I didn't know how creative I could be in a new place with new people and conversations & music in the room. I do well in my few moments of silence and alone time. So I brought something entirely uncreative to do - I stitched out some simple samples for more Saturday Stitches posts. I hope to pick that up again for you in the new year. It ended up being quite good for me. I found some new stitches I liked very much.
When the last couple hours came around, I packed that away and took out one of my fibre packs I was selling on Etsy (don't go looking - there's none there right now). I brought along some soft earthy tones, hooped up a piece of fabric, and loaded the thing with only one stitch, over and over. It was so fulfilling.
This is one of the first times I did something entirely abstract and think it's gorgeous. (Then I posted it on Facebook and in a flash I thought it resembled oatmeal. lol) Maybe not so attractive after all?
Never mind. It felt soooo nice to stitch it out. It was somewhat meditative in it's repetitiveness, and then the colors were just so soothing. How can beige and grey overstimulate, right? ; )
I really like E. I learn so much from her about being my own artist with my own style, finding space, creating an artful life... and all the way to the mundane like dealing with housework and finding ways to pay the bills. I've known her for a couple years now. I'm so grateful for the connection. It was a very liberating day for me to be able to not be responsible for anyone else but my own heart. That sounds sooo selfish. But you know - I spend my days and nights responsible for children, so it's nice to take a day for me, and learn a bit more about my own feelings and dreams.
I think they meet once per month. Each person just spends the day working on their own projects. There was felting, beading, embroidery, vintage clothing... incredibly diverse. Perfect. Unique. Creative. True artists.
So there's my story for now. : )
Stay warm!! (***-50 ish Celcius this morning around the province***)