Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Goodbye April

Can you believe it? Again, the month has flown by. Unbelievable. Still working on giving myself some credit on the things I got done and worked on this month and not worrying about what I didn't get done or work on this month. A constant battle this is.

Here's what I did:

  • Bless This House quilt top pieces have been put together, working on borders
  • worked on blue blouse and collar is attached
  • 2 out of 3 commissions done, one commission was pushed back until June
  • 2 out of 3 books read
  • nothing on edit 5 of Map Hunter I, letting it rest while I work on the next book in the series
  • started rough draft of Map Hunter II
  • no new dolls, but started painting faces for Day of the Dead ornaments
  • fixed my socks and knitted the heels
  • started mixed media painting
Now that I look at this list, not bad. Not great. But not bad. You have no idea how hard it is right now for me to say, not bad and be okay with it. I've been given another day. With luck, another month. Yeah. I'll keep at it. Hope you do too.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Started a Painting

I had this picture of a magnolia I took when I first moved to North Carolina. I'd always wanted to paint it and now I'm doing so. If it's presentable when I'm done, it'll be my mom's Mom's Day gift. Plus, it's getting me in practice to do two larger pieces. I haven't painted in ages and I've always wanted to get back to it. A new commission is pushing me towards that.


I have a stack of canvas panels and that's what I'm using here. Also, acrylic paints and decorative papers. It will be a mixed media project.



I've been watching mixed media painting videos on You Tube and I'm kind of hooked. I'll see what I can come up with.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Been Slacking

Sorry for no new updates.  So here we go.  I had three commissions, one after the other and the fourth was postponed until June.  That kind of threw me for a loop because I was in such a 'go get 'em' mode.  When the adrenaline is coursing through my veins, you just wanted to keep going.  The postponement brought me to a screeching halt and the adrenaline took a nose dive.

Here we go again.  The doubts, fears, and other crap us creative types deal with on a regular basis, decided to body slam me.  Really?  So I told myself that it was time for a break.  That I had been working hard (which is a good thing) but I'm also allowed to take a break.  And I did.  And now, I'm back.  I have another commission to work on.  Two paintings, size 24 x 36.  Huge!  I haven't worked this big since undergrad.  Will this be a challenge?  You bet.  And I'm ready.  I'm getting excited about these paintings.  I got my first degree in art, specializing in watercolor painting.  These paintings will be in acrylic.  Something new to me but I'm raring to go.

I'm back to working on dolls and hope to have pics soon.  Been working on my latest quilt and I'm almost done with my blouse.  I've been working on my kid book series, book two actually.  I thought I was ready to send out book one but when I started working on book two, I noticed that I needed to add some bits to book one so that book two would flow better.  Now I've decided to hold off on putting the series out there until I've got more written.  In the meantime I will work on some shorter stories and put them on a writing website for me.  Stay tuned.

I'm still working on my second pair of socks.  The heels are giving me fits.  This is what I get from not continuing knitting on a regular basis.  That will be remedied too.

Carry on people!!!!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Quilt in Progress

I finally got my Bless This House blocks together and finally got a pic.


My classmate and teacher are holding it up. I still have work to do on it. Put on a zinger and do the borders. They loved what I did with the top portion, making it Halloween.

Done and Done

This month I finished two commissions.


This is a doll for a new collector. Sorry about the pic but I did it on my phone. I don't know if you can see but she's got little stitches on her mouth.


Here's a doll for a lady. This one is huge. Over 30 inches with painted boots. Black tap pants, black web lace over a red skirt. The darker flowers were hand dyed by my pal Maya. Her new mom loves her.



Creepy cute I call them.

Friday, April 5, 2013

A New Month

We are almost a quarter through a new year. Can you believe it? Amazing. I really feel like I'm so behind. I know I always say this but, didn't we just have Christmas? Come on now! I'm back in the coffee business. My mom sent me her French Press and I have coffee in the morning. Yay! You have no idea how loopy I've been for lack of coffee.

The first three days this month were great. Writing new material, designed two new dolls for commissions and got them started, trying to keep abreast of doing more reading for the month, and started sewing a blouse for me. I also rearranged all my writing into folders. Main folders for short stories kids, short stories adult, screenplays, long books kids, long books adults and within those folders a folder for each story and the different files under those stories.  My document page looks so nice and neat now and I'll be able to keep track of different drafts and edits for each story. Yes, I'm still a crazy lady and have signed up to do Camp NaNoWrimo for the month. My goal is 30,000 words for Map Hunter II.

I wasn't going to write down which projects I will attempt this month because it usually changes and I get other things done. So I guess I'll give it a go for this month.


  • Finish Bless This House quilt top
  • Finish my summer blouse
  • Finish three commissions
  • Read three books
  • Get through edit five of Map Hunter book I
  • Rough draft of Map Hunter book II
  • new pieces for an art show the end of the month
  • Finish my second pair of socks
Nuts?

Yes, but this is me. The commissions will most definitely get done. You know, those pesky things called bills just keep coming in. I'm also getting things prepped to start a writing website. I'll talk more about that in the near future. But you've seen the list and you can ping me and make a comment if I slack off.

Cheers!

Day 3: No Pic Post

Yowza! This year is flying by. Halfway through. Totally unbelievable. But here we are. Crazy happenings on this rock that is hurtling throu...