Thursday, October 17, 2013
These last weeks have been so good. Everything feels all painted together in bold, broad strokes that look just right. The weather has been something that I dream about on days when it's otherwise. Being at my dad's house to begin going through my mother's belongings was very much what I thought it would be like. I think my sister and I spent more time giggling over things than we did crying. We felt her right there with us, laughing. And we teased her memory over some of the fashion choices she made that hung in her closet. Of course there were tears. Over shawls we remember braiding the fringe of to stay occupied during Liturgy. But thankfully there was one for each of us. That was the good part. Choosing things for people. Thinking about who might like a piece of jewelry or a handknit sweater. It was like continuing her work to spread some love and gifts around. That was so nice. Saving things for grand-daughters, looking forward to a special time to give them each something. We also set aside things for dad to take to Greece this winter. For his sisters and his sisters-in-law. They miss her so much. Dad has a whole huge crate of furniture and such that he is shipping to his house in Greece. He mentioned plans of putting a quilt in there a few weeks ago that mom made. I asked him which and his answer made me realize that it was one Mom and I had chosen the fabrics for in NYC on a trip together. So I asked if he could leave that one here and I would bring him one even bigger and better suited for the bed it was to go on. I knew full well as I offered that, that I likely didn't have one that size. So in the midst of lots of other time sensitive work, for three days I stopped to make a new patchwork quilt for him to take to Greece. And now the other is safe at home with me. Folded at the end of my bed. For extra warmth. Worth the scurry.
My Aunt Beth from Indiana was here for a visit and to meet Miss Mary Anna Louisa. This woman is an utter joy. She exudes such an air of peace and joyfulness that it is impossible to not feel peace and joy in her presence. So much like Mom. But of course completely unique and wonderful in other ways. We played with Mary. I gave her many of Mom's things. As we went through items she had stories for so much of mom's jewelry that I had never heard. It was wonderful. I showed her my fabrics and everything in my studio. Described what the process of making fabric it is like. I tested her to see if she could pick out the print discrepancies in my latest strike offs. We talked so much. Talked about all the kids. We shopped. We bought little gold leather shoes with bows on the toes for Mary. Her first pair of shoes. I'm so glad I did that with Aunt Beth. We bought new buttons for a knitted romper that I made for the baby. She had the perfect suggestion of using two sizes of buttons since there weren't enough of one size at the store. It was so simple. But I wouldn't have thought of it. We bought new soup bowls for me. We ate. We filled the bowls with chili that night and sat with my Uncle Linden and Jeff and all the children around our long dining table and enjoyed conversation that went in all directions. Baby Mary gave her a million smiles in just two days. Fell asleep for an hour or two on her lap. Passed out cold, all limbs splayed out. She never does that.
And we are doing so much else in the studio. We have shipped a painted backdrop and lots of other goodies to Houston for my Quilt Market booth. I am going over Dowry ribbon samples for a late fall delivery- they are so beautiful- oh how I love them. I've just finished making corrections to the first round strike offs for the Spring'14 fabrics. I am making plans with Heather to help her teach in Palm Springs in January. I am making plans to teach at MQG Sew Down Nashville in April. We are shipping out the first batch of pre-sold prints today, the rest should ship out middle of next week. Then we should be on track to ship as they sell. This was so fun to do. Out of the norm here, and just cool to do something entirely independently. We are planning the next series of Janome free projects and videos. I will also be guest posting regularly at their FB page and blog starting next month.
I am in disbelief that our baby girl is more than four months. She babbles entire symphonies, smiles at everyone, absolutely everyone and is the most kissable, huggable, strong and lovely little bitty human. She just is. She is so fun to love. So easy to love. And buttoning a sweater up to her fat little chin to meet the cool air on the other side of our front door is really all I need.
Even so, there is a whole lot more.
kisses from here, xoxoAnna