Friday, March 27, 2015

French Fridays

I know I've mentioned it before part of the reason why I'm heading to France is to see if my art would work there. What I have failed to mention is beyond the writing part of my life (which many readers probably know the most about), I am also a fiber artist.

Berry Sherbet Poncho
The photo is a sample of some of my handwoven fashion. Until mid-May when I leave for France, all the proceeds from my artisan business (also Bridgette ni Brian) will go towards the trip. To purchase items, or at least browse around, you can go here.

Most of my handwoven items are made from 100% cotton and are machine washable. The listings will give you more information.

If, on the other hand, you want journals, I also have some of those in stock. These are all handbound made from sketchbook paper, and come in a variety of sizes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

French Fridays - Art

This week has been interesting. On Tuesday, I spoke with my mission counselor about the trip, and was able to express some of the concerns I have; on Wednesday, I was able to speak with another mission counselor as well as the other young woman going on this trip with me. Today, I have an open house to jump start the 2015 Craft season.

It's been an encouraging week in regards to talking with others about the upcoming trip, but at the same point, there is always those elements of concern. Some of it, like my dislike of flying, can be shoved to the side. Others, like what the Lord wants me to do, need to be considered and lifted in prayer.

The closer my trip comes, the more nervous and hopeful I become. I'm encouraged to see what will happen as these last few weeks pass.

If you want to donate to my trip click here, and search for Bridgette Britton.

Friday, March 13, 2015

French Friday

It's coming down towards the end before I head to France. Found out earlier this week some of the cities I'll be visiting. While I knew I'd be in Paris, and suspected I'd visit Geneva, the surprise on list was Lyon, France.

The cool thing is Lyon has been one of the places on my 'To Visit' list ever since I learned about its silk history. During the Renaissance time period, Lyon was known for its silk production. While weaving doesn't have as strong of a presence in France as it once did, there are still places where it can be found.

Just a reminder, if you want to help support the trip to France, visit here and donate to missionary, "Bridgette Britton."

Friday, March 6, 2015

Book of the Month - A Distant Mirror

This month's book review focuses on A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman. Originally published in 1987, this book is an expansive overview of Medieval French History through the life of Enguerrand de Coucy.

I'll admit that it's a long book (over 700 pages), and much of it is in academic writing. I took me two attempts to go through the book, the first being in an audio book, and the second with a hard copy of the book.

I found it both interesting and difficult. By focusing on the life of one man, it provides a stable, central character for the maddening world in France.

If you want an easy overview of Medieval France, this isn't the book to read, but if you are looking to research the time period, I would recommend this as a good overview.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Three Finished

As of this morning, I have finished book three of the Azure Maris series. This one, entitled Azure Depths finds Azure back home with her family, but things have changed over the two years she was away. Trouble seems to spring from all corners - people she once held dear have turned; her people seem to believe she is a pariah, and spies are in the city.

What's worse, is Azure can't figure out if the people opposed to her are in favor of Mano Leo-mana.

Now, I'm working on the fourth and final book of the series, Azure Dreams. Editing for the third book should begin next week as I usually take a week off after finishing.

Over the past year, I haven't wanted to write the second to last chapter, but through the processing of what happens as well as figuring out the story, it came smoothly enough. It's a relief to have the worse part of the story over, but Azure's fight is not over.

On a side note, I'm beginning the First of the Month Book Review this week, but it will hold off until Friday as part of my French Friday series. The book is one I read awhile ago, and focuses on a part of French history.

Friday, February 27, 2015

French Fridays - Slow and Steady

This is a little late today, partly because it's been a long week of writing for me. I'm nearly finished the third book in the Azure Maris series, and have been working on some weaving projects.

Slow and steady seems to be the best concept for when it comes to working on much of anything. Novels, weaving or even preparing for the mission's field - even a short term trip.

One thing I've been learning, is how to pace myself. It takes time for books to process even as it takes time to allow God to work in our lives. I think the hardest portion for me is allowing myself to relax. I'm one of those people who constantly think - there's always something working, but the question I find myself asking is what do I need to pursue among the many choices I have.

Part of the reason I'm heading to France is for this very option - to see which path I can possibly take. Life is an adventure; sometimes the adventure has a great many risks, other times it's peaceful. The fun part is navigating it.

If you want to help with the trip, visit here, and put in Bridgette Britton under missionary. Anything helps with the trip.

Friday, February 20, 2015

French Fridays - Preparation

For most of the Eastern US, it's cold. In my part of Western NY, we have -30 wind chill, and temperature highs in single digits. It's very cold and snowy.

Niagara Falls, 2014
They even talk about Niagara Falls freezing (ish, it's actually below the Falls that freeze, but it is cold). Currently, it's the forties (Fahrenheit) in France. Practically a heat wave compared to what I'm currently feeling.

One of the biggest aspects of traveling is the weather - preparing for the weather patterns normal in a given location is part of the research before heading over. At this point, anything warmer than 0 degrees Fahrenheit is a wonderful though.

Since I'll be in France from mid-May to mid-June, it'll be pleasant. Currently, it's one of things that helps with the cold - thinking warm thoughts about spring.