the thing of it...
well, the thing of it is, i realized the other day i often show the start of things, or tell the start of the "story" but i think i rarely come back and show the end, or tell it even...
so this post will be a bit of a meander, mostly through my head and what's been going on in it of late
firstly, though, i finished my batik fabric ribbon-embroidery needle case
the colours here are a tad too vivid - they're a little more subdued than this, but still vibrant - just not quite so - fluorescentish
i do like the blue trim i added - crocheted dmc #5 perle coton
the lining was just pinned to the inside when i took this picture - hence the "dimple" at the bottom right
i've since sewn the lining in place (although the felt is only pinned inside, but that's just so i can show it in stages at the class
it was wonderful working in bright colours for a change, and doing embroidery - i have a hankering for more so you may well see more of it in the days to come
more lacy crochet too - not done with that either
other things i'm not done with...
i'm still going to gym/pool regularly - two months now and loving it, especially the swimming
i've only had to share the pool twice, and even then, only for about ten minutes each time - how amazingly wonderful that is to me... like my own private place
the windows are floor to ceiling and face the lake - i can see the hills all around
and it's helping my knees as well
remember way back at the beginning of january when i mentioned i was reading the artist's way and writing each day?
i have only missed one day since january 1st
and this is also something i have come to love
mostly it's about creative plans for the day, the things i long to do, the things i should do, the things i need to quit putting off doing
i can't say enough about brilliant it is - it really does empty things out
sometimes it's personal stuff, but very rarely, and not by design - it seems that most of what i need to deal with and sort out is of a creative nature
my brown calendar book with all the squares?
the ring bound one i thought was just to special to use but decided i would use it anyway, as a visual record of my creative activities for the week?
i've done fairly well with that - weeks when i have tried out interesting things, i have put a sample in there with an annotation
and planned creative things using the calendar section
nothing fancy, or in-depth, but it's a start
my little stitch-history book i made, where i am going to record my history of needle and thread?
i've slipped up there - as you know, the book is bound, but i haven't done much else with it lately - i have made a list of all the people that have influenced me over the decades, and in what ways, so now i can set to work on the samples
but it still all seems a mish-mash to me
a little of this here and that there, so i am going to try something new - a little different
i recently discovered edith m. holden's "country diary of an edwardian lady" and was completely smitten with her wonderful record of a year in the countryside, complete with diary notes and her charming watercolour paintings
and then i read monica's post about the difference between a journal and a diary: diaries are for recording what you do and journals are for recording what you think
and that is precisely my problem - i've been trying to do both, and getting completely bogged down with books and notes and bits of paper, here and there and everywhere
i need to combine them - a record of what i am thinking, what i do, and how i did it
and what i want to do next
samples and notes and diagrams and ideas, all wrapped up in one book
with daily entries
some will be small and others grand
but at least i will have one place to look to when i am wondering how i did something, or what my bright idea was - one place to work it out
the thing of it is... it's still april, and it's still "organize"...