It’s a total no-decision day!

Soooooooo many things I could, and probably should be doing. There simply is no motivation for me to do any of them. I’m at a total laziness point…er, should I call that a crossroads, or a contemplative moment or a re-charge day? Those all sound better than being lazy and not making a decision about any single thing.

I am happy to report, though, that Harvest Moons is bound, sleeved and labeled and will be presented for consideration in our January exhibit at the Northville Art House.

A quick snapshot–didn’t even get it straight!

What all do I need to do today? Laundry…yeah, it can sit there. We have enough clean clothes for a few more days! Get hubby’s Christmas present? That’s a winner, since it only involves sending off a check! Back up the computer? Sure, doing it as I type this because it takes no effort whatsoever. Cooking? Nope. Hubby went out to lunch and is bringing back dinner, and any day I don’t have to cook is a good day. Finding out what everyone else wants for Christmas? It needs to be done and I think we’re going shopping tomorrow–in real stores, not online. Maybe I need to rest up for that. Whew! That’s enough real work for one day. Now back to ‘contemplation’!

What projects am I contemplating? Well, there are those 3 scrap quilts ready and waiting to be stitched.

Or I could start something totally new…nah…not happening!

Remember the fabric made with the water soluble stabilizer?

That’s been kicking around the top of the cutting table for months now, with one lonely little leaf stitched into it.

I could do more of that. Makes lots of leaves and/or flowers. It’s a big piece of fabric. But it really is easier to use this type of fabric if you have a specific project in mind, and right now I don’t.

Speaking of leaves, I preserved a bunch this year to use for printing and haven’t done any of that yet. Maybe I should get out the paints and play with these.

Or not.

I have a piece called The Moon is Sleeping that I made several years ago. It has always felt unfinished to me. Even though it has a lot of foo-foo on it, I’m pretty sure it needs MORE!

When I talk about color, I always talk about contrast, and there is not enough in this piece to really make the tree stand out from the background. It might win out on the what-to-do scale because it’s a picky, fiddly little process to add more to it and might fit the slow mood I’m in.

And then there are word games to play on the computer and the phone. Hmmmm…I think that and reading a book are going to be the winners today. Then I can keep thinking of things to do (and NOT to do) in the background and pretend that I’m coming up with a plan of action!

Let’s see…that computer back up is about done and my book is within reach……….quiet time is here.

 

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It’s time for me to get really organized. My work will be part of a holiday show, my own sale, a dual exhibition and I’m going to teach a class or two again. Finishing, making–do I want to have some ‘craft’ items that will probably sell or shall I stick to what I consider more ‘art’? Which piece goes to which venue and do I change as things sell, or don’t sell?

So, of course, I’m ignoring all of that in favor of working on a new piece. Not totally new–just set aside for a while for thinking. And while it was percolating, I decided that it needed the leftover pieces from another project. I have always said that we all tend to work in a specific palette–I know that I do. Pieces from multiple projects all seem to have leftovers that work well together!

This will have lots of thread work and maybe some beads…that’s not decided yet.

It is sewn/quilted to a piece of felt right now, rather than my usual batting but it needs a backing fabric. The felt is necessary for stability and the more decorative threadwork is yet to come. Beads are iffy because it’s hard to attach them between layers so the beading thread doesn’t show on the back.

And, yes, there is debate about whether or not that matters, but to me it does.

I’m trying to choose a backing fabric. Not one inch of it will show in the final piece yet I still have a hard time deciding.

Of course, there is the same silk as is on the front.

Meh….boring. I have a bright, blendy, hand dyed stripe.

And a slightly more muted but busier piece.

Will it really ever matter? Not one bit. I guess I’m mostly feeling lazy and procrastinating from doing the actual work! Because I’m also putting off all that other stuff I should be doing, too.

Call me the Queen of Do It Later—go ahead—I can take it. I’m going to sit around for a while, doing nothing.

And. I. Like. It.

HA!!!

 

Bored and lazy…sigh…

Boredom is, of course, a reflection of a lazy mind. And my brain is very lazy today. It’s a too hot summer day—I’d much rather be sitting outside on a normal hot summer day than in the air conditioning–and my energy level is near zero.

It’s about all I can do today to lift a needle, much less thread it and actually use it!

I picked up a few scraps and started to work on another little block and hated it. The background was fine–on it’s own–and the scraps were fine–on their own. Not so good when I tried to put them together!

That sent me on a search for some better background scraps. I’m a lot happier with this piece now.

I have so many of these little pieces now and most of them are still waiting for me to decide on beading or no beads. They are certainly fine as they are, for what they are. I simply need to decide if spending more time on them, adding more embellishment to them, will raise them above the level of ‘okay’ to ‘very nice’.

And my lazy brain is not up to that task today. Must be time to lie around on the couch for a while and read a book. Might even slip into a nap!

Contemplation

It’s approaching noon and I’m still in my pajamas. I didn’t get out of bed until after 7:00 this morning. I haven’t done anything but drink coffee and read.

This is the height  of lazy decadence and I’m enjoying every moment. However, this is not a sustainable state of being for me. I’m already getting a little antsy from sitting around too long. I’ve been worried that I’ll turn into a do-nothing, lazy bum. I’m pretty sure right now that that is not going to happen.

Retirement is, after a long time, becoming a part of my brain. I finally realize that I don’t HAVE to do something every single minute of every single day. I still like getting up early, but it doesn’t have to be before 6:00. I enjoy starting the day with a leisurely cup of coffee and time for the gym before doing anything productive.

And by productive, I mean making art.

And time is slowing down in that area, too. I’m being more thoughtful about what I produce. I have a very clear line in my head between what I think is commercial craft product and art—though I don’t really like the terms of ‘craft’ and ‘art’. I prefer the idea that art is the concept, the idea and that craft is the process needed to make the vision into reality. And that there are some items that fit into people’s homes more readily than others!

Ambition is not in my vocabulary anymore, if it ever even was! I have dreams of market viability but have no drive to do the work to make it happen. And I’m actually okay with that.

My life is at a place that I never dreamed it would be. I’m comfortable, happy and doing only what I want to do. How amazing is that?

I feel like I’ve written this same thing recently, but it’s still so very true. Life is good!

 

Tired of paint!

I’m really getting tired of waiting for paint to dry, but unfortunately, that’s where I’m at right now!

Part of the finishing process is mounting my work on canvas and all that canvas needs to be painted.

And then all the canvases need to have hanging hardware attached.

And if I’m not doing that, I’m adding sleeves and labels! Final finishing details are so incredibly boring…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

I did decide to use the little birdhouses on this piece instead of the buttons. Those buttons will find a place in another piece soon, though!

That’s the extent of my creative endeavors for this weekend! So boring—can’t wait to get back to creating something fun!

Watching paint dry…

That’s the excitement in my life right now. I finished up this little piece, as much as it’s going to get.

Then I decided to paint a canvas to mount it on.

The canvas had been used and abused, but I thought I could rescue it. So it got a coat of paint and I had to wait for it to dry…sigh!

After drying, it still looks in pretty bad shape and it’s in an area that will show.

Now I’m trying some molding paste for texture to cover over this. I started with just smearing with a palette knife and then thought I’d stamp in some leaf shapes. Now to do this properly, it should be a smooth, thin coat of the paste. I abandoned that idea in favor of making texture that might suggest a leaf shape.

So now I get to wait for the paste to dry…sigh. And then I can paint again and wait for it to dry…sigh. So much excitement I can hardly stand it!

I need to mount this project from the Knot Even Quilters so it can be hung in an exhibit. I’m close to making a final decision and then, all of a sudden, I’m stuck. Do I want the pulled out piece at an angle or straight up?

Such a tiny spot to get stuck on…but that’s where I’m at. Spending a whole bunch of unexpected free time doing nothing. Well–a little cleaning, a little reading, a little gardening, a little computer time–lots of little bits of this and that. Nothing too productive, so I’m calling this my recharge week. I’ll try to ramp it up a little bit————–after a do-nothing weekend!!!

Change of pace

Been working on the scrap and charity quilts and thinking about making stamps. My actual activity level has been less than lazy! I’ve been sitting on the couch a lot, getting sucked in to computer time, playing games and reading blogs. I haven’t even picked up a needle and thread to do any embroidery, even though my project is sitting on the table right next to my spot on the couch!

After my nice nap today, I wandered down to the studio to make sure I have everything I need to teach a class tomorrow. What caught my eye was a bunch of funky yarn that I had once intended to make a scarf from…you know, one of those where you start with a wash-away stabilizer, lay out the yarn and stitch over it. Yeah, months ago and still not even started. So I grabbed it up, tied the ends of those small pieces together and decided to KNIT a scarf.

I used to knit scarves out of all the funky, popular yarns and sold some and gave some to charity. I have tons of yarn ends and small bits and pieces that I thought I would use for embellishments. I cannot ‘art’ enough of anything to use this all up, so I’m going to try and knit it up. Anything left by the end of this year will be put on the ‘free table’ at my various group meetings.

This came out so thick and fluffy and warm and funky! I love it and will be using up more yarn this way.

Knitting is great for laziness! I can sit and move my fingers a little bit and really be pretty darn relaxed, for hours at a time! Maybe I can blame this bout of lazy on damp, cold, cloudy weather. Hope it doesn’t last too long, because I really don’t love doing nothing!