i wanted badly to do a blog post on the 29th, for posterity, because it's odd... i like things that are different so february 29 is a happy day for me
as usual, the best laid plans went the way of the saying... drifting off into space and time
leap year might be a good descriptor for this year, in more ways than one - it feels like we're already racing to the finish
yet here i am, holding on bravely to each minute, cherishing the everyday...
the older i get the better i understand the truth of "now"
i was thinking lately of many of things i have posted here over the years, of processes and systems i have tried - i realized i rarely post of how i progress with them
i still write every day, in the mornings... by lamplight in winter, sunlight now - usually three pages but when time is stifled, i sail through two
in the past 2+ years that i've been making morning writing a daily ritual, i've missed one day
the daily sketch went by the wayside pretty quickly - not enough inspiration and i found i couldn't let go of trying to make them perfect
the daily stitch practice is going great and my pieced cloth is growing already
the list of twenty-five whittled down to five - creative works to concentrate on in a limited fashion, a process used by warren buffet?
almost 18 months later, i adhere to this rigidly
this is by far the smartest thing i have ever done in my creative life - it has not stifled nor limited me in any way, shape of form - rather, it has freed me, mostly from myself
i choose better, smarter, am far more aware of how long things really take, and in the end, i choose what to do wisely
i've certainly stumbled with it, refined it a little, but wouldn't work in any other way - for me, it is brilliant
my last list included making three more components of my "attendent noel" roll, designed by bea for quiltmania
i am so in love with this piece - the random delightful-ness of it
this time, a little ginger cat with a purple collar - she brings to mind miss josie... she always looked adorable in a purple collar of her very own
a collage piece - little girls looking up a chimney for you-know-who
and two teeny-tiny little nine-patch quilt blocks
they're all stitched in place on the linen strip - i just need to extend the vine upwards and trail it over and around some of these latest elements
slowly growing in length, the fabric is from an old linen damask-type tablecloth
it was fraying like mad so i took some extra time and buttonhole stitched around the perimeter to keep it in check
it's such a treat to work on these little pieces - they make up quickly, are simple to alter the design as desired, or even substitute, a great way to use up precious snippets of fabric and ribbons - buttons, especially
a place-keeper for treasures
knowing proper technique allows for changing things up; abandoning those old rules allows for more creative spontaneity than ever
i really am on a roll...