Sunday, October 27, 2013

More Like Two Weeks

OK so, once I put my mind to it, I actually got this done in two weeks, exactly. I didn't post about it then because by the time I finished it I felt like I never wanted to see it again. I actively hated it. But, like a persistent suitor, it's finally won me over. I think I might do something like this again (someday) because once I stopped beating myself up about it, the process was actually kind of therapeutic. The repetitiveness of making the little circles, without the pressure of "GET IT DONE ALREADY" was comforting in it's monotony. Does that even make sense?

It took what is known in the scientific community as "a long-ass time" but it was worth it in the end. And I learned something useful in the process (the whole "stop and smell the roses" thing).

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Million Billion Years

That's how long I feel like I've been working on this, and I'm maaaaybe 1/5th done. I abandoned this for about 5 weeks once I realized the insane amount of work it was going to be. After I found the cat sleeping on it one day I realized I needed to make a decision. Scrap it or get back to work and finish?

I have trouble with long-term projects. Like, if I were going to install new floors in my house, I would want to take one week and work really hard and get it all done and have it over with. I couldn't do it one room at a time with little breaks in between. I also have trouble when I have more than one artsy-type project, and I think that was part of the problem here. I was also working on a painting project, and a knitting project, and something else I can't remember because it was like two months ago. I have to just do one thing at a time, and I should think I would have learned that about myself by now.

I can very easily spread myself too thin, project-wise, and instead of enjoying working on something, I have the to-do list playing on repeat in my head: "I have to finish this, hopefully by the end of the week, and before work I will work on knitting that scarf, and if I skip lunch I can work on the painting for a little" and it becomes a race with myself to get it all done when there's not actually any rush at all. It's not as if HGTV is coming over for a photoshoot on Thursday so I have to get all my stuff finished before the big day. It's kind of mean, and I try not to be mean to other people, so why am I mean to myself?

So, this. It's going to say "imagine", a reworking of something I've done a couple of times. It reminds me of millefiori, which I would think is about as much of a pain in the rear to make as this is. But, the work is worth it, I think. Even if no one else who sees it realizes the time I spent on it, I will, and that's something, right?

Sunday, July 7, 2013


I think this might be my favorite piece I've ever done. It's simple yet complicated, and was a lot of fun to work on. It might just be perfect. Maybe I should quit quilling now, really go out with a bang? Probably not. It's too much fun!

It's funny. My inspiration comes in fits and starts. I hadn't done any quilling for about a month after I finished my last commission. Then suddenly I was spending every spare moment working on this. Now that it's done, I'm the usual combination of relieved/disappointed. Relieved to finish something and have it turn out nicely, disappointed to not have something to work on.

Oh, and I don't know that I ever officially mentioned it here, but I have a shop over on Etsy where I occasionally put up a few pieces for sale. This one might find it's way over there in a week or so, if that's of interest to anyone.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happiness - finished

Here's my latest work, finally finished! I'm loving the flow of this piece- the waves and the curls together reminds me of the ocean, and the pops of yellow and green are so spring-y and happy. My next piece is going to be mostly black and white, which will be a big change from this one.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Birthday Party

"What color would you like for the decorations for your party?" I ask my almost-three-year-old. "ALL the colors!" He replies enthusiastically. "And what color for your cupcakes and food?" I ask. "ALL the colors!" he repeats.

The kid knows what he wants, party-wise. I'll see what I can do.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Happiness - in progress

Here's a peek at my latest quilling commission. I'm loving the colors - blues and purples with pops of yellow and pink. It's very spring-y, which is just what I'm in the mood for lately!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Five - 3/29/13

 Here's what's been on my mind this week:

1. Macarons. I can't stop making them- 4 batches this week so far, and probably another tomorrow. Luckily they freeze well, and I have friends and family who are willing to pitch in and help me out by eating their share. I've tried a few different methods, ranging from the most fussy (aging the egg whites for days, letting the piped shells dry for hours) to the most basic (as outlined here) and I've had the best luck with the simplest approach. Yay for simplicity, and for cookies, but BOO to Martha Stewart and her ganache recipe. There's no way that ganache was going to work as a filling for macarons. You owe me $8 worth of chocolate, Martha!

2. The sound of silence. I turned off the radio in my car. All week long I've been driving without music, and I'm finding that I'm much more calm. Perhaps rocking out to Scandal isn't so good for my nerves. I'm enjoying the quiet (for now).

3. Cross stitch. After my recent embroidery experiment, I think I'd like to give cross stitch a go. I saw some patterns at the art supply store, but they were all... well... kind of old fashioned, and I'm a modern kind of gal. I don't want a watering can full of flowers. The search continues.

4. Easter. Easter eggs, specifically. This post on Oh What Fun, to be exact. I would have loved eggs like that when I was a kid. Maybe the bunny will bring some this year?

5. Exercise. (What with all the cookies, it's only natural, right?) I've been doing Pilates for a few months now, and recently stepped up my routine. I feel stronger, and feeling stronger makes me feel good about myself. Even if my body isn't looking much different, I feel different, and that's what counts, right?

Oh and if you are looking for pictures of quilling, expect an update early next week on my latest!