Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Making Time

A phrase my mother has told me at many points in my life is, "You'll never have more time than you have right now." Being an author and an artsy person herself, what she meant was that I would never have more time in my life to be creative--I would have to make time. (Darn it, but she has a knack of being right.)

This has been especially important for me to remember right now, especially since Boog is hellbent on being danced around the apartment for a good portion of the day. At 18-months-old, every day is like Christmas; and she is diggin' it! Which means that I am usually digging her out of stuff and not digging into my art projects.

So I have been revamping my schedule and trying to squeeze in creative time whenever possible. I think a lie that I tell myself is that tomorrow (you know, that magical tomorrow that somehow eludes us), I'll have more time, more money, more talent, more drive, more whatever. But the truth of the matter is, my life is RIGHT NOW. And I know that there are times when art does have to be put on the back burner. (Being pregnant and not able to stand the smell of acrylics made painting somewhat difficult!) But a lot of the time, I find myself waiting when I should be doing. Something. No matter how small.

So while I'm not going to push myself to the snapping point like I did in December, it might mean that I have some late nights hunched over a painting or textile piece like Quasimodo. Not pretty; but when I'm not creatively pursuing something, I'm simply not me.

This fabric necklace is a sweet and simple little number. I worked on it over a period of days--not because it was difficult but because I had to grab snippets of time here and there. The detail that I love about it is the vintage tablecloth flower. Have I mentioned my love of vintage linen? I'm mad about it, I tell you, MAD!!! The stories tablecloths could tell! I just love 'em! And I am equally unapologetic about my love of owls. It is a joy for me to share this piece with you because I was able to carve out the time to make it, hunched back and all!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010




Anyone out there???


Well, hello, crickets! And, hello, to you sweet people in blogland! It's true that I haven't blogged in ages, and I am terribly sorry for that fact. Truth be told, I was put out of commission with an unexpected illness for the greater part of December, and it all boils down to a very bad habit that I have. I don't listen very well. My body was giving me all sorts of hints that things weren't going so hot, but I trudged forward anyway. That is, until I woke up one morning and couldn't do much of anything. When I was dancing, I was much more in tune with my body. (We did exercises for our toes, for cripe's sake!) But several years, some unfortunate injuries, and a Boog later, I'm afraid that my radar is slightly out-of-whack. So I'm making it a point to try to slow down a little for my body's sake and to listen more. And I don't want to go all "zen" on you; but, grasshoppers, we're being told things all the time. So here's to an attentive 2010 for me and for you, too! I hope that everyone's year has kicked off to a lovely start. I'm excited about blogging more, listening more, and blowing more bath bubbles with Boog! Happy New Year!!!
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