I need quiet here!

I've been feeling a little pressured. I like my solitude. I like it quiet. I like a nice even measured schedule with no surprises. I know, I am weird. Truth is when there is unexpected and I jump into it and flow with it I end up having a good time but...I drag my feet every time. Right now I am working hard at learning about my two new passions, especially the wire, though I have been studying and pondering the beads also ( they will have their run too) Now right when I am in the middle of learning this wonderful new art I also hire a French teacher and we had guests all weekend. Now dont get me wrong, I am glad I hired the teacher and I accept the fact that she is going to start taking up a lot of my time. I also really enjoyed having our guests. I just get in this mind set where all I want to do is create. I want to sketch and study and learn everything there is to learn about the new passion and when I am like this there is no room for anything else. So I guess I am feeling a bit disgruntled and very stingy with my time. It will all settle back down soon I hope and sort itself into some kind of routine. Here's hoping!

Anyway, I finished two of my wire pieces this week despite feeling pressured on all sides. I also dyed another piece of the electric dreams. I am quite thrilled with the results! Now back to studying, drawing, wrapping wire and of course...playing!


Is that a robin I see/

So things are looking up around here, the smell of spring is in the air. My stomach flu seems to have turned tail and disappeared!I am starting to feel back to my normal self and this is a good thing. This week I met an English teacher in the elevator of my building. She offered to start helping me with my french and I jumped on that. So yesterday I went to my first conversation club and I had a blast. I think this is going to help me out a lot. It is so convenient that she lives in my building too. I am thrilled.
I did a few pieces in the dye bath this week. This lovely piece was for a custom order. It's a difficult job but I think it turned out good. The little piece you see in the upper left corner was the piece I was trying to copy. I do think it is lacking the pinks of the original but that's the beauty of hand dyed. It's never the same!

I have also been working gung ho on my wire wrapping. The more i do, the more I want to do. Hubby said I can buy myself tools for my birthday present. That is just TOO exciting for me. I cant wait till I have some better tools to work with and more wire....definitely more wire.
So my owl is almost done. I have a few more things to do to him and then I will put a darker patina on him. I really like how he turned out.

I started a new piece too, this is the first part of it. A dragonfly!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Winter Blues

This week I had the stomach flu, this means that for almost the entire month of February I have been sick! I am ready for spring. I am ready for all these ills to go away. I have a theory about all of these germs. Hubby is on a train every day for almost 2 hours each way. I think being packed into that train with lots of other poor souls all with their own germs makes for a perfect petri dish and I am catching the results! He also has been sick most of the month and he is NEVER sick. Poor guy. I don't know how he does it but he is my hero! He works so hard and rarely complains. I am a lucky girl for sure.
So despite being ill I have tried to keep up a bit. I stacked and organized all my new goodies to get an idea of what is ready and what is in dire need of a good ironing. I am happy to say the ironing pile is not as big as i expected. I even have a lot of the photos taken. If I keep this up I might even become efficient (don't hold your breath). I have high hopes that this coming week will be sick free and productive. At least it's a good goal :)
The wire wrapping bug has hit me hard. I am totally and completely under it's spell now. Even when I was feeling my worst I was still catching myself picking up a piece and fiddling with it. I adore it! This is the new piece I have started.

That makes three in production now, all in various stages of completion. I worked on each till I reached a point where I couldn't continue without something I didn't have. Since this is new to me I have very few materials on hand. So I made another order and I am patiently waiting for new supplies to arrive so I can finish my three babies. I'm astonished to say that I haven't even been missing my needle!
I hope I am not boring you all with my lack of needlework projects. I have always been one to jump around though and I know I will eventually make it back to my beloved sewing. This for right now is a great substitute...oh and the beads, I just adore the beads!