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During the past umpteen months I've been working on developing some online classes. After having spent a lot of time on one class, I put it aside to finish later and started again with another fun and popular one.

I'm still at it -- working alone and trying to film yourself is not easy; I had some help from my partner Phil-cum-reluctant videographer who did a great job, considering the learning curve. I am on my own now, so - uh - no guarantees. But I have the video I made telling about the class so you can sign up to get notified when I'm ready to release it.

I've also spent a lot of time on the phone volunteering to contact South Florida voters to make sure they have their mail-in ballots and check whether they need any help. Almost everybody I spoke to is afraid to mail their ballot and have already put them in the drop boxes at the Supervisor of Elections in their county (which I did) or will drop them at the early voting sites, which open Oct. 19. Only one said she planned to vote in person.

No two teachers are doing these classes the same way; Some are doing everything on Zoom, others on an online platform, and still others a combination of both (which is what I am thinking about). I'm leaning toward the hybrid so I can SEE you and we can talk to each other but you can also watch the videos (LOL) a few times online if you need to. We'll see.

In the comments below, I would love to hear about your experiences with e-classes and what worked for you (and what didn't).

Here's the video I made as an intro - (just ignore the "I'm going to post it to my blog" comments I made just in case I post it elsewhere).

Leave me a YES! along with your comment if you want me to notify you when the class is ready to launch so I can send you a registration form.

Back to work!!



Yes, I am really still here.

I have spent the last umpteen weeks trying to figure out how to run a Zoom meeting, including trying to figure out how to put up a background that isn't my kitchen. At this rate, you may have to look at my kitchen. It could be worse.

Today I took the morning off and wandered around a store that was not a supermarket. A bit of zen and a complete change of pace from sitting at the computer, the sewing machine, or the camera. Ahhhh...what a treat!

I have finally given up on working at my (roughly) 2x4 kitchen island and have decided to go back to the studio. I came home to work in the first place because I don't have central air in my studio and the air conditioner is so loud that when I play back the video, all you can hear is the roar of the a/c unit. And if I turn it off - I am in a sauna. But when (my partner) Phil gets back next week, I will let him help me schlep my stuff back and try a workaround.

Just as well. When I am home I am distracted by doing laundry, baking bread, and talking to my plants. How cute is this celery? I don't even like celery but I use it when I make soup, so I want to see if I can grow it on my windowsill. So far, so good. LOL.

My big design wall is in the studio, so I have been using my little portable one. These are some of the blocks I've been playing around with at my temporary studio as I make samples for NPPP. .

I have decided to move back to my studio and just have the a/c running 24/7 so I don't have to swelter and try to be engaging at the same time. LOL

Fast forward a couple of days -- I couldn't wait, so dragged everything back to my studio in another part of the complex (all that exercise; all those steps that my Fitbit loved). Today I was actually able to get down to work. Hooray!



So, here I am at the end of another day: making samples and testing out ideas with "what if?" as I go along. Big problem: one thing sparks another idea and I'm off on a tangent. Well, maybe not such a problem: more of a problem would be if I forgot what the idea was before I made at least one trial block to see if it would work.

In my video I was playing with strips (or strings, as I prefer to call them because it sounds more playful). After I finished talking to you I decided to cut up another of those blocks with the diagonal line corner-to-corner. Here's what I ended up with. ' It isn't anything - but it will go into my bag of ideas and maybe I'll continue some day, or cut it up and use it somewhere. Or not. Maybe it will inspire you to play around with some ideas.

In any case, I am working on my first course; making samples. This morning I had to run over to the studio to bring back the thousands and millions of leftover strips to my living room. In fact, there are so many that I had to order two more storage crates to keep here, for now.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. Leftover strips of all sizes, colors, eras, cultures, and patterns; also, commercial solids and Helene Davis' gorgeous hand-dyes. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. LOL.

Enough! I have to get back to work. I have more ideas about what to do than I have time to try them out. xo.

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