Monday, January 30, 2012

Kgosi Tau

KGOSI TAU (not finished yet but could not wait to share him and my Bursary fund story)
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Let me tell you about my passion to help the Maru-a-Pula Bursary fund. Founded in 1972 Maru-a-Pula is a world-class, non-racial, education school in Botswana. They currently offer 28 scholarships to orphans and vulnerable children, aiming for 60 scholarships by 2014. Not only do they pay the school fees but feed, clothe and pay for medical aid for each child. You have to understand here in Botswana poverty is bad enough but cripple it with AIDS and we have horror on these poor kids lives, MAP blends them in to "regular middle class" society and you would never know they were orphaned unless told so. MAP has such a wonderful scholastic record that these kids can get scholarships and bursary's to the BEST Universities in the world. GO MAP.

What does this have to do with Quilting?
Well.....I always assume the beginning of the year will be slow, again I am wrong.
  • Jan 14th my birthday
  • Jan 26th my daughters 8th birthday (my Moon)
  • Jan 31st my sons 11 birthday (my Sun)
  • Feb 4th we have a family fun day to kick of MAPs 40th birthday celebration. Of course there will be a craft/art fair and 10% of the sales go to the fund as well as a lovely quilt for the auction.
  • Feb 18th is the opening of the new wing of the MAP library where my HUGE 3 meter by 5 meter quilt hangs. I cant wait to see it up (tomorrow I hope)
  • March 3rd my Botswana exhibition in conjunction with Fiber Arts Revolution (USA) So much to do for this I feel exhausted just thinking of it. Kgosi Tau or King Lion is one of my new pieces, I have decided to do a set of portraits this year. Lion, Elephant, Zebra, San bushman lady, Herero lady etc. All started around mid Jan as I first had to restock my store from Christmas (at least get something up on the walls hahaha)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Botswana U-Pen quilt is my birthday :)

Just to have a note of what my Birthday looks like. It is 1:12am and I have just finnished work on one of my pieces for my next exhibition. I need at least 25 from me and Fiber Arts Revolution brings about 15 peices, one from each member. Quite a big thing to take on, half the quilts in one show from me......lots of work to do. Tomorrow I must mannage the store, my daughters new asthma medication, my son and get at least half a quilt done for the Exhibition before I can relax for dinner with two really good friends. This on my day off. Ahhh the life of an entrepreneur quilt shop owner in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. I love what I do and the people I work with. It is HARD work but also well worth it. At least being my own boss means I do not have to work 9 to 5, I can take time off with my daughter when she needs it and make up the time later (my son too has sensory deprivation and has needed a lot of mommy time). I have to say I must work about 70hrs a week, but it is times I pick, and that, as a widowed working mother means all the world to me. So what I realy want to say is Thank you lord for giving me the oppertunity to be my own boss (for now) and allowing me the opportunity to do something I love, work with people I admire, and giving me the strength to do what I have to do.
Happy Happy Quilting people :)