Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

Preparing For Something Wonderful

May 6, 2015

I hit my own personal, private trifecta of happiness this week. It started with a trip to the local library for their Star Wars Day celebration. I arrived early, so wandered over to the art gallery. This month’s display was made by local preschool children. The teachers surround the kids with paints, paper, small canvases, found objects, clay, wire – anything to spark creativity. The kids are prepared to create something wonderful, and they do. I realized I am already using this approach by stuffing my sewing room full of treasures, and all I need to add is more time in the aforementioned room to get my hands dirty. Happy event #1.

The celebration still hadn’t begun, so I headed to the stacks and found a book called Classic Russian Idylls by Proctor Jones. It is a collection of photographs, including this one of a swamp in Ukraine.

Lani Longshore swamp picture

Why this should be considered an idyll I’ll never know, but it sure is the landscape I wanted to create when I painted this background.

Lani Longshore landscape

I had an idea of water and horizon, but couldn’t see it clearly. I bought a book on perspective, thinking that would help me get closer to what I wanted, but still couldn’t envision the scene. With the photo of the swamp as a beginning, my next attempt should please me more. When I come up with something I like better, I’ll remove the pendant from the old landscape and put it on the new one, and bead or embroider (or both) the old until it squeals. Happy event #2.

The third happy event came when I praised a display of children’s art in a classroom. The teacher, who had sort of frightened me before, opened up and explained her philosophy of education (which includes lots of time for art). It was our first real conversation, and now we have bonded. Happy event #3.

The moral of the story is you can never tell what the day will bring. You may think you’re just waiting, but the universe is preparing you for something wonderful.

Abby, waiting for the cute bunnies to come out and play

Abby, waiting for the cute bunnies to come out and play

Luck and wisdom!

Transitions

October 16, 2013

The prison quilting class began a new phase this week. I conducted my last class as leader and passed the program on to new teachers.

 

My last load of kits and class projects

My last load of kits and class projects

 

Whenever I let go of one project – rare times, but they do happen – I imagine all the new projects I’ll tackle with the extra time in my schedule. One would think by now I’d have accepted the reality of transition time. One would think.

 

This is the notebook I re-purposed for the FCI quilters manual.

 

Lani Longshore notebook

 

Since I had been a committee of one, the manual was in my head. Part of my transition time was occupied by writing down the things in my head, which is always a scary business.

 

Lani Longshore title page

 

There is also the scary business of transferring all the stuff I still have for the program to the new teachers.

 

Stuff that must leave my house

Stuff that must leave my house

 

Admittedly, it will be scarier for them.

 

More stuff that must leave my house

More stuff that must leave my house

 

When all that is finished, I need to finish up my Christmas projects. Mom and I bought the fabric for her gifts together. Here is the block for one of the three dresser scarves I’m making for her.

 

One block, just one little block

One block, just one little block

 

This is what all three look like on my design wall.

 

What do the blocks say to you?

What do the blocks say to you?

 

I think there is some kimono work in my future, when I really do have that extra time I’m imagining.