I just wrote my last installment on the ‘creative process’ for the Creative Carnival and it will be published tomorrow morning. In a nutshell my process is long and thoughtful (see more tomorrow) but sometimes I wish I could just sit down and GO DO ART. Occasionally I can shorten my process to virtually nothing but the doing, but, usually only on things I’m totally sure of and thus they are not overly creative.
Zoe is in the golden age of 3 where art happens. Here are 2 pieces she sat down and just did. They are for her god parents but since one of her god parents has virtually fallen off the planet it might be for her stand in Aunt Josie. I love them, I don’t know if I am just biased but I would say this is good for whatever age made it.
I almost forgot but today is my Blogs birthday! Ironically, I was reminded by my googlebot so my electronics stick together like a good team should.
Here is my first post – not sure if it really merits reading since I’m hardly the same person anymore. I have talked about why I write here lots of times over the 9 years but it still boils down to wanting to share my life with my family and friends. I’m very pleased to add a crew of blog friends to the list of people I write for, people I have never met but read what I write sometimes gives me a push to write and more importantly do something worthy of writing about.
Since that first post that location did close. I got a new job and then left that job. We bought the house and have been doing things to it over the years. I am still married and we added 3 kids to the family. One of the two cats I had then has since disappeared and is presumed dead along with 1 known dead and one other MIA – my blog has outlived 3 pets, look at that. I can go on about the changes but it is all written down, no need to rehash.
My yearly disclaimer ~ I write from my life but I don’t write my life. There are tons of things I don’t share for tons of reasons so hopefully my positive view portrayed in writing never leads someone to the conclusion that I’ve ‘got it all’ or ‘have it all under control’ – I just choose to document the good stuff and let myself forget the annoying or petty.
Skip this one if you don’t want to hear it…
So I am slightly bitter at the Mom’s club I’m in.
I try to keep the bright side in mind;
- I’ve met really nice ladies, occasionally they want to do the same thing as I do.
- I would rather have 5 good friends then 30 people I kinda know.
- The new members are more active and fun
- I like the ability to ask a question and get feedback relatively fast from a group ‘like me’
- I have met a ton of local people that I see around and can have a little chat with
However the bad stuff is creeping in and raining on my parade
- I’m the only one that proposes to do anything
- I’m one of a very few that goes to anything
- I can’t count on people because sometimes they do the thing they say but sometimes they don’t
- Too often people cancel at the last minute leaving me holding the bag
And a pet peeve is happening too – Someone will propose some activity and I say “sure count me in!” and then nobody else joins and then the original person says something like “well it is just you so I’m going to cancel”…. I can rationally put that in a nice way but it also screams that they just wanted more people and I was not good enough. The reverse it true too where one person will say they can come but then nobody else does so they cancel because it is “just me”. I seriously am happy for any company, I don’t need 20, 1 person is great! Maybe I’m needy or maybe my NY upbringing is different and I’ll never get it but I’m tired of it. (this peeve is not just the moms club, has happened with other people too) It is hard not to get a complex after a while. Someone actually said “sure, if I have nothing else going on I’ll call you”…. um, don’t do me any favors ok – That was from a mom of a girl Niamh adores and for her I will try try again with playdates etc but being bottom of the pile stinks.
See, I told you this was a gripy post. Seriously I tell myself that if I just put stuff on the calendar that I’m doing anyway then company is gravy. I should just contact the moms I like directly for a playdate of mutual convenience but then I am turning my back on the people who might want to come out if only I asked.
I’m not going to solve this by complaining. The only way around it is through it. I will do my best and if people like me they will do it too, if they don’t they won’t and that is their loss.
ok, Fiona is awake and decorating fest 2013 can continue and hopefully writing this and setting it free in the world will get it off my mind.
I am attempting to find the right picture(s) for our christmas card and I came across this.
This isn’t right for a christmas card, I have a very specific idea about what is right for a card and I spend way too long finding it. I’m sure nobody else in the world cares what picture I send and most people glance at it for about 10 seconds, and if I’m lucky, they hang it up for a bit. I don’t care that I spend too much time on it, I like making it just right. Regardless, I still like this picture of Niamh and it should not stay locked in my computer forever.
In addition to christmas card design, today is all about making christmas happen in our house. I think the outside will just have to live with a simple wreath because my outside lights didn’t work and now it is too cold to fuss with them out there. If I have time and energy I do have a cool project that I might do (pun on cool intended – it is working with ice) but since we are not going to actually be here for christmas I have to weigh my efforts v returns. So far we have brought the christmas tree inside and are hopeful that it will defrost enough to stop looking like a pine scented light post. I’ve put up the christmas curtains and we are moving ahead on gift making. Aunts/Uncles/cousins/godparents – expect hand made art in your near future.
ps. even if it never relaxes, I love the smell of a pine tree so it can stay.