2014 Week 1 of Making Something Every Day

I’m so excited to start a new year of Making Something Every Day! Here’s the first week of work:

Day 1: Embrace Imperfection Ganesha postcard.
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I love the idea of Ganesha, Mover of Obstacles. Also, I live in Alabama, so it’s kinda hard to get away from the houndstooth elephant. HE. IS. EVERYWHERE.

Day 2: notes for a new piece.
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I mentioned this poem “Why I am not a painter” in one of my posts last year. It occurred to me on the drive home from Arkansas, that in all the years I’ve loved that poem I’ve never looked up the painting. Mike Goldberg is an abstract expressionist. I should have known. I’ve been obsessed with the abstract expressionist movement since before I even knew what abstract expressionism was. It is a style that has always spoken to something deep in my soul. I don’t know if it’s about the freedom or the wildness but all that color and all those big, bold stokes energize me. I’ve never been tied to art having a particular meaning. It doesn’t have to be a picture “of” something. If it evokes a feeling, even a negative one, then it’s doing what it’s supposed to do. I was so excited to see “Sardines” for the first time, I immediately wanted to do something based on it and the poem. Still thinking about what, but it will probably be one of my big four for the year.

Day 3: got some new storage & supplies for my work table. Got it all organized so I can work, work, work!
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I’m slowly getting my workspace streamlined. I’s a battle between what I want to have in that space and what I need to have in that space.

Day 4: Doodle time with Liza.
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I got a copy of “Art, Doodle, Love” from my mom for Christmas. It’s a beautiful journal. I was making this doodle one night before I put Liza to bed. When she came in and saw it, she immediately got one of her new journals she got for Christmas and started making some of the same marks. It was a good moment between us.

Day 5: Forget-Me-Not Postcard. (Bought a box of postcards to alter. First of many altered cards this year.)
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I’m already enjoying the snot out of this box of postcards. It’s so fun to mess them up!

Day 6: Massive postcard painting.
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Did I mention how fun it is to mess up the printed perfection of these little dudes?

Day 7: 2 postcards. (Bonus points to the person who gets the one on the right.)
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Yeah, it’s a Doctor Who quote. I thought the Roses were too good a theme to pass up.

Except that implies – in this big grand scheme of Gods and Devils – that she’s just a victim. But I’ve seen a lot of this universe. I’ve seen fake gods and bad gods and demi gods and would-be gods – out of all that – out of that whole pantheon – if I believe in one thing… just one thing… I believe in her.

So there’s the first week! Looking forward to the next! 🙂

Week 43 of Making Something Every Day

Day 294: Working on a new baby blanket. (Posted a day late.)
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Day 295: larger version of piece from my tiny art journal.
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Day 296: Car crochet!
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Day 297: Finished the baby blanket!
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Day 298: Made a sweater for my dog sister.
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Day 299: Painting with Liza’s new art supplies.
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Day 300: hat.
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Day 301: Finished hat!!
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Day 302: beginnings of a new cowl. (Posted a day late.)
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Day 303: Oversize postcard.
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And that’s it! The 303 days I made art in 2013. Now, on to 2014!

Week 42 of Making Something Every Day

Day 287: Lotsa fun today making prints with the gelli plate and working with @Obajoo!
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Day 288: Making a larger version of the collage from Day 282. Trying to get the yellow house just right.
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Day289: Yarn: Doctor Donna. Pattern: Oswin Shawl. Started: 11/23/13. #loveeverythingaboutthistweet
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Day 290: @kingjrd and I are co-crocheting a comfort blanket for a grieving friend.
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Day 291: Secret Christmas project.
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Day 292 & 293: Last Christmas present finished!!
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Year 2 of Making Something Every Day

Since returning from Nepal, I’ve thought a lot about if I would continue making something every day. Frankly the decision wasn’t all that hard.

I’ve had a couple of people ask me about the year and what it’s meant to me. Every time I’ve responded that I’ve loved this year. I’ve love the freedom to spend time on creative things combined with the structure of every day. I feel like the body of work I’ve produced in this past year allows me to call myself an artist.

When I started, I wanted to work every day. That was the goal. To be in practice every day and to recognize and call out for myself when I accomplished that. From that perspective, I feel like the year was a success. My end total was 303 days out of 365. The only thing I would change would be the number of days that I wasn’t able to work or the work I did was crochet instead of paper and paint. A challenge for the next year, right?

So I will be continuing with a second year of Making Something Every Day. Here’s a refresher of the guidelines:
• Every day.
• 20 minutes.
• Post a photo.
• No more than 2 yarn posts per 7 days.

I’m adding one more thing. I want to finish 4-6 larger pieces of work this year so I will add that as a guideline. I finished several large pieces this year, but it wasn’t intentional at all.

Year 2 of Making Something Every Day

Since returning from Nepal, I’ve thought a lot about if I would continue making something every day. Frankly the decision wasn’t all that hard.

I’ve had a couple of people ask me about the year and what it’s meant to me. Every time I’ve responded that I’ve loved this year. I’ve love the freedom to spend time on creative things combined with the structure of every day. I feel like the body of work I’ve produced in this past year allows me to call myself an artist.

When I started, I wanted to work every day. That was the goal. To be in practice every day and to recognize and call out for myself when I accomplished that. From that perspective, I feel like the year was a success. My end total was 303 days out of 365. The only thing I would change would be the number of days that I wasn’t able to work or the work I did was crochet instead of paper and paint. A challenge for the next year, right?

So I will be continuing with a second year of Making Something Every Day. Here’s a refresher of the guidelines:
• Every day.
• 20 minutes.
• Post a photo.
• No more than 2 yarn posts per 7 days.

I’m adding one more thing. I want to finish 4-6 larger pieces of work this year so I will add that as a guideline. I finished several large pieces this year, but it wasn’t intentional at all.

Week 41 of Making Something Every Day

Wow! Check the numbering on the days of this week! I have a quality education from an Arkansas school. I’ll just chalk it up to being a bit out of it this week while I try to reacclimate to the real world…

Let’s see if I remember how to do this. Day 280: Fly free. Oversize greeting card.
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Day 281: Imagine ATC.
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Day 281: Cherish these days postcard.
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Day 282: Feeling inspirational today. “You can do this. Don’t stop.”
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Day 284: Missing Nepal ATC.
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Day 285: Kissing under the Umbrella. A towel from thewaterglass.org.
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Day 286: something in progress.
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Week 40 of Making Something Every Day

This week in art feels like it happened a million years ago. Or, at least, a month ago. Still trying to play catch up and get my Nepal photos sorted. I’ll do a post with those photos soonish.

Day 273: Nepal journal.
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Day 274: Shawl Nepal project prep.
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Day 275: Pumpkin cake with cinnamon maple cream cheese frosting.
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Day 276: Putting together my Nepal art kit.
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Day 277: Dog, hat/doily crochet, and confusing pattern on the iPad for the thing that is either a hat or doily.
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Day 278: finished hat for Nepal friend. (Posted a day late.)
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Day 279: A shawl/scarf for another Nepal friend.
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Week 39 of Making Something Every Day

This week has been a crochet heavy week and I’m sorry about that since the challenge has been primarily about paper and paint. I’ve been working against some pre-Nepal trip deadlines so I’ve been using a lot of time crocheting to get things done before I go and in preparation of teaching the ladies in Nepal. I promise to get back to the paper and paint soon! Or, you know, more like in December.

Day 265: progress report.
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Day 266: Weaving in end threads.
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Day 267: Working on my travel journal.
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Day 268: While working on the edging for the blankie, Anwyn has decided she likes it very much.
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Day 269: Starting the last row of a crochet project I’ve worked on longer than any previous crochet project.
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Day 270: I’m finished! I’m finished!
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Days 271 & 272: Nepal project prep.
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Thoughts on this week:
I have 100 days left on this challenge. Becky asked me this week if I’d do it again next year. When I answered I didn’t know, she and Stephen both encouraged me to continue. I still don’t know. I’m wondering if I should do it again but change it somehow. Of course, there’s something to be said for don’t fix what isn’t broken. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions.

I’ll be traveling (you might have heard something about a trip to Nepal) in November. Not sure how much daily work I’ll be doing during that time or during Thanksgiving week. Either way, that extends the last leg of the challenge well into the new year. Still processing what I think about that. If it matters or not about whether I do it again next year.

I do know it has been an incredibly fulfilling and fun year. I’ve got so many memories wrapped up in these daily pieces of art. An unexpected bonus to what started out as training exercise. I can say I appreciate all of your encouragement and comments on the stuff I’ve made. Art is so personal and subjective. So I am especially appreciative of all of the positive things people have said.

Week 38 of Making Something Every Day

Day 258: Morning meditation on Hope, Peace, and Love. One to go.
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Day 258b: It’s a good day! I’m finished!
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Day 259: Working in my tiny art journal again feels good.
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Day 260: Faith, Hope and Love.
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Day 261: Watching the paint dry on the cover of my mini Smash Book. Gonna use it as my journal in Nepal.
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Day 262: Beginning assembly of the granny square blankie.
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Day 263: Outermost squares are tied on, not sewed to the middle yet. This is how much I’ve done since last night.
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Day 264: Race to the end! I’ve got 10 squares to make and I’ll have all the squares for the boarder.
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Nepal 2013

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Swayambhu, or in English, The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu.

As most of you remember, I went to Pokhara, Nepal in December last year to help train women as sewing instructors. I’m so excited to be getting to go back this year!

I’ll be leaving in just a few short weeks to start the nearly 30 hours of flying to get there. Once I make it to Kathmandu, I’ll take a bus through the Himalayan Mountains for 6 hours to the town of Pokhara. It’s a good sized town with a beautiful lake and a tourist village that we jokingly named the Gatlinburg of Nepal.

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This is Machapuchare, or in English, Fish Tail Mountain near Pokhara. It is sacred to the goddess Shiva so no climbing allowed.

Once we arrive in Pokhara we will meet with our host, Sangte (pronounced Son-TAY). She will be our translator for the week. She is a remarkable woman. Indian by birth, she and her husband felt called to minister to the Tibetan refugees in Nepal so they packed up and moved from India to Pokhara. She and her husband have cared for Tibetan refugee children over the past 10 years. Sometimes she has as many as eight children and teens living with her! She decided that another way to help would be to open sewing schools for women to learn job skills.

It is said that to be born a woman in Nepal you had to have been very bad in a previous life. Girls receive little education and are expected to quit school when they marry. Several of the women we worked with last year worked as seamstresses but also dug gravel and sand out of the river to sell to supplement their income. Sangte’s sewing schools are helping change that. By training women as seamstresses and then allowing them to purchase a sewing machine through a micro-lending program, women are able to start their own businesses in their village to make clothing and household items to sell.

I can’t explain how humbled and excited I am to be a part of this project.

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Here is our group from last year!

Many of you asked how you could help. If you are inclined to contribute, you can do so in a variety of ways. The group I work with is Global Women. You can donate on that website and please specify that it is for Nepal. You can also help me with supplies I’ll be taking with me. I need: women’s vitamins, calcium, small tubes of toothpaste, yarn, crochet hooks in sizes 5 and 6mm, scissors (Nepalese scissors are very poor quality), sandwich and gallon sized ziplock bags, gum, candy, hand lotion, band aids, or neosporin. I also need fun things to go in a grab bag the ladies can pull from. Fun things like hair ties, nail polish, scarves, necklaces, note pads and pens are things we had in the grab bag last year. If you don’t have time to purchase those items but still want to help you can pass me some cash and let me know what you’d like for me to purchase. You can also paypal me under my name.

Lastly, I will ask you to pray, send good thoughts, light a candle or do your special dance for me and the team traveling to Nepal and for the ladies we will work with during the two weeks. I don’t talk much about my religion here but I will say this: I feel very strongly that God has called me to this place to spend time with these ladies and tell them they are loved and cared for by a community that is on the other side of the world. That they matter and are important to God and to me.

Thank you. It means a lot to me that many of you supported my trip last year and I appreciate what you have done and are continuing to do for this trip.

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