Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog!

Welcome to my little corner of the blog party! I am participating in the Grow Your Blog event, facilitated by Vicki at 2 Bags Full. We are all having one big Blog Party, visiting and getting to know other bloggers around the world.

My name is Lisa, and I live in Pelahatchie, Mississippi.  It is quite a picturesque little town about 30 miles from Jackson, the capitol of Mississippi.  Its claim to fame is the annual Muscadine Jubilee held every summer.  And if you don't know what muscadines are, may I just say - Muscadine Wine!  Mmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!  Okay, anyways, where was I before I got distracted by the wine?

Oh yes, I live in Pelahatchie, well, actually about 7 miles outside of Pelahatchie in the lovely Mississippi countryside, on my Pelahatchie Spread.

Next to me is a horse rescue. I really enjoy watching the horses. They come looking very sad, neglected, and malnourished, and soon are looking fat, happy, and sassy.  The owners of the rescue bring them back to health, work with them, and then find them new homes.  This past summer they had a mare that gave birth, and the little foal was just such a delight to watch, frisking around his mom and auntie, both of whom were very patient with his antics.

I love to piddle around with gardening. I always get the garden itch around the end of February, and plant a ton of stuff which I lovingly tend every day. Every day, that is, until the temperature reaches about 95 and the humidity gets to about 195; then I'm done. So basically I garden during March, April and May.

My little rose garden, bedded down for winter. Come back for the spring glory!

I am a hand drummer. I started drumming in 1990 on the frame drum, going to Native American style drum circles. Then I discovered and was taken over by the djembe in 2012. The djembe is a west African hand drum, and it is a very powerful drum indeed! I often say that all I wanted to do was to learn to play the djembe, but the djembe had another plan. I have since then apprenticed myself to a Djembefola, a Master Drummer, and I have been learning not just how to play the traditional djembe rhythms, but how to skin a drum (yuck), how to rope and tune the drum (very hard), and how to feed my drum. I also co-facilitate a drum circle with my djembe mentor and partner.  Come back and visit, and I will tell you more of my lovely djembe drum and our adventures together.

My drum is the one on the left with yellow rope.

My other love is needlework. That had been the focus of my life until the djembe came. The name of my blog, Wyrd Needles, has its roots in the Norse mythology of the Norns, the three goddesses who weave the fates of gods and men. Fiber and fabric have been a part of my life since I was 10, when a friend of my mother gave me my first sewing machine, an old singer treadle. I would give my eye-teeth to still have that machine! And so, I look at life through the eyes of my needles, and stitch away. I sew, quilt, knit, crochet, and embroider. I love all forms of embroidery, both counted and non-counted, and you will rarely see me without a piece of embroidery close to hand. I even keep a small, on-the-go project in my purse, just in case I have five minutes when my hands aren't busy doing something else.

Current purse project (Did I mention I carry a huge purse?)

 I have one daughter, a beautiful young woman-child who lives too far from me in Kentucky. She is finishing up her graphic arts designer degree at the University of Louisville. She paints, sculpts, draws, and does really cool graphic art. She is also a gamer, and goes to all of the ComiCons she can get her little body to. I am so proud of her I could just burst.

I support my drum and fiber addictions by working as an accountant in the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration. Because I am an accountant with an artistic personality (believe me, not many of us out there lol), my working papers are always much more colorful than my counterparts. I once worked at a CPA firm who had to make it a part of their procedures that only red, black and blue could be used on working papers, because my papers were graced with not only those colors, but pink, purple, green, orange, magenta, aqua, sparkly silver, flashy gold...well, I guess you get the picture. I didn't stay long at that stuffy place.  I enjoy working for the State because they don't care what colors I put on things, as long as said things get done.

Okay, that is me in a nutshell. I hope you will come back and visit with me again.


Jennifer LaVite said...

It is nice to meet you! I enjoyed reading your post. I too am an accountant driven by a creative side. We do exist! I am a paper addict and I make jewelry every day. Your needlework is beautiful and I love it that your purse has to be huge to accommodate your latest project. I myself crocheted 2 granny squares in the car yesterday (my daughter was driving). Enjoy the blog hop!

Debbie said...

Good morning and welcome to party. I really enjoyed your beautiful blog. I am one of Vicki’s helpers and we are thrilled to welcome you to the Grow Your Blog party. I hope you have a great time with it!! Debbie (SunflowerHouseArt)

Marsha said...

It was nice to meet you. We have a rule at work, black and blue ink only. Drives some of us crazy, and the surgery schedule can only be printed in black on white. We were having too much fun printing it in gorgeous color, sigh. Anyway, hope your blog grows!

prettylittlethingsinabox said...

Welcome to Grow Your Blog party. I am one of Vicki’s helpers and hope you'll made some new friends and have new followers in the weeks to come. Big Hugs from Singapore

Katy said...

The drumming is so cool! Already a follower, but it was great to learn that about you!

DJH said...

How I would love to live next to all of those horses!
Love the drums!

jhm said...

I am also an accountant though now volunteering vs paid work, but still with a creative side. I design mostly charted canvas designs (i.e. modern needlepoint) and teach whenever I can.
CHeck out my blog - also on GYB

Linda said...

It was nice to learn a little more about you Lisa.


Kerry Leslie said...

What a great post! I really enjoyed getting to know more about you. Love your purse project and would like to see more of it!

Sue Kosec said...

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!

Sheryl S. said...

Hello Lisa. Here from the blog hop and pleased to meet you and discover your interesting post. Purse looking lovely

Ann C. said...

I just stopped by through Grow Your Blog. I tried to become a follower, but there was a problem with blogger. I will try again another time. You can visit me at
Happy Stitching!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I really enjoyed reading about your adventures with your drum - pretty cool! Thank you for having us over for a visit with you.

Linda H said...

HI Lisa, Dropping by on the GYB party. So nice to read about all your hobbies- the drumming is awesome!! And you have some wonderful stitching going on! I'll look forward to returning to check on your stitching progress! Hope you'll visit me too.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Hi, Lisa, visiting from GYB. I'd love watching those horses too. You live in a very nice part of the world, beautiful pictures.

Carol D. said...

Enjoyed browsing on your blog. I also have a daughter names Megan. Love all the needlework and wish I had more time so I could revive some of my projects. Right now I spend more time on sewing, quilting and lampwork beads.

Anna van Schurman said...

It's nice to meet you. (I'm so late to the party, I think everyone has gone home.)