So this past week has been yet another struggle for creativity to get through. I won’t bore you with the details but I’m sure everyone creative has felt that pull of restlessness when you don’t have the time to do it. But then I realised it is not about ‘finding’ time, because if you are busy you never will, it is about ‘creating’ time. So I managed to make a couple of journals out of these treasure items I found last week:
I found all these antique and vintage postcards and metal findings at various car boots, and here is what I made them into:
This is obviously a journal with a slightly scrubbed up brass plate/stamp, which I turned into the closure system and below are field sketchbooks created with two kinds of Fabriano paper, so artists can pick their media.
All journals/sketchbooks are available in my shop.
It is still not as productive as a usual week, but it is a start. One particular project, the daily challenge I set myself for the month of July, (this started last month when I challenged myself to hand make a journal everyday throughout the entire month of June – please check out the video here - it is titled 'Journal a Day June') that has not really even got off the ground. July’s challenge is nothing to do with making journals but again is to do with journaling and I have so far managed to do 5 out of 70! 5????? Out of 70??? Yes, pathetic isn’t it? And it’s already mid July! Yes, I feel screwed. My initial plan was to do 140! I have come to terms that that is not going to happen, but I haven’t given up on the 70 yet. This will happen – it is just all about the ‘creating’ of my creative time. I will let you know how I get on.
Finally one time I do not regret not being able to create was yesterday afternoon. My best friend happened to be in town so we set out on one of our glamorous afternoons, which this time consisted of a Frankie and Benny’s long lunch, a walk around a huge DIY store then wrapped up with us buying (and not looking particularly attractive while carrying) a ton of cat litter. However, while at the DIY store I managed to find a seat for my outside studio – I have been searching ages for a chair for the small space that was comfortable enough to spend hours in and was so happy when I stumbled across this outdoor beanbag chair:
Here is Natasha modelling it in it’s new home. There was a time when our glamorous trips were all about trying on slinky dresses, going out to bars, shopping for lingerie, make up & shoes and being the ladies that lunch in cafes for the entire day. Now it consists of messy wrap dinners in diners, cat litter shopping and stuffing oversized beanbags into tiny cars haha still the time transitions but the fun doesn’t, and that’s all that matters (well that and the fact I am, right now, sat on the beanbag and it IS damn comfy :) ).