Crazy as a Loom

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Finally, a little break.........

 We did a little driving, but it was worth it.
This is Schoodic Point, in Maine.

The weather was perfect.

The colors were stunning.

It was still busy in Bar Harbor, and there were lots of people in Acadia, but it wasn't as bad as it was in August.

I had hoped to be able to have the famous popovers at Jordan Pond House, but they had closed "lunch on the lawn" the day before.

We could have eaten inside.

But who wants to go inside?? 

 It was a little overcast, but still incredibly beautiful.

 So instead, we sat on the lawn, enjoying the view.

 Besides, if we can't all eat inside, then we don't want to go.
We're a pack of three.  We stick together.

Right, Roy???

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A done deal.

The sale is over, and it was a SMASHING SUCCESS.
 Thanks to my fellow weavers and friends, Lois, Sue, and Kathy, who worked along with me to get ready, and then helped me run the entire sale!!!  I am still in shock how much fabric and thread left the studio.   I think the house breathed a huge sigh of relief.  I know I did.

 Everyone said I should have another sale in the spring, and who knows, maybe I will.

If I do, I will have it from 9-2, because everyone comes at once anyway.

Now I'm ready for a little break.
Just a few days.

 Then it's time for some serious weaving.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Update for all my blogger friends.

So many of you have followed my 3 year journey with this headache.  Yes, it has been three years this month.
From the fall, to the first horrific surgery, to the second and third surgeries, you have been there supporting me and sending me good wishes, and support, at times when I thought I could not do one more day of it.
I have had times.....weeks even....of such a lowkey headache, that I thought I was in heaven, only to be reminded of its power when it came roaring back, putting me on my spot on the couch with Roy, interrupting my life, wreaking havoc with my plans, forcing me to my knees too often for me to count.
I have been angry, sad, mystified.  Why?  Where is this coming from?  My neurosurgeon has read my latest MRI and said it looks terrific (as terrific as a head can look after they have been in there with drills and such THREE times)
So what is going on???
He suggested that I look into my sinuses, or actually have someone else do it.
So off to the ENT I went.  He ordered a CT scan of my sinuses, which I have not received the results for.  He put me on a 5 day course of Prednisone, to see if I got relief.  He said that will tell us if your sinuses are the problem, it just won't tell us why they are the problem.
Well, I just finished the 5 days......and it was lovely.  I had nothing more than a THREE the whole entire 5 days, and even into the 6th.  I found myself thinking and feeling normal things, like I was almost NORMAL.  There is no way to convey the relief that washed over me, even knowing that it might be brief.  I wrapped myself up in it, relished it, dreamed of a future that has seemed almost impossible to imagine.
Last night, before my "presentation" on weaving rag rugs and Crazy as a Loom, at my weaving guild meeting, I realized it was back.  Like a low key hum at first, then louder and louder.
I was so happy to fall into bed when I got home, knowing sleep was the only escape.  This morning, FULL TILT SMASHER right between my eyes, over my forehead, over my nose.

One one hand, I am relieved....maybe this is the answer.  On the other hand, a little voice says, "oh no, what will they do to you now???"

But larger than that is the question, which boggles my mind.......WHEN, dear God, WHEN, did my headache (which has not changed in character......facial from hairline to tip of nose, temple to temple) WHEN and HOW can it be that it went  from my Chiari and basal invagination issue to my SINUSES???

What???   Were both issues there together, and one missed the entire time??  Did one pass the torch to the other, and when?
But looking back to 2011, when this started, I was weaving selvedge on the Union on a sunny, October afternoon, about 8 weeks after my fall.  My headache started, little did I know that it would be with me every day for three years.  At the time I said to L, "this selvedge is bothering my allergies, and giving me a headache."
The nightmare began right there.   What is that saying on my sidebar, " You will never untangle the circumstances that brought you to this moment."

Oh, true words, how poignantly you strike my heart.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Looking ahead.


And now...............

When this sale is over, I'm going to drag my old antique glider over to my new screened porch. I'm going to make a new colorful cover for it.  Put lots of new pillows on it.
Where I can sit with my morning coffee, and listen to Bart crowing over his girls.

Looking ahead is good sometimes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hilary on Steroids

Yes, it's scary.  For real.

When I went to the ENT to diagnose some sinus problem OR rule them out as a causative factor of my headaches, he put me on a 5 day course of steroids.
He said if I got some relief, that would tell us a lot.

In the meantime, they do some other things.

They upset my stomach...........yikes.
They keep me awake at night.
And they enable me to be a virtual whirlwind at just about everything I do.
It ain't necesarily pretty.
But oh wow, is it ever productive.

 Here it is...........$1000 egg. 
I'm kidding.  It might be more, or less.  
You know: the chicks, the coop, the run, the automatic door, the feed.

 It does kind of feel like you've given birth.   Two eggs so far.  I see an omelet in my future.

While the steroids, and a good friend, have been instrumental in helping me get ready for the sale,
LOIS has been weaving porch rugs.

Over 600 cones of thread organized and ready for SATURDAY.


Wool. Cotton.  Rayon.  And a mixture thereof.

 Today we bagged up grab bags of fabric......5-10 bags, $5-$10 per bag.  WHAT A DEAL! 
I think we bagged up over 500 lbs. 
For all those people who have emailed or messaged me that they live TOO FAR AWAY, it's all going on ebay, or on my web site, or both, as soon as the sale is over.  So you will get a chance.
I am seriously downsizing, folks.  In my minimalist mode.  And loving it.

 And don't forget looms, and warping boards, and so much more.

Now here's the good, if confusing news.   Today is day 4 of the steroids.  Today is also DAY FOUR of a headache that is THREE or LESS.
Can you spell H.E.A.V.E.N?????????
Because it is. 
Speaking of's my angel.
I love her more than words can say.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Living in the country and blatant advertising.

.Today was chicken house cleaning day.  Seems like an awful waste of all those shavings, but I haven't figured out another way to do it.
It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining.  I love October.

 I realized that I mostly just want a simple life.   It doesn't have to be exciting, it doesn't have to cost much.
I just want a simple life in Kingsbury, weaving and getting old, with a headache that's manageable.
Why is that such a feat??

Getting ready for the Sale.......I never realized how much shit  CRAP I have.
I have a LOT.
So pass the word to all your weaver friends.

Crazy as a Loom Weaving Studio is having an Open House, and huge downsizing SALE.
Among the things to go:
Macomber loom, 32", 4 harness, with sectional beam.
Reed Ideal Loom with production wheel, 2 harness, 36"
Cranbrook loom, 4 harness, 60" wide, sectional.
Tapestry loom.
Inkle looms
Warping boards
AVL warp wheel.
fabric rolls,
over 600 cones of thread/yarn
and much more.

Saturday October 11th, 2014 10am-4pm
3835 State Rte 4 Hudson Falls NY
call me 518-747-4147, or email me for more information

 Oh, and there will be refreshments!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Looking back.

As I am getting ready for my big OPEN HOUSE and SALE on October 11th, in an attempt to
downsize and streamline Crazy as a Loom, I find myself thinking about a lot of different things.

I am remembering how I started this business, and how I felt when I bought the studio.

This seems like a lifetime ago.  It was such a mess.
Thank God I had a vision.

I started today with one room, going through drawers and cupboards, sorting cones of thread, trying to get all the SALE stuff together.  I figure one room today, another tomorrow.....then we'll move on to the "old pantry" which doubles as a half bath, and fabric storage, and then the LOFT, which is a nightmare of goodies to be sorted.
I will putter with it the rest of this week, then on Monday, Lois and I will dig in.
Then my friends Sue and Kathy, fellow weavers, will come on Thursday to make the final push.......setting it all up.
I have over 600 cones of yarn/thread, so display will be a challenge.

This is just the TIP of the iceberg.

While at the show this weekend, a previous student of mine stopped by my booth, and told me that SHE will be teaching classes at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY.  The other weaving teacher at the school is also one of my previous students.
I think that one of the most rewarding parts of my Crazy as a Loom adventure is that:  all the incredible passionate weavers out there that started with me.

I should have kept track, had a list, but of course, I didn't.  Some of those weavers have become dear friends.

Then I remember how I started, taking an 8 weeks basic weaving course from a teacher with a bad attitude.
My salvation was that I was so stubborn, and learned on my own, and that I found a mentor, via the internet, my friend, Chris Gustin of Homestead Weaving.
I don't know what I would have done without her support.

In the end, my gratitude has translated into how I feel about teaching weaving.  I love that I have made a difference, even a little one.

Hope you have all gotten my newsletter.....if not, I'll blatantly advertise here, and tell you that all rugs  (except the 4x6 and 5x7) are HALF PRICED through midnight October 7th.
Once you purchase, I will refund the 50% discount via Paypal.
Just in case you wanted to know.
Oh, and the baby blankets are on the web site, with more to come after the Open House.

And a mini trip to Maine.

Welcome to my world.

Because every thread counts

Because every thread counts