Wishing everyone a spectacular holiday season, however you may celebrate! Here are pics of my yarn ball tree. Eve finger knitted the garlands. We have just under a foot of snow. Which has not happened in the Portland area since 1980. Needless to say the roads are horrible... but it is so beautiful! So we are IN for the next few days, relaxing, knitting, snuggling and eating.
You know, sometimes I can be such a pain. I had an epiphany this morning, right after I had an existential tantrum.
I always feel like I am rushing through life, putting out the biggest fires first, and never have time to s.l.o.w. down, contemplate, stare. I know this is my fault, as I am the one who sets my schedule and the one who takes on more than I probably should.
It's snowing. I am trapped and have been for days. MW is on vacation for the holidays.
First I danced around and loved it, then I caught up with the list of things to do. WHAT? freetime? gasp! It practically threw me into a fetal position. Then I realized, WOW, FREETIME! what a gift.
Paul is out of town and it looks like he will be for DAYS. The girls are out in the snow with neighbor kids, or making cookies, or reading books. They have been beyond occupied.
I always long for breathing room and when it arrives I waste it away by pouting from the shock of it all! So I hit the studio, dug out my paints and figured out that my ipod will hook to my computer speakers (I know-- duh) and have been painting away for hours....
Heard this on TED. "Making things actually does give me a lot of joy. It's the process of creation that keeps me sort of a bubble and a half above perpetual anxiety in my life. And it's that feeling of being about 80% complete on a project where you know you still have something to do, but it's not finished and you're not starting something that really fills my entire life." ~ Ze Frank
Which inspired this painting, called "a bubble and a half"... click to see more pics.
I look exhausted (which I was-- I tend to exhaust myself- but that is whole other blog post- haha) I am spinning my latest skein-- which is from a pastel wool and merino batt that my Ann (who is 9) created for me. I spun it with a soft blue cotton/rayon thread and spun in strands of a fun novelty yarn as well as strips and fringes from an old yellow chenille blanket. I will add pics here once I get it set and photographed.
Today I am painting and playing in my art journals, which I find so very relaxing. They girls have been working with me, it's a great way to spend time together and chat. See my Art Journal pics here in a flickr album-- they are all 'in progress' pages, I don't think I will ever feel it is finished...not anytime soon anyway. The book itself was created at ArtFest last spring, in Traci Bautista's class.
Well the show was a blast. It was very slow and I was way over-prepared. (the plight of the over-achiever). BUT- I had so much fun- hanging out with my friend Ruth- and meeting new creative women-entrepreneurs. Hello to everyone!
Here are pics of my pretty booth: I plan to take today and tomorrow to finish up custom orders. After that I will update the site! There is a lot of spectacular stuff to put up!
And... I got my sweater blocked! YAYYY! Now to assemble it and knit the button bands and shawl collar. It's killing me to not hyper-focus on it, but there is work to be done! Speaking of, I better get back to it.
I really do. Seems like I go from manic-productive to on-the-couch-bleh. Typical for an artist I suppose.
My new friend Ruth was here on Wed. to witness the madness and she didn't scream and run for the hills. Thank you Ruth... sometimes I am a bit much to absorb.
Tues. I spent painting. (see previous post). So nice to lose myself and my harried thoughts in creating.
Wed. was spent hanging with Ruth, designing her a custom skein, playing in the paint, in the fiber and knitting. on and on...Wed. was frenetic.
Yesterday (Thurs.) was spent on my butt at the computer, doing a massive shop update. Over 9 hours! phew! Check it out!
There will be more updates coming this morning, once I drag myself to the studio. Feeling like trying to go back to sleep for a bit. Paul left early-early(and extremely last minute) for Boise, ID so this morning entailed panicked packing and paperwork. Poor tired man.
We have a play-date with some new friends today and I need to vacuum and get the house looking like sane people live here. The upstairs is manageable, but the studio? haha. not so much. Maybe sane people do not live here. They say your home reflects the state of your mind but that is something I am not willing to accept. Aren't there exceptions for those who choose to create rather than clean? Plus 3 people who are IN the house most of the time so things are constantly being moved or cluttered or messed- cooking 3 meals a day in the kitchen, etc. sigh. So there. Enough crazy ramblings. I think I will try to snooze while the man is in the air.
Another post coming once the site is completely updated!
Here are some pics of my fav things from yesterday's update: