I have been reading Tina Roth Eisenberg’s blog (SwissMiss) for years. I read along as she started the Creative Mornings lecture series. It was thrilling to learn that it spread to my own community as Creative Mornings PKX. I’ve wanted to attend many talks over the years but unfortunately, I am always at work.
Late last year, one of the organizers (Noelle Grattan of Five Line Creative) invited me to speak. I was really hesitant but also interested in accepting the challenge. I teach computer classes but I don’t have any experience giving talks. I thought — I could really embarrass myself! (nervous emoji here!)
How it works is — each speaker around the globe is speaking on one common topic at essentially the same time. When it came time for me to pick a month to speak (and in so doing pick a topic to speak about) I was in the midst of organizing Project Upcycle. One of the options that was presented to me was “COMMUNITY.” When I heard that it felt right so I went with it.
Like I said, I didn’t have any experience presenting and I thought I could really embarrass myself so I decided to get professional help. (big smile emoji here). I reached out to Mike Teixeira at DECK Presentations for coaching. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. He gave me real concrete direction on how to improve my presentation and how to actually present it. The whole experience has opened my eyes to how helpful a coach can be. If you are struggling with something — get a coach!
Thank you, Noelle Grattan, for inviting me to speak. I wouldn’t have done it without your encouragement. Thank you, Keith Tharp, for being patient with me for the photo shoot thing. Sorry I was late! 🙂 Thank you, Raya Al-Hashmi and Miles Woodworth. Your energy reminded me of that final scene in Captain Phillips when Tom Hanks is being cared for by a very capable nurse. Your positive energy really bolstered me that morning. I really needed it. And thank you, Monte Bohanan. It is always nice to see a familiar and supportive face. And thank you to that tech guy ( I don’t know your name) who made sure the audio worked on my video. Thank you to the whole Creative Mornings PKX team. It was an incredibly positive experience!
This morning over coffee I looked through this Remodelista book. It is full of gorgeous ideas. Below are the 5 ideas I hope to steal from this book. The images below are not from this book. They are images I found on the internets. If you click on the image you will be taken to the source.
>> Dan Flavin Inspired Lighting
On page 73 of Remodelista is an example of using Dan Flavin inspired lighting in the angle where the ceiling meets the wall. It’s a high ceiling and the materials are raw. It works. Perhaps I could use this in the basement where I perform large messy craft projects. It is such a delightful surprise.
>> Trompe L’Oeil Runner
The only set of stairs in my house are to the basement but they are a fabulous set of old homemade stairs. Many of the steps are worn and rounded from so many years of use. It would be fun to paint the whole thing pale gray and give it a trompe l’oeil runner in a pop color like this green. And why not add this spill landing as seen above? I know, right.
>> Store Cutlery in Mason Jar
I’ve actually seen this done in restaurants but I didn’t think to do this at home until I saw it in Remodelista. Now the cutlery is always on the dining room table where we need it.
>> Clipboards as Bulletin Boards
There is space just above our family desk to mount two clip boards, one for each of my boys. It would be a good place to hang important school forms.
>> Splatter Painted Floors
I have yet to update my kitchen. We tore up the hideous linoleum because a dirty bare floor was an improvement. It could be a decade before we can update my kitchen so in the meantime I think I will splatter paint the floor. Remodelista has a nice post about New England splatter-painted floors.
This book is a Portsmouth Public Library book. If you are a member, you can place a hold on it here. xo jam
I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009. I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life. Look at these gorgeous t-shirts. I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.
I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners. I have so many of these types of things tucked away. I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.
The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille. I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.
When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille. It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered. Aren’t they lovely? She has a couple still available in her shop.
All these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten. They are posted here with her permission.
Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing. It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014). The registration page just when live yesterday. Join the fun. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.