Affirmation

Affirmation turns up in life as statements to self, in the present tense, to manifest the qualities or things you want in your life. As in ‘I am rich’  or ‘money flows freely to me’ or ‘my life is beautiful’. Affirmations for money status, health status, the status of being alive and here. They are spoken or written to help bring about dreams and desires, to affirm life in all it’s glory.

But what about the every day Affirmations that possibly go unnoticed. Someone calls my name..Maggie…affirms me, a smile from a stranger in the street, on the bus, you are affirmed by their smile, when someone holds a door open for you, you are affirmed, a small child waves to you.. you are seen and affirmed. Simple everyday exchanges that occur between strangers…

I consider the opposite.

You hold the door open for someone and they breeze through with no thanks or acknowledgement – don’t you just feel annoyed about their thoughtlessness? Downright rudeness, as you might see it? Because you have not been affirmed in return- you’ve been rendered invisible.
When I wait for someone running for my bus and they fly onboard, tap in and move to their seat..zilch, di nada, no smile, nothing. I have seen them but they don’t see me..do they think the bus drives itself? Then you have to realise that people are preoccupied with problems, late for a meeting, going to visit someone sick in hospital, getting to work on time.
And there are the times when there is no need to be seen in Driver role, I wait for you running up ..I’m lost in the working day and want to get going, snap the doors shut and race on.

And then there is the best affirmation.

I recently saw street sleepers a kip in a doorway, when another man carrying a Mac D’s strolled past. He gently tapped one of them on the shoulder and got no response, so he stooped down and left his meal beside the homeless man and went on his way. The affirmation of humanity.

 

 

Yes and No

Hand and machine stitched intuitive art textile by Maggie Winnall at Sewin Studio
Yes and No © Maggie Winnall. Machine and hand stitched art textile

Yes! I’m happy to say that I completed my project, #100 Day Result, finishing up on July 27th or thereabouts. I stitched one hundred Applique fabric letters.  My sense of self and artist self merged into one. I became an artist.
I maintained my daily practice through one hundred days. It felt good. A new process emerged from the experiments, or even multiple processes as I tried hand and machine stitching in differing ways.  I was riding the crest of the wave and keen to continue, I made a start on supplementing the missing alphabet letters. I call this project #44lettersmore.

Then along comes the ‘no’ part of the blog title.The ‘no’ represents a pause, the delay in daily stitching. I slip back into resistance, I deny myself the pleasure of making. As I write now, I see I am concentrating on the negative but it ( this negative) has to be acknowledged. It is a pattern of mine, a recurring theme. I will be going happily along then I stop suddenly and drift away from my intention, for no apparent reason. It then takes ages before I realise I’m off the beaten track.  Much has been written about this, I know because I have All of the books !  So I have gleaned an insight as to why I behave in this way.. But it is a battle, a silent stealth that creeps back.

15 Minutes

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A new year begins, a welcome, an invitation to to each new day, for hopes and plans for the year ahead.

In 2015 I learned the power of 15 minutes – 15 minutes of de cluttering a day, 15 minutes of  daily yoga. Doing things in small pockets of time regularly makes a difference. I practiced yoga 192 days in 2015 and plan to continue this year.

What did you learn last year that you will bring with you in 2016?

Textile Art in the Garden

It is my day 53 in the #100 Days of Making Project. I say ‘my’ day 53, because the A* people are on day 63. This ten day gap has opened up and revealed secret thought processes (once I got over berating myself !) Thought processes that have been running the show for the longest time and that have contributed to major procrastination issues. I’m amazed really, that it’s taken so long for me to see this and I’m amazed at being held hostage for so long too.

This is all good, because now I know what I’m dealing with.

‘Yes’ to today!

 

‘Yes’ Maggie Winnall
Mixed Media Textile,hand Painted and machine stitched

‘Yes’ is the ultimate affirmation. Positive, pithy, powerful. I’m saying ‘YES’ ! To an unexpected holiday from the day job today! Which means I get to celebrate my grandson Reuben’s 6th birthday.
What are you saying ‘Yes’ to today?

‘Yes’ to today!

 

‘Yes’ c. Maggie Winnall
mixed media textile, machine stitched and hand painted

‘Yes’ is the ultimate affirmation. Positive, pithy, powerful. I’m saying ‘YES’! To an unexpected holiday from the day job today! Which means I get to share in my grandsons 6th birthday
Celebrations.
What are you saying Yes to today?

All Change!

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‘The only constant in life is change’ which is certainly true for my year so far. There was temporary change when I fractured my arm, which thankfully has healed and now a permanent change is upon me- I’m saying goodbye to the lovely space that has been home to my art making and moving to pastures new. It will be a while before I’m up and running though. It is a time of reflection and decision making, paring down, keeping only the essential tools, equipment and focussing on what is important to me work wise. This is the hard part- seeing all my lovely fabrics, knowing that some of them have to go. But I believe that it is all for the good and my work can only benefit from there being less clutter.

Message from the Universe…

Watercolour painting with a New Age theme, featuring text and pure colour values.
Message from the Universe © Maggie Winnall
Watercolour on paper

 

I fell…was falling, slipping, sliding, going through the air.

The cup of tea in my right hand dropped, tea splattered everywhere and BA BOOM…I’m on the floor. I hold my left arm and wait..sit and wait as I assess body pain, register sensations, whilst around me my girl and grand girls rush to help. My left leg is sore..not sure yet about my left  arm. I hold it close to me to avoid my fear..it’s pain free at the moment, once I move it, the pain will arrive.

This was last friday evening. There was more drama afterwards, an ambulance was called, I was carted off to A&E where they diagnosed a fractured left elbow. A big thanks goes to The kind and helpful A&E team at St. Thomas’ Hospital for their fantastic care.

So today is right hand day no.3, using the left side of my brain, as I navigate through with one hand. I have been able to draw and write though, so have taken up watercolour. Stitching is out right now, no needle threading or cutting intricate curves and serifs, no little letters. I’m making my letters in biro and paint.

Look! we made these……. at Lambeth Country Show

All these lovely people joined in Hope in Your Handbag™ taster workshop at Lambeth Country Show .They learned raw edge applique and stitched a small sample.It was a planned one hour workshop, we did two in the end. Here’s what I learned…children are decisive and focused, everyone finished their work, I love open air workshops…that I missed the camel racing and a falcon can break bone with it’s beak! Lambeth Country Show, a summer two day event at Brockwell Park, Brixton, is full of surprises.

Thanks to Tim at Brixton blog for hosting the workshop, Kristina and Karen from Makerhood  for organising and support on the day and to everyone who joined in.

Making Uncovered at Brixton East 20th April 2013

handmade affirmative applique oyster card wallet in turquoise and  blue and white vintage Liberty print lettering.

I’ve set up a Hope in Your Handbag™ workshop page, which you can see on the tab next to “About”

and “Sewin Studio”. I will be holding a workshop as part of Making Uncovered at Brixton East on 20th

April as well as demonstrating my hand bag making . It’s going to be a fantastic day with lots of energy

and buzz, there are lots of artists and crafts people taking part, so there is plenty to see and try. Plus the venue

Brixton East is a fabulous space- it’s going to be a pleasure to experience .If you are local hope to see you there!