Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Scattered Energy

How can I have Five books on the go!?! Generally I tend to finish one at a time. I suppose it is because none have really grabbed my attention as yet until I picked up the body artist. It is a very short book yet it is taking me quite some time to get through it. I usually devour books reading at least one or two a week while I am on holiday.The floating brothel is a book selected by one of the girls in my book club.

I told Chicky Babe I was going to a book club meeting and she spluttered and laughed, "Book Club!? More like champagne drinking club!" I would have to agree at present. We started well, selecting and reading a book a month and this continued for about a year but last year we were particularly slack with the book part of our club preferring the camaraderie and fine wine and cheeses or coffee and cake.

Just last week we went to a tea house and had a Parisian High Tea. It had a variety of little crustless sandwiches and cakes on a three tiered plate served with rose petal tea. It was so pretty. I thought to myself I should make a habit of carrying my digital camera around with me because even the aftermath of the repast was beautiful.

I have much on my mind at the moment and am somewhat distracted. I have so many things that I wanted to get done and I've not completed many of them. I was going to make some new clothes for school which starts again next week, I was going to sew new butterfly chair covers for my grandmothers 1950 original butterfly chair frames, I was going to crochet a hat and a top. What have I done? Well I did teach myself what it was I've been doing when I crocheted but I still haven't worked out how to follow the patterns fully. I did crochet a hat but because I didn't follow a pattern it was too big and I will have to frog it! I did make some knitting and crochet needle bags so I would know where they were when I needed them and a needle book for all my sewing needles too. I also made a set for a friend too.

The kids had another sleep over on Saturday. They had a ball. Dancing, singing and playing a cross between hide and seek and chasey through the house until 2:30am. When I changed from the patient friendly mother into the grumpy growling witch of a mother. Finally I managed to get some sleep at 3!

The next day they continued to run amok so I decided to finish off a bag that has been rattling around in my head for my entire summer break.

This bag has the large spots on the bottom and although it does not show up so well in the photo there are small spots on the top. A woman stopped me in a shop today and admired it, that was flattering. The white buttons are from my old button collection. I love this collection I have hundreds and hundreds of them, old, retro and vintage - collected from goodness knows where. Some from op shops and garage sales and some from my great grandmother and grandmother. Some find their way to me from friends. I can sit and paw through them for ages. Delighting in the discovery of the most perfect, delightful button for a specific purpose or one that will inspire a new project.

I quite like this blog medium because I can talk about what ever pops into my head. I also think I need to update it every so often so it makes me make time to do some more creative things or think about what is happening around me. I do wonder if any one reads it but that is not really the point is it?

Gosh I got right off the point! I was talking about the books I'm trying to read. Proust I have abandoned not because of the story but because of it's presentation. The print is SO small and I struggle to read it for that reason. Giotto's Hand I had completely forgotten about, I don't even know where I've put it down!!! The artist in his studio is more a browse and flick book selected from the shelf again as I am planning to build myself a studio.

A friend of mine is going to help me enclose a part of my new patio. This will be my space where i can work quietly maybe complete some of the paintings I have started and those that are swirling around in my head. I'd like to do some more jewellery too using silver as I did many years ago now. The problem will be I will no longer have an excuse for not doing more! Apart from time perhaps.

Coming off the end of the patio is a small paved area in front of my garden shed. I am going to turn this into my studio courtyard garden. Then I will feel at home. I really miss the studio space from my old house but I am really loking forward to creating a new space!

1 comment:

Drewzel said...

Oooh that high tea sounds gorgeous!

Yep, start taking photos of everything...get a Flickr account and then you find you can't stop yourself! :P