It’s like coming home

This morning I woke up with a drive to create something, anything.  I haven’t been feeling well all week and after getting a second night of good sleep, my body and mind rewarded me with a surge of energy and creativity that I could not let go to waste.

Last night I started working on the Winter Waves Chevron Cowl, I wrote about it in my previous post. After a somewhat slow start, I finally tuned in to what I needed to do and felt good about my stopping point and off to bed I went.

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This morning, I woke up early…well, early for me that is, and thought I’d dive back into working on the cowl.  I brewed my cup of coffee and decided instead to take the time and go through the loot I brought from the bookstore the day before.

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I haven’t been this magazine crazy in a long, long time BUT there were simply too many irresistible patterns and articles to pass up, including the “inaugural issue of Crochetscene!” I’m leaving that for my next blog post since I will need time to go through it and pick out my favorite things from this magazine.

As I’m going through my Studios magazine (the first issue I’ve ever purchased) I was totally captivated by the article of the artist on the cover Alisa Burke www.alisaburke.com. I fell in love with the spread of her studio, her story but most of all her colors. Ahh…color everywhere! Makes me smile every time.

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It was the painting  that says “its ok TO BE MESSY” that had me feeling nostalgic about my days in art school.  I was sitting at my little craft table thinking how nice it would be to have a brush in my hand.  Then, I looked over and saw that my sketchbook was buried under a pile of crochet books. I reached over and opened it to the first blank page I found.   I thought, I’d do a little sketch of my hand.  It’s something I used to do all the time. Hands and feet…the hardest part to draw on a model in life drawing classes, I would draw them obsessively.  I knew it would be a tough little exercise and it was but it felt good to do it.

A thought came to mind that no matter how long it has been, my hands create.  I liked how that made me feel. I wanted to write it down.  In the same way that Alisa Burke wrote “its ok TO BE MESSY” I wanted to write “These hands create”.  It was important for me to write it so I don’t forget to keep doing what I am doing now.  Even if it is just for a few minutes here and there or longer blocks of time like on weekends.

I thought I’d “write” that message with what’s become important in my life of late which is yarn and crochet. I took some yarn and a tapestry needle and used it to put that little message on the page.  Next, I decided that color was in order, so I borrowed my daughter’s watercolor palette and quickly realized that her little palette wasn’t going to work for me.  I dashed off to find my watercolor palette, brushes and sat down for quite the nice hour or so to finish what I’d started with the hand sketch.  It’s rough, not too pretty but it’s just a page in a sketch book , above all, it felt soooo good to have a brush in my hand!

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Our hands do so much throughout the day.  I want to remind you that the hands that wash the dishes, do laundry, take out the trash, drive kids to school, etc.  are the same hands that have the ability to create wondrous and beautiful things that may or may not have any particular purpose except for that of making you and those around you smile.

I had the opportunity to do that today and it felt great!

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