Saturday, 12 September 2015

Colourful houses & sparkling jewels.......


Last month on the Magical Journal Journey swap it was my turn to create for Tammy. Tammy's prompt/theme was 'colourful houses'. Painted in acrylics, with some black ink detail, the picture is a mix of Cornish villages I've visited and scenes from my imagination. 

As is usually the case, these art challenges highlight my lack of skills to me and make me want to learn more. But each prompt/theme provides lots of learning experience simply through doing. Most importantly I really enjoy creating for my friends in our Magical Journal Journey group and as always the creative activity brings a mix of positive benefits to my mood and wellbeing.

I've been busy creating all sorts this past fortnight. I have no sewing machine skills whatsoever and so I began to learn by trying to make cushion covers. This was my first very poor attempt:


Although I made lots of mistakes working the machine and in joining my pieces of material together; I did feel quite pleased that it did at least cover a cushion and was useable :-)! It's a learning curve and hopefully I'll keep learning from my many mistakes!

I've also been making jewellery to sell:

My next craft fair is at the beginning of October but I also continue to sell and take commissions via facebook and locally.

Now both my children are back at school I shall hopefully get back into a working routine and work on my massive to-do list that includes things like finally building a website. I have so many ideas, work plans and want-to-dos. I just need enough time and energy to put them into action. I never seem to have enough of either - do you know what I mean? I bet you do.

I'm trying to focus on each day seperately and have filled my art journal with a creative decorative to-do list that comprises of lots of small goals. My idea was to get the ideas out of my head, broken down into small goals and displayed in a fun way so that I could refer to them and choose to work on one acheivable chunk of a dream at a time.


  • What ways do you approach acheiving your goals, dreams and want-to-dos?  What creative ways have you found to organise your plans? 
Wishing you all a creative weekend and week ahead!
Kat :-)x







Share |
WrightStory is also on Facebook and Twitter

10 comments:

  1. Sweet! Love all your creativity. Art Challenges sure can be a spur to get up and start creating can't they? Cheers! (I found you on the Creative Everyday site)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Stephanie - thanks for visiting & leaving a lovely comment :-)! CED is a great place to meet & yes I agree, art challenges can be a great inspiration & motivator :-) Kat x

      Delete
  2. I have been going through a similar mental progress and am trying to focus on ONE thing at a time so I can actually achieve something rather than 20!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lisa - its hard focusing on one thing at a time when there are a hundred to-dos must-dos & want-to-dos all wanting attention - don't you find? :-) Kat xx

      Delete
  3. With no sewing skills, that is an awesome pillow cover. I too have zero sewing skills and no machine either. Envious of your bravery to try.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. JC - thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely supportive comment :-) The cushion wouldn't fare well at close inspection but I still feel pleased I gave it a go. Not sure I'm brave but I am stubborn & I fought through the machine getting jammed etc & felt glad the end result covered a pillow, lol :-) Kat x

      Delete
  4. All projects are super but I just love your bright and colorful houses. They make me feel happy! j.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Joi - thanks for visiting & leaving such a nice comment - I'm glad they make you feel happy :-) They make me feel happy to create them too. Whilst painting them a hundred stories popped to mind about who could live in these colourful houses in this quirky community :-) Kat x

      Delete
  5. Your adventurous spirit always makes me happy, Kat! I love that you dive into trying new things and don't let a lack of knowledge or skills dissuade you! (I'm like that, too!).

    I think your houses look great!

    And your cushion cover, too! Keep sewing! It's so much fun and there are so many great things you can do to cozy up your home and sewing your own clothes... :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anne - Aw thank you sweetie & I'm glad to make you happy!! I'm still thinking of your studio days after reading your post...dreaming of my own some day....I'd love a huge space that would allow for workshops....a space to create with freedom to make a mess & then smaller cosier sections for writing and focusing on individual projects....I keep dreaming until my imagination brings it into being :-)
      On sewing....it may be a while before I manage clothes but learning to use the machine offers new possibilities for putting my ideas into being. I just need a machine technician on hand at all times to sort it out when I get it tangled or such like. I'm not a very practical person & not good at fixing or working out mechanical things.
      Hugs
      Kat XX

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...