Sunday, January 17, 2010
Quilting Bee #40
Well..wow...#40..that is alot of Bees!! I am really quite touched that you folks come back to see me! I can't tell you what it has done for me to meet you here each week!! I am blessed!! I am!! So I think for #40 cupcakes are due..been a while since we offered up sweet treats. So along with the Kona coffee and various teas..I am offering up a smorgasbord of deliciousness. Let see there are: lemon custard and carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, chocolate with double fudge frosting, German chocolate, Boston cream, coconut cream, vanilla with butter cream frosting, strawberry, devils food...so many delicious little cakes!! I have also added a bowl of delicious fruits; starfruit, mango, grapes, pineapple, bananas..yummmm!! The picture..clearly not me..but you will understand why I chose it in a minute..I hope!
I have racked a quilt full of questions and styles today. Please pull up a chair and join me!
I have been taking the "Unravelling" class with Susannah Conway the last two weeks. Fascinating..mind opening..surprising..wonderful! All of those thing and so much more. I have found some surprising things about myself there. One thing I have been thinking about is personal style. Do you have one..a style that defines you?? Do people type cast you into a role because of that style?
As I have been reflecting on my own style the last few weeks, some things have occurred to me...I have a style that surprised me..kinda..ok.. yeah it did! To start with I am equally comfortable in camos as I am in heals and that little black dress. But my true style..that one that fits me dress wise..I love the woodsy look. I also discovered..I am more of a rebel than I thought of myself. Despite the fact that I am nearly 50..I looove my bandannas and crocs..cargo pants and tie dye. I wear leggings with my long dresses, leg warmers if I so feel like it! I am a fashion rebel...lol!! Sometimes I pull it off..sometimes not so much. I don't dress like a 20 year old..or like an old hippy..kinda just my own artsy style. I am not really one to conform to the current trends..I take what I like and leave the rest. What does that say about me?? Hmmmm.
I suppose if you look at my life so far it would be as unusual as my dress style..a bit eclectic and different. It would seem that a large part of who I am is about embracing the different..the untraveled path. When I was 42 I went to girl scout camp for the summer. Children in tow..we spent a full summer there. We lived in a tent on the lake, with honey bucket and shower houses, walking several miles a day, eating vegan, basically we camped out all summer. It was a blast, it was heaven, it was hugely enlightening and empowering! Some of my older mom friends thought I was crazy..but several of them told me in the end that they wished they had gone too!
Basically they paid me to play all summer.
I was an unwed mom before it was cool in Hollywood. I was a cougar long before the name was created..ok was only a cougar once..I kept him. I have home schooled and homesteaded. Sung out loud in public and done more than my share of public speaking. I have done some very interesting things. Funny it wasn't until the last couple of weeks taking this class...that I began to see the pattern. Turns out this woman is a bit of a rebel..without doubt an extrovert. I will say I have learned to curb my wild side a bit..more tempered..thank goodness.
Believe me I am not bragging..some of this got me into some messes I would rather not revisit! So much so I think the last couple of years I have become too restrained..too shut down..too serious and controlled. Ackkk..how did I miss that??
So again I am seeking balance within myself. To walk the fine line between the wild child in me and the anal Martha Stewart. That part of me that really wants a little tattoo....yeah that girl. I miss her..that wild child who Let Fly with fun stuff. I have found enough depth in myself to seek her out again..bring her out in the light and let her play. Seems for a while I have been afraid to let her come out..for fear she would lead me into trouble. But I think I am a lot less interesting and frankly..I am a boring girl with out her around. Seems I have Unravelled the need to Let Fly with me..fancy that!! Whoot!
So please share with us today..do you have a style? Is it the real you..is there a side of you that you have shut away...would you be willing to share why?
I think I want one of those lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting..OMG yummm! A cup of coffee would be lovely too! What can I get you? I do so love it when you come and visit me! Thank you for joining me again today!!
Hugs and Namaste, Sarah