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cleaning and organizing

my big creative year : the magic of tidying up

I recently read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”.  The book isn’t about cleaning, it’s about decluttering (the photo is from a house I visit upstate -I chose the photo because I love it, everything about it, and it expresses the beauty of essential things – just the essential things – the joy […]

on July 27, 2015 3
sketchbook : week 23

sketchbook : week 23

Week 23 in my yearlong sketchbook practice.  I have 161 little squares, it has outgrown it’s box and weighs one and one half pounds.  It has become a habit but I wonder what will and what should happen after the year has past, after my commitment expires. 

on July 25, 2015 8
ghostly edwardian gown

my big creative year : ghost gown

She danced right in….. It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve run into a perfect, ruined whisper of a gown. I haven’t been looking, and none have found me. Interests, fascinations have seasons I guess and I wondered if this particular season had faded away forever. This Edwardian lawn dress, perhaps a wedding dress, arrived […]

on July 20, 2015 8
sketchbook : week 22

sketchbook : week 22

Week 22 in my yearlong sketchbook practice. I get so many ideas from my little squares, for all kinds of things. This week I had lots of ideas for fabrics and ceramics.  I’d love to take a hand building class this fall. And for now I’d like to experiment with Spoonflower – have you tried it? […]

on July 18, 2015 1

my big creative year : mind maps

Mind mapping and I go way back….. I first used it during the couple of years or so I spent trying to figure out what I wanted to do next, pre – this blog, pre – ann wood handmade. It helped me feel my way through, sort and evaluate ideas and then figure out steps […]

on July 13, 2015 9
sketchbook : week 21

sketchbook : week 21

Week 21 in my yearlong sketchbook practice. This was an extra busy, extra tense, summer coldy, sore throaty, foggy brained week and it was hard to focus on the sketchbook part of the day. To make it feel do-able and to refresh myself I mostly finger painted – I highly recommend it as a loosening up, […]

on July 11, 2015 4
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