Goodness. I began this blog 3 times last night and got distracted with other work, then I succumbed to sheer exhaustion. It was if I had a hand on my shoulder holding me back.
Its the wind down after a long tour.
Looking back, its been an inspirational tour. I've loved every minute of it.
I am so lucky that I get to meet the nicest people. My friends in Ireland on the tour and class, friends in Alamogordo, New York, LA, Long Beach, Taos and Santa Fe.
A number of people came up to me when I was photographing yesterday and mentioned "I know you, I read your blog, or I follow your videos on the Quilt Show" well, thank you for being interested. I really do appreciate your sentiments.
My camera has captured my life in images and I've documented it in words in great detail on this tour. I'm putting it into a book this time.
Even though this is my Sabbatical year, I had to take a break to fulfill commitments overseas but my mind and heart is never far from the huge body of work I'm undertaking at home.
Wednesday I arrive home with new ideas and a burning desire to continue with the Bayeux, early mornings, strong coffee and creativity in the studio. I'll have open arms for hugs from the children, family and Grandchildren.
Class has been wonderful, I walked over 20 miles in class over the past 3 days !!!!! I had my Nano watch on and I combined the tally last night... then I felt even more tired.
We had celebratory drinks at a wonderful Mexican restaurant on the boardwalk. Then on a whim, we took to the air on the Ferris Wheel. The sun was going down, the air cool and fresh and the view was spectacular.
Today, I have time to walk the floor and photograph the show....
As usual, there are some wonderful quilts to look at.
This is a really interesting quilt.
It was part of the West Coast wonders Exhibition 2012
My thoughts are of home. Its a prolonged adventure and the happiness of arriving back on Adelaide soil will be tinged in sadness, I have to attend the funeral of a friend just an hour later.
I worked on the computer finishing a program today, had lunch, a long walk and had my nails done.
Long beach is about to begin and we get to see the quilts and shop the booths tomorrow.
Its such fun seeing everyone arrive. Cars bursting with quilting paraphernalia pull up to the hotel door. Trolleys full of cases, and 'special' bags are lined up waiting to be taken to the rooms in the Hyatt.
I didn't take one photo today. I can't believe it. However, I certainly observed..
I went to a Greek restaurant for a snack for lunch.... It was packed.
Why, well number one the food is great, secondly the proprietor, greeted every guest as his special friend.
He greeted everyone with a hug and a jovial laugh and everyone walked in smiling. Then as you left he did the same.
I watched as he greeted possibly 100 people in this way. I couldn't help but smile.
I took my small camera (point and shoot) which is a very sophisticated camera by the way, and set it to take sepia images. I love sepia photos, I find it makes you focus more on the image that working with color. Its vintage and the shadows add dimension to the photos.
I photographed, the things I saw and took interest in as I traveled to my next venue.
Photographing the hollywood stars
Each day we view millions of compositions, try capturing some for a day
Some of the images were taken out of a tinted car window adding another dimension.
I want to be able to look back in 10 years and check fashion and car styles.
Others were taken when I was walking to lunch in Long Beach.
luggage, how it changes over the years
lunch a Normandy crepe
Its a fun experiment, it costs you nothing and you have a great record of the day.
You can see the full album if you feel so inclined at
Score of Baude Cordier's chanson "Belle, bonne, sage," from The Chantilly Manuscript, Musée Condé 564. The manuscript is one of the classic examples of ars subtilior, which requires red notes, or "coloration" to indicate changes in note lengths from their normally written values. This chanson, a dedicatory piece on the love of a lady and a lord written in the shape of a heart, opens the corpus. Note the heart of notes within the larger heart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I write about my travel adventures, my creative experiments , my ideas and techniques in textile art.
But it hasn't always been that way.
for 40 years, I had a large family to take care of and a business to run.
Life rolled on at an alarming pace. The adventures were many and varied in those days, mostly good, sometimes frightening and the deaths of our children flung us into deep despair.
But from an early age I was looking to find 'me' not the daughter my Mum wanted me to be or the wife and Mother that I was in reality... I was so busy I didn't have too much time to think about my mojo, but as life slowed a little, there it was raising its ugly head again...
"Who am I to be now"
It funny isn't it. Occasionally there is a comment made that sticks wih us for life.
An office girl, an employee of a business friend once told me she wondered how on earth I could stay home and just be a 'Housewife' "How revolting" she said, with her nose in the air.
I was too shy in those days to say, "Honey, I'm a lady in waiting" but it hurt.... was I only going to be a "housewife" all my life.?
Her hurtful comments have remained with me... I wonder what she's doing now?
Is she an Author, and artist, a Teacher?.... I wonder.
I found my mojo through hard work and experience. My quilting style belongs to me and me alone. What I create is from my heart and head and I don't need to please anyone anymore.
I don't have to feel obliged to my tutors to follow thier rules.
I don't need a life with more balance.
I am my own employer and that allows me the freedom to do what I want.
Despite that I am once again, considering my mojo. How do I manage everything, family, work, creativity and considering what I need to achieve in the next few years so I've made a momentous decision.
My decision gives me a sense of relief, in the knowledge that I have a plan for the next 5 years and as I sit here and write I'm about as satisfied as it gets.
So if you're looking for your mojo, take a walk, listen to classical music, weigh it all up and take time for yourself.
Signature of Helen Keller (1880-1968) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I looked at my Ipad at 2.00 am yesterday morning and awoke to hear of the terrible tragedy in Colorado.
We've been shown a fragile side of life. Lives are forever changed and its a reminder that we never know when our lives will end.
The absurdity of dysfunctional imaginings and the reality of their reactive behavior puts any one of us at risk at all times.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller
I'm finishing some articles today and spending the rest of the day relaxing and walking.
I need to get out and walk the 10,000 steps a day I've set myself. I've failed miserably.... I've just done around 7000 in everyday life.
My room looks to the hills and considering I'm on the 22nd floor I don't have to close the curtains....It was wonderful to wake up with the sun on my face this morning.
It's something I've loved since I was a small child. By choice I slept on an open verandah at my Grandmothers house, (even in winter) so I could feel the sun on my bed when I woke up... and it's followed me through life.
So no curtains and blinds in my house. Bring the outside in.
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.