Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New beginnings

Recently we had a crafternoon in my lounge room, some lady friends and I. It was such a lovely Saturday afternoon thing to do, I wish I had been able to house everybody I know who likes crafty things. Gatherings with a shared purpose are so uplifting, I suppose that's the reason why team sports are so popular (although very differently paced). We really were designed to be community beings.

I'm not sure if it was a result of our crafternoon, to which he was not invited, or just a slowly growing seed of thought, but this weekend Franklin started his very first cross-stitch. A rainy Sunday afternoon spent in Spotlight finding ada cloth and needles and trailing about after me while I searched (vainly) for yellow velvet, and he's already powering through it.

Wanna see?

He hasn't quite got the knack of crossing all in the same direction, but I think he's got a flair for it. A bit street, and quite a bit cool, even if I am biased. More pics to come as last night he chose three more colours for the background.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Thinking thinking

So the other night, after Franklin and I went to bed (don't worry this is a C rated story) we were basically asleep when Franklin had to take a call. So instead of sleeping, which is hard to do with someone on the phone next to you talking business, I lay there and let my brain wander.

It's quite amazing the pace at which we can think. The way our mind contains many multiple facets of thought in just once instance. The creative thought, the analytic part weighing it's validity, the organisational part pulling out a list of materials needed, as just one personal example.

Spending half an hour in quiet and unregimented thought was quite refreshing and constructive, and I realised it's actually been ages since I sat still and let my brain wander. It's amazing how valuable taking time and space can be. I think
I'd forgotten lately that I could be creative and unique, and I'd lost touch with the 'thing' which energises that part of me. Do you do this? What's the word for the 'thing' - do you know?

So anyway, I thought of Things To Make, so I have another craft (hence the 'C' rating on the story) shortlist in my head and I'm quite excited.

Just possibly it will be worth watching this space.

- Done