Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Artist's Way - Week Eleven

I'm coming to the end of the Artist's Way. This week is my second to last week - it's called “Recovering a Sense of Autonomy.”

The week included tasks such as: making wishes, looking at past changes, and listing new changes you plan in the future. It’s amazing to see, after three months, the difference in my artwork. I have all these new ideas, I’m working with recycled materials, journaling every morning, reaching out to different Etsy groups, and on a personal note, not eating after 9 PM! A promise to myself.

Changes in the future? To exercise more, eat better, challenge myself, shed myself of unneeded things, and make more paper! Those are somewhat nebulous, but they will become more defined in the near future.


My artist’s date? I planned to go to the Firehouse Art Center on Friday and visit Mom, but then we had the house fire (don’t think that counts as a synchronicity...) I did spend last Sunday on the porch making paper and setting up a second work area. Now my bookmaking and paper goods are in the living room, on the big wooden table. And I do all my bill paying and beadwork in the original workroom at our metal desk. I’m taking over the house, and DH doesn’t seem to mind!

I love to recycle, and my new papermaking makes me feel so LOVELY! The little sheets I made are very cute, and I tested them out for bleeding. They work fine! I'm thinking they would be perfect for tagging my jewelry - I can write the haiku on them! They also make good coffee rests! Other ideas for the homemade paper are notecards, bookmarks, calendars, and “to do” lists. I want to make bigger sheets for my handmade books, once the household calms down, and we move back into the house full-time. Did I tell you we're living out of a hotel room?

Cameron asks in her Check-In: “Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant to your recovery?” One thing I realized: I can get through adversity. I mean, I’m typing up my post today on a laptop in a hotel because my house caught on fire! And still going strong!

8 comments:

Nancy said...

Wow, nothing like surviving a disaster to redirect your goals, huh? Glad you all are OK and championing through!

BeadedTail said...

I can hear your strength coming through! This has been a wonderful exercise for you to begin all those weeks ago and it's great to see how it's effected you so positively!

Karen Casey-Smith said...

Congratulations to you for taking this journey! How wonderfully positive, strong, and renewed you are. This is inspiring in so many ways!

storybeader said...

thanks you'all. As I always say, "this too will pass..." (meaning the fire) I'm real happy with the Artist's Way and recommend it to all!

Fairy Cardmaker said...

Woah - sorry to hear about the fire!! I just wanted to share another idea for handmade paper: tags. You can make hangtags and gift tags out of them.

I hope your positive swing brings you many smiles and much kindness!

Nico Designs said...

I have enjoyed this series. I had heard that this was a good book and the tasks seem right up my alley--I may need to check it out.

And a friend told me repeatedly that we were never given more than what we can handle. Not that I wanted to hear that at the time:)

Judy Nolan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your house fire, but am amazed and impressed by your positive attitude. The book you are working through, by the way, is on my to-do list. I love Julia Cameron!

tamdoll said...

I like your perseverance. I think if I had to sit in a hotel room, I'd be watching tv, and if I was lucky, knitting. You are one determined crafty lady!

Your ideas for using your papers for item tags is fantastic!

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