snips will not be writing in this space anymore, so even though this blog will remain in this space for a time this is my last post as Miss Snips -- I will be setting up a more personal blog, a bit of quilt making, a bit of crochet, a bit of personal day to day life struggles and complaints...

Come over and visit me at my new blog - Susan Being Snippy

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Privileged

I was one of the lucky ones in my guild to take a workshop taught by Gloria Loughman from Australia. She is author of the book Luminous Landscapses. Part of the class, my favourite part was painting skyscapes on fabric. I have done fabric painting on my own with regular acrylic paints but when you have the right fabric paint along with the proper instruction for mixing colours and how to sweep your brush across, around and through your fabrics it makes alot of difference in how the pieces turn out...

These pictures show some of the painted sky scapes drying in the sunny parking lot and below is the one that I did. My sky will be part of a prairie sky, my little landscape quilt is yet to be completed so it will be awhile before I show the sky in an actual piece... soon though, I hope.



Saturday, June 06, 2009

I Must try to update ...

On a much more regular basis...
But, I am STILL recovering from my recent illness and tend to be rather lethargic some days AND now we are having a deck built in our tiny back yard -- the deck takes up half the yard -- it is a townhouse yard, and is only 15 feet wide and 22 feet long. The deck is 15 feet x 14 feet. I can hardly wait to sit out there on my SWING and work on some of my hand sewing projects!
I have pulled out a couple of them -- hand sewing projects that is -- in anticipation of sitting on the swing. One is making some hand sewn dolls -- tiny ones, 3" high only; and I have a english paper piecing project that is about 3 years now, in the works; and another hand piecing project of various blocks from the book Quilted Diamonds -- so lots of hand work to do while sitting in the sun...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Too Deep, Too Deep for Me...

For a few years now, I have been following Myrna Giesbrecht's writings. She has such a completely committed position to her art and to me works very hard at being an artist.

It is all too deep for me.

I am a lazy artist - I am a lazy worker - I am a person who lives by the words of the song " Whatever will be, will be" I certainly have never been one to make a hard turn in my life to keep on or to purposely change my track. I heartily admire people who can steer their way though life and make choices and even able to recognize the time to make a choice in life or art... I just float along and hope that certain things happen, sometimes I make somewhat of an effort to drift in a particular direction, but if it takes more time and effort than I seem to be able to committ, I don't worry that my "art" or "effort" was not up to par, just that it was not quite enough to be noticed... Marketing, is the word, I mean. I am not really looking to be famous or to do famous things -- but you know what? The thing that I have striven for has never been noticed?

Why is that?

I have written for a national magazine for more than 10 years. I have had a few short stories published in compilation type books. No one in my family has EVER, said congratulations or in fact one family member said to me "so, your not the first one to write a story" --- and that I have to conceed. My great-great-great-great grandfather wrote 3 books, between about 1830 and 1845...

I think, my attitude is what it is, because I am not here to please anyone except myself, and ultimately, I am very happy with what I have done, writing wise, and quilting wise, and even now crochet wise...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fillers

I am not very consistent or regular in posting on this blog. Well, not recently anyway. I was determined to keep Miss Snips to writing exclusively about sewing and quilting and some crochet, but, Miss Snips is in for a change...

Miss Snips will go back to writing about whatever strikes her fancy.

There are alot of things to write about.

Half of the things that Miss Snips can write about probably will turn out to be just personal stuff. One of the things that I have discovered is that everybody cares about something quite passionately and practically everybody else wonders what kind of a nut would care about that! Life sure is strange. You see those kind of disparities in people in Political Campaigns. Today is Election Day in BC. We are voting for a new Provincial Government. Because of my own health issues - I think that Health Care is a big issue -- but the party leaders consider it to be about #5 or 6 on their Issues lists. It has been a mud slinging campaign and has been difficult to follow. My particular area has had the electoral boundaries changed from the last election 4 years ago and since one of the boundaries is in the middle of town and so am I, there is a mix of signage, making the list of candidates that I have available to vote for even more confusing.

Ultimately, I hate to say this, but I have not figured out who to vote for. Mainly my illness has occupied my thoughts and the confusion of names and area and issues just was more than I could put my full attention to --- so I am not going out to vote today. I just am not ready for it. I know, it is a responsibility, but to go stand in the booth and puzzle over, "who is this guy and what did he say when" is beyond me for this time. I hate not going to vote; but if I did, it would be an irresponsible vote.

Now, how bout something pretty instead...