Journaling Journey

2014-08-16 at 21-31-58This weekend was filled with making and drawing and eating and art journaling with creative polyglot, Katherine England.  We spent day 1 making the books with birch board covers, 140 lb watercolor paper, linen thread, and leather spines.

Day 2 was filled with how to fill our brand new pristine books with well, stuff.  Arty meaningful stuff.  Or not.  Despite the high level of creativity competence in the room, this was a struggle for many of us, myself included. Perhaps creativity on demand was a tall order. Maybe we were comparing our potential works and thinking we’d never measure up to Katherine’s amazing stash of personal journals.  Stop judging me silly brain!

I know my little brain was challenged with learning a new way of exercising new creative neurons, with every fiber of my normal well worn pathways protesting vigorously.2014-08-17 at 02-36-16I don’t really have a third eye. But I drew the self portraits below with my eyes closed and without lifting the Sharpie off the paper (ok, maybe once).  Then I colored the spaces in..  Then I taped a lady on top of one of them.  And I doodled around.  And then I played with wetting down the watercolor pencil.   It felt like fooling around and there was definitely something awesome about it.

2014-08-17 at 07-50-14There were plenty of other exercises as well.  Draw your hand without picking up your pen.  I dare you.2014-08-16 at 22-44-05I ended filled to bursting with ideas on how to doodle, draw with abandon, write, diagram, and download my messy-filled-up-monkey-mind. At least a little bit.

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A Crew Baby Quilt

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The Boy and I designed and made this quilt for his crew coach. Coach is expecting his first baby. Turns out it’s a going to be a girl, but we didn’t know that when we made the quilt.
We went with ‘grellow’ – Grey and yellow – to reflect the colors of Norcal’s crew team logo which is black and gold. You can see the shape in the oars behind the nutty team picture. ChandlerSee the shape in the oars behind the nutty team picture of 6 ft + teen boys hoisting up their graduating ‘Most Inspirational and Hardworking’ teammate?Piecedgoods Baby Crew Quilt
The quilt is one of the smaller ones we’ve made (48″x32″), but it’s for a baby after all. Between finals, and testing, and awards banquets, and the Boy being the one that did a large amount of the work piecing and quilting (this being a gift from him) it’s a solid effort. It’s backed with super soft Minkee and quilted all over with the swirls that all good rowers create with their oars.Piecedgoods Rowing

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Jamming

Strawberry Jam3 Strawberry Jam2 When the strawberry lady at the farmer’s market is offering to sell a full flat of organic strawberries for the price of three baskets at the end of the day, who am I to say no? Strawberry Jam1
While three baskets of strawberries are easy to eat in a day at the home office, twelve is a bit challenging. Additional washing, dehulling, chopping, jamming, and jarring was required. But the end result is jars of summery ruby red homemade strawberry jam to enjoy much later than strawberry season.

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