Friday, 13 November 2015

I'm Just Winning the Battle! I Hope.

I recently posted on the Dorset Artists FB page 20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand By Kevin Kaiser. 

This is number 8. They focus intensely.
Highly creative people tune the entire world out when they’re focused on work. They cannot multi-task effectively and it can take twenty minutes to re-focus after being interrupted, even if the interruption was only twenty seconds.

Now I'm not saying I'm highly creative, just creative, and I can actually multitask quite well.  Re focussing, however, is or has been, an absolute nightmare for me lately.  It seems every time I settle to a task in the studio I'm wanted for something else, a builder, a plumber, an electrician, can I just look this up, what do I think of that.  It has been the most infuriating time but, finally I think I'm winning. 

Last week I went out and about with my lovely friend Karren and she suggested we meet up now and then with the view to purely share what we had done in the previous week/month/quarter/whatever. I cannot tell you how much that has spurred me on!  Thank you Karren!! 

There are several little exhibitions coming up that I think I would like to try and enter and we have also just had the call for entry to the 2016 Dorset Art Weeks so there is plenty to be getting on with.  

I felt (scuse the pun) the need to play on the embellisher this week.  The three pieces below I made with the thought of one of the exhibitions coming up which has the limit of each piece being 100mm x 100mm.  

There has since been another opportunity come up which I may enter a couple of them into as well.  We shall see.  I'm in the middle of preparing the frames at the moment.  

I also did this piece today. 

The base is an old woolen blanket I've felted overlaid with carded Finnsheep wool I bought at Ally Pally and some merino tops, silk, bamboo and a few other bits.  Nice to stitch into.  

The biggest reason for the delay in creative things as hinted above, is the finishing of the rebuild.  We now have a fabulous bedroom. 

Willow is on the window seat, her favorite place. She and Ellie actually have their beds in the corner under the Velux though! 

The en suite is nearly there.

And today we have a new airing cupboard! Not as exciting as the bathroom but still a very important place! 

Just the family bathroom to finish and a list as long as your arm to do in the new year.  It's been a long nine months and we are going to definitely stop for a bit over Christmas before tackling other jobs and, as mentioned, there is the Art Weeks to prepare for.  

All in all a busy time that seems to not have a lot to show for it! 

I hope you've all been creative, have a great weekend. 


  1. Your bedroom is huge, I love it.

  2. Love your little stitcheries. Bedroom looks fabulous.

  3. The shell fossils look great, and the room - oh my gosh! Fab!

  4. Love the fossil pieces. What a great bedroom and the dogs look to be more than happy with it.


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