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!