January Stirrings

23 Jan

There’s a stirring that starts this time of year.  It’s predictable and welcome.  The urge to get ready for . . . .  Some thing.  Planting.  Discovery.  Creating.  Growing. seeds It’s a stirring connected with a visceral need for action.  And except for vegetable/garden plans, everything else that arises during this stirring season is generally  totally UN scripted.  This year the un known becomes a need to organize.  workspaceTo make room for…to utilize space more…to work better with what is, rather than wishing for something else.  In this case, a bigger studio.  What I have is tiny– barely 8 x 10.  workspace 2 And there’s so much Stuff.  Right now it’s all over this tiny house.  Or it was.  Now it’s moving back to its own room and by this evening, when the additional shelves arrive, the table will be totally clear.  A blank palette.  Space.    After storing cloth in plastic bins stacked ceiling-high, it became clear that shelving would be better.  More efficient.   Would allow the cloth to be seen.  And so the first unit of shelving went in quickly and easily and I’m loving the floor space it opened up.  This evening UPS should be delivering two more smaller units.  To house the supplies that are  now stacked on my work table.  Tomorrow morning I think I’ll feel like this–coming out of a long winter’s hibernation:



And it doesn’t escape me that I actually have More space than many.  And it doesn’t escape me that Space is precious and valuable–to be honored and nurtured.  Moving into the smaller footprint.  Embracing less.

8 Responses to “January Stirrings”

  1. grace Forrest~Maestas January 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    oh ….i love this…be back in a little bit to say more…….xoxoxoxoxo


  2. grace Forrest~Maestas January 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    ok. VISCERAL. yes. this is the word. it is. the need to participate with Life on a very
    primal level…the planting of seeds, the Making with hands.
    i love this cloth. everything about it is just wonderfull. and your Room….i did something
    similar a couple of years ago when i took everything of of the very small bedroom but the bed and put shelves, same size as this here…across the wall for cloth. and now, all my clothes are on one single bottom section of one of the shelves. less clothes, but less to “house”, less to wash, less to hang dry. and the other thing i did was to Roll the cloth, like burritos. when i am looking for something i want to use, i make less of a mess pulling out a roll. this Post gives me such a good feeling…Thank you so much for it…love,


    • Patricia January 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      yes, that visceral feeling is so primal. and so persistent. good idea–cloth burritos–i’ll try it out. so glad you stopped by.


  3. deedeemallon January 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    it creates a shift to be grateful for what is there rather than wishing for something different. I indulge in the wishing for something else often this time of year because my basement studio is unfinished and freezing and has terrible light, etc. I will take your lead and recognize how comfortable I am upstairs, where I mostly work. How gorgeous the light is here. How it is no trouble at all to run up and downstairs to get stuff. It is always good to recognize that the business of managing our supplies is a problem that fabric artists just seem to bump into.

    I, too, have been thinking about the footprint. My footprint. This site gives you a rough estimation of how many earths it would take to sustain the world if everyone consumed at your personal level…
    I was shocked at my answer.


    • patricia January 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      just took the myfootprint quiz. ouch. thanks for the link


  4. deedeemallon January 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    P.S. I love the butterfly which reads like a Herald of Spring!


    • patricia January 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      or how about Harold of Spring! ha.


  5. Mo Crow January 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I always love seeing photos of the nomadic Tuareg jewelers who make some of the best jewelry in the world with a bit of fire, a few hand tools & a lot of spirit


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