Loving having more space for my art and craft.
Each project has its own home.
And the absolute delight of having my sewing at my fingertips *smile*
I have a baby quilt to make for the new grandy due next month
and taking in a beginners class with my friend Kathy.
Making cards from little piles of scrap paper with Josie
and some art in my own Art journal.
I know that title doesn't make any sense.
But that is exactly my plan at the moment.
I've so many things I want to do, and with the big FIVE O looming in April suddenly there's a sense of urgency. All these things I'm 'gonna' do one day that just never eventuate. And there are always really good reasons why not.
I want to write....I do write....I want to create art and just recently discovered ...I want to illustrate my own writing. I've been doing it for years now, scrapbooking and chronicling the stories of our lives. Why not do it for my fiction too? Or write fiction that fits my pictures?
So I am.
I'm not 'qualified'. Not sure if its right or wrong...there's no outcome in mind... just that it feels comfortable to have this task resting on my shoulders. There is no goal in mind, no recognition I'm seeking...no career path to follow.
I will finally do what I've always dreamed of doing. And there will be no more excuses.
Its been a busy couple of weeks for Russell and Alex. With the
shuffling of the rooms here at home the downstairs is suddenly,
delightfully vacant and The fella's were busy while I was away cleaning
and clearing and touching up paint. What a lovely surprise to come home
Now my task is to move from here...
I won't know myself...so much space...room for crafting visitors...woohoo!
past four months since I broke my shoulder have been an incredible time
of contemplation. As well as earning a snazzy nickname from one of my
brothers (Hi I'm Chicken Wing) I've also had time to tap into what it is
that brings me contentment. There absolutely must be creating in
my life...words images ideas decorating cooking whatever...if that part
of my nature is blocked then I am not fulfilling Gods intention for my
life. No wonder it makes me miserable.
So a conclusion
that I came to after much prayer and deep thought. I will only tackle
one subject at Uni this semester. It makes no sense to stop doing what
makes my heart sing to learn about what makes my heart sing. Reminds me a
bit of this parable retold by Charles Swindoll.
Once upon a time, the animals decided that they should do something
meaningful to meet the problems of the new world, so they organised a
school. They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming
and flying. To make it easier to administer, all of the animals took
all of the subjects. The duck was excellent at swimming. In fact, he was better than his
instructor. However, he made only passing marks in flying and was very
poor at running. Since he was so slow in running, he had to drop his
swimming class and do extra running. This caused his webbed feet to
become badly worn, meaning that he dropped to an average mark in
swimming. Fortunately, “average” was acceptable, therefore nobody
worried about it – except the duck. The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but developed a
nervous twitch in his leg muscles because he had so much makeup work to
do in swimming. The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant
frustration in flying class because his teacher insisted that he start
from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He developed
cramps from overexertion, so he ended up with a C in climbing and a D in
running. The eagle was a real problem student and was severely disciplined for
being a non-conformist. In climbing class, he beat all of the others
to the top, but insisted on using his own way of getting there! The principle here is that we each have our own strengths and need to
be working hard to maximise them, not handicap our potential by
becoming good at something that isn’t natural for us. If you’re a leader reading this, think about who the ducks, rabbits,
squirrels and eagles are in your organisation are and how you can
best use their unique skills and strengths rather than trying to get the
same level of average performance out of all of them.
so excited to be spreading out into this space. Lots of projects on the
go at once. And my dream of writing and illustrating is one step
closer. Bliss! And you guys will be my test pilots...are you ready? Linda X
Uni is just amazing and I am thriving in a world that is so encouraging.
First semester went really well, making new friends and growing as a person in ways I couldn't have imagined. Within three weeks I had changed my degree from Communication, to Creative Writing with a major in design and ........WOW! who knew? A High Distinction for my first short story ever...I made my tutor fill up with tears as he read it and he said my descriptions of intense emotion were 'perfect'. WOW and WOW AGAIN! And I just got a wee bit teary as I wrote that, such incredible validation.
So that is my time filled. During the day I'm a busy little student, caring for my hubby and keeping a home. But to unleash those creative energies its time to go back through my scrapbooking and revisit, organise and get ready. I've been on such a declutter bent this past month and as my friend Suzie says 'always declutter as if your gonna die tomorrow and someone else will be going through your stuff.'
Sooooooo.....while everything else is now done its time to get the albums up to speed. There are layouts that are from classes that I would like to revamp, or even to redo. There are personal stories to add that I couldn't place on a class project.
And something more. I'm a long, long way from where I was creatively just a few short years ago. I don't particularly care about brand names or who the designer was for what ever blah blah blah the industry can get swept up with. Its so trendy, and that's not me.
I want to scrap the techniques I used to use, before I danced to someone else's tune. Loving a thing because of its beauty and not because it was 'on-trend'. I have new skills with different media, and of course, the journaling has become of huge significance.
And I want to share here as well, just some snapshots of what I'm doing...just to keep your creative juices flowing. Because this is who I am... my ideas are your ideas, and your encouraging comments lift me up and inspire me.