Weaving in the Ends And Moving on to the Next Project

Hello. Hello. It’s been a little nuts around here as I let myself get completely carried away by April’s Earth Day inspired weaving extravaganza at my daughters’ elementary school. I finished connecting all the woven fabric to create four pieces of varying sizes on Thursday and installed them in the cozy reading area on the library floor on Friday. I had a couple meetings downtown that day, so I didn’t linger around to watch the kids settle in for story time on the fabric they wove. But I want to see that, so I’ll probably pop in next week so see how they’re enjoying their work. There was talk about displaying the woven pieces up on the wall, but I think they may stay on the floor so they can be used and loved by the children who worked so hard to make them. I really want them to feel connected to the beautiful pieces they made.

A few people have asked if I’ll be entering my next woven house project into ArtPrize. I thought about it, but after talking it over with my family, I decided not to do it. ArtPrize is a wonderful event and I have participated in the past, but I’ve decided to channel my weaving energy into something else instead – the Maker Faire Detroit event coming up July 28-29 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Word of the house I made out of woven recycled t-shirts with more than 500 elementary students got to the Maker Faire organizers and I was invited to apply to be a maker and this year’s event.

I was a vendor at last year’s Maker Faire with Handmade Detroit and had a great time. (By the way, the crafty Handmade Detroit ladies are accepting craft vendor apps through May 31, so hurry and apply if you’re interested.) This summer I will be orchestrating a large scale collaborative public weaving event at Maker Faire with the help of my husband, Jeff, our lovely and crafty daughters, Abby, 8,  & Amelia, 6, and a cast of lovely volunteers.

The girls and I are weaving another house to set up at the museum and we have big plans to teach as many people as we can to weave with recycled fabric during the 2-day event. We’re going to need some help running the exhibit, so let me know if you’d like to be part of our Maker Faire team or if you have some colorful t-shirts you’d like to donate to the cause. We’re grateful for any help we can get to make this an awesome experience for everyone who participates.

You can watch the clip of Amelia and I on WZZM’s Channel 13’s “Take Five” morning show talking about the weaving project here and you can check out the Q&A I did with Metro Parent Magazine here. Check out the screenshot below.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I am working on the summer issue of CraftSanity Magazine and yes, I do have podcast interviews stockpiled. There have been many interruptions, but everything I have stopped production for has been completely worth it, so I have no complaints. The next couple weeks are going to be intense, but I plan to do my best to take breaks to eat before I get a headache and go for daily runs as time allows. (I had to skip my run today because I wore uncomfortable shoes to an important meeting yesterday and ended up with a massive sore on the back of my ankle. What I’ve decided is that from this day forth I will NEVER again hesitate to wear running shoes with a dress no matter the occasion. And if a person ever writes me off based on my comfortable shoe choice, so be it. I’m just not willing to be sidelined by fashion ever again because that’s total foolishness.)

Getting back to my crazy, jam-packed lifestyle… While my house could be so much tidier and my hair could look cooler if I took the time to do more than wad it up into a messy bun or ponytail, I feel very fortunate that I wake up each day with more on my to-do list than I can ever accomplish. There is a lot I want to do and with that comes a very strong sense of purpose. I’m so thankful to feel that drive every single day. So if you feel like you have a lot on your plate, consider the alternative and celebrate this as a good thing. You are driven. You have plans. It’s go time!

In unrelated news, I’m looking to buy an old-style, heavy-duty, manual citrus press to use in our kitchen. Any brand recommendations? I’m looking to avoid plastic parts and hoping to pick one up used and save some money. Let me know if any of you are citrus press experts. I’m in research mode right now. I’m also wondering if a big press is even necessary. Do any of you make fresh OJ or lemonade daily without one? I’m cool with going the minimalist route and open to all suggestions. Thank you in advance for your help on this.

OK, I’m off to finish writing a column about a cool lady I finally met this week after crossing paths anonymously with her many times in recent years. (Her name is Bertha and she made the mask above. You’ll be able to read her story next week.) I’ll be working a lot this weekend (on some very fun stuff, so don’t worry), but I hope you get to kick back and eat some tasty food this weekend. (I’ll be doing that, too, after I shoot pics of the family meal I have planned for tomorrow. Stay tuned to the summer issue of the magazine for details.)

Have a great weekend!

P.S. If you’re looking to see what I’m up to during the gaps between my blog posts, search for CraftSanity on Instagram. I post photos using that app just about every day via Twitter. Instagram is super fun and easy to fit into a busy schedule. You should try it. (I took the photo above while I was at Heartside Gallery and Studio yesterday in Grand Rapids. The caption is: “Art is made here.”)

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