Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wintery Day Stitching

Like much of the south, the world is coming to a stand-still in Richmond due to the wintery weather we are experiencing. I love, love the snow but not a big fan of sleet and freezing rain. I worked from home most of the day, only going out for meeting a friend. In between phone calls and projects, I'm working on this bit of stitching. It's "Hole in the Barn Door" by Diane Phalen. I've actually completed quiet a bit but since I started this on our honeymoon in December 2001, well you'd think I'd be finished by now. I stopped stitching for many years and recently began again. I've missed it. I would like to finish this before our 10th anniversary in November. By my calculations (that's a scary thought) I need to complete 10 blocks a week to have it finished by September so it can be framed. I would like to think that I can commit to this deadline especially as I would like to give this to my love as a gift.

Stay safe and dry today. Blessings, Lisa

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge - January

I've kept journals for years. They have been sacred places for me to keep my innermost thoughts - the good, the bad and the ugly. I've explored dreams, discerned, written prayers, cried and jotted notes in them. Occasionally there is a doodle but that's not really my style. As my interest in art has broadened this past year, I've read more and more about keeping a sketch book. I actually started one a few years ago without realizing it. It's my record of knitting and crochet projects. I don't remember where or how I found The Sketchbook Challenge - perhaps it found me. I can tell it is already changing my life. The January challenge is to sketch something Highly Prized. I made a list, well, I am an ESTJ on the Myers-Briggs scale, and then pushed myself from there - I added doodle's and then ideas for new projects began to flow. My doodle's are simple but I can see the beginning of new creations in them.

This morning I pushed myself further and added color!

The sketches that are being shared on the group's Flickr page are amazing! I looking forward to growing and stretching myself through this challenge.