Thursday, 31 January 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Sunday, 27 January 2008
making homemade pizza for the first time in the pizza oven we scored for free from the op shop (because they can't sell electrical goods) The oven is virtually brand new and works a treat.
Sunday, 20 January 2008
A few old friends have surfaced in the last week or so. My mind seems a little crowded with ideas that seem to snake off on their own tangents. I had a realisation the other day that I spend far too much time trying to resolve the (artistic) process in my mind, rather than just getting on with it and enjoying said process. I guess this is the foundation of my procrastination.
So, I guess what I'm getting at, is that while I really enjoy being crafty, I find myself craving something more. But I can't seem to get past the thinking stage for fear that the work I produce will be shit.
Will be making more of those...I find the process rather soothing, plus I love unusual jewellery. Bella also loves making these. It's lovely to think that I'm passing on something special to her.
Friday, 18 January 2008
Thursday, 17 January 2008
lots to write about, but not in the melting heat. Perhaps another time.
But for anyone interested, one of my short short stories (aka flash fiction) has been published by online mag onefifty available now for download.
Monday, 7 January 2008
After posting last night, I tumbled into bed thinking sleep was imminent, but in fact my mind was running a marathon. With ideas swirling and foaming in my head, sleep was surely not going to happen and shoot! Mr DW was trying hard to sleep so I couldn't very well go switching on the lights to pour out my thoughts into a journal. (Don't you just hate that!)
So I grabbed hold of these new ideas as tightly as I could in the hope that they would stick with me til morning, a mere 6 hours away.
And they did thankfully!
This morning was spent felting, an activity I thought the kids would enjoy.
Bella is a natural!
Speaking of felt, so very very excited to have order India Fint's book Felt. Thanks to Peta for letting me know it was available on sale through doubleday.
The wool I have is called 'sliver' which means it still has grass seeds and bits in it. So I just payed a visit to Treetops to order some superfine merino wool tops. I've ordered a bunch of natural undyed wool because I actually like it undyed, plus then I can dye it myself if I wish; plus I ordered a bit of yellow...hmm strange colour choice for me! Could it be I have something special in mind for someone special???
I'm not really into the whole new years resolution thing. Even for me as a longstanding champion of procrastination, I think if you need to elicit change in your life then there is no better time than the present. That said, I've just been thinking (and blogsurfing and doodling etc etc...) and I really think I need to resolve to spend more time writing in my journals.
I have more journals that you could poke a stick at, each one with a different and specific purpose. Right now I have my visual diary, which, sadly, rarely sees the light of day; I have my writing journal which I write poetry and all manner of random ideas in; I have my mini moleskine, which I carry with me for when an idea absolutely needs to be jotted down THIS instant; my BIG moleskine, which is yet to be christened and categorised, and I have my scribble pad which sort of gets used for everything in between-things not worthy of the affore mentioned journals. Sad isn't it.
So yes, I admit to having a journal addiction, perhaps even a fetish, because I actually have many many more lying around that just haven't been assigned tasks yet. I'm hopelessly undisciplined and resort to buying journals at any given oppurtunity.
So, I was sitting here pondering over a poem that leaped into my mind earlier and was about to start typing when I realised how much is lost in typing. That is to say, when I'm writing longhand, I might scribble and cross stuff out and write in random circles, but ultimately the whole journey of the thought process and the birth of that piece is documented, lumps bumps and all. And that is a beautiful thing. My journals don't come with a spell check or a delete button to erase the musings that are created in the process.
I came across this idea for quilted postcards, and there is a flickr group for anyone interested, and I was caught by the idea: The challenge is to produce a fiber postcard once a month that records what you have been exploring, doing, or thinking about.
And that's what got me to thinking that I don't really spend enough time recording what I'm exploring or thinking or ideas that may not even eventuate. It seems that I wait until I think an idea is solid enough to warrant it being jotted down in one of my journals.
So as of today, I am resolving to journal more, longhand, like they did in the olden' days...and who knows...I may even make a quilted postcard or two...
Friday, 4 January 2008
And finally, best christmas present ever... a Moleskine journal! Thanks Mum!!
now...back to the wedding dress....