Friday, August 23, 2013

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Friday.  It's been a very busy week.  I wrapped up a fabric collection for Spring 2014 that was due in June.  Last week I sent off the final edits to the printers for the two patterns that I had planned for February.  Juliana left for Brooklyn early Tuesday morning after a very, very good stay at home over the summer.  Her last year at Pratt (!!!)  Oh how I remember that start.  Gah.  Time.  Tuesday was also Bela's 12th birthday which was noted with her first cell phone.  Her fingers have been on fire ever since.  Her birthday reminded me to send my Dad a long list of all birthdays for his 13 grandchildren so he can remember them.  I did that.  I also sent him this link, because he has taken to calling our little Mary Anna Louisa, Mary Lou.  Which I think is quite sweet.  I like that he has his own name for her. 

Juliana called me from her Brooklyn rooftop while drinking a beer by her lonesome yesterday as I finalized the last of the new fabric prints.  We talked about the summer.  How things have changed.  How I have changed.  Hard to put a finger on it.  But one thing.  I am not so hard on myself.  Maybe you're finally giving yourself a break, she said.  Everything just got so hard.  So out of control hard.  Too much.  And I cannot pour myself completely into work as one might because I stop every few hours to nurse, and care and rock and consider this sweetness of a person in my life.  And I am excited about projects but they do not consume me as they have before.  We agreed maybe now I am normal.  That enthusiasm is all art really requires of you maybe.  Maybe.  Not your every available drop.  I wonder if this will last, and what that will be like.

I realized sending off my artwork to the mill today that I am wrapping up the last of the projects that were put down a few months ago. The last of the overdue projects.  Everything now is new.

Which is nice.  I like new. 
I am thinking of the possibilities.
Have a good weekend. xoxoAnna

33 comments:

  1. Lovely post as usual. Can't wait to see what you've got cooking, I am sure it will be wonderful and I will buy lots of it as I always do.

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  2. Nice to hear you're finding some balance. You've always amazed me with what you can accomplish and at the same time fully enjoy your beautiful family

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  3. She's starting her last year? Wow! Glad to hear you are settling and feeling refreshment.

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  4. Where does the time go?
    I hope you do manage to continue giving yourself breaks... sounds like Juliana is not only finishing school, and designing fabric, she is thoughtful, too. No surprise, and I smile at the happy thought that you are raising a lovely family.

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  5. I don't have a job or work outside of being a Mom, but your post reminded me of the balance and happiness I felt after having my 3rd - almost a year ago now. There is nothing like the wonderful distraction of a new baby. : )

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  6. So glad that all is well with you and that you are in a more quiet place. Hope you find all the new things fun.

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  7. So it takes a lot of stress, both good and sad, to get to the place where us mothers stop being so hard on ourselves? Sigh...

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  8. Ahhh, you are generous to share what's going on round your real (not internet) place.

    Bravo to your girl for being at Pratt. It's such a good school with many years of glory.

    Earlier this week, I gave a friend of mine who was looking to replace a very replaceable sewing machine, a recommendation for Janome. What a grand company full of quality products. Now...how can I find more time to use my own Janome? My four day/week job does get a bit in the way...

    Best wishes.

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  9. Thank you for this very inspirational post...it was just what I needed to hear and to ponder

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  10. How lucky you are to have such an insightful girl to share your thoughts with and a beautiful baby to slow you down!

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  11. giving yourself the permission to just be is a wonderful gift. it sounds like you are surrounded by lots of love, anna. xo.

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  12. you are an amazing woman. you always inspire me so much. just hearing you say that you felt like things were crazy out of control gives me such hope. i have been feeling that way about this year in my life and i only have four little ones. i also have not been fulfilling myself with my passions as you have though. i wish you the best with your blank slate. i know whatever you do... it will be wonderful.
    -jenny

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  13. That is an inspiring post for everyone! For me it is to finish UFO'S so I can start with everything "new".

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  14. I have been feeling changed this summer too. I also have a little one. I am happier and a littl emore mellow. The need to control slipping away a bit. I have been wondering if this is how it feels to know your family is complete. Maybe this is my last baby...

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  15. Welcome to new possibilities, Anna. That's always a delightful bit of fresh air. I think that every artist has her seasons and that some really do require less of you than others. Giving yourself over to the cycle is part of saving yourself for the whole.

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  16. There is so much grace and peace in this post and in these comments. Thank you for this great way to end my weekend and begin my week.

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  17. Oh! Are those gorgeous spring collection sneaks, I spy!? I'm already on my toes for "Dowry". Can.not.wait!

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  18. Hello, Anna Maria,
    I got an email this morning that reminded me of you in a funny way. It was Pandora radio, thanking me for being a member and reminding me that my first station was Patsy Cline Radio. It reminded me of you, because in one of your posts from several summers ago (maybe around the time Roman was born), you mentioned spending the day listening to Patsy Cline Radio and I was inspired to join you - thanks!

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  19. I'm hoping one of those patterns is for you Flight Map quilt, I've been dying to get my hands on it since seeing sneek preview pics of it taken for market last fall.

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  20. Bless you :)
    One day at a time.

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