Thursday, April 22, 2010

I remember.... Thursday's Thoughts

"Tell us about someone's memorable birthday. Yours, a friend's, a child's, a pet's, a family member's, etc. " was posted by Joey & Aleethea for the Etsy Bloggers Team blog carnival this week. 

A memorable birthday?  hmmmm....  How about a memorable birth-day?!  I could tell you about the day when Cynthia was born.  That was very memorable!  Does the fact that the nurse delivered her give you a clue?  *roflol*

How about the day that Mikayla was born?  I was there and it was incredible!

How about the huge birthday celebration that Cynthia and I had last fall where we celebrated a big "0" for her and for me?

Lots of milestones are attached to birth and to birthdays and rightfully so.  I think that's why I am enjoying the 'birth' of my journal.  It's a 'milestone' because I have wanted to create an art journal for quite a while, but I didn't know what to put in it.  I finally decided to create an art journal that has as its *focus* the search to find ways to feed my creative spirit and keep it active every day.  Sharing what I learn along the way with you is part of the joy of discovery!

One thing that I have discovered is that looking back through my older drawings is lots of fun.  I can see where I have improved, find some forgotten techniques that I want to explore further, and remember places and things that I want to incorporate into new artwork.  Of course, in the process of looking at forgotten artwork, I have found a lot of unfinished 'business' and half finished treasures.  *argh* what to do with them?

Well, here is what I am asking myself about each one -
  • Do I want to finish this?  (pile number one)
  • Do I want to use this as part of a collage?  (pile number two)
  • Is this suitable only for the recyling bin?  (stash in recycling)
  • Will my daughter cream me if I throw this away?  (pile number one)
'Pile number one' has grown, so now I will need to do a little sorting to see what gets finished first!  Yep, another set of questions -
  • Is this something I will sell?
  • Is this something I will keep?
  • Is this something I will give as a gift?  when?
  • Does this project have a deadline?
  • How much time will this take to finish?
  • Do I like it enough to finish it?
  • Am I sick of it?  Is 'pile number two' a possibility?  or do I need to make this go away permanently?

So, tell me, what do you do with those half-finished bits and pieces you have created?  Oh, please, don't tell me I am the only one with a pile of half done painting!  *roflol*  Somebody!  please! Happy creating (and sorting) and a very Merry Unbirthday to you all!
PS  The little sketch is one I did of Mikayla in 2005.  She still loves to play with cameras!  It's called "Shutter Bug".


  1. Great drawing of your granddaughter.
    You are making me feel guilty about putting off getting into my studio and getting it organized. I have several unfinished projects, love your questions and will steal them to use when I finally get downstairs. I will be gone a few days but when I get back I'll begin.

  2. I may change my name to UFOs Are Us! I do not have a pile of unfinished paintings, but I do have a pair of culottes that are made of vintage fabric that are not finished - actually the fabric was brand new when I started the culottes. And then there is the afghan that my Grandma and I worked on together back in the 70s - it just needs to be put together.......and I could go on and on. Sigh.

  3. Hey - I started this series of blog posts because I have more than a few odds and ends all over the place! *roflol*

    No guilt, Marlene! Not allowed! hehe - just a little nudge *winks*

    Karin - I still have Cynthia's soft book that teaches you how to zip and button - all in pieces! I.will.finish.this.project! *roflol*

  4. A pile?! A pile! I have PILES! and PILES!
    lovely drawing, Kathy!

  5. Cute sketch :)

    Don't think you're the only one with half-finished projects!!! I try to keep mine in boxes when I know I won't be getting to them for a while. That way they are out of the way and organized, but can easily be gotten out again :)

  6. WOW - are you organized! I usually "make" myself finish a piece of jewelry. If something breaks, I put it in a bag for deassembling. I usually put a handmade journal aside incomplete, if I'm unhappy with a book it.

    Great idea with the piles, and of course the art journal. I'll be traveling a lot next month... I need one of those! Now I have a new purpose for an unhappy journal!

  7. *lol* Thanks, Splendid =)

    Thanks, memories =) I like the box idea, too. I just need to remember to label my boxes =p

    haha - well, story, I am working on being organized!

  8. Love the sketch! Hope you get to finish some of your paintings!


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