Ha! Fooled y'all. I haven't really stopped journalling, just blogging....
Today I'm sitting veeeeeryyyy carefully at the computer due to unbridled Lupus induced arthy-rightus. I is also giving thanks for the lovely kind souls who invented Celebrex and Panadeine. Ahhhhhhhh!
Well, last entry was July 2007. Oh.Dear.
Craft Fair came and went. Yet again (due to the exorbitant prices charged by the conveners) we almost broke even but not quite. This year we won't be going. But Moni, Zen and will be crafting up a storm making items to sell via the Canberra Quilters ' Exhibition Store'.
I have become ever more proficient and attracted to jewellry making. I think I got turned off dyeing for a while because of the excessive amount of it that went on prior to the Craft Fair.
Some of the these are below:
But I am getting back into it.
I am determined to make Annie's Dye Pot more viable, and to that end I am going to start selling my dyed fabric and......... (gasp) teaching!. The gasp is from me because I am scared to death of teaching such a wide ranging topic. Especially since I have seen how a lot of (sad to say) quilters are like at classes.
Strictly speaking there are those who are happy to be there, cooperative and keen to learn. Then there are the course junkies that are doing it because its on offer, and are basically clueless, but mostly still keen to learn - either that or they wonder off for lunch and never come back.
But then there's the ones I dread the most. Those that think that it's their God given right to (a) argue against every method/direction being demonstrated (b) comment loudly about how THEY would do it (c) continually comment loudly about all the other similar courses they have been on and how they were so much better or (d) all of the above.
Mind you, I am not in the Public Service now. I am also in my rights to have a quite word in participant's ears and offer them their money back and would they mind discreetly leaving, as they don't seem to be enjoying the course as much as they should..... I would of course be trying to play nice....
Sadly, I am not exaggerating the behavioural characteristics of quilting/crafting/beading events. I was a staff trainer in my pre-Mum life, and have, as such, scratch-built a crapload of training courses. So I can't help assessing both the training being delivered and the participant's behaviour.
But I want to help particularly quilters discover and renew the joy (and comparative cost savings) of dying their own fabric. So, like me, they can start cutting fearlessly and quilting a little less fearfully, as they are not cutting into $20 + a metre fabric...
But speaking of courses, I am determined to ramp my jewellry making knowledge up a few notches in 2008. To that end I am taking no less than three different courses, Wire Work and Precious Metal Clay with the lovely Jo from Beadaholics and a basic Silversmithing course at the Woden Brain Gym.
On a more family theme, we have survived another year of school. Matthew has been accepted into Canberra Grammar School, but will be repeating Year Two. This decision was made not on a scholastic basis, but that he is a little overwhelmed by the other more emotionally 'mature' boys, and we all felt he would benefit confidence wise from a year of consolidation. I am deeply happy for him and at peace with this decision.
It also means that the debacle of Year 7 transition, School Certificate and Higher School certificate over and done with all at the same time, rather than spreading the joy of two consecutive years for each hurdle.
Here they are on the last day of school for 2007 (abeit sideways):
Peter continues to go from strength to strength in the web monstering world. He has a lot of talent but still lacks a lot of confidence.