Sunday, May 16, 2021

Things Are Working Out!

It is amazing that despite various obstacles and challenges, things are working out! I am making accommodations to improve my situation, for example ditching the shoulder bag and buying a purse with arm handles. I have been researching sewing ergonomics and bought a lap desk with an attached pillow underneath to elevate handwork. I stopped all rotary cutting,  machine sewing, machine quilting and knitting activities and that has really helped. I am staying off the android phone, iPad, and PC as much as possible and eliminating any other activity that aggravates the problem. I also bought a new mattress and box spring to replace the old set - what an incredible difference!



I am paying attention to posture and how I am living in my body. I am doing my physical therapy exercises on the days I don't have PT. I am getting outside in the fresh air and getting some exercise, instead of laying on the couch worrying. I made it to the white fence for a 1 mile round trip and eventually I will make it to the wooden bridge for a 2 mile round trip.




I am way behind in my online art classes for Wanderlust 2021 and Life Documented 2021, over 2 months behind. That was getting me really discouraged. So I decided to try making some experimental pieces without caring about the outcome. I created a couple of pieces on 9 inch squares using pastels for background, pencil for initial drawing, Uniball Signo black pen, and Tombow markers. The second piece I tried stitching around the circle with DMC embroidery thread. I found my paper piercer from scrapbooking days and made evenly spaced holes all around the circle before sewing. This was so much fun and I intend to do more sewing on paper.




I have been flinging paint around in the studio, and I made a time lapse art journal page with simple marks using Posca paint pens and punchinella (sequin waste). I also created some quick backgrounds with W&N Galeria acrylic paint colors and a sponge. I am thinking about what to do with these painted sheets and I might turn them into some sort of inspiration cards with quotes or positive sayings. I am getting all sorts of ideas for new creative things to try. Initially I was obsessing about not being able to make quilts and stuck on that. Now I am focusing on learning new creative techniques and getting out of a self imposed rut. This is a good time to shake things up!





And I am having so much fun in the kitchen! I have to admit I don't ever remember having this much fun cooking. I am working through a new cookbook obtained recently, The Bottom of the Pot, Persian Recipes and Stories, by Naz Deravian. The foods are so incredibly delicious and the immigration stories are heartwarming. I needed to buy a few specialty items and a lot of new spices, but it was worth it. The new foods and flavors are so exciting, filling my condo with wonderful aromas that linger and delight the senses. This cooking adventure is bringing me out of a cooking rut that I have been in for years. I am so grateful!


6 comments:

  1. Glad to hear things are working out for you and all your senses are involved in art. Sight, taste. Smell. The first round piece you did reminds me of a quilt. Maybe paper quilting as a substitute for traditional quilting? Take care and enjoy the week

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    1. Thanks very much CJ! Yes, I have been immersing myself in the sensations of art. The first round piece would make a lovely little quilt, in paper or fabric. I can do hand sewing and am brushing up on those skills, something I haven’t used in a long while. I am finding books, YouTube videos, and info on slow stitching, appliqué, and hand embroidery. There seems to be a resurgence in handwork going on right now!

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  2. I'm glad things are improving. Also good way to refocus on what you can do, instead of what you can't. (I need to change to that way of thinking.) I love the first circle: it reminds me of a path leading off to the horizon. Wonderful artwork and photos. Walking is a good form of exercise. I need to start doing that too.

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    1. Thanks very much Anne! Yes, refocusing is easier said than done, so I just keep trying. The first circle came from my imagination and that is exactly what I was thinking about when I did the drawing. Simple, easy shapes can say a lot. Walking is fun when the weather is nice and you can visit different places that are nearby.

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  3. I forgot to write the food looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks so much Anne! Yes, it was delicious! Amazing what a new cookbook and some new (to me) ingredients can do!

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