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As planned, I did mostly sewing these past two weeks. I sewed a cover for our kiddy pool.  It is one of those inflatable affairs that is over 2mx1.5m, so the cover had to be almost 3x2m.

I also made a mosquito net for our king-size bed, not an easy task moving all that netting about!  But I'm not finished with the stuff; I have to make a net "room" (3mX2.8mx1.8m) for our yard, otherwise flies and mosquitos make it too miserable to eat outside.  Man, how I wish we had stocked up on some mosquito nets when we lived in Mayotte. They were huge and, even better, CHEAP!  *sigh*

I'm a little over "big projects."

I did sew two newborn hats for Coquille's first day...plus a test-run hat that turned out the perfect size for Junebug's baby dolll. LOL

Next up I have to make a new "diaper" bag and repair the nursing pillow I made for when I had Junebug. I would like to sew something for an Egyptian friend who just gave birth, but I need to find some cute, quality fabric first. Not easy at the best of times and not something I feel like doing while hot, heavily pregnant, and car-less.

On the art front, I made some more color charts, more "targeted" ones, kind of like this. I also sketch cows. I suck at cows. Must sketch some more. Lazy me thinks I should just practice some "cartoony" cows since this book is not about cows. My more studious side thinks I shoud work on getting the real deal right first.

Anyone else want to share their creative endeavors from the past couple of weeks?


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Apr. 17th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, your targeted color chart! Can I post it on Tumblr? It's so restful to look at!

Creative endeavors, hmmmm. I've managed to eke out a little time writing, so that makes me happy. I've been writing with a buddy online a little, and then a very tiny bit with one in-the-flesh friend. Did you ever read the short piece "Girl," by Jamaica Kincaid? (It's very, very short, and if you haven't, I recommend it.) This IRL friend and I have been writing small, very short pieces inspired by it. As you'll see, it's very full of points to leap off from.
Apr. 18th, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
That chart is beautiful, isn't it? But it isn't mine. I linked to an isolated image because I can't see the charts on the artist's site (perhaps because of my outdated browser). I can see them on Pinterest, though, and she has lovely, soft colors. Maybe you can see more at these links and then share by giving proper credit: http://www.patsysmiles.co.uk/memory-lane/

Here are more of them, if you can't see the images on her site either: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=color%20charts%20patsysmiles&rs=typed&0=color%7Ctyped&1=charts%7Ctyped&2=patsysmiles%7Ctyped

And the outdated browser keeps me from reading PDF files within it, so I'll have to wait until I can use J's computer to read "Girl."
Apr. 18th, 2016 04:16 am (UTC)
I need to stretch my concept of creative for that, but I have been attempting to raise some tomato plants from seeds and as my father just cannot resist secondhand stores, so he had bought some soldier or hunter trousers from Sweden that have to be made shorter - a creative task, as they do not have just turned back edges of legs, but really elaborate do, that has to be somehow converted to shorter version (as if I cut off ALL the elaborate part and just turn back the edge, then the trousers would be too short)
Apr. 18th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
Aïe, those trousers sound like a pain.
Apr. 18th, 2016 07:47 am (UTC)
I've had a slow week due to other adventures, but I'm making good progress on my first draft. I think I'm about four chapters from the end, but three of them will be very tricky chapters. Then I'll have to go back and start fixing all the holes I've left behind...
Apr. 18th, 2016 02:21 pm (UTC)
I always get both excited and envious (and a bit nostalgic for the days when I was writing more) when someone mentions being close to finishing a draft. :P Keep at it!
Apr. 18th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm just coming online again creatively. I've been pinning things like mad to Pinterest, ideas and the like for things I want to make: collages, assemblage, mosaics. Saturday my friend Lynn and I got together to plan the studio we're going to make out of my garage. My dad had an entire woodworking shop in their when he was alive so there's a great, big work bench. The space has gone unused since and was full of clutter. I got it cleaned out a couple of months back so now Lynn and I will be filling it back up again, hopefully with good things not clutter. After our planning, I started to teach Lynn how to crochet. Rather like the blind leading the blind since it's been many years since I crocheted with any regularity, but it gradually came back to me. My hands remembered far ahead of my brain. I am currently trying to make some of these:


It feels good to be doing again!
Apr. 18th, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ooh, those crocheted rocks are pretty. I love that you are reclaiming space to be creative, both physically and mentally, because, YES it feels good to be doing (again).
Apr. 19th, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
I had a breakthrough about a month ago with the grief and (unnecessary) guilt chains I've been dragging around for the last year. Suddenly, my creative mind is alive again, bursting at the seams. So many ideas I couldn't possibly get to them all! Which is a blessing. No writing yet, but I'm not worried. The last time I had a long block from writing I worked my way back into it with visuals. Either I'll be a total visual person now, or I'll start writing again some day. I'm not worried either way.

I just feels so good right now.
Apr. 19th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Wonderful. All-around wonderful. :D
Apr. 19th, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
Cows can be beautiful art works, especially Highland.
Apr. 19th, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
no cow icon, so have a horse
Highlands have so much character. :P White parks are cute, too.
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