For some people, it’s about getting out there and adventuring in the world.
For others, hanging out with friends and family is all important.
For me, it seems getting some gardening done (including this weekend helping my son take the initial steps with his first garden :) ), getting some reading time, and getting textile time (knitting, crochet and sewing) seem to be consistent ingredients. That may not sound terribly exciting to many people, but it is where and how I find my quiet joy and contentment.
This week, finishing sewing my winter coat while it is still actually winter (!!!) certainly capped it off nicely! [photo coming soon]
I hope you had a good weekend – whatever your ingredients :)
I wish you a creative and happy week to come <3
I adore the web comic Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn. She does the most beautiful art AND manages to encapsulate all that is both wonderful and mysterious about cats with amazing humour.
I have this image of Lupin as my desktop background. It gives me a lift every time I see it (and, yes, I do find myself high-pawing Lupin on occasion – which can be interesting with a touch screen…)
I hope it gives you a wee boost of encouragement, too.
So, shall we do this?!
As you can probably guess from the title of this post, I’m currently in battle with a cold (and lucky ol’ me got the bonus throat infection add-on for free :/ )
But feeling ill doesn’t actually stop my creative urge; it just limits what I am capable of achieving between tissues and headaches… so, how does one go on and create stuff despite feeling yurk?!
Here’s my tips
- Think simple – now may not be the best time to wrestle with that complex lace shawl pattern or to recreate the Taj Mahal with matchsticks… what if you sneeze?! Have mercy on your aching brain and congested sinuses, and attempt something that doesn’t require intense concentration or exceptionally fine motor control.
- Think small – things that can be created quickly or in small chunks are good. You’ll get a sense of achievement and forward momentum despite being surrounded by tissues.
- Cold time can be a good time for working on those uncomplicated but lengthy projects that require persistence and regular effort, but aren’t necessarily exciting to work on. But do make sure you can put your project down easily without losing your place, in case you need to grab a tissue in a hurry.
- Cold time probably isn’t the time for lengthy blog posts on complex topics requiring immense feats of research. So, I’m going to stop writing ;)
Hope you all stay well and germ free!
Whether the wheel of your year is turning towards or away from the sun, I hope you have a blessed Solstice.
Whatever your belief season, I feel it is always worth taking a moment to ponder the changing seasons and passing years and the deep wondrous mystery of it all.
For myself, I spent the weekend with Morris Dancers, who danced the sun up yesterday (which is always a little kinder to the body at mid-winter – our sun rise was about 7:45 am), despite the rain. The clouds cleared for the dancing <3
I am fortunate to be friends with the fabulous ceramic artist, Anya Mowll. I love her exuberant creations and her appreciation of the natural world, especially the sea. She makes a fabulously colourful variety of beautiful objects. I think my favourite (so far) is Doris, the Deep Sea Angler. If you’d like to keep up with her creatings, Anya is also on Facebook.