Whenever I go into my studio it's like Christmas morning when I was a kid. I don't know what to play with first! I always have a bad case of ADD when I walk in without a plan. SO, I definitely have to have some sort of schedule before walking in there.
My friend Cindy & I embarked on a goal setting plan at the beginning of 2013 and for the most part it has been working well. At the beginning of every month I write down my artistic goals for the month.
Then on Sundays I write up a plan for the week. Each day Cindy & I email each other our goals for the day. Sounds a bit regimented and doesn't sound as though it would allow for a lot of spontaneity. Emailing each other keeps me motivated to reach my daily goals. I try to stay accountable.
You'd be surprised at how prolific I have been for the past year and a half. Even though I haven't posted on my blog regularly I have been busy.
Writing down the daily goals gets me in my studio and with a plan in place it keeps me on track (for the most part)!
Then there are those days where I'm in my studio and working on a project and my mind starts to wonder. Then my eyes start to roam about the room that desperately needs cleaning. Sewing table is a mess. Ironing board is piled high with works in progress and the beading/jewelry table looks like a disaster. Knitting needles are on the sewing table, in a tote bag and also spilling out of a vase like spikey flowers. So what do I do then?
Decide to tackle a project that has been on my mind for a while but I had not put it down as a goal. I just HAVE TO to create a knitting needle case for all my needles I have been collecting.
They were scattered about with no place to call home.
I decide to 'wing it'. No pattern, no particular design in mind other than I wanted to use some vinyl screening that I already had. I thought that would give it some structure. So I grabbed a couple remnants of ulpholstsery fabric and my vinyl. Gathered all my needles to see how many wide I needed to make it. Then I started cutting and sewing.
Not perfect. I didn't even use my straight edge or a ruler!
Just stitched the fabric onto the screening, leaving the screening long enough at the top to fold down over the needle pockets to keep them in place. And I have velcro to hold the top part in place. I also stitched pockets for all the different size needles.
|Knitting needle case with top flap folded down|
|Needle case with top flap opened up to reveal the pockets|
|All rolled up|
I only have one set of DPN (double pointed needles) so far-so no problem determing their size.
I didn't actually accomplish all the goals on my list that day but I do have my knitting needles all organized in a pretty little case.
Now, I am off to work on today's goals!
I vow to update this blog on a regular basis. I guess if I put it in my goals then it will get done!
Live your life creatively~