Hello Everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful day. I woke up this morning feeling clearer of mind then I have for awhile. It seems that anemia can cause confusion and unclear thinking besides the terrible fatigue. I believe it. I feel like I lived in a fog for awhile there. Night before last I slept for over 12 hours, catching up I guess. So today I have ideas...and more ideas, my mind seems to be starting back up...full steam ahead!
I have been contacted by a fellow artist that lives here in France with an offer of an old camera to use until we can buy a new one. What a wonderful and generous offer! I am so happy that I can continue to post pics of my progress and let you all know whats going on. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival.

I have been working hard on my velvet bags and now have 7 in the works! So far I am constructing them in two sizes. One is the perfect size for a normal pack of tarot cards, The second is larger with room for lots of treasures. They are all made of my hand dyed silk velvet and the first two are lined in satin. I have a large silk sari sitting here waiting to go into the dye bath. I am going to split it into yard pieces and dye each a different color to use for lining the rest of the bags. Many people who store objects such as tarot cards like to use silk to wrap them in. It has long been believed that silk blocks bad energy and therefore provides a protective barrier. This is why I chose silk velvet to use to make these bags even though it is a more expensive cloth.

I am trying to convince myself that I have enough energy today to start my next dye batch. I'm not sure I am there yet though. If I can convince myself to go mix all my dyes, I could then start dyeing at any time in the next few days. The mixing is the drudgery of dyeing, the rest is all fun!

Just thought I would give you a quick update as to where I am. As soon as I have a camera I will be giving you some progress shots

May you all have a fun and creative weekend!
8 comments on "Update"
  1. isn't it amazing how the world comes through when you need it to?

    glad to see that things will flow again, however slowly--your pace, your place of being

    i received my Rainy Day yesterday, a very welcome treat in *our* rainy days here :}

  2. This makes me curious. Better just post words than nothing! I was wondering where you are...

  3. So glad you are feeling better!

  4. Arlee~ It is amazing the kindness and friendship found on the internet. I have met some of the most interesting and wonderful people here!
    It is good to feel the brain working again and the ideas pouring in. I was feeling positively DULL, and that is never a way to be ;)
    Glad you received Rainy Day, hope it's better than the real thing LOL!

    Eva~ It does make you wonder doesn't it? I have been treading water, just trying to get through, and it looks like I made it ^_^

    Vicki~ Thank you so much!

  5. really nice of that other artist to lend you a camera :D the tarot bags sound really nice, I'd probably use the larger one more because like you wrote you can put other things in it and sometimes I would probably want to throw a few little odds and ends in with the cards.

  6. Jennifer~ I agree with you, that's why I decided to make some bigger ones. Also they are starting to make much larger decks. Besides tarot cards though, these are great for all kinds of things. I keep my jewelry in one when I travel, although I have been thinking about trying my hand at some jewelry rolls.

  7. I've seen some of the larger decks, just seem like they might be hard to handle. seeing the art bigger is nice, but I don't' understand what was wrong with the sizes before

  8. I think they really must be mainly for the art. I couldn't imagine trying to do a reading with a deck of those. Most of them are gorgeous. I dont think anything was wrong with the size before, as far as I'm concerned it's just another marketing strategy.