Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Bird Nest Journal: A new beginning

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with one step" a quote by Lao-Tzu, pretty much sums up how I am feeling this moment. Where will this new blogging experience take me? I can't wait to find out. A few months ago the only thing I knew about blogs was they existed somewhere out in cyberspace. I had never read one and certainly never thought about participating in such things. Then, I happened upon a publication called "Artful Blogging." One of the delicious "food for the eyes and soul" publications by Stampington & Company. The cover got my attention, the photographs got me interested.....the people writing the blogs got me fascinated and here I am.

I have a studio in my backyard named "Bird Nest on the Ground." Quilting and embroidery are my great passions along with talking about them incessantly, hunting and gathering new "old" materials at flea markets, teaching and sharing my love of these things with friends and even complete strangers, and being in the "nest." Every day in here is just another day in paradise, as they say. The name of my studio came from my husband. Years ago when we lived in a smaller house, I had to use my daughter's old bedroom as a studio. It was tiny, only ten feet square. It was cramped and all my "stuff" was stacked everywhere. I happened to be talking to myself (out loud) about it one day as my husband walked by the door. Grinning, he said, "what are you whining have a bird nest on the ground." And, my studio has been called that ever since. Loosely translated (in Texas where we are from) it means I have it made. And, of course, I really do.

So, from time to time, I plan on writing about what goes on in the nest. I have no idea what I will say, but I do know that lots goes on, friends, my work and play, all kinds of things fun and some not so fun as we, like everyone else, have days of sunshine and shadow. A new journey has begun for me.....hopefully of at least a thousand miles.


Kelly VanHook said...

I have to say that even though you are my mother and I already know you are brilliant, I want you to know that you have a way with words that are very comforting and positive for someone reading them. Keep up your lovely attitude which is totally infectious and have fun with the blog!!

Anonymous said...

Pat I got back to you only today. Too much going on here at work. It's lunch so I have a minute. I would love to see the embroidery quilt.

I have a question. Do you know much about Aunt Becky? I saw a demonstration on quilttvt and was intrigued. I still haven't hand quilted much but this looks it would be more "joint" friendly. Keep up the good work.

The Bird Nest on the Ground Studio

The Bird Nest on the Ground Studio
Right in My Backyard

A Bit of Heaven

A Bit of Heaven
An original designed wall quilt with my vision of heaven on earth.