Yearly Archives: 2012

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Dreaming and White Space

I have a blank 2′ by 3′ space I need to fill with something. It’s staring at me from my easel and no inspiration has hit yet. Much like the space on this page. I’ve been sitting here, with one sentence, for 20 minutes. I want to write and paint but nothing is coming. So I do other creative things until I decide what to do.
I’ve been sewing all week with the material I picked up on Monday. I made a shimmery purple valance, a purple pillowcase with grey trim, a grey tablecloth (finally), and after spending 4+ hours this afternoon on it, I’ve almost completed a grey hooded cloak (with purple trip on the hood) as a costume.
I *love* being able to sew again, with the machine I got for christmas. I’ve spent hours every day all week playing with it, and my shoulders attest to that. Although, trying to sew in a crowded room (suddenly, there are tons of boxes and things in the way – wires, stands…etc) and pin things on slippery surfaces is infinitely frustrating – my choice to not shy away from complicated materials (anything thin, sheer, or slippery) doesn’t help either. However, despite the frustration with space I’ve been really happy with all of my pieces. They’re not perfect, the hems aren’t *completely* straight (again, slippery surfaces and not enough room, even on the desk) but it looks really good anyway.

Crowded desk
Crowded Desk

I’ll try to take a picture of the completed pieces tomorrow with the DSLR as my iphone pictures don’t quite do anything justice. At least, not by the time I can take them…the lighting is bad at that point.
So I’m waiting to fill the white space. I took a bunch of paint cards from the store, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet either.
 
Last year I made a list of things I wanted to do. I think this year, I might make a list of dreams. I’ve started a board on Pinterest of Words & Ambitions for 2012 – things that inspire, motivate, and make me happy – things I need to remember, and things that I dream about.
I dream of just be-ing this year; unconcealed and me.
 

New {year} New {room}

I joined Creative Every Day and the theme this month is “new”. Fitting, for a new year – new goals, new resolutions, a new day with no mistakes in it (yet).
So this new year (month, really), I’ve decided to give my bedroom (and bathroom, to a lesser extent) a makeover. And by makeover, I mean, actually do something thought out and less random. A few months ago I did that for my living room – which has blue and red accents – all the paintings are blue, the side table, curtain, and throw blanket are red. The furniture doesn’t match but at least the walls and colors are relatively coordinated and it looks good enough (with a tan and red blanket over the black futon to match/contrast the brown couch) that I’m happy with it when it’s clean.
So my bedroom and bathroom have been the last to be coordinated. My kitchen is fairies (and I finally made a tablecloth today – grey with a sort of sheen) and our studio doesn’t have a theme…besides a giant green screen and a desk trying to be more things than it has room for.
My bathroom is blue & green and has frogs. It’s adorable now.

My bedroom, which is what I really want to get into, is going to be awesome. I’m getting into purple again, purples and reds and some blues. I made a painting that my husband lit as the inspiration piece/color scheme for the rest.
new bedroom piece...I feel like reds and purples are just so…rich and kind of perfect. The way they react and contrast with each other and work against our light green wall. It’s like a mix of sensual, romantic, and serene – kind of perfect for a bedroom if you ask me. The way it glows when the lights are turned on inside gives it the stained glass look that I was going for which adds an element of richness and…something I can’t put a name to. But it’s great and new and my husband is psyched too. I’ve got a 2 foot by 3 foot canvas to make a focal piece sometime this month and plans to refinish my nightstand into something that matches the color scheme.

So this is my new contribution. I’m giving our room a much needed *something* and I’m really excited about it.