Monday, May 30, 2011

Productivity and Satisfaction

Well, I have to say, the weekend went pretty well!  I started to lose creative energy this morning, after waking at 5:00 a.m. because I had too much on my mind.  But I got up, made the coffee and took care of some essential, but non-creative, tasks that had been piling up on my desk.  Here it is 10:00 p.m. almost and I can truly say that I feel good about the time I had and how I used it.  It seems by the time Friday rolls around, I'm reving up my creative juices ready to jump in with both feet on Saturday and Sunday.  I don't get a lot done during the week unless I have some super fantastic idea that is pushing me on.  I find that it is important for me to feel fulfilled and satisfied with what I have produced over the weekend and feel that I have utilized my hours in the studio effectively or I won't be happy come Monday.  Sometimes I expect too much from myself within that timeframe, but I also work better under pressure.

That said, I wrapped up this weekend in the studio by finishing my 3 Creative Studios - May Color Palette Challenge piece.  The colors were rich purples and oranges like a sunset and I really enjoyed working with these colors once I got into the flow.  I turned this piece into a composition book cover and intend on using it!  Here are the finished pictures:




I found a piece of painted Steam-a-Seam that I fused and then hand stitched over in a random pattern.  The cone flowers are from actual photos I took transferred to fabric through free-motion embroidery.  I've got many more where those came from! 

The one thing that I didn't get to do was create a video with my Sony Bloggie.  I really wanted to experiment with making videos to post to my blog, but for some reason the computer was not cooperating with the Bloggie and the software that I need to install isn't showing up.  Hmmmmm, I'll have to put my technical hat on this week and figure that one out. 

One more item before I head off into dreamland.  I was reading through Quilting Arts In Stitches Vol. 2 yesterday and decided to visit Jackie Cardy's blog (Dog-Daisy Chains) to check out more of her embroidered cuffs.  Well.......I HIGHLY recommend taking at least an HOUR to go through her flicker photos of her work!  I love her design elements and the colors she uses!  There is a lot of embroidery, a lot of felting, and a ton of inspiration!!!  Seriously, if you have a few minutes, you should check it out here!


4 comments:

Terri Stegmiller said...

Your notebook cover turned out great!!! I have been following Jackie's work for a few years...she's fabulous!

michelle said...

This is so beautiful i love it !

Jackie said...
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Jackie said...

That was me above making a mess. sorry. I love your book cover and I am blushing at your words. Thank you.