About Terresa

Fifty-five years young (soon to by 56), lived most of my life in Minnesota before shifting to Milwaukee Wisconsin in October of 1990. I'm a writer, a fiber artist, a cook, a seamstress, a Steampunk, and still struggling with what I want to be when I "grow up."

Completing Projects & To Do’s is a Great Feeling

Today was a reasonably productive day.

Walked to the bank to take care of some business.  Stopped to chat with one of my neighbors on the way home.  Nance has a cute Rhodesian Ridge-back hound with the canine form of Lou Gerhrig’s Disease who barks like crazy every time someone walks by.  Today I went up to his front porch to pet him and talk with his mom for a little while.  It’s nice to get to know the neighbors.  Once they get to know some of us in the house, they stop thinking that we are extremely weird people. (more on this in another post)

Then it was back across the street to the house and get things set up for the Monthly Steampunk Garb & Prop Build.  On the second Saturday of every month, I play hostess to the local folk who are interested in Steampunk (neo-Victorian time/style Ala Jules Verne and H G Wells).  We gather to build our garb, our gadgets and our friendships.  Today was a small group, Char, Mary, Sari, Chris, Henry and me.  Char was working on a ‘project bag’ she could put her portable projects in for traveling.  Henry was putting a patch on a hat for one of his persona outfits, Sari was creating Steampunk outfits for her ball-jointed dolls, Mary was cutting out a new pattern that Simplicity recently released for Steampunk.  I ordered coutil for corset making and a pattern for Victorian petticoat before switching to crocheting.

Actually, before switching to the crocheting I finished the beading on a Victorian Apron (the drape that goes over the skirt), for another character I will be doing for an upcoming convention.  Black on Black beading needs lots of light; glad I did it during the daylight hours.

I have a pattern for an Amigurumi Candy Dish with some Candies.  I finished the dish a few days ago and started one of the pieces of candy.  Today I finished that one, and made 2 more . The 3rd one a deviated from the base pattern to make a slightly different shape.  It turned out very nice.Mini Crochet Candy Dish  To give  you an idea of scale, it’s photographed next to a nickel for comparison.

One of the disadvantages of working in such small scale is the difficulty in doing anything unless there is sufficient light.  Daylight is best but I have worked on this sort of tiny under bright lamplight.

It is a good feeling to have finished this project and be able to start on the next one.  I may pick one of the little animals in the pattern book where this came from.  It wasn’t a long list of things to do but getting everything on the list accomplished makes me feel better about tackling the next day.

The First Step

Stare at empty screen.  Struggle to think of something to write that is clever, funny or both.

Decide to just start writing something.  This is the first blog in what I hope will be an ongoing communication with the world around me.  I am a writer, a fiber artist, a cook, a seamstress, a “puller of rabbits out of hats,:” a fluent speaker of ‘database’ (if I could teach what I do, I could probably make a small fortune), a friend to talk to, sometimes shy, a Steampunk, and still struggling to figure out what I want to be when I ‘grow up.’

I like that paragraph.  Think I’ll keep it.  Provides many a jumping off point for things to write about as I begin to “re-invent” my life once again.

This morning as I woke up I realized that if I want my life to change, I have to change what I’m doing.

So I invite you to come along and share the progress on my journey of change and growth.  I’ll share my experiences, resources that have helped me, things that worked and things that didn’t.  You’ll see articles I’ve written, maybe a poem or two.

I may encounter stumbles and roadblocks along the way.  When that happens, I hope to use this space to share what I learned from them; perhaps provide some tips and tricks to help others going through similar things.

So that’s my starting point, I hope you enjoy being part of the journey with me.