Carving out some time, or in Walter Schutz’s words, “doing something nice for yourself” is often mentioned at Sievers class introductions and graduations.
It’s an old-fashioned interpretation of today’s self-care.
In literal terms, students in Jerry Landwehr’s Woodcarving class were able to carve out some time working on a Nuthatch or carving a face into a walking stick.
One bird migrated back from a previous class and there were others that kept watch over the students as they worked.
Practice blocks allowed the opportunity to create just the right expression on the students’ newly carved companions.
Doing something nice for themselves is what Jeanette Biederman’s students have done in class together more than once (or twice). Renewing friendships, making baskets and sharing meals, they brought their own sunshine to a rainy week.
From the basketry class, Yvonne K. shared this “Sievers Story”.
“My first time at Sievers was in August of 2012 for Beginning Basket Weaving. My husband and I had stopped into Sievers on a previous trip and I told him that “someday” I wanted to take a basket weaving class here. He surprised me with a gift certificate at Christmas and that is how I got started in basket weaving. Drew and Kay were such good teachers and I was so impressed and astonished at the baskets we made, double-bottomed round Cherokee baskets. When they showed us what we were going to make, I couldn’t believe it. They turned out beautiful and inspired me to talk my sister into going with me the next year. I’ve come to look forward each year to renewing old friendships, sister bonding time, laughing, eating and enjoying the Island. “
Carve, make baskets, knit, sew, spin, dye, quilt, bead, felt or weave. The key is creating and doing something nice for yourself!