Or not, as the case may be. I’m a good starter, full of ideas and beginnings. Sometimes, when I’m really on a roll, I keep on keeping on until whatever it is is complete. BUT, not always. We have a cupboard under the stairs and it doesn’t have room for Harry Potter. In fact it doesn’t even have room for his wand. It contains many unfinished projects, knitting, sewing, embroidery, crochet, you name it. And not only things I’ve started and lost interest, but also stuff bought and never even unwrapped. When I was working full time, I used to go to craft fairs and shows and I would buy kits and/or materials that I didn’t have time to do but would put aside “for when I retire…”
Well, I retired but, since I bought all this stuff, my interests have changed and I don’t want to do a blackwork harbour scene or crewel flowers and the only knitting I’m interested in is for very small children, so I can get it finished before I lose interest altogether. There’s a lot of stuff in there that I can’t throw away; it’s never been opened; it would be a sin; my mother would come back and haunt me if I did that. I might ask the Stitch n Bitch girls if they want any of it, if I can bear to give it away.
So, when we up graded the study/craft room/office, it was brought home to me somewhat forcibly that it was happening again. There was a gathering, a convention, a conglomeration, of papers, card, stamps, dies, stencils, stamp pads, scissors, boxes, folders, drawers… And, worst of all, so many pieces of paper with half completed projects on them, where I had the idea but didn’t get very far; they filled a drawer all to themselves. So I’ve made a New Year’s Resolution. It’s early or late but either way it’s due.
I’m going to finish these unfinished symphonies or throw them away.
Stunned silence. I know. Now I’m going to be sensible about this, I’m not promising to start nothing new until they are all finished, that would make it a punishment and anyway I know I wouldn’t stick to it. All I’m saying is, by Christmas they must all be done or gone. Watch this space. (But maybe not tooooo closely. I have the organisational skills of a newt; can’t think how I ever held down a job.)
And so I’m starting my Christmas cards. I’ve decided on a cheat to cope with the majority of cards and save the detailed work for a chosen few. Lazy? Yup. Bothered? Nope. So I’m going to choose one or two templates or stamps or stencils, pattern them and then scan. I’ll print them off and add colour and sparkle individually. In fact, I’ve got some friends coming round in a day or two to do a Zentangle session and I’m planning a card for us all to do then.
One of the ideas I’ve had is shown at the top of the page and this star is another one. I think I will cut it out and attach it to a card using a brad, (split pin) so it will spin round.
In addition, I’ve been seeking inspiration from Youtube, which has some fabulous and some awful tutorials. Among the fabulous is a guy called Shoo Rayner and his lessons are soooo easy to follow. (I suspect they are for children but we’ll gloss over that.) Anyway, I watched one he did of the Nutcracker toy soldier and produced my own version, which may also go on a Christmas card.
The stamp/scan idea for Christmas cards didn’t work very well, as so few of my stamps turn out to be all that amenable to tangling, except this one of a middle aged angel. (Well you can see how that would resonate, can’t you?) What do you think of it? I stamped her on water colour paper so that’s what she needed to be painted with, as I know the alcohol markers would bleed too much. I thought simple patterns and a few dangles would make it into a possible card topper, and here she is, finished, I think. (I’m never completely sure when I’ve finished.)
Otherwise, it’s back to the drawing board, so to speak.
In the end, I went for something simple; a Christmas tree outline filled with circles, filled with tangles. Like this:
And then I did a coloured version:
These are the ones the girls did at my house. You can just about see the pencil outline on the first one. And now I’m suddenly full of ideas and need to be left alone to get on with it. (Bet the phone rings within minutes.)
For instance, just words, tangled or dangled and glittered. (Peace, Joy, Noel, you know the sort of thing.) Something like these. The glitter doesn’t show up too well but it’s quite shiny in daylight.
Or, the words left white and all the background filled with tangles.
Or, the same ideas but using typically Christmas symbols, such as trees, stars, holly, stockings, candy canes, robins, baubles, snowmen… Good job I started in July by the looks of it. At this stage, I feel the need to remind myself of two things; 1: the title of this post 2: ALL of these are new projects, not one of them is finishing off an older one. Not looking good for my resolution is it?
And tomorrow is Diva Day again and I long to see what this week’s guest Challenger has to offer…
Hooray, hooray, it Diva Day today! And the guest Challenger is Cari Sultanik, who asks us to be organic, choose our own patterns and let the creative juices flow. So I did. I really did challenge myself too, as I started with a little Trio by Hanny Waldburger, which I love to see and hate to draw, then wrapped it in Mooka, my nemesis, filling with a little Queen’s Crown by Suzanne MacNeill. I added Flux, which I do a la(le) Rick, some Ansu, which I haven’t used much but really enjoyed and, of course, Zinger and Fescu – how could I not? I really, super duper enjoyed this one and I might even do another, just for fun.
Good bye for now, world, see you soon.