We are about half way through our planned adventure in Ireland which floods me with mixed feelings ranging from desire to stay and make this our home while the United States weathers their raging political storm, to excitement of returning to our cozy handmade cabin in the woods, our family, friends and creative endeavors there. The not knowing what is next, becomes stressful so this week focus is on getting some creative work under my belt. The scrap project I am working on with Avoca is inspiring new collage techniques and deep satisfaction in contributing to the well-being of an heirloom company by turning their waste into a revenue stream. In addition, I am super excited about offering a couple more half day Used Clothing Alchemy Sewing Sessions to a growing group that gathered last weekend for the first Irish workshop of my career. (Sure wish I had thought to take pictures!). Each participant brought a piece of clothing that needed transformation for a range of reasons from wrong size, to wrong length, or blemishes. Everyone left with a garment they were excited to reincorporate into their wardrobe. On Friday afternoons I am helping Martina Tarpey, our warm, welcoming, and crafty school principal with her crafts club of 5th and 6th class students. Each girl is making a quilt! Lucy took a great interest in the idea and is off to a running start. It is super fun to be in that setting and have an opportunity to get to know the children in Lucy's class a bit.
In addition to the beautiful antique sewing machine that belonged to my granny, I purchased a new machine and now have a cabinet full of all the things needed to get some samples made for Avoca and carry on teaching. Super EXCITING! I might just make myself a steady stream of income here helping open our options for what is to follow our family adventure winding down at the end of April.
Shown above is a collection of some of my favorite tools to work with found in my Etsy CrispinaMaterial Shop as well as around the Etsy marketplace. For more information - including how to purchase, any of the items featured you can click on them and be taken to the corresponding Etsy shop. (Regrettably this feature is only available for the theme week.) Part of my mission here is to shine a light and encourage cultural support of these hand-makersand/or vintage sellers.
What are the tools of your trade? Readers are encouraged to participate! Submit an image by Wednesday that pertains to the weekly theme and be featured in Friday's 1000 Words post right here. Along with your original image please send your name, location of the image, email and website if you would like your image linked. 5 images are selected each week.