A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Taking Time for Art

I just bought a new art book. I have always loved the look of homemade journals. Ones that are created out of old book covers and different kinds of textured paper. Tied for the binding or just wrapped with a burlap ribbon. I particularly love the look of pictures mixed with drawings and script. This book caught my eye and is just what I envisioned. If I get time today, I am going out to my woods with a basket and gather some nature. Things that I can use through the winter in making this project. I think that this is a good time to do this, because later everything will be covered with snow. I want to preserve some leaves from lamb's ear and other plants for stamping. I am going to collect some nature quotes as well. I think a good place to find the cover will be our local library. They sell their old books and I thought that I could cut off the cover from an old book that I'm not really interested in. Maybe cover it with fabric and paint on it. This book is filled with ideas, hints and tips for photographing nature, collecting, and preserving natural elements, the book discusses ways to create moments and memories through simple sketches from photographs, painting on fabric, creating a journals.
I do procrastinate about doing artwork. I will plan on doing something creative and then think..."Maybe I'll bake a cake, those shelves need straightening, my closet needs tidying, I could polish furniture, I want to watch TV." I have a place in the basement that is heated and it has big windows. I'm trying to make it more comfortable for me...blooming plants, a new teal colored chair, oilcloth on the plant table to match, better lighting, my little fireplace, and a piece of carpet to warm it up a bit. My things are organized in bins now...the area looks tidier and everything is ready for me. I have several projects waiting for me other than this new journal. I need to paint a new sign for the woods, and I need to refurbish some painted lawn ornaments. I just have to set aside a time for me each day...to do something creative. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time doing things for me...there are so many things to do in the house, that I sometimes forget that it is good to just put things aside for a time and just do something that I enjoy. This is something that I need to work on. Putting this down here for all to see...will remind me to take some time for myself this winter.
Balisha :)


Laura said...

Great book! I love it. You will too. I love journaling and my very first one was a wildlife journal. I too have recently bought an old book to redo. I've not tried to do that yet, but I do draw and paint on old book pages so I think that's a good start.:)

One Woman's Journey said...

What a wonderful idea. You are so far ahead of me. I have many things I want to do in this smaller home. Maybe now that I am inside I can tackle them. Wish I would find the time I thought I would have by making this move to the woods.

Balisha said...

Hi Laura...Thankyou for reading. I have been through the book several times and I'm anxious to start a project. I think it will be good for this winter. I will have to read your blog now...Balisha

Balisha said...

Hi Ernestine,
Hope you do some fun things inside this winter. I think that after this first year things will settle down for you and you will find the time.


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Actually, Balisha, I am sort of ashamed to say that I think I carve out WAY too much time for myself at times. I am on the computer to much..and often let the house go long than it should. I was appalled at how much wash I had to do today. APPALLED I tell you!!
I really would like to have a craft room though. I want to do some scrapbooking and all I have is the dining room and it makes a mess...and I like that area to look nice if someone stops in. So...I envy your private place in your basement! Carve out as much time as you like. At our age we really do deserve it!
I read a lot too...I usually have several books going at the same time.

Zoey said...

Hi Balisha,
I am a big fan of trying to do something creative as often as possible. Sometimes it is hard with working full-time.

If I go more than a few days, I find that I MUST stop and create something, anything...

I am looking forward to being snowed in and creating all day long! I hope you find the time to do the same.

Pat said...

I wished I lived near you. We could work on this together. I LOVE LOVE LOVE journals. Hugs