Linda Pidzamecky
The Name Tag Workshop – Linda ‘Janome’ Pidzamecky, Educator for Janome Sewing Machines.

Mikey Finds Courage with Busy Lizzy

While attending a CHA Designer Retreat in Innisfil Ontario, I nearly had a breakdown. I felt like a child with a quivering lip of thinking, “I can’t do that!” I was immediately taken back to grade 4 of sitting in my chair with the teacher yelling at me to figure my answers out when, in fact, it was too hard for me.

I arrived at the retreat and we all had to customize our name tags. While most of these ladies are giggling and creating masterpieces in just minutes. All I seen was duct tape, sheets of paper, thing-a-ma-jigies that I don’t know what they are. I was screwed.

I tried to be a man about it thinking this is going to be a piece of cake. Like a dog needing to go out for a serious pee after the owner has been gone for a full work day and then decided to go out for drinks before returning home, I was pacing back and forth. Each pass I was getting desparate thinking, ‘what in the hell do I do with this stuff’. ‘Dammit Jim, I’m a yarn artist, not paper, glue and scissors.

Though everyone has been amazing at this retreat so far, Busy Lizzy, Fibre Artist is here and she’s a Crochet Crowder. She immediately gravitated to me when I arrived. She identified that I was struggling and all I had was components picked out but I didn’t know what to do with them. Everyone’s badges were so pretty and here mine is in pieces with me ready to have a nervous breakdown. Busy Lizzy came up to me realizing I need help and sat me down at a table with a glue gun.

Name Tag Creation
Mikey’s Masterpiece, Name Tag for CHA Designer Retreat.

Long story short, I’m always telling people to allow their imaginations to flow, open their minds, create and much more… and here I am in front of something that is kicking my ass. Busy Lizzy was patient for 15 minutes giving me the permission to be creative. “Just start somewhere Mikey and build. I put down my border and then my brain seemed to open up my the Red Sea. My awakening wasn’t instant but as I worked on it, which took me nearly 2 hours, ideas, and the thought of ‘I can’t’ turned into ‘why not’.

In the end, it all came together in a way that I am so proud of. I crocheted the purple area to have my own creativity as part of my badge. Simply meaning I wanted something hand made on it. I realized that if I had an attitude of ‘why not’ instead of ‘I can’t’, it means I don’t need permission to let me creative brain relax and go.

I’m totally going to frame this when I get home. I talked to Diva Dan last night and he was like, ‘it just screams you’, whether that’s good or bad is a whole other ball of wax.