Poetry: Let’s Not Pretend

                         Let's Not Pretend

To know you,
or really anybody for that matter,
I need to see you,
spend time with you,
face to face.

To see what you are saying,
with your body,
your eyes,
the timbre of your voice;
at times more important than your words.

To know you,
or really anybody for that matter,
I need to see you,
face to face.
We need this,
to really know the essence of you
and you, me.


c.2019 tch

    

Getting Started

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Sometimes all we have to do is just take that first step and get started and not keep putting off what is important. Yes, life gets in the way! However; how can we be creative or carve out the time for that one thing on our bucket list, or finishing what is considered the most important project, while still doing all that has to be done and done today? Prioritizing every day, putting the important step(s) on the calendar. As one of my favorite professors used to say, Just chunk it down, one step at a time… and yes it will happen!

Thank you for visiting Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons!

c. 2018

Love Quilts in the Home

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Do you love quilts in your home? Do you love the feelings that come with either receiving or gifting a quilt?  I call quilting my cheap hobby as either I sew too slow or I buy fabric too fast. I haven’t decided. Either way, it takes me a while to complete my projects.

I  attribute my love of quilts to my grandmother who also loved quilts. When I was a girl, my grandmother would tell me the story that went with each quilt as we would relax and lay on the bed talking late on a summer night. Most of her quilts were made from scraps into log cabins, colorful butterflies, Sunbonnet Sue’s or Sam’s by her Kentucky lady friends or from her mother (my great-grandmother) who saved and used scraps from everything. “Waste not, want not.” My great-grandmother would ask me if I was saving the buttons from my discarded clothes for sewing or ask me “are you going to throw away money?”. She was the original recycler. She made quilts primarily for her family to stay warm she said, not necessarily to look pretty. She used wool from grandpa’s suits, old cotton dresses, coats and other household textile items. But she made them into crazy quilts and used colorful embroidered threads to connect the pieces and tied them with yarn, which made them useful but pretty and  decorative.

However; while I like most all quilts, scrap quilts, especially those with bright colors are my very favorite.  I feel almost like I am getting a free quilt from my left overs! The above photo is one made entirely from left over scraps sewn onto tear-a-way papers (10″ Paper Piecing Squares) that I bought in a stack from Missouri Star Quilt Company (missouriquiltco.com), very inexpensively on one of the online Daily Deals. I have been experimenting with combining old and modern, which is fun! This certainly is not one of my more traditional patterns that I usually prefer. But it worked up fast and I have made a good dent in my scrap bag. I will machine quilt it with a quick pattern and tada will have a quilt that I will be comfortable with for everyday utilitarian use (being dragged around anywhere), maybe a concert in the park or a picnic.

My grandmothers would be proud to know they had influenced me with what they would call common sense and not wasting! Plus, it just adds another quilt to my stash to either gift or keep. It’s a Win Win!

I plan to add a quilt page and also a photography gallery with my next Blog redesign. In the meantime, quilt lovers please feel free to share a photo of one of your creations or showing a favorite pattern. Happy quilting and thank you for visiting! I hope all of my visitors enjoy Terre’s Blog – Women for All Seasons where I try to show a variety of topics from the spice of life. Thank you and please visit often!  

“9 Tips to Reaching Project Goals”

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“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

                                                                                       – Theodore Roosevelt  

Have you ever dreamed of accomplishing something that didn’t quite turn out how you wanted? Or your goal turned out to be more than you could have hoped for? The quote above while referring to “the man” of course equally applies to women as we strive to reach new heights and try new things, whether personal goals or in our work life.

Here are some helpful tips I have learned along this road as I have strived to reach both personal goals, especially as an independent inventor, or when working in teams professionally.

                  ” 9 Helpful Tips in Reaching Project Goals”

  1. Define clearly what it is you (team) want to accomplish
  2. What steps do you need to get there?
  3. Who do you need on your team in order to reach the goal?
  4. Clear communication with transparency
  5. Define the timeline, budget, and time commitment needed
  6. Be flexible, incase you left out a crucial step or team member
  7. Build relationships while being well-rounded
  8. Give credit where credit is due. Show gratitude.
  9. Own the results, even if they are not the ones you wanted

Hopefully these tips will help you in mapping out your course to reaching your goals, dreams, and objectives in moving forward. If you find these helpful, please share as you travel on your journey! Thank you for stopping by. —Terre

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