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Grateful

I’m extremely grateful. The last couple of months have had ups and downs, but the highlights have been so positive.  I believe in The Universe.  Believe good things will happen, and they will.  You just have to believe.  Not make them happen, or be impatient about them happening.  Rather, visualize, and believe.

About two months ago, after a Sunday breakfast at the local diner, we were walking down the sidewalk and hubby decided to venture upstairs to a local gallery called The Loft, in Culpeper, VA.  While conversing with the owner, hubby decided to bring up the subject of my woven wall hangings.  The owner asked me to send her JPG photos and descriptions, which I did within a few days.  She asked me to bring the wall hangings in which I did the following week.

She accepted three of the five wall hangings to hang in the gallery.  For the other two, she suggested we hang them in The Raven’s Nest Coffee House, also located in Culpeper.  If anyone purchases the ones hanging in the coffee house, 25% of the proceeds go to the SAFE house, which helps women and children.

A few weeks ago, I got a call from an ex-co-worker of my husband.  She had another ex-co-worker with her, someone husband hadn’t seen in quite awhile.  They wanted to come by, so I told them sure!  We never get company out here.  After running around the house trying to corral the hairballs that are our life, they showed up, and we had a good time chatting and visiting.  The gals wanted to see my fiber projects.  They were ooooing and ahhhing over so many things, it made me blush.

They wanted to try on some of the shirts and vest I’d made, so we went into the bedroom so there was a bit of privacy, though they tried them on over the shirts they were wearing.  My house is small and the men were in the living room, so the bedroom was the only other place to do it anyway.

They enjoyed trying on the shirts and the vest I’d made.  They switched off and on and the other gal decided to buy two of my items.  I had a really difficult time pricing them because #1, I hadn’t thought anyone would purchase them and hadn’t thought of a price ahead of time, and #2 I really didn’t think anyone would pay for them for what I thought they were worth as far as the work and materials I’d put into them.  However, I came up with a price I thought was fair for me, at least, and the lady bought them both!  I’m so happy and proud.  I am totally aware that my items take a certain person to appreciate them.  Which is the one main reason I was so surprised!

I had decided I wanted to knit a few things, and I made a cowl out of the hand spun yarn with locks I’d dyed and spun during Spring.  I posted it on Facebook, and immediately a friend said she was interested.  Again, I had a difficult time pricing it, but she still wants it, so that will be delivered this weekend.

I so appreciate these things being sold.  I really needed the boost of acceptance and confidence to continue to make items in the hopes that others will appreciate them, and value them, and be willing to purchase them.

The art hanging in the gallery has not sold, as far as I’m aware, but I’m still proud it’s hanging there.  I believe the items in the coffee shop will be taken down when October is over.  I keep hoping with Christmas coming, people will want to purchase these items.

Photos below of the items I’ve spoken about in this post.

Bobbi and her shirt, front and back.

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Bobbi and the vest – front and back (don’t have a better photo of the back).

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Wall hangings:

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Scarf from yarn I spun:

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Thanks for looking.

Take care,
Martha

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Hello world!

Welcome to my new blog.  I’m Martha, and I’m happy to meet you.  I hope you like what you see.

I’m a fiber artist living in rural Orange, Virginia, USA.

I’m also a spinner and weaver, and I like to try new ways of using fiber – not the digestive kind – the kind that comes off sheep and goats and other animals, from plants, and man-made fiber.

I will be posting my work soon.  I do ask that if you share, you are kind enough to link back to this blog.  Please, do not use the photographs as your own, and please, give me credit if you share them.

Excuse me now, while I go watch the sunset, the hummingbirds on the feeders, and the bunnies that are chasing each other in the yard.

See you soon!
Martha