Time Flies …

And we’re already in the second month of the year …

Is it just me, or did the first month really fly by so fast?  What were we doing that we didn’t even notice the days fly by?  Were we really all in a hurry?  Did we really have so many things to do?

And I’m not really doing a good job with this on and off blogging either.  As usual, I wrote and published several posts, and all in my head. lol

The weather  – well, I’m sure you know all about the weather.  It’s been a crazy winter, but again I’m not complaining.  We’ve only had one snowstorm/blizzard, and it’s been mild a times.  We even went through three seasons over two days!  We started with fall to winter to spring …

 

Our sports schedule changed a bit, but it was still hectic.  There wasn’t much of soccer, so Tin picked up winter track to keep in shape … Well, that opened up a whole new world for us!  Tin found that he can keep up with the fast boys – we always knew he could run fast, as we would see on the soccer field every now and then.  But now he’s competing with a whole new set of athletes.  He’s not quite up at the nationals level, but that’s something he can work on, if he continues.  Now he’s looking to running the spring track … Which is about the same time that the new soccer season starts, so that means more travelling hours and less hours in a day for us …

We should enjoy it and make the most of it, we’re told … he’s a junior now and in a couple of years we won’t be running around as much … which brings me to the next chapter of my life journey – retirement.  But that’s for another post …

Good weekend, and stay safe and warm!

 

 

Doodles at Night

My mind could not settle down.  I could’t sleep.

I picked up the crochet project.  After finishing a row, I put that down.

I picked up the knit project.  After finishing a round, I put that down as well.

So I picked up pen and paper instead.

The nearest one to me was the black paper and white and grey Sakura gelly pens.  That would do.

I started on my new obsession – dots and circles.  And this other petal-like pattern that I fall into.  This is as far as I got, because I had to get to bed to be able to get up the next morning for work.  This thing called ‘work’ – it really gets in the way at times, doesn’t it?

The next night, I had to pick up the doodles again.  My mind wasn’t any clearer, with a million and one things still zinging around. But now the drawing was taking over.

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I drew this mostly with the grey pen, with a mind to outline or insert white highlights at certain points.   Don’t know yet – maybe tonight I’ll have a different idea. Or maybe I’ll fall asleep …

 

 

Doodles

A productive 4-hour meeting … for doodles!  lol

Maybe because it’s almost the end of the year, and suddenly they’re scheduling all the meetings …

I seem to be stuck on the same patterns, but I also had to listen to the discussions, and didn’t want to think too much.  Isn’t that the purpose of doodling? Just to draw, without thinking?

Shading will come next … maybe in the next meeting … or during  the few minutes a day that I take to give myself a break from staring at the computer monitor.  The only problem with that is that I’ll take more than a few minutes of break, because I’ll be immersed in the shading and drawing …

Oh well … it’s the end of year.

 

 

 

 

Winter Comes 

Actually, it’s been here, for several days.

Cold winds suddenly blew in, and temperatures dropped down 30 degrees,maybe more.

And … it’s the holiday season and the end of year … and there’s no Christmas decorations in the house.  It suddenly sneaked up on us, hubby said.  No, I replied, we heard enough from the media about Christmas coming, and we see the dates on the calendar … we just don’t pay enough attention to the days, and we just keep on going, from home to work to soccer to sports to groceries to home …  By the time we settle down, it is Christmas Day …

So … slow down, even for a bit … Enjoy the holiday season.

 

 

 

 

Weaving for a Better Life

Something to think about …
Why do we haggle so much to lower the price of souvenirs to the lowest we can get?
I mean, I know why, but looking at it from the other side, what they craft is also their livelihood … and a tourist purchasing as a souvenir doesn’t help if they sell it for less than half their price … hmmmm ….

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I was in this area years ago, but was not interested in weaving yet – only the finished product.  I was gifted a beautiful jacket, purchased tablecloth sets, a lapghan, drawn by the vibrant colours and patterns.

Now I want to go back there and spend some time watching and learning what they do. They spin and dye their own yarn, and weave the cloth.

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https://www.linktv.org/shows/women-in-focus/the-art-of-weaving-textiles-for-a-better-life

I wish there was more footage of the actual weaving, but the message they bring as well is important – as tourists interested in purchasing a ‘souvenir’, we shouldn’t haggle it down to the cheapest price.  This is, after all, their livelihood, and as they said, they will never go beyond poverty if we are paying for less.

And what about all the discussions I see on the knit and crochet forums, the indignant posts about how their handmade items are worth the price…

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Your Hobby is Action …

I blogged about hobby collection and accumulation on my crafts blog, but this also applies to everything.
It’s not limited to collecting and accumulating for hobbies – it applies to the new trends or fads as well.
We have gadgets in the house that have been used once, twice, and then back in the box. The new flashy accessory, the ‘seen on tv’ gadgets, etc. They may not be part of a set, that could sort of qualify as a ‘collection’. Sometimes it’s just the mentality of looking for the next new excitement. And so things accumulates … and takes over the garage, the basement, the closets, the spare bedroom …
Time to clean house and start discarding extra items ….

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This popped up on my Facebook feed … and I immediately thought of yarn stashes.  Ok, so my yarn stash, specifically, and am I really collecting, or just accumulating?

” Your Hobby is Action, Not Accumulation “

But when I buy yarn, I’m not buying yarn to add to a collection, but to add to the ‘To-Be-Used’ pile to use for the ‘To-Try-This-Pattern’ list …

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But I totally see where you cross over the line of accumulating, and not enough of the action, and you don’t even realize it.  
I wrote before that I felt that I’ve ‘graduated’ to the next level of yarn fibers … that I was ready to try new patterns that would mean a different set of fibers and yarn weights to use, if I wanted my finished projects to look like the photos in the patterns.
I’m moving away from the acrylics – not completely…

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