A few updates on that goal list I posted at the beginning of January:
- Write at least 200,000 words – 100,000 each of fiction/poetry and non-fiction – My total January word count is right around 31,000, which is approximately ten times what I expected it to be. At this rate, I should be able to meet my goals without a problem.
- Quilt or crochet at least 4 new blankets for charity – One spiral afghan is in progress and should be finished by the end of February.
- Finish at least 5 items from the Abandoned Projects Pile including:
- Blue patch-work throw (from 2011 or 12) – The blocks have been assembled and seams pressed. I’ve given myself a deadline of the first day of spring to have this one finished.
- Autumn themed full-sized quilt (fabrics purchased in 2012/early 2013) – The bulk of the piecing has been completed on this one, but I still need to assemble everything for the top. Another one that I want to finish by the end of the winter.
We’ll see how February goes. Hopefully more words and lots of quilting progress.
A new year has begun and with it comes the inevitable resolutions. Forget the usual thoughts of losing weight, saving money, and all of those practical and healthy ideas that sound so good on January 1st. This year’s resolution ignores all of the traditional goals in favor of this: Get back into a regular habit of being creative.
The past year lacked the usual myriad of creative projects that I normally have going on at any given moment. Sadly, my biggest creative accomplishment of 2013 was finishing NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately, the novel that resulted was pretty awful and will likely be destined for the rubbish bin if I don’t come up with a clever re-write very soon. Other projects seemed to be half-hearted attempts as well and there are still several projects that I started in 2012 that remain unfinished.
So, welcome to 2014, the year of creative immersion. Here are my creative goals for the year:
- Write at least 200,000 words – 100,000 each of fiction/poetry and non-fiction
- Quilt or crochet at least 4 new blankets for charity
- Create 24 new paintings or drawings
- Make at least 10 new pieces of jewelry
- Create a new batch of wands for my Etsy shop
- Take at least 50 decent photos to share
- Finish at least 5 items from the Abandoned Projects Pile including:
- Crocheted vest (started last spring)
- Blue patch-work throw (from 2011 or 12)
- Photo pendants for the shop (from 2012)
- Woodland Santa cross-stitch (started so long ago that I can’t remember what year it was)
- Autumn themed full-sized quilt (fabrics purchased in 2012/early 2013)
No problem, right? Let the creativity begin!
A friend asked a very good question the other day, one that I hadn’t given a lot of thought: “Out of everything you’ve ever created, what are your favorites?” To which I responded: “Why do my friends always ask difficult questions?” To be more precise about it, I should have said “Why do my friends ask questions that I find difficult to answer?”
I could have shrugged and said “I dunno.” Or I could have gone the noble route and decried “Favorite? How can I chose a favorite among these creations? They are my children. I love them all equally.” Well, no, actually, I don’t love everything I’ve ever made. Thinking about it, I realized that I do have some favorites among the works that I’ve done. They aren’t necessarily my best works or the ones that have brought recognition or monetary reward. My favorites tend to be those peices that have given me the greatest sense of accomplishment or in some way appeal deeply to my own tastes.
After some thought, this is what I came up with… eight of my all-time favorites, in no particular order.
These are (starting clockwise at the top left corner):
- Logo for my online herbal shop. This was a utilitarian piece, obviously, created because I didn’t want to buy a pre-made avatar. I won’t claim that it’s a great piece of art, but I loved the process of transforming a badly snapped shot of my garden and turning it into something unique.
- Beaded star necklace. To be techinical, this was the first one beaded star that I created and it took hours to get it right. What a great feeling of accomplishment when it was all done.
- Butterly mobile. I’ve been creating butterfly suncatchers from recycled plastic and clear paints for years. It finally occurred to me to make a mobile out of them. It’s impossible to be unhappy when working on these.
- At Scythe Point. This novel was the product of my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month. I am incredibly amazed at my own capacity to write an entire, mostly coherent novel in thirty days. Creating it was an absolute rush.
- Favorite photo. I take pictures everywhere I go and doubly so if there’s an old cemetery, but this one is my personal favorite.
- Dream quilt. This was my first (and probably next to last) attempt to make a full size quilt.
- Seaglass necklace. This piece was created by me for me. The seaglass came home with me from a trip to the Carribean several years ago and finally found a home as part of this peice. I’m particularly sentimental about it.
- Fall broom. Autumn is my favorite season so I am perpetually making little fall decorations. This one is my favorite, well loved enough that it hangs inside the house the other three seasons.
So there they are, a few of my favorite creations. Give me a few days, a little creative time, and I’m sure I can add to that list.
Winter is usually my slow time, but I’ve been fairly busy this year trying to catch up on some creative works. Here’s a run-down on what’s been happening.
The latest projects for Harvest Moon Designs are shown here. I’ve been working on some variations of the beaded star necklaces that I initially created last year. I’ve been playing with colors and bead types and having too much fun with it. As soon as I can free up a bit of time, I’ll be taking better photos of these so that I can get them posted in the shop. The earlier versions of these, all in variations of red, orange, and yellow, have already found good homes.
I’ve also managed to get some writing accomplished, although it’s mostly in the form of blog posts. I’m trying my hand a travel-related blog at the moment, although I haven’t entirely decided where I’m going to go with it (no pun intended, I swear). If I ever get it whipped into something readable, I’ll post the link here. I’ve also been busy adding chapters to the online version of At Scythe Point. That’s more of an editorial/IT project than actual writing and a boring one at that.
In the works are several more wands. By in the works, I mean that I have the materials purchased, but they’re sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I thought I’d be able to get through them in January, as I had three long weekends off of work. Unfortunately, the crisis with my feline and then a terrific cold kept me sidelined the entire month.
More later, as I have time. Until then, hope that you’ve been able to get some creating of your own done.
I’m not sure how two months went by so quickly, but I seem to have wandered off and forgotten to post. I’d love to say that I was called away to the tropics for eight weeks of snorkeling and sun worshipping. One can dream!
I have not been completely idle in my absence, however. I finally created something with some beautiful but unusually shaped tiger’s eye beads that I bought several years ago at a gem show. As you can see from the picture to the left, the beads are of two sorts- center drilled lentils and concave cylinders. For small beads, they have a lot of beautiful golden tones. I paired them with some small silver beads that are a a staple in my collection.
What motivated me to finally do something with these lovely beads was finding a leaf shaped Ganesha pendant at a local craft store. I paired this silver piece with a stamped brass disc that was recycled from an old (and rather large!) earring. The final result is below. I’m more than pleased with it and glad to have it as a personal piece.
It’s been a mad, mad world lately, but I’m still here and still creating. I delved into my jewelry-making supplies the other day and have been playing with those. The results so far have been to make necklaces from a couple of hand wrapped pendants that have been too long without a home.
The first pendant is made of rhodonite, wire-wrapped with a bit of rose quartz and rhodocrosite, with a chain that features more rhodonite with red jasper lentil beads. This one has a sweet, peaceful feel to it.
It was a dark and stormy night when the second necklace came into being… no really, there was a raging thunderstorm going on. Since it’s a very calming, protective piece, it’s probably going to get christened “Weathering the Storm”. The pendant is made of blue kyanite and the accent beads include blue lace agate, opalite glass, iolite, blue glass, and denim quartz.
The jewelry making supplies aren’t just yielding necklaces, however. I’ve put together three new divination pendulums for the shop as well. A bloodstone pendant that has been laying around the craft room for years has finally found a home, as have a piece of green sea-glass and an oddly faceted gold stone. Sometimes, it just takes a while for a piece to decide what it wants to be when it grows up. Me, I’m happy to have these guys on their way out of the nest.
P.S. If you like these, they are (or soon will be) posted to LunaSeas
on Etsy. Come by and buy?