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Kaleidoscope, part I

I haven’t been napping. Honest. It’s just that ever since last September, week after week my time has been dominated by class planning. Teaching new courses will do that, apparently.

The lack of personal creative exercise has felt like a slow suffocation of my spirit, but I finally grabbed control of the situation and started stitching again. The photographs are just cell phone caliber, but enough to document here-and-there.

Here are three new phone cozies in process. My self-imposed rules for these are:

  • give new life to remnants from my (extensive) stash
  • this is not a race — enjoy the slow stitching and do lots of it
  • embellish to my heart’s content
  • think of the three-dimensional end-piece as my canvas
  • and most importantly, have fun


My inner artist was faltering, hesitating and full of self-doubt, and then links to this artist landed in my ebox. (I follow at least half-a-dozen or more artsy/designerly blogs, daily postings of links and images from inspirational sightings around the internet. Truthfully, looking at everyone else’s beautiful creations has left me feeling like I’ve been drooling over pastries in bakery windows while restricting my calorie intake.) Elsita’s backstory and how she tells it absolutely charmed me. But it’s her miniature books-as-art that had me swooning with admiration. Something kicked into gear and my inertia was (thankfully) interrupted.

Meanwhile, I am seriously revisiting an old idea: a weekly schedule that addresses all of my various endeavors and obligations. Always in pursuit of balance. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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  • snydeen February 25, 2011, 6:50 pm

    Miniature books as art?! Whoa. I’m heading over to check that out! I’m glad you’re not giving up on your own art even with a hectic teaching schedule. I love your work. In whatever form it takes. Good for you!

  • Carol February 20, 2011, 6:42 pm

    This winter is making a lot of us need a jumpstart to feel creative again. I just spent the afternoon at the Currier Museum with a friend, and said I’d like to go home and spend at least 15 minutes making art. My friend asked what I wanted to work on, and I said, “Hmmmm….I’d like to make a little book.” Then I read your post. Is this synchronicity, or what?

    By the way, Sunday afternoon tea at the Currier Museum is delightful.

  • Kristin Nicholas February 20, 2011, 8:53 am

    Thank you for that great link Lisa! What a fabulous blog (s). Will have to check into it more later. Keep up the good work. My best,

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