Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Getting my pumpkins in a row

Lately I've been wondering a little too often where the time goes. My "to do" list seems to always have twice as many things as I can possibly do on it. Which has lead me to ask myself which of the things on that list are really important and which can be eliminated. I'd love to get rid of laundry, dishes, going to grocery store, etc., but that's not going to happen. What's been bothering me the most is that I don't make time for art anymore. I eluded in an earlier post to hiding crafts supplies from myself, and I think maybe that is the answer. At least for a time, I'm going to step away from sewing and other crafts to work on painting again. This will be more difficult than it sounds. I love sewing... I love that it's meditative and that I don't have to think all that much when I'm doing it (which sounds silly, but isn't it nice sometimes to have a break from your mind?) I've never been one of those artists who can keep churning out work. I usually go through spurts... that's why crafting was so great for me because it filled in those gaps of time where I just couldn't create artwork. It allowed me to explore creativity in a different way. But it's been quite some time since I picked up a paint brush and I think it's time to change course again and refocus on my art because it's too important to let it just disappear from my life. So this week I'm going to spend some time trying to get some ideas going and making my work space free from distractions. I'm tempted to step away from the blog too, but I think it actually helps me to remind myself of the things I need to be doing. And who knows, maybe in the next couple weeks I'll actually have a finished painting to show. Okay, off to brainstorm!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Butternut Scarf

Happy Autumn! (yesterday, anyways) The cold weather doesn't take long in coming here, and I could already use this butternut scarf I'm making from the softest wool you ever did feel. (Ooo, I hope someday to spin my own!) We even used extra blankets last night! And before we know it, it will be woodsmoke weather. I love this time of year that always disappears so quickly... I always feel a bit renewed this time of year... there's certainly an Autumn child in me.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Morning Glories

Look! We have morning glories growing up our sign post... sometimes blue, sometimes purple, but always lovely. And the best part is that I started them from seed... the first thing I've grown successfully and beautiful to behold!

Here's a photo of Jake getting ready to perform at the Harvest Fair in town. He's going to be in a play/musical about Woodie Guthrie in October, and they performed a few of the pieces from the play at the festival. I like how our little town celebrates holidays and the seasons... it seems like everyone comes out to enjoy it. There were lots of crafters... my mom got me some wool to try needle felting. It was right next to the cotton candy booth so I felt like I was running away with a bag brimming with cotton candy.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to make good on my promise to post more often because my eye has been irritating me, but I thought I'd share quick with you some things I've been up to.
These are dish clothes I've been making out of cotton yard. They work wonderfully and I wish I had made some sooner. They have a lovely texture that makes them extra thick and great for scrubbing. I have to admit I get a little excited doing the dishes with them. There also a great project I can do during in between times... like when Jake is poking around doing something when we're suppose to go somewhere... no need to stress about it, just pick the crochet!

The best news that I've been keeping under my hat is that we finally have an archival ink jet printer for my artwork (and for printing cd covers and other important such things)! So after we do the long hard work of rescanning all my images at a higher resolution, I'll have some prints for sale on etsy. It will also give me the extra incentive to make more artwork. It has been a struggle to find the time for art with the business. My energy has been very scattered in this first year and it has been hard to focus on painting. I find myself doing the things that I can squeeze into a short period of time rather than working on things that are more drawn out. I'm thinking of hiding some of my crafting supplies on myself and just focusing on artwork for a while. Sometimes I feel like a kid with too many toys. I'm also thinking of not buying any more supplies for at least a month and seeing what I can do with what I have. It's hard when your business is making things, but I have too many distractions right now and it seems the only way to get back to what's most important.

Speaking of such, the sun is shining and there's a poetry book on the table we picked up at the local book shop so I think it's time to get off this box.

Monday, September 15, 2008

End of Summer Celebration

Time seems to escape me so quickly here... if it weren't for paying bills and the changing seasons, I'd have no sense of time at all. I'm sorry the posts have been so spotty. I intend to post more regularly, but life has been demanding of late. It's also been fun (I don't want to forget that!).

The beginning of September kicked off with a hike to the top of the Horrid Cliffs and our much anticipated birthday trip to Montreal. We tried to take in as much as possible in the course of one day by visiting the Old Town and the Botanical Gardens. It was really a wonderful trip... so much to see and better said in pictures...

You can see more of our adventure here. We ended the day with Indian food in Burlington. Oh yes, I do get excited about Indian food.

Then it was day spend in Brandon taking in the little shops and an even at the State Fair to see the Royal Racing Pigs that my dad had been talking about since the beginning of the summer. And it didn't disappoint. I haven't been to a state fair since I was a kid, and it's quite the spectacle. The pig races were pretty excellent. But this time around, what I really appreciated seeing were the crafts and the animals and not so much the rides as I did when I was a kid. Of course, we did make sure to have a ride on the merry-go-round for old times sake.

Jake's actual birthday on the fourth was quite peaceful and low key after all the excitement of the week. I hope he had a nice day. It's still his birthday month, so I'm sure we can squeeze in more fun.

I think this three day celebration was a good way to say goodbye to summer. It's not quite Fall, but my thoughts have already floated away with the Autumn breezes and the changing colors and growing pumpkins in our garden.

I'll write more soon about recent craft projects and other things afoot. I can't squeeze it all into one post without missing out on the beautiful day that is before us...