But first I have to begin with this video sent to me by my friend John Kelly. He also sent this to my mother, just in case you were wondering, and for those of you asking why I’m not posting something from her, that’s why. You know I love you, Mom.
Musicians from all over the world joined together to create what is the most beautiful version of this song that I’ve ever heard. At a time when we, humans, are separated, literally and metaphorically, from one another more than ever before, this brought tears to my eyes. We are more alike than not. Thx Kelly, Kelly. You’re the best.
And now for the unveiling! I have been keeping my nose to the grindstone, which is a weird expression, but I looked it up (I know, you expected nothing less) and learned that,
“…it comes from the practice of knife grinders when sharpening blades to bend over the stone, or even to lie flat on their fronts, with their faces near the grindstone in order to hold the blades against the stone.”https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/keep-your-nose-to-the-grindstone.html
All of this is to say – I’ve been working non-stop to get my latest design out into the world and finally, have it finished and ready to unveil. Ta da!!
This lined, zippered and padded pouch began with an idea that I discussed in my post, Memories of my Father and again, last week in my post, Sh*t my Mother Sends Me. There’s a theme here, but perhaps we shouldn’t read too much into that… This pouch began as an idea, and then went through some growing pains because I
couldn’t wouldn’t let go of my original idea. I filmed much of this struggle and have posted it on my YouTube Channel as the introduction to my new design, River Rocks ~ A Small Pouch.
As with my Otter Needle Roll, I have written detailed instructions that include lots of photographs and is a step by step guide on how to make it, from start to finish. And as with my needle roll, I will also be releasing videos on how to make and stitch this project on my YouTube Channel: Ariane Zurcher ~ On the Other Hand in the coming weeks.
Now I have to get busy with the other four designs I have begun. Don’t ask me about that stitching book, I’ll get to it, but I still need to figure out how to clone myself first. Here’s to stitching together!