Summer: August Edition

I have too many project ideas.  This would be a superb problem if my free time were correlative. It is not.  However, I can choose how to spend my small windows of time, and this week—now that school is back in session—I’m making all sorts of things…

  • Fancy To Do: Lists.

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I’m also making–

  • Wedding place cards and a seating chart: the bride and groom have a monogrammed cork with a pre-cut channel for the card.  We’re collaborating on shape and calligraphy, or well, my best handwriting.
  • Crepe and tissue paper flowers by the handful: I’m working from Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell.  I love this book, and can’t wait to share an in-depth review.  And also a synopsis, because I think it would be a good writing exercise to condense my lengthier reviews.  Meanwhile, I’m wrapping floral wire with floral tape on repeat, because it’s the hardest part for me.
  • Thank you notes: I have a lot to be thankful for–good teachers, remarkable friends, thoughtful cousins.  I love to craft personal, meaningful notes that get a stamp, and travel by air, and arrive in a mailbox that might otherwise contain credit card offers, alumnae requests, and grocery circulars.  I cut and fold envelopes.  I use vintage paper and fortune cookie fortunes (among many other bits & pieces). I stitch and stamp address labels.  The whole shebang.
  • Travel Journal: Our family took a wonderful trip to Scandinavia this summer.  There are thousands of things to say about this adventure, and I don’t want to let too much time slip by before corralling photos and tickets and favorite memories into one volume.  For example, I want to remember overhearing a Norwegian mom tell her kids to eat their sangwiches, which is exactly how my Norwegian grandmother pronounced sandwich, and I’ve never heard another person say it that way.
  • And, rituals: Since I make so many things alone, without much feedback, momentum is a challenge.  I am reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, and that is helping my perspective.  But also, I’m establishing some rituals to put me in a more creative framework during those small windows of available time.  In the meantime, here’s the current state of my workspace:
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west-facing desk

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east-facing desk.

Thus far, my craft ritual entails brushing my teeth, drinking green tea, rejecting the mess, and sitting down with pen to paper.  I’m trying to ignore Salon.com, MLB at Bat, and Instagram.  The ritual needs some work.

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