sometimes things take me a long time to sort out
other times it's bing, bang, boom
(just like the song)
take for instance, this blog post title
as i was signing in i was wondering what i would call this one... what would be relevant for the thoughts tumbling in my head that i want to put to paper (as it were)
and as i was moving the picture you see first from where it loaded farther down, i was thinking "control c" is the copy command
and "controlled chaos" jumped in and pushed that thought out
and just like that, a post title was born
these scraps of fabric are their own brand of controlled chaos
they're the irregular strips i got from trying to get the fabrics i wanted to use for my woven base on the straight of grain
i was going to throw them away but i liked the way they curled around, and the frayed raw edges - so i saved them and now i am using them to make flowers
the littlest one above was made using only the loose threads - i twisted them together and coiled them around and around, tacking them down as i went with matching sewing thread
the middle-sized one was made by twisting the strips of fabric and then coiling and tacking them
the largest of all was done by smooshing the strips together, kind of pushing it back and forth and tacking down until a roundish shape emerged
i like the big one best but i have another idea for an even bigger one to try later tonight
the picture above shows simple straight stitching across the top edge, and vertical straight stitches evenly spaced along the edge where the lace and linen join - more to come in this area
i just don't know what yet
it hasn't come to me and i know from past experience i can't force an idea
so far so good though, and it feels good to be doing someting
a while back, I was thinking about lists and how i apparently have a lot to learn about how to use them so the items listed actually get done
lists and plans
i have been thinking about that a lot lately - in fact i bought my very first e-book
the title had me at "manage your day-to-day"
but the rest of it was pretty good too..."build your routine, find your focus"
i am enjoying it very much, so many good ideas
but before i sat down willy-nilly and made a list of what i want to do, and when i want to do it,
i decided to go through my days consciously thinking about what i wanted to do at an particular moment, and whether or not this was actually the best time for me to be doing it
in other words, when i stumble downstairs in the morning to check my email and read the news, is that really the best time for me to be doing that, or would my early morning be better spent doing something else?
this calender you see pictured here was purchased more than a year ago
it's like a calendar sketch book - very cool
so cool in fact, i was afraid to use it as i wasn't sure how to make the best, most inspired use of it
what i really like about it (besides it being brown) is that it's a calendar that has one week on each page
with an extra box below each day
at least that's how i see it
and it's my intention to plan my artistic endeavours for each day in those extra boxes
i have tried so many different ways of organizing my time and art, but nothing works, or at least, nothing works in general terms all of the time
if i say "i'm going to sketch and paint every thursday", what happens when i suddenly find myself working, or wanting to go somewhere?
no sketching or painting for a week then?
it's not like i'm inflexible, but if i'm going to make a plan, i'd kind of like to make one i can actually stick to
and although it might be obvious to everyone else, it never was to me...
my plan needs to be flexible with me
so now i'm making a list of what i want to do each week, what i want to block off specific amounts of time for, and then i'll sit down with my splendid-old-new-brown-double-decker-days-of-the-week calendar and map it out
i'm thinking my lists need a plan, and from the plans i can make the lists
and maybe the chaos of my days will finally have a little structure and order to them...
for whatever reason, that somehow seems to have become important to me now