Monday, 5 July 2010

Messing about.

I'm having a bit of a "down" day today... the sort of "is it really worth all the hassle messing around with textiles" kind of day... the sort of "should I give it all up and go back to teaching maths" kind of day... the sort of "I could earn more money stacking sheves at the supermarket" kind of day! So to make me feel better I've been messing about with textiles (in between a bit of studying)!

I made a bigger version of one my pin jars using the scrap of patchwork that I bought when we were in Cornwall.

Big enough for buttons and the odd reel of thread.

And I think it's making me feel a bit better... because the last thing I really want to do is teach maths again!

23 comments:

  1. Noooooo! It's the bloomin recession's fault.

    I'm glad that gorgeous little pincushion was a spot of therapy.

    IT IS WORTH IT.

    Hmm, am I sounding like a L'Oreal advert now?

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  2. Teaching MATHS?????? Yikes! You should definitely be playing with textiles instead! Anything would be better than that! Locket xx

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  3. My BIL likes teaching maths. But then he's weird, and you're not.

    Now, teaching tiny people - please don't say anything bad about that because my confidence is low enough as it is!

    Lovely pin jar!

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  4. i get that feeling - am making a baby quilt to sell and trying to work out a price - if i work out how long it actually took me, no one would pay it!!!
    Your pincushion is lovely!!

    xxx

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  5. Oh stay with it ,so sorry you have been feeling like this ,hope the feeling passes soon ,because your pincushion is so much more interesting than ,percentages and pye squares ,pie dishes even,at school I would cringe at mental arithmatic ,but loved handwork as it was then called .. ..love Jan xx

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  6. Just a thimbleful....

    Cheer up Gina! You are taking the right steps - all my grown up life, if I have ever felt 'mongy' I would get out the fabric and the scissors and before long the blues would go!
    Mind you, you'd probably make more money teaching maths !

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  7. The shelves are much nicer in Waitrose. If you're going to end it all, don't sell yourself short and end up in one of those German discount jobs. PS - do I recognise the first lot of jars?

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  8. I have just read the other blog - I have been wearing that as a ring, passing it off as an anniversary gift from Steve.

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  9. Oh I love your jar, I saw something similar in a tea cup and loved it.....dont go back to teaching look what its done to me!!!!!

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  10. Do a day's supply in a secondary school, that will put you off teaching again!

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  11. Glad you worked through the blues, I can't imagine anything worse than teaching maths, yuk!

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  12. Tomorrow's another day. It will all look better then. You wouldn't really want to go back to the chalk face............

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  13. Those days totally suck Gina, May tomorrow be awesome !!!

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  14. Hello to you Gina, from a tired person in New York.

    Teaching maths is a wonderful thing to do, so many folks around us definitely don't have a clue about mathematics. Anyone able to help them along deserves prizes.

    And yet. Not so many folks have got your wonderful creative talent. Trust that talent. Don't let your spirits drift.

    Each photo you've posted very recently just shows you are so on to something. Please do keep going. xo

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  15. Love your pincushions they are soo cute.
    Stick with textiles it's much more fun and you can't desert us now.
    Would you really want to abandone me half way through drawing lessons - okay don't answer that one :-)

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  16. hi gina,
    much as we all need to earn a living and need to be realistic, being happy and doing something we love is a joy. the fact that sewing took your blues away speaks for itself!
    your work is so beautiful.
    it is good, however, to reasess where we are on our path from time to time too, and from where i am sitting textiles is definately yours! (maths urghh!)
    sending you warm wishes on this beautiful july morning
    ginny x

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  17. The pin cushion is lovely - much better than maths any day - hope you are feeling back on track now

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  18. Yes, please don't go back to teaching maths - although I'm sure you were a great teacher your creative talents are far better employed in textiles as illustrated by your lovely cushion topped jars. Hope the blues pass soon x

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  19. Hi Gina I know the feeling only too well, You cannot give up you have gone too far now and with such amazing work, how can you stop? We need you to keep trudging on!! I definitely need you, you are my hero.

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  20. I quite often have days like that Gina, though it was English in my case. No my dear, keep at it. I don't think the money ever really gets better when you handmake, but it is so worth it on other levels (she says as though she can afford to keep making for pin money!!). xx

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  21. I think just handling textiles is therapeutic - making something worthwhile from them is fantastic. Glad you feel better and I'm full of awe and admiration. Teaching maths? - I had enough trouble trying to learn maths!!

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  22. It would be a crime against whatever Gods dish out talent and passion to stop fiddling with fabric. Art is not richly rewarded, society is twisted in that respect, but your work adds to life, maths teachers do too, no doubt but yours is a rarer talent.

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  23. hope your gloom has lifted - I'm sure you'd be an amazing math teacher but then everyone would miss you here and your C and G ladies would be lost without you . I love the beautiful patchwork :)
    sending happy thoughts - Judy xxx

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