Sprucing up the Studio
I am tidying up my work space with miniature-sized inspirations. It all started when I realized that my sewing machine needed a new dust cover. So I folded a tea towel in half, tucked the sides up like I was wrapping a present, pinned the folds into place and stitched the 2-dimensional fabric into a 3-dimensional cover. Voila! My work table was transformed. I stitched, "sew, sew" into a corner of the new dust cover and then one thing just led to another.
A gold sweater was transformed into a soft cozy for covering my camera lens. A few scraps of yarn were knit together to slip over the canning jar that holds my pencils and scissors. And, of course, fresh flowers were added for a bit of summer yearning. Now, when I sit at my desk I feel little creations cheering me on from every corner.
In other sprucing up, I've turned my gaze to my Flickr account. I let it dry up in 2011 but I've decided to reinvest in 2012. I'm poking around to find new groups and gatherings and I'm liking From Where I Stand and the tried & true Bench Monday. I was also inspired by the Shutter Sisters call for one word for 2012.
I decided my word is "reach". I like how it implies reaching inside to places that seem deep and hushed and undiscovered while also reaching upwards to clouds and birds and airplanes and other things passing overhead. I stitched the word into a piece of linen and pinned it to my inspiration line. I've declared it my mascot for 2012.
Teeny bits of time, I tell you.