Saturday, June 11, 2016

Life Updates and Upcoming Shop Vacation

It never stops. 

Major personal events have occured over the past week.

First off, my son's namesake (My husband's maternal grandfather) passed away.  It was a hard loss. 
The next day I received confirmation of my antibody test results.  After an 8 year downhill spiral I finally have evidence of a Type 1 diabetic status. Its an emotional time, since this is not something that would be celebrated normally, but after trying to push and receive this confirmation or any confirmation of what is actually going on for EIGHT years, this is a joyous sense of closure. 

Store stuff:

Despite the stressful and emotional week, I am finding comfort in the many warm condolences I have received after my son's namesake passed, and settling back into kanzashi.  I've started a new bouquet piece, just because it is something I am familiar with.  It the creamy printed chirimen I usually use for pink and pearl pieces.  This one is print with pink and wisteria purple (basically a deep lavender), and yellow-green for leaf accent. I already have 2 large blossoms (one medium kiku, and one double sakura), several small flowers with stamen centers, 2 buds, and a couple of flower/leaf combo for filler.  I want to make a piece or two more, possibly add a bira bira to this one, plus a shidare. 

I have adored making these big varied bouquets.  It is complicated enough to hold my interest and really elaborate on the diversity of my accomplishments.  I feel like it's a big step, artistically, yet it seems easier to make these than some of the other things I have tried to come up with on my own. 

I also bought and received several new Japanese craft books! I have one on chirimen work I have wanted for some time, and another on Japanese paper cords, or mizuhiki.  I am super, duper excited about the mizuhiki pattern book.  It is also often incorporated in kanzashi, as decoration or leaf patterns for bulb flowers such as narcissus, iris, and daffodil.

Right now my family has packed up and left me for a personal vacation.  I am hoping to finish several projects I have planned, but I dont know the feasibility of that many goals. Right now I am procrastinating on the shidare for the new bouquet, and it might wait until tomorrow.  Not certain yet. But I have that with my obijime still going strong, my pine needle kanzashi needs some work, and I am hoping to sew a dress for my daughter before the memorial service in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of memorial services, I will be forced to close the shop and move it to vacation status since the memorial service will be in new mexico and I wont be able to ship anything. 

I also did some tie dying with my daughter this week to support her website, Kara and Friends.  I have only just got her shop up and running with almost no inventory. The tie dye shirts were suppose to be part of her new inventory, but they came out KINDA poor.  The colors held ok, but the centers of the swirl patterns didn't get much dye, if any.  Most of them are still pretty white on the outside.  I am going to put a logo on them and send them out to friends and family at this point.  But it was a lot of work and I dont think I even want my daughter around next batch I do.  She basically sat around while I did all the work.  Next batch will be better I hope.  But this one, not so much.

I am still going through lots of supplies these days. I am in the middle of sewing myself a dress, but I dont think i it is going to fit, just a size or two too small.  But I am ok with that, so no matter.  It was nice to use my new presser feet and work on the machine for a while.  It is also one of my goals for this weekend.  That and to try on my kimono for fitting.  And to get my house clean.  And to clean out my kid's toys.  And and and and......

It's going to be a busy week.

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