Monday, 30 May 2016

Being Busy updates and an announcement

In my last post I promised I would update you on how I was getting on with some other classes and workshops I'm doing or getting behind with.  It is a very long post but please stick with it.  Or just scroll down to the bottom for the announcement.

Firstly One Little Word and Documented Life.  I have been combining these and really not enjoying it.  I haven't totally given myself to the Unplanner which has weekly art journaling type suggestions.  I really only kept a 'diary' of what I had been doing.  So as a result of Pathfinder - more on that later - I decided to discontinue the Unplanner in its previous form. I also decided not to continue with the I am tags.

I decided to keep track of what I do each day on the calendar on the back of each monthly divider and concentrate on One Little Word.  In April I went to Florida to attend a Ladies Getaway and I stuck the programme cover onto the April divider.

I filled in a key activity from each day on the calendar.  April's OLW task was to define what life was like with more of your word in it.  I attended Pathfinder right at the end of April so I have only just completed this task.

I was trying to exercise every day but that didn't always happen.  The photo on the May divider is of Lacock Abbey.  We went to stay at a B&B in Lacock for our wedding anniversary.  We didn't stay in the Abbey!  However the B&B was absolutely five star.

I signed up for an online class Art & Spirituality because it has been written by someone I know.  It is excellent but requires a daily commitment each week.  As we went away at the beginning of week 2 I got behind.  Still I can keep all the PDFs and do the course when I have time.

So on to Pathfinder.  This was an excellent day with Anneliese Bates.  I've done art workshops with Anneliese before but nothing like Pathfinder.  She provided us with an A5 sketchbook and we coloured the backgrounds however we wanted and then she asked questions.

The class was described thus:  This workshop is aimed at anyone who doesn't know what direction they really want to take, whether you have a new business idea, thinking of a big life change, a change in career or even moving home, Anneliese will guide you through the thought process step by step, interspersing it with art for which you need no experience.

Included in the workshop is a journal that will be become your working thought process, beautifully decorated and personalised with your own artwork and full of your thoughts, dreams and how to make those become a reality.

We will explore the changes you want to bring about, the things that are stopping you, and ways to overcome the obstacles.

I had gone with the idea of looking at whether I should stick with art journaling or concentrate on textile art or do both.  A somewhat simplistic idea in the light of what happened.

The first question was what were you unhappy with in life at the moment and what did you want to change.  I did add a couple of things to my answer.

Anneliese continued to ask questions and we continued to write down our personal answers.  The best part was as there weren't many of us that we were able to ask questions and make comments.  Discussions ensued which helped clarify our thoughts.

Here is a really key page.

When I got home I wrote down all that I had signed up for!  No wonder my head hurt holding all that information in my head.  I went through the list and decided which ones I should stay committed to, which ones I should give up on entirely and those that I had online lifetime access to and could do when I have time.  I have also withdrawn from the Cas Holmes weekend workshop.

This was a really useful page that I did at home.  Some of what is written here came out of the discussions we had on the day.

However you know me, I ignored my own advice about not signing up for anything else and enrolled on a 9 weekend course called Experimental Textiles led by Kim Thittichai which starts in June!

We had also talked about decluttering.  We had loads of boxes of my Dad's stuff in the conservatory - they had been there 2-3 years.  I had made a half-hearted effort to get them sold at an auction but had kept putting it off.  We also had over 300 owls that Andy collected as a child and other collections of stuff.  And stuff it is.  However I emailed a different auction house who accepted everything I listed and we took it all to them - 18 boxes of stuff.  They are sorting it into lots and it will all be put in an auction either in June or July.  Result!

Just as I was sorting out the boxes of stuff to take to the auction house this article popped up on my Facebook newsfeed.     How to declutter and let go of family treasures

I thought this was excellent from that article.
  • Memories take up space in our hearts; stuff takes up space in our homes.
  • Memories last forever; stuff breaks, gets lost, and fades away.
  • Memories bring joy; stuff brings stress.
  • Memories are honoring; stuff is diminishing.
  • Memories bring peace; stuff brings chaos.
  • Memories actually matter; stuff really doesn’t matter at all.
I feel much more in control of what I am doing although there is still much to work through.

Well done, if you're still here having waded through this post.  And now for the big announcement.

Drumroll please!

This is my 998th blog post.  Wednesday will see my 999th.  And on Friday we will celebrate
1000 with a giveaway.

See you on Friday.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 27 May 2016

I've been a bit busy!

I did it again.  I signed up for lots more classes.  Not just online ones but some real life ones too.

One of the online classes I signed up for was a short duration class with Dione Swift - Developing Sketchbooks - which was excellent.  I wasn't thrilled with some of my pages but the techniques and principles apply to anything and I hope to get back to it sometime.

I went to a 2 day class in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire taught by Kim Thittichai where we played with Lutradur, Tyvek, Bondaweb and polyester organza using irons and heatguns.

There's nothing like a bit of bling!

A 3D thing!  It was supposed to be a bowl.

And other exciting bits and pieces.

Last Saturday I went to a Shibori Indigo Dyeing workshop led by Liske and Claire at Littleheath Barn.   We tried lots of different ways of tying the cloth and then dyeing them in the indigo dye.

I have also been working on the art journal I'm making from Roben-Marie Smith's online class: Art-full Attache.   I added the handles and stitched the signatures into the folder.  I have started on filling the pages.

I am going on a 3 day workshop with Hilary Beattie called Finding Sanctuary in July and I am using this Art-full Attache to collect together the photographs and ideas for the class.  I'm also looking at colour schemes mostly in blue, sand and neutrals.

I can't tell you whose photos have been used by Design Seeds as I can't find the information on their website.  I had downloaded the colour charts from Pinterest.

Hilary is repeating the Finding Sanctuary class in October at The Bramble Patch if you are interested.

And there are some other classes I haven't mentioned One Little Word (I'm nearly 2 months behind!), Art and Spirituality (3 weeks behind) and Pathfinder.

Come back on Monday for those updates and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Glimpses of Jesus 21

Glimpses of Jesus in the Old Testament is a year long bible study written by Simon Clay of Jubilee Church Solihull.   You can join in at any time.

Today's post is about Esther in Esther 4:1 - 5:1

In my journal I drew lightly with a pencil and then used a waterbrush and watercolour paints to colour the golden sceptre.  I added the words with sticky letters.

Do have a look back through the posts on the Glimpses of Jesus blog where you will find links to other people's art and poetry.

Thanks for stopping by.