A few days ago I got this message in my inbox from my friend Susan:
“Hey Pam –how are you? In circle today an idea came up to play off of the pussy hats and give women something else to create – that was a sign a marker of people in the movement. You came to mind. Is there a way you could design a pin that we could wear like a big safety-pin that had a miniature version of the pussy hat symbol attached to it? So my idea is that could you design something that people could easily make just like the pussy hat went viral? Thoughts?”
So I put my thinking (pussy)-hat on and thought back to my last post about collaboration. I like the idea that this project could be a way to create a symbol of an alternate collaboration, one where like-minded souls looking build relationships with others who support human rights can easily spot each other. Like-minded souls can create something simple to share and show the way.
And I had an epiphany (as usual, in my hot tub time machine). I want to offer my Kitty Kollaborator in Kindness Pin. She is part pussy, part heart, with the symbol of safety and she is divinely feminine. Yes, I know, my name for her could be (k)controversial. But, I would love to see a day come when the 3 K’s stood for something positive. So, I am ***(k)co-opting them. (in my last post you learned of my intention to co-opt “collaboration” as building a coalition of like-minded supportive relationships) So, instead I would like to refer to this as the K3 pin. Because if you look at that closely and break it apart, it is like I < 3 ❤ (I heart). And, I am offering her up as an idea to make and share with everyone on your Valentine’s List. You could even take a picture of her and put her on a few postcards. . .(wink, wink).
And then I went further down this rabbit-hole. The term “snowflake” has been thrown around as a derogatory term for a (bleeding?) heart liberal who gets easily triggered into melting at the actions of what is seen as “the opposition”. (It’s also been a label put on this generation of young adults viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations.) And recently there has been a false rumor that it was used by the Nazi’s. (See SNOPES.com for the facts) But, I also want to co-opt that symbol. Because we who live in the midwest U.S. know what happens when you get a lot of snowflakes together! I call it the Snow Storm Pin. I could call it an SS pin (I know where that is co-opted from too) but, that is too uncomfortable. I would love to see it created in as many different ways as there are snowflakes. So, please take both of these ideas and CREATE!!! As Princess Leia said, “take your broken heart and make it into art”.
Need help creating one of these? Here is are PDF‘s for the K3 Pin and the Snow Storm Pin with pattern shapes and notes.
1. appoint to membership of a committee or other body by invitation of the existing members.
divert to or use in a role different from the usual or original one. “social scientists were co-opted to work with the development agencies”
adopt (an idea or policy) for one’s own use. “the green parties have had most of their ideas co-opted by bigger parties”
Hot tub time machine. Tonight. Takes me downstream (no more going upstream to work out old karma, unless I want to paddle against the current). So, I go with the flow. Toward a beautiful waterfall. (I’ve had this lucid dream before. The first time I had enough faith to go over the edge, was quite an adventure. But now it’s easier. No more clinging to the rocks at the top, in fear.) When I land in the gorgeous pool at the bottom of the falls I notice more souls than ever before are there. (It is so lovely you all could join me.) It is peaceful, yet exciting. And the pool has seemed to expand to contain so many of us, without feeling crowded. AHHH. Well, back to the message….
I ask, What have you got for me tonight? I hear it LOUD. Repeated. “Relax, Enjoy, Create”…”Relax, Enjoy, Create”…”Relax, Enjoy, Create”. Then, “R.E.-create”… “recreate”…”recreation”…”RE-creation”… “Get it?” Yeah I get it.
Now let me explain so that you can “get it too”. My thoughts the last few days have been on setting my new moon intentions for November. I scanned through my journal from the last few months and a word jumped out at me. “Productive”. As in, “I wasn’t very productive today” or “I really accomplished a lot. It felt good to be productive”. But a month ago I made a major life shift for myself, on purpose. And it is giving me an opportunity to take a new look at what it means for me to be “productive”. So, that is what I am setting as my intention. Re-define what it means to be productive. (Does floating
in a hot tub, talking to the stars counts as “productive”. Well, yes I think so. I just need to get used to thinking of it that way!)
I moved my art studio/gallery out of a public location (the last 13 years) into the privacy of my home. I moved from a 800 square foot space to a 7 ft. x 12 ft. space. Yet It feels more expansive as I can look out continuous windows on three sides from a second floor space. I call it my treehouse. I am adjusting. I am settling in and getting ready to get “productive” again, but in a new way.
So, today I also “played” in my new studio space in a way that was relaxing, enjoyable and creative. I salvaged a pile of old cashmere sweaters that I had washed, and cut apart. By stitching them together, I RE-created a new “up-cycled” cashmere afghan, throw blanket. This is a technique I have used a lot in the past. But, it has been awhile (because of the studio move) since I’ve had time to enjoy creating and have fun. Soon I plan to get several of these cashmere blankets posted to my Etsy Shop. They would make a lovely holiday gift for someone. Something to snuggle up in and Relax, and Enjoy! Something a Stitch In Time Saved!
It didn’t take long for the message to come tonight. I stepped my toes into the “Hot Tub Time Machine” with my heart filled with love and gratitude for all my family, friends, guides, supporters, students and well any-one who has helped me get to this point in my life. I feel like I have been running a marathon the last several weeks and I’ve made it to not so much of a finish line, but to a transition line. Deep exhale~
But, I digress, back to the message: Well, I said my prayers of thanks to the heavens as my body sunk into the warm waters. Tonight is the Harvest Full Moon and as suggested by this forecast, I decided I should follow the advise of #6 and channel my “inner mermaid”. I felt so filled with thanks that I had this thought that “I am the chosen One”. There can be no other explanation as to why everything has fallen into place so synchronistically the last few weeks. I’ve experienced things like the rain stopping or holding off until just the second I get the tent up for camping, or the car unloaded. Time even seemed to stop in order for my daughter and me to get the U-Haul unloaded and back by closing time for her move into a new apartment a couple of weeks ago. There has been so much to do. And yet, it has all gotten done. And with relative ease. I must be “special” if the clouds are parting and time is stopping for me. Right?
Ha ha, my Guides laugh. Yes, and no. The truth is “you are all the chosen One”. Some just realize it sooner than others. Others use their “free will” to delay the awareness of it. Well, I don’t think I am at the arrowhead on this realization. But, I am not on the tail end either. I hope you hear this message too and join me in gratitude for being “chosen”. There are greater things in store for all of us. Tonight’s Pisces Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse Hold The Key To Letting Go & Moving On. Join me in letting go, filled with gratitude for what has brought us to this Now. Join me in Celebration. Join me in Moving ON~~~It is Time we all realize that WE are ALL the Chosen ONE!
Tonight as I ventured out to my Hot Tub Time Machine I caught sight of the sliver of a waxing new moon, just a couple of days old. It looked like “God’s fingernail”. My first thought was that it is just enough to scratch “it” off. What? Anything left that still needs to go.
As I soak in my tub my Guides tell me to “just relax. You’ve earned it. Climbing the mountain was hard work. There will be days of white water rapids ahead in this river, so enjoy the warm spring fed pool at the top of this ride.” I then ask my Guides if there is anything I should do. They tell me, “just be available. Keep your LINE OPEN. If we call, PICK UP THE PHONE!” Ha Ha. My Guides have such a good sense of humor!
I’m not sure why it is, but my best ideas and inspiration come to me when I am out in my backyard soaking in the hot tub (time machine) under the moon and stars. Tonight there was a lovely, bright crescent moon and the brightest “star” is actually Jupiter. He is my “action” planet and together we say, “by Jove I think we’ve got this!”
So, tonight I have a plan of action. Looking back in time I realize I am celebrating the 20th anniversary this year of my business, Pamela Penney Textile Arts (where a stitch in time saves!) I started creating women’s art to wear jackets and children’s special occasion garments in the spare bedroom of my home when my children where babies. (Crazy, I know!) I’ve expanded and grown and want to share my joy. Tonight I had a spark of an idea about how I want to go forward this year and share my celebration with the world!
I’m not really ready to share all of the details yet. They need to be “ironed out“. Much like things work in the sewing room, creations don’t really look great until they are pressed! I will be sharing this very soon. So, stay “tuned“. You may want to bookmark this page, as I will post a link to the updated information here as it gets solidified. In the meantime I will leave you with some clues…..