Monday, November 30, 2009

Why I'm not weaving 8(

My Sister-in-Law, Annie, died today.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

why I'm not weaving 8(

When we arrived home from visiting Anne and Jim in Mesa, last Wednesday, we found this little rat dog in the orchard. She was hungry, thirsty, matted and of course, just to make the season bright, in season.  She's driving our dogs nuts. I have figured out a diaper system for her and have hung pictures of her on the town bulletin board . To see if anyone recognizes her, I have taken her by the local vets, feed stores and groomers. No one knows her! She is pure bred, adorable, and doesn't yip. She wasn't house broke but is now, sleeps in a create, certainly wasn't used to running with the big dogs but seems to have taken over and can herd our Australian Shepherds into a corner in no time flat. We are hoping that her owners are away for Thanksgiving and will claim her on their return. We call her Little Dog as we don't want to get too close (we've had a cat for a couple years we call Yellow Cat for the same reason). If no one claims her, I will take her to the vet to be spayed and then take her to my dear, dear, dear friend Susan's. Her dog Sunny needs a friend and she seems be more of a city dog than country.

Friday, November 27, 2009

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Gary's sister, Anna, is very ill and I'm glad we got to visit with her for a few days. Mesa was warm and we could go outside and sit in the sun. She stood up with me at our wedding and has been a constant bright spot in my life for 32 years. I will miss her terribly.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

THAT Guild Meeting

THAT Guild met today at the clubhouse at Barbara Eisenman's.  We had a workshop on the Hazel Rose Looms - the new Weavette.  Fourteen came and we wove little squares and had a great pot luck.

Heading out to Mesa in the morning for 4 days.

Friday, November 20, 2009

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The dogs started barking, I grabbed my camera and ran outside just in time to see the Weavers OutPost come up the drive. We have been waiting 3 weeks for it to get here and now it's here.
We have had 3 steel containers delivered and watching them being rolled off trucks and crashing to the ground turned by excitement to fear, this is a wooden building, it can't crash to the ground. Hopefully the delivery man knows his stuff.

Well, he knew how to drive anyway, he backed right into the spot on the first try.  The spot I had marked was larger than the little house so when the driver asked me which line I wanted the house on it was the line furtherest away. This amazing little trailer had no problem with that request, it just dropped another set of wheels going in the opposite direction and the trailer bed moved back 4 foot.

OK, at this point I haven't taken a breath in 5 minutes!

Here it is, safe and sound on the ground.  Our neighbor, John, is doing the electricity for us and he just happened to drive by and stopped to check it out.  When he left, we headed off to town for insulation.

Looks a little bare. After installing the insulation, I will start digging holes for trees, bushes and flowers. I love to dig, it's right up there with weaving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Why I'm not weaving 8(

Every day I think to myself, "I'm going to weave today" and every day slips by without a loom being touched. It would be easier for me to weave if I could actually get to a loom. Since I closed the Weavers' Cottage in Canyon Country and moved it to Acton, my home, weaving studio and several sheds are stuffed with equipment, yarns, computers and office equipment. My life as a weaver came to a screeching halt, let's face it, everything came to a screeching halt. You read about people who are found dead because a pile of crap fell over on them in their home, this could be me!
The first thing that happened, was a 40 foot container. We insulated it, had electricity installed and a fabulous shelving system. One wall is covered with slat board to hold all the cones. There was only one problem - no room for an office and where can I put the looms and equipment? The second container arrived, a 15 footer - the office problem is solved. Once again we insulated and installed electricity.
My home is small - 1700 square feet. My weaving studio is small 700 square feet. My looms are large - a 52" Tools of the Trade (my baby) a 36" Schacht floor loom and a Baby Wolf 26", 2 48"Gilmores, a 48" Fireside, 2 48" Norwoods and a 30" Baby Norwood, these puppies take up a lot of room! Ah, we need another container - this one is 48 feet long! It has been electrified and insulated. Over Thanksgiving, we will install a double door in the side. Those big end doors are really hard to open. All the looms except for 4 will be moved to the #3 container. I will have my weaving studio back!!!
Tomorrow another building will be delivered! It will be our little show room! The Weavers' Cottage is gone but the Weavers OutPost will be born, after insulating and electricity, of course. I'm getting excited, we have the garden planned and will work on it this winter. Nine months have passed and I have received tons of email inquiries about our re-opening date. All I have to say is it would have been sooner but for the insulating and electricity - and then there is always the lack of time and money.
Soon, it will be soon.