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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through my Art Fire store http://LauraFry.artfire.com
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.