Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Special Day

May 9 has been a special day for Doug and me since getting married in 1970. Last year it became an even more special day as that was the day I got the angiogram and angioplasty that pretty much saved my life. It certainly saved me from having a heart attack.

So now instead of just being our wedding anniversary, it is also my re-birth day. :)

After a year of eye opening experiences, and recent news that wasn't surprising but not welcome, I have come to a point in my life where I cannot forget that life is fragile, brief and very precious. I had always been aware that I could make more money, but that I could never make more time. Little did I know how close I would come to running out of time long before I was ready. :}

But I've been given the enormous gift of life through circumstances that I had no control over, and would have changed if I could - my younger brother's death far too early - that alerted my doctor to the fact that I was also in danger. I would much rather Don had been saved, too, but that didn't happen.

His death has given me the opportunity to stay present in this world, enjoy my friends, continue to weave - and celebrate another birthday.

As part of my Celebration of Life I have decided to offer a very special deal on Magic in the Water; wet finishing handwovens.

From May 9 until July 9 (my actual birthday), purchases of Magic in the Water will come with a free copy of CD Weaver III.

CD Weaver I was originally published with one topic - You Have to be Warped - which shows how I dress a loom back to front. It includes lots and lots of colour photos, text and video clips of the parts of the process I felt needed to be seen in action.

CD Weaver II added a second 'chapter' - Weaving Hints and Tips - how to wind a bobbin, pirn, paper quill, hemstitiching, holding and throwing the shuttle and so on.
Again with lots of colour photos, text and video clips.

CD Weaver III added a third 'chapter' - It Isn't Finished (until it's wet finished).

At the time of publication I wasn't feeling at all well and as such wasn't sure how much longer I and my website would be around so we took pretty much everything I had on my website, added a few other publications I'd written, and archived it onto CD Weaver III as bonus material.

The good news (for me, at any rate) is that I intend to be around for a good while longer. But I can not ignore that life is, indeed, fragile, brief, and very, very precious.

Orders can be placed through me directly at or through my Art Fire store
If you want to add the sample packet I made to go with It Isn't Finished, there are still some of those left, too.


barbara said...

Laura, As a member of the Weaving Community, I am very pleased that you have been given the blessings and opportunities to continue celebrating your life. We all need to be taking better care of ourselves and others. Everyone needs to take the time to listen to what your body is trying to tell us; it probably knows best. Happy Anniversary!!!!

Dorothy said...

Many happy returns of your re-birthday!

I've enjoyed reading about your year just passed, it looks from here as if you know how precious days are and use them well. Many congratulations on getting through and being here today, and many thanks for your genorosity in sharing your knowledge of weaving and being part of the on-line weaving community.

Sharon Schulze said...

Happy Anniversary! Happy (Re)Birthday! Happy Saturday! Happy Spring!

It's a happy happy day all the way around. :-)

I'm weaving satin today - a new structure for me. I'm not thrilled with my warp but I'm really groovin' on the structure. :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm deeply touched by your story and wish you a Happy Anniversary. Life is precious and I want to wish you many many more anniversaries and lots and lots of joy from weaving. Thank you for being there for all the weavers in our on-line weaving group and giving so much of your time and knowledge.