Thoughts made up of stitches, brush strokes and pencil lines

Archive for the month “November, 2013”

One less UFO


I always run into a bit of creative panic at this time of year. I want to create so many ideas as gifts etc. and finish off this years UFO (unfinished objects) before silly season and the New Year beckons.

I was delighted to get this little lady (a Laura Long design) off the needles and ready for my little ones birthday coming up. I love working on projects with my kiddos. My little one chose all the colour elements and features of the doll which makes her extra special and unique.

I have paintings on easels, studies in sketchbooks, stitches on needles, patchwork waiting to be quilted and a dozen more projects waiting to start after these are finished.

Sometimes I think about taking a year to focus on just one particular art, but my creativity leads me I have come to realise. One day I could be yearning to paint the next get stuck into my knitting.

Anyway, I still get the same great buzz/feeling of accomplishment when I have completed something, which probably makes ‘creating’ my drug of choice.

Would love to know what multiple creative projects other people have on the go and how they manage their time and energy?


From little acorns, mighty oaks grow…

From little acorns, might oaks grow...

I have been thinking a lot about this. This is a month where I am embarking on a few new adventures. Taking baby steps but hoping to reach a great distance.

I often think about where inspiration comes from. For me they come from the smallest of things, when I am least expecting it. I have to quickly write it down or put it in my phone or scribble it on a post it note. Tying to capture a golden moment. Maybe it will lead to something, maybe it will not.

I often think there is a power in writing something down. I find if I go over an old journal or a list I made, I think wow, thats amazing, that has actually come through, maybe a month, maybe even five years later!

It might be an idea for a painting or story, a style thought, whatever. I may think nothing of it at the time but what I do not realise is that I have planted a seed.

So today I am thinking about the importance of acknowledging little acorns, who knows what they might turn into.

How about you? Where do your acorns come from and how do you make them count?

This time of year (Early November)

This time of year (Early November)

The colours of early November are so inspiring to my projects.

Hello there?


Ten to midnight is the time my brain goes into overdrive. I make a mental to do list before I go to sleep. Sometimes the to do list can be made up of every day things like “Pay bill” or “weed patch” but its the other thoughts I want to journal here. The thoughts of starting, reworking or finishing a creative project.

These projects vary in medium but all have same thread of the love of imagination and creativity going through them. I am extremely flighty and fickle when it comes to what my favourite creative outlet is. For example I love to paint (oils, watercolour ,silk), I love to draw (graphite, charcoal, pastel), I love to stitch (knit, sew and embroider). I also love to bake, cook, garden, write, daydream, design. I have been concentrating on two main themes in the last eighteen months, illustration and botanical painting. Both very different but also very similar as I am constantly looking to grow my own style.

This year I turned 35 and my work life took a new direction. I am now working in politics by day in an administration/supportive role. I was self-employed in a very creative business prior to this so a lot of people thought that I would find my new position to be restrictive or even dull. It has been anything but. My mind is switched on and I am feeling a new sense of independence and inspiration. I am meeting people, facing challenges and even getting to help some here and there and actually loving it. I am working full-time at the moment but at Christmas my job will switch to job share (2.5 days a week). I have already started dusting off my studio and preparing to work there for the other 2.5 days. I have a couple of interesting projects planned.

Anyway to get back to where I was going with this, basically I have a hazy 5 year plan in my brain (before I hit the big 40). When I do hit that number I want to be even more excited about the future so I am going to put in the ground work now. I am very lucky to have three small beautiful kids, a great husband and supportive network of friends and family. Life is not just a rose garden for me as I do have some heartaches going on too so I know that my plans will take a lot of hard work. But I am ready and willing. Baby steps.

I am excited about this blogging journey and the people I hope to meet along the way.

I am trying to shun out the thoughts of “who cares what you have to say” and “what are you doing here” to SO WHAT? and WHY NOT! lol.

So here we go. Please take a moment to say hello if you are passing through to here. I would love to visit your journey too.

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