My friend Charlotte’s mom, Lynne, was the most amazing artist. There wasn’t a single art or craft that she couldn’t do and do well. She was the kind of person who would wake up one day and decide to suddenly start making stained glass windows. (my mom is a little bit like that too, although unlike Lynne, she has an Achille’s heel – origami of all things).
I ended up with some of Lynne’s fabric and a feeling that I should do something. When I heard that Charlotte was expecting, I decided to make a baby blanket. I am not a quilter nor the sort of artist that moms seem to be, but I managed.
Almost all of the non-dino fabric is from Lynne’s collection; dinosaurs are the baby theme. The amazing stripy fossil fabric is from our friend Miranda – I love her because she’s the kind of person who, when you tell her you’re making a dino quilt, immediately proffers dino fabric.
This is what I did on Saturday afternoon instead of working:
In my defense, wrapping a birthday gift was on my list. Wrapping, note, not art project extraordinaire.
I started with some comic book coloring pages downloaded from Dover, a really awful gift box, and some art goodies.
I decided to cover the box up with random stuff and then have epic superhero woman as a topper.
The edges looked really terrible as you can see, so I covered everything with as much washi tape as I could. This was my first real project using washi, and I have to say that I loved it. I think it really saved the project, don’t you?
Next was the top, which had its own logistical concerns.
Happily the birthday boy was very impressed. Less happily is that this is so not the work on the ethics of photography online that I have been trying to finish up for a week. It’s coming though, I promise (to myself)!
I love lists – not only because they make me feel like the organized person I long to be, but I also think that they can teach you a lot about how people think and dream.
Top 101 goals in 1001 days – Most popular goal is to give blood – wonder if that’s because it’s so public and thus performative, or is that really one of the most common goals for people?
How I Became My Own Mentor – To this end, my strategic plan features all kinds of useful lists: work that’s in process, work I’d like to do in the near future, people I’d like to work with, kinds of work I realize I hate, kinds of work that really lights me up, skills I’d love to learn. Brilliant! I need to do this in my next coffee shop time!
List of Lists that People Make – Lists are the butterfly nets that catch my fleeting thoughts. Yes! I have way too many ideas to keep all of them in my head at any one time.
Using Trello to Organize – Look at that page of lists! So pretty! I like paper though so I’m not sure how well it would work for me.
Pinterest Board of Creative Journaling – Part of why I like paper so much – can doodle, paste things in, make it 3-d.
The Most Amazing Journal EVER – A picture is worth a 1000 words here – you should go check it out! I ordered a moleskin and washi tape just to see if I could use this to add a little more organization to my life.