I know . . . it’s been forever and I will explain it a little but just not this morning. This is the teaser:
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading – Lao Tzu
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined – Henry David Thoreau
Put your ear down to your heart and listen hard – Anne Sexton (via Quinn McDonald)
Each is true and each is what I am thinking about . . . as well as working full-time and spending an extra 2.5 hours a day commuting in my car.
A recycled jersey, now a dress for my granddaughter – a little hand-sewing (so unlike me) and thinking (too much like me)
Now . . . I’ll be late for work!
When my grand-daughters came to stay recently one of the first things we did was to go to the library. In the bin of books that are worn and up for sale, there were a number of board books at 20 cents apiece so . . . . I bought 4 and got out the gesso.And now . . . I’ve left them standing on the dining table to dry completely while I go off to my day-job and next weekend, I’ll give one of the white ones a second coat. They’ll need to have some sort of clasp or closure as already they don’t want to close completely, maybe I could remove a page or two?
I have no idea what I will do with them and no idea when – but they’re ready for when inspiration strikes. How would you use them?
Palmerston North, New Zealand has the most wonderful Arts Recycling Centre where $1.00 got me 10 beautiful fat corks (wine bottles no longer have corks it seems), and a roll of paper adding-machine tape – now that’s not to be confused with tape for a paper adding machine because for a start, I don’t think an adding machine made from paper would be of any use to fish nor fowl although someone may have made one!
I used my very old acrylic paints, an old credit card, a stamp pad and some white gesso as my white paint is all but gone. I carved the corks and having used them, find they have cleaned up well and that I’m rather fond of the ‘square-peg-in-a-round-hole’ and the ’round-peg-in-a-square-hole’ stamps.
Here’s the results!
wiping on the acrylic background
I’m much happier with the results where I used the black stamp pad however I guess I can always touch up the detail on the white and purple stars and moons. I did think about using glue and dusting them with glitter – another time perhaps.
Each strip is about 150 cms long by 6 cms wide (60 inches by 2.25 inches). I’ve found the tape tears very nicely down it’s length and although it curls a bit when it’s wet, it’s okay.
So not quite free, but very cheap – and I still have 5 corks and a lot of paper left! Great value and a bit of fun on a Sunday afternoon!
There is a small bear on the couch complaining that it feels neglected – such whinging you never heard from a bear!
I washed both bears’ clothing and started darning the moth holes in one bear’s pants – before I knew it I was running amok with embroidery thread. I managed to stop myself short of adding beads and sequins as I think the bear, formerly referred to as he,was about to undergo a gender reassignment operation for which I don’t have signed consent. It now looks decidedly androgynous.
Well, the mended bear has a friend who is feeling out-of-sorts – I am being accused of neglect! He(?) has very plain clothes and is beginning to insist on a make-over. He doesn’t mind his worn face and paws, however he feels a little bare and would like to have some jazzy clothes to wear just like his friend. I though at first he said he felt a little bear and told him to leave his friend alone but he soon set me straight. He says that just because he’s getting older, that’s no reason to be drab and I must admit I feel much the same way.
small bear number 1 – before, as a boy bear?
after being mended – with friend
The pink arms are the fabric the body is made from – I seem to have misplaced the green jacket that, although stained, is to be replaced along with that stunning, perfectly matched, pair of buttons in the photo. If I can’t find the jacket I will make some wonderful sleeves out of the same blanket ribbon I used for the bow. The second bear, as you can see, is looking a tad grumpy.
These bears could both end up without an identifiable gender but I’m sure they won’t really mind too much.
how I darn moth-holes – is there another way?
I set out to do a sympathetic restoration but somehow . . . I’m reasonably sure my mother, who made the bears just over 35 years ago, would approve.
Do you refer to half-finished projects as being on the back burner? I’ve been thinking about this saying recently, one reason being that I’m going back to work full-time in a demanding but satisfying job so I will need to put aside some of the creative ventures that take up my time and ideas I have for the near future.
To me, when something is one the back burner, it’s simmering, reducing to a wonderful, savoury, taste delight where flavours combine to make something wonderous.
I visited a glass factory in Yangon Myanmar where rejects were put out under the trees – definitely on the back-burner! Eventually everything would be recycled. The place sparkled in the sunshine and looked for all the world like an Aladdin’s cave full of treasure.
My friends and I were invited to look for anything we might want – it was like a treasure hunt. I bought a large, wonderfully lop-sided, bowl and a number of small paper weights.
When things are laid aside, it’s not necessarily the end for them. Partially finished projects, plans or ideas can be refined, redesigned and invested with new life – they’ll wait for you.