Monday, September 18, 2017

Weaving Is . . . . . . .

A New Woven Beginning

I was recently asked by a friend,
"How do you find time to do all that you do?"
I honestly answered her by saying,
"I find the time to do what fulfills me!"
Whether it is spending time with my family,
my FOUR grandchildren, working as an Optician,
Tapestry weaving, creating my art or journal writing, finding time to be
with friends or just taking care of home, hubby and puppy.
Life is extremely full these days.
I certainly am leaving the TV off as much as possible,
and try not to get distracted by social media.
Listening to good music is a must!

Honestly, that is a very hard question for me,
and I have thought about it a lot lately!
Time is a precious thing, and I don't 
want to waste a minute of it.
When I look at statements I have made to describe myself
on my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter
it usually says ...  "Finding moments to be creative,
each and every day!"
I truly believe that I do that!

I entitled this blog post "Weaving Is ..."
because outside of family love and commitment,
Weaving is the one thing that calls to me,
over and over again.
Sometimes it is the one thing I want to spend time on
the most, yet I get to spend the least amount of time on!!!!
(does that make sense?)
So I ask my own self, Why is that?

My "Weaving as Meditation" piece

As I was creating this woven piece just for
the sheer joy of weaving,
I spent time thinking about my life directions.
With each row I wove in affirmations,
it was such a beautiful experience!
With every fiber that was woven in,
I reminded myself what was important to me.
Now that sweet little weaving
hangs in my studio, among the happy lights,
attached to a most magical twig I brought home from Squam last year!
(I knew I would do something special with that twig one day!)



My own weaving journey has been long,
but with no direction.
(I have shared my story in the past)
It wasn't until I sold my Leclerc floor loom
and found this treasure of a Tapestry Loom,
that I truly found my Weaving Self.
I had come full circle 34 years later,
after being introduced to Tapestry for the first time.

Tapestry weaving has taught me the gentle
art of patience and quiet "What if" thinking.
My time spent at the loom
is always a gift.

Felicity Grace aka "My Gracie"

So if I were asked "What Weaving Is"
I would answer this way . . .

My creative way of life
A favorite pass time of mine
A learning tool
Comfort to my soul
A sweet friendship
Fellowship with like minded artists
Calming
An amazing way to spend your time
Gives you permission to just be

Here are just a few pictures
of my own weaving journey ...
If you ever want to join me,
I am sure I could lead you in the
right direction
to your own weaving path!













Blessings to you this week,
find time to be good to yourself,
and be quiet whenever possible.
Soak in the beauty around you!

Donna Lee



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The importance of writing ... putting thoughts to page.

My Traveler notebook

When I ask myself
"Why do I Write?"
The answer always seems to be,
"Because it is a part of me"

I can remember as a little girl
having diaries, and writing in them,
filling them with drawings and little stories
or whatever treasure I wanted to remember.
I also thought that little tiny key that locked it,
kept my thoughts a secret
and no one else would ever read it!
That was pretty true for me,
I don't have any memories of my brother or sister,
or even my parents reading my personal thoughts
and teasing me!  I was lucky!

Writing to me each day is like
food for the soul.
Anything might be on my mind, and I 
feel the need to write about it!
I want to remember the small
thought nuggets that pass through my mind,
I don't want to forget their importance!

I am especially pleased with my Midori Traveler
lately,
YES it does seem to be all the craze on Instagram lately,
I love mine, truly
and with each passing day,
it grows and grows with
words, sketches, thoughts, dreams, poems
and so much more.
HERE is a link if you are interested in one!
I carry it everywhere I go,
and whenever there is a free moment,
it is usually open ... being written into.


Putting collage and words together


Turning 60 entry!

Words are important,
thoughts are life ...
How I love to go back through my written posts
and see where I was in the past,
see how I was feeling on a particular day,

I wonder do you keep a journal of any kind?
Is writing important to you?
Do you have a daily writing practice?
I would love to hear how having a
writing practice impacts your own life.

I guess that is why I continue with my blog,
it is more for me than anyone else!
I started my Blog March of 2010,
WOW over seven years of sharing
my life's journey.
There are times spaces of time
pass by and I feel I need a break from writing,
or that I have nothing to share,
but here I am today
going strong!

I encourage you to begin a journal,
write your heart thoughts down onto the page.
Your mind and heart definitely have
something to say,
take the time to listen ... you will hear!

This is the last week of summer,
it all flew by so quickly.
I must admit, I love Fall ...
it is my favorite time of the year.
Time to get into a routine,
create some woven tapestry
and write a few poems!

Love always
donna Lee


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stepping Gently

 A window view in Washington, NC

Summer is such an amazing time,
there is so much to do,
a relaxed feeling each day,
beautiful sunshine,
vacations and mini getaways,
hot temperatures
and an awakening of the spirit.

People seem happier
and
more relaxed to me!
There are gatherings with family,
vacations and times to slow down from the norm.
More books are read for sure
and 
many more naps in hammocks, right?

Even my Josie Grace finds time to chill

It is already mid August
and I find myself wanting to step gently
for the rest of the summer.
My tapestry camp is over
(and I looked so forward to that!),
we were able to sneak in a day trip to the OBX,
it was our first trip this summer :(

Finding time for a little play at the ocean

We have had so much going on
with our family this summer,
and we are learning to appreciate
each and every day and moment.
Stepping gently has taught me so much.
I look at the wonder around me
and appreciate all that I am seeing!
Here are just a few of my favorites:





My birthday is fast approaching and I will be 60 years old!!!
It will be on August 21st
and I must say it is a very special day this year,
there is a full eclipse!
I call that pretty special don't you?

So in the meantime,
I will continue to look at my surroundings
with a keen eye of appreciation
for all that I see,
I will step gently and quietly,
calming my heart and my spirit each day.
It is so important!

I am totally smitten with my new
Midori Traveler's Notebook,
and am recording my thoughts,
dreams and desires inside the pages.
I'm sketching, writing poetry,
collecting quotes and so much more!
It goes everywhere with me,
and it feels so good in my hands.
Have you heard about them?
They are all the rage for journalers these days.
Here is a link to the one I purchased!
(There is something yummy about red leather!)



Last, but NEVER least ...
I am weaving a little bit each day,
making my time at the loom special.
I have committed to weaving something each morning,
and I must say it starts my day off perfectly.
Weaving always calms my spirit
and I can get so easily lost in the process.
I am still trying to finish up
my woven sampler I started
at Tapestry Camp a few weeks ago,
I'm not rushing at all,
just trying new techniques
and working them out.
My new Lani 8" loom is portable,
and I am enjoying weaving time
outside on the deck!

Weaving row by row and learning along the way

My finished sample of techniques

Dear friend stop and pause,
if only for a moment.
Enjoy this season of fun and play,
relax your spirit,
find time to step gently . . .
Look at the beauty around you
and embrace what is right in front of you.
Don't be too busy,
distracted by your phone in your hand,
put it down,
embrace a slower pace.
Summer is a gift we are given,
what are you doing with it this season?

Donna Lee








Monday, July 31, 2017

Tapestry Camp ... How I spent my summer vacation

Our greeting when we reached the top!

How lucky I was to spend five days this past week,
July 22-26, 2017
at Tapestry Weaving Camp
an amazing tapestry artist and teacher!
It was held at the Colorado State University,
Mountain Campus,
in Pingree Park.
(Elevation 9000 feet!!!!)

I left home at 4:00 am on a Saturday,
and returned at 2:00 am on Thursday morning.
It was so worth the travel journey to get there!
You see studying with my online teacher in person 
has been on my bucket list for quite some time,
and the journey I walked before the workshop,
well ... let's just say I was having my doubts
as to whether I would actually get there!
But I did and it was a dream come true for me!

I bought a special woven journal for the experience
and began writing in it right away,
at a beautiful Starbucks in Fort Collins,
waiting for Rebecca to pick me up!
(By the time I returned home, the pages were
quite filled up with notes, sketches and things
I didn't want to forget!)

"Being a Tapestry Weaver is certainly a gift"

 I just loved seeing this sign!

 "Blue Spruce" cabin ... My home for the journey!

 What a beautiful campus it was!

Our days were full for sure...
First day was traveling and settling in,
and getting my body adjusted to the high elevation.
We gathered after dinner at the lodge where our classroom would be,
 getting to know each another,
sharing who we were, our tapestry journies
and what brought us to the retreat.
We were all so happy to be there at that moment.

The first thing we saw when we entered
the classroom were tables of yarns,
full of colors and arranged by weights,
different brands ... 
what a feast for the eyes!
We were free to try whatever we wanted,
it was a candy store for weavers!

Yarn Yarn Yarn!

We settled into our places for the duration
and began class the next morning!
Each morning we woke early,
and breakfast was served at 7:00.
The walk to the dining hall was always
full of laughter and great conversation!
Of course, I had to stop along the way
to take a few photos!

Thanks to my rookie Carole for taking this photo in the Aspens!

Each day we had time to weave,
Rebecca gave incredible lectures and slide shows,
Rebecca gave demos of weaving techniques,
we laughed, encouraged each other, shared our work,
shared resources and ideas.
Then there were times you could hear a pin drop it was so quiet,
as we were all working hard on our tapestries.
There was no cell service, limited wi-fi and no email.
"The out of touch" was a refreshing lesson to learn.

Here is a pic collage of each full day I was there,
you can see glimpses of my experiences each day
that I created for my Instagram:
(I didn't get to post till I came down off the mountain)





Final Day!

On the second full day we hiked up to Denny's Point,
and I must say it kicked my butt,
but it was so worth it!
We took time to stop, enjoy the beauty,
drink water, take pictures
until we reached the top!
We were constantly on the search
for our next tapestry inspiration.
There is so much beauty around us,
if only we will see!

Ready to head UP!

Tapestry Hikers here we go!

The view from the top

Just sit here for awhile, rest your weary self!

 Another view from the top

Small treasures everywhere!

So I guess you can see I was thrilled with
each and every moment of my Tapestry Camp.
Rebecca put so much effort into
making it such a great learning experience for us,
and we learned from her, soaking up all of her knowledge.
She never held back and shared freely;
how I appreciate that in a teacher.
If you ever get the chance to take a workshop from her,
GO FOR IT!
You can also learn from her with her online courses,
and just invite her into your home,
anytime you like!

 A Demo of Eccentric Weave (my favorite)

My view for the slide lectures

Rebecca wearing the Tapestry Cuff I brought to her!

So much to say,
So much I experienced,
and I will never forget the awesome time I had.
Now I am home and remembering it all,
trying to put it into words just doesn't do it justice!
Whether it was taking my loom outside to weave,
or finding a quiet moment to spin,
gathering with an amazing group of weavers,
spending time with Rebecca,
creating a tiny little tapestry,
that took hours to create,
it was all so worth it!

 My 8" Mirrix Lani came with me on the plane

 My color gradation work and some pick and pick in between

 My Tapestry family for five days ... how I miss them!

 Spinning with a view and finches everywhere

I only know I left a small piece of my creative heart
in Colorado!
Thank you Rebecca for having the gift of teaching,
the knowledge to share,
and a heart as big as can be!

My heart was full!

Thanks for sticking with me,
I know this was a long post,
there was just so much to share!
Hoping your summer vacations are wonderful too!
Till next time . . .
Love more, Rest your soul
and find time to be creative,
Somehow!

Donna Lee