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.