Thursday, 20 August 2009

Tomorrow I might lay around and read a book

Holiday manicness (is that a word?) has taken me over. It is nearer to the end than the beginning and I have had a bit of a doldrums and am now having a manic spurt, where I can't decide what I should do first, and so have started all sorts of things at the same time. I have goals in my mind for my artistic endeavours, which, in reality may not all happen as there are too many. In other words I am in a mild state of panic and why? Because I have decided, with no pressure from anyone else, to do all these things. You would think I would learn but somehow I don't.
On the plus side though, I have knitted a scarf, learned to knit on circular needles and knitted some wrist warmers and am onto another pair, used some of my second hand fabric on some birds I am working on, made some tealight holders, reorganised the DVDs, filed and saved a lot of my photos (freeing up much needed space on the hard drive!), watched three films I wanted to watch ages ago, nearly made a doll for an Art Doll Quarterly magazine challenge, and baked a banana cake.
Having written my list I feel a bit better actually, that I have achieved something but I also worry about the Jack of all trades phenomenon. Oh well.
Second wooden face. I might stop here with this one, as I like it like that.This is the doll I mentioned-well her head. I found this piece of drift wood, with nail attached, on Sheppey. I gessoed it at first but the clear gesso dried white so I sanded it and discovered a beautiful soft grain in the charred wood. I applied the gold leaf ages ago and added the face today. The ADQ challenge is to make a wooden doll-or at least the head must be wood. I am making a cloth body.This is my scarf-very easy to make but I love it-and it almost makes me look forward to winter-almost. Speaking of knitting I enjoyed looking here today-have a look-it is lots of fun! (Thanks Anne and Tracy for knitting inspiration!)These are the tealight holders-not finished yet-idea from here. (Thanks Vanessa!)The sketchbook project-the very beginning stages-I will explain more when I have done more!A self-explanatory though not particularly exciting picture of the neatened DVDs! I watched Slumdog Millionaire today-one of the films I have been meaning to watch for ages-I really liked it.The birds-they will be stuffed and the other side (white sheet material) painted. Not sure if they will hang or stand yet.
I used fresh bananas for the cake and it tasted a lot better than when I use old ones!

12 comments:

Sonia ;) said...

Sarah....

Wow you were busy busy...you go girlie...

xoxo S

Anne said...

Hi, Sarah! Wow, wow, wow! You've gotten so much accomplished! I always seem to over-plan too and end up having to adjust to what a normal human can accomplish instead of all my grand dreams. But that's okay! It shows that you are living a vital, creative, energized life and have lots left to do and offer! :-)

Shell said...

Your cracking with all this beautiful creativity.

Poetikat said...

Sarah, do you sleep? I'm amazed that you already got the scarf finished and got the knack of the circular needles and managed to work on dolls' faces. Holy smokes!
Good for you, girl!

Kat

Rajesh said...

You are keeping yourself with all those activities. Great

frayedattheedge said...

I'll have to go for a lie down, I'm exhausted just reading about how busy you've been!! Well done on the knitting - bring on the socks!!

Helen McCookerybook said...

Fan Museum next week Sarah?
x

Tracy said...

Such a delicious post, Sarah...in so many ways! I love all the variety of creativity here... And such fun to see your knitting! The scarf is terrific--do love those colors and it's muted rainbow effect. I've made little birds similar to what you have in progress. They are fun to make. And you have such a way with faces... You've been having a great week...hope it carries over to the weekend now! :o) ((HUGS))

Anairam said...

What a wonderful list! Now I feel guilty for doing so little when I have so much time ...

Janine said...

How absolutely fun this all is! That wood find on the beach was lucky find!

Liz said...

Sarah,

You have been crafty busy! I love the scarf... so pretty! Also, the wooden face is great!

Bonnie said...

just to respond to your "jack of all trades" bit...i feel this quite often myself, but i'm trying to see it as advantage, not letting it be a source of stress. (in my head i hear my mother saying you never stick to anything - as when i was a kid - but where's the fun in that??) you only have yourself to please! some folks need variety! :)

love the wooden face. you go girl!