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Yesterday was another relaxing day. I cleaned my house, finished organizing my art studio and then I did some cross stitching. I’ll be posting my organized art studio soon.
I couldn’t start my day without some tea. The goal for 2022 is to use more of my items around the house. I had this one mug (2 tea cup) size tea pot for many years. It comes with tiny cups, but I wanted to have more tea than those serve. It will be a frequent tea pot in my posts!
The tea of choice was green tea.
But First A Nap
I admit it, not much stitching happened. I ended up taking a nap. My cats and dog joined me. Nothing like a nap on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon.
Cross Stitching Winter Gatherings
I just ordered a delivery for a few new cooking items. 2022 will be a year of trying to bake more and learn how to bake gluten free. I’m missing some of my favorite meals and need to learn. Look for my recipe in a post coming shortly.
It was a day that became unfamiliar. First my electricity went out for an hour. The house got cold again. I was in the middle of cleaning and going through art work and supplies and reorganizing my room with all my art in it.
Christmas is Rescheduled
Then my sister called and cancelled Christmas dinner. Might try to have it on New Years Day. My brother was exposed to Covid and two of his coworkers were tested positive.
So I Decided to Return to my PJS
So I decided to return to my PJs, finish the cleaning. And started to put gesso on the canvases I want to reuse. Then you guessed it, I stitched winter gathering and watched Netflix for the rest of the day.
Photos of winter Gathering
Today will be another day of being in PJS and stitching with Netflix or Hulu.
Hope your Christmas was wonderful
I closed my Etsy shop. It was too much work with my career. I might return later when I feel more confident and ready to dedicate more time on it. In the meantime, art will be made…stay tuned.
Today I had a few clients to talk to. Then I went to Joann stores for threads for my next large cross stitch. That will be revealed in a month or two. I need to finish the winter gathering. And want to finish the shawl I am knitting before I take on another cross stitch.
Progress photos of winter gathering
I had dinner but it did not settle well on my stomach. I had some red meat and that was a mistake. I’ll be relaxing tonight and hope this water pill helps get rid of the fluid I’m retaining. I did a 30 minute yoga. I feel much improvement with my back.
I probably won’t be posting much until the weekend. My schedule is full with clients the next few days.
So Merry Christmas if I don’t return to write before then.
I have been stitching today. It’s been a rainy cold day. Sometimes the rain looked like snow.
This is winter gathering by Dimensions.
(I made a few mistakes, but it’s still looking ok).
Etsy Shop is closed
I closed my Etsy shop. For several reasons, but mostly it was stressing me and I just couldn’t make art that anyone wanted to buy. Plus I don’t have time to paint daily because of my job, and my chronic fatigue and edema. I got likes on my knitting and some on my paintings. I am ok with this decision. It will allow me to not feel pressured when I want to be in my studio. And it will allow me time to get back to some of my training for my profession.
As much as I wanted to make art more and earn a profit, I don’t think it works for me.
New Years List
I made a list of things I want to work on and complete for the new year.
Finished winter gathering
Start new cross stitch of a scene in Paris
Finish my shawl-knitting
Start knit blanket-I have a pattern to follow
Finish the book I started- by Joyce Meyer, Healing the Soul of a Woman
Organize the books I want to read. Start reading them
Do Bible study daily
Do yoga more often
Spend time painting
Finish my continuing education credits
Begin and finish training as trauma specialist- untouched for 4 years!
Finish yoga training classes
Stop drinking Coke/Pepsi
Make more gluten free dinners and learn to make gluten free bread from scratch
Don’t buy on Amazon
Improve saving money
Reorganize my closets
Donate items, toss out
Listen to music
RELAX!!!!! And SLEEP!!!!!
Ok. So my list looks super long and maybe it’s impossible, but I’m going to try to get most done.
What’s on your list? It’s crazy how this year is nearly finished. It wasn’t a good year. Very stressful. My body is tired.
At 8:00pm Friday Dec 3, 2021, Derby was completed.
After tons of visits to Joann stores for DMC threads, countless times of loosing then finding my favorite needle, and endless Netflix and Hulu shows. And mostly patience, this cross stitch finally got it’s last stitch.
I’ll miss it. It has been my dear friend for 3 years and 6 months. I felt a sense of sadness but eagerness to cross the final thread.
But I am ready to work on another pattern.
I think I’ll work on winter birds. This one is extremely smaller, easier pattern to read and less amounts of DMC colors. It will be gifted to my sister when complete.
I have been posting about about The Creative Cure, book by Jacob Nordby.
This chapter is about creating your story.
I looked ahead in the chapter, there’s a lot of writing assignments.
I’m thinking this chapter will be broken down into mini posts.
So far it’s about storytelling and how we say things to ourselves. Page 86 “unconscious stories are the ones formed in part by the forces of socialization, rejection, and traumatic experiences.”
Page 90 he writes about rejection is part of the enemies of creativity. But it is also tied to perfection.
This statement resonates with me: “… perfectionism is like a creative poison so many of us willingly drink, without realizing that it’s paralyzing our ability to move toward our dreams and joy. We all carry the fear of rejection.” Page 92
Next post he explains about how a particular tool can help to overcome rejection…
In the meantime
Today was much too hot and humid. I found out a person I know is going through more life threatening issues. It makes me sad. She single and has to go through so many adjustments with her physical health, it saddens me. People forget single people are everything, bankers, shoppers, cooks, cleaners and their own nurse etc… I relate to this as I’m single and many don’t ever think about the challenges I face with my physical health. They just assume since I woke up, I’m fine. Not the case when health scares happen. I pray my friend gets a miracle and finds strength in her situation.
That was on my mind today. I took a nap, made dinner and cross stitched.