I thought I would post sooner than this, but oh well. I am learning to let go of expectations. They are so disappointing when not met. In my last post, I talked about reducing my distractions and creating more. Let me tell you how it’s going.
It has not been easy.
There. I said it. I haven’t completely reduced my distractions, but they have been drastically reduced. It’s been an evolving process. I have, however, been fantastically productive on the creating front though. So, my experiment is still a success. But first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, Facebook. As I mentioned before, you can spend an hour on Facebook, but what do you get at the end of that hour? Nothing. Sure, I like to see what everyone is up to, but there is no finished project at the end of it. Just time spent and wasted. I had greatly reduced my Facebook addiction, but it wasn’t until this week that I deleted it from my phone. I won’t lie. I sometimes still go on it on my computer, but I have greatly reduced my time spent on Facebook. I deleted most of the games from phone as well. Except for Scrabble. I will never give up Scrabble. And Instagram is still my jam. I love following all the artists I’ve found. It’s an endless source of inspiration and a wealth of information. I learn so much from studying their paintings, mosaics, or drawings. It’s like having a personalized museum wherever you are, at hand. I love it.
So I would say that I have been mostly successful with blocking out my social media distractions. It’s a process to undo years of habits. Some days are better than most. I have to realign my brain to other input I think. To learn how to sit with myself and my thoughts without leaning on social media to think for me.
If you will recall, I began the year with a sock obsession. Well, I think my sock knitting has reached it’s end for a while. I just finally finished Will’s socks, which took forever for two reasons. One, he has long feet. And two, I just didn’t have the time to devote to them. And one more reason… I got bored of knitting socks. So I finished them off yesterday so I could be done with them and not look at them on my sewing table ever again. Here are photos of all the socks I finished this year. My projects page on Ravelry is here. You can see my notes on each sock and pattern.
I might get into knitting socks again sometime this year, but not until the fall I think. I did buy a ton more sock yarn though. It was so cheap from KnitPicks.com. Hard to resist. Aren’t they pretty???
This past semester, I continued my art certificate degree with a drawing class. It kind of kicked my butt. I definitely need more classes on drawing. I find it harder than painting. But like anything else, it just takes practice. Daily practice. I was pretty good at the daily practice thing while taking the class, but now that it’s over, I’ve been slacking off. I’m a little disappointed in myself for that, but oh well. Here are some drawings I did with which I am pretty pleased.
In the next few months there might even be some sewing! I know, I know. You are all probably shocked and in need of a seat now. We are planning a trip to Italy and France in June, and I desperately need a new wardrobe. I haven’t sewn for myself since last November (one dress) and before that since last February (two dresses). My day to day wardrobe is rather sad. I have some wonderful fabrics in my stash, so I should be able to sew a few more dresses and maybe some linen pants or two. I might just buy tops to round it all out. I don’t know. We’ll see how I do.
Also, I may be crazy, but I signed up for two classes this semester. One is a core curriculum class on the creative process, but the other was quite serendipitous. It’s a kind of travel sketching class. Since I plan to travel sketch on our European trip, I just had to take this class to learn any tips I can to be more confident, quick, and effective with my sketching. I’m pretty excited about it.
There’s so much to look forward to in the coming year. If I can keep my distractions to a minimum, I just might keep my first New Year’s resolution ever! Haha.
Next time, I hope to show you all some sewing!
Until then, arrivederci!!!