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“Resilience” Chilkat Robe Updated: 4.15.14

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:21am

Clarissa Rizal and apprentice Teahonna James – April 15, 2014

It’s nerve-wracking to weave a Chilkat robe in a total of 5 months, absolutely nerve-wracking.  Though when I have a student who lives an hour from me who is willing to make the drive and sleep in my studio to learn how to weave, that is a real plus for me to make the deadline –  and of course, it’s a plus for her because she gets to learn how many tricks-of-the-trade and how to weave a robe!  So the trade is perfect for both of us!

Teahonna James has shown a great dedication to herself and I in learning how to weave Chilkat.  She is totally committed, has a sense of balance and organizational skills and is a talented “expert” in weaving….but I’m not going to tell her that so we can avoid getting big-headed about it!  %^}  I appreciate having the gift of apprentices who squeeze Chilkat weaving in between the lines!   Recent apprentices Crystal Rogers and Vanessa Morgan are two others who do this too.

There are several other apprentices too from the distant past who have become strong weavers and teachers in their own communities.  I know my mentor and teacher of Chilkat, Jennie Thlunaut would be proud of them too.  There is a sense of peace knowing that I fulfilled my promise to Jennie; there is a sense of pride with the students knowing they are a major part of that promise.

Thank you, Teahonna; I appreciate you making the time and effort to come over the past couple of weekends to assist me in gettingerdun!

Categories: Arts & Culture

Creating a Library

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:00pm

The beginning collection for a library…

A couple of weeks ago, I decided I would create a library for my team members in Worldventures, a network marketing company based in Dallas, Texas offering wholesale travel.  For the past couple of months, I have been in my own personal training to become a network marketing professional — I’m “Going Pro”.  I have read a number of books, listened to self-help CD’s, watched DVD’s and youtube videos — all quite inspiring and motivational with great trainings in techniques and personal development.

Before I begin inviting folks to take a look at our WV services, I want to provide a support system that would assist in the new member’s home-study course in network marketing and of course info on this specific company.  I hired my daughter to create a blog website specifically for WV members of the Four Corners area.  I typed out notes to my favorite network marketing professionals and xeroxed copies.  I also created a library of books whose topics range from financial advice to personal growth and spirituality to network marketing.  I collected most of these books from our local thrift shops at great deals, or in some cases, they were free!

Carving the book stamp…

I carved a small stamp from linoleum to mark the books that are “mine.”  Just want to make sure that the books are returned. —-  I love creating little libraries.  There’s something about handling a hard copy book as opposed to the viral books on line, though there are wonderful reasons to have books to read on our latest technological devices!

Each book is stamped on the inside cover to provide identity and unity

If you would like to check out our company, visit my company page by clicking here.  If you like what you see and want just the discount travel product, contact me; if you would like to join our exciting network marketing team, contact me; if you would like to do both, well then, what are you waiting for!?

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