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Getting it together – STUDIO Life

Well, today I spent the day getting the studio space where I plan to teach upholstery in the New Year all spiffed up…right now we are getting ready for the upcoming open houses. I’m sharing space with an extraordinary garment maker and 2 fantastic hat makers.  I’m getting my zafu cushions all filled and displayed.

I’m loving the space!  It is in Santa Rosa on Maxwell Court.  It is called the Maxwell Court Textile Studio and we will be having three open studios.  I will have them listed on my event page.

It’s about 1/2 hour from my home shop out on the River, but it is only a couple of blocks from my daughters and across the street from a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant….I’ve already had 6 spring rolls today and had the pleasure of my daughter’s help!!!!

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Service Above Self

I was honored beyond my wildest dreams last night by the Russian River Rotary Club for work giving back to my community.  It was a surprise orchestrated by my family and it worked!  I was awestruck!  I was humbled by the attention and words spoken by friends and family.  It is a gift… an amazing gift … to hear people say nice things about you … and it’s not even your funeral!!!!  I’ve always said that I want my funeral BEFORE I die so I can hear what people say about me!  I don’t think we are supposed to want that, but I do!!  It is also the best party of your life and you can’t be there!  Well, hopefully, one has led a life that makes people want to say good things about you!  That is certainly something to think about.

Anyway…. it is an award that I share with so many people that I have worked/volunteered with for the past 30 years.  I am indeed a lucky woman.

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Those who can – Teach

Well, they say that those who can…DO…. and those who can’t TEACH!!!  Well I always saw that statement as a little derogatory, however, in my case I think that it is true.  I SHOULD no longer subject my body to the rigors of my job of reupholstering….HOWEVER, I think I happen to be a really good teacher and that will be easier on my body.  I have an apprentice who is doing really well and I always tell him that I wish I had a teacher like me…my learning curve 35 years ago would have been a lot easier.

Sooooo, I am going to teach upholstery and other interesting things!  I will teach those people who have always wanted to tear into an old favorite piece of furniture and make it look good again.  They don’t have aspirations of opening a shop, but are creative and crafty people who know they could do something like this with a little guidance.

I have a lot to do to make this dream/task happen.  Stay tuned!

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10 lbs Potatoes

Spent the morning making my infamous mashed potatoes for Give Back Tuesday at the Rainbow Bar in Guerneville.  Every Tuesday this wonderful bar lets organizations come in with foods they have prepared and a pot luck dinner is sold to all who come for a measly $5.00!!!  AND they give 10% of the bar tab back to the organization.

My potatoes are for the Russian River Jewish Community and trust me, the food from this group is always interesting. (This picture is not really our group…;-)

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Great Review of My Zafu Cushions!

I received a great review from Black Dog Asana! Please go to their site and see more of their reviews of Yoga Items.

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Do you Zafu?

Zafus from Pillowish

Black Dog Asana ApprovedAs a yoga instructor, pet owner and crafter, Maggie spends a good deal of time on the floor.  Yoga blocks make decent chairs, but can still be a bit hard.  Some yoga blankets are OK too, but they can shift and are not as firm.  We just tried one amazing little pillow with the power to transform sitting on the floor from a have to, into a want to.  The pillow is zafu, and it is a small round floor cushion often used in meditation and yoga practices.  Our favorite zafus are made by our friends at Pillowish.  The colors and the patterns that Pillowish pulls together are amazing. We were lucky enough to snag one of their Blue Koy zafus, when you see the photos you’ll know why we are so excited about this fabric.

These meditation pillows are made from soft yet durable fabric so they can take the daily use that you will be giving them.  Pillowish uses buckwheat to fill the zafus, which allows them to be firm and supportive, but also ensures that they will conform to your bodies shape at the same time.  You have the option to request a larger zafu or additional buckwheat to make yours firmer.  Pillowish excels in customer satisfaction and will customize your zafu to order.  After all, no two yogis are unique!  The creative combinations in these pillows ensure that they will fit your spirit, your yoga space or any other space in you find yourself needing a comfortable seat.  Zafus are great for meditation and yoga because they elevate the hips and core, making sitting more comfortable and less of a strain on your joints.  They are also great for entertaining, as they can be used as decorative elements in the room, as well as functional seating.

We absolutely love zafus and Pillowish makes them durable, comfortable and affordable.  Murphy is happy because our zafus have significantly increased the amount of time that we spend sitting on the floor.  We could see ourselves lowering our desks in order to enjoy these great seats even more.  Zafus help to promote better posture and therefore better health.  Add the benefits of meditation and yoga and these become some powerful little pillows. This might be our first zafu, but we know it will not be our last!  Make sure to check out Pillowish and think about adding zafus to your room.

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