Once I won this pretty silk screened tea towel in a giveaway on her blog, which I have in our guest bathroom. She does a lot of needlework too, and her blog is very interesting to read, even if you don't needlepoint! She seems to have loads of wonderful, creative projects to do with kids. Plus she is a great photographer. So how could I ignore her invitation?
While my blog isn't a blog devoted to one craft pursuit, I sometimes talk about my crafty projects, so I will take her up on the offer to have this chance to introduce myself to you, following the blog hop format.
|linen silk screened towel|
Where I Have Lived/Lived
I grew up in Miami, Florida, in a little community called Miami Lakes. My father was transferred to Ohio when I was a teenager, so I feel like my roots are Midwestern. Some of my best friends are those girls I went to high school with. I went to school in the Midwest as well and then moved to Washington D.C. for a few years. Then it was off to Charlottesville, VA and then Seattle, WA. I was married at the Asian Art Museum in Seattle, just blocks from my condo. I also gave birth to my first child within walking distance of our condo, so a big part of my heart is still in Seattle.
|pulled this out of a frame--on the steps of the museum|
We moved to Virginia when she was a baby, and we love it here in our little city. My husband's job is based out of Connecticut so we could truly live wherever we wanted to, but we choose to stay. After 14 years our roots are deep here y'all! Eventually I want to live near a beach, but there's a lot of living to do before then.
What I am Working On
When I do get involved in crafting, it's usually with furniture. I love to paint furniture. In almost every room of my house there is something that I have painted. I have a pale green dresser and desk chair in my bedroom, a yellow side board in my kitchen, a French blue dining room table and multi-colored china cabinet in our family room, a blue dresser in my son's room and a white armoir with designs and white desk in my daughter's room.
|dining room table, post dinner party (color is different in real life)|
Why I Write/Create
I enjoy writing as a form of reflection and relaxation. I blog because it gets me focused and helps me process things. I also enjoy journaling and letter writing. I am going to get the children's book idea out of my head and onto this computer this fall if it kills me. I used to write a regular column for our neighborhood paper, but now I contribute every now and then. This September I wrote an article about Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week. It's on page 10 if you want to take a peek. It's no prize winning piece of journalism. I can't imagine ignoring the words and thoughts in my head--they need to exit onto paper or a keyboard. It's a satisfying experience. I do envy those people whose writing skills and creative gifts are such that they make it their livelihood.
My Creative Process
I love to create things because when I am working on a project, I get into a zone. All the crazy chatter that goes on in my head most of the time shuts up. I have a lot of chatter. I love the process of turning something ordinary into something extraordinary, even if it is only extraordinary in my own eyes. I need to get into a quiet zone at least once a day. I love swimming and running for this reason. I put my body on autopilot and it frees my mind. The longer, the better. I guess that is why I enjoy doing things like swimming 4.4 miles across a body of water. I have two 3 mile open water swims and a half marathon on my calendar this fall, and I couldn't be happier. When I was a classroom teacher, I would usually leave right after school and go for a run. By the time I finished the run, I had all my lesson plans completed for the next day. I get a lot of thinking done when I exercise! But I don't need to sweat to relax. I also enjoy slipping into a book, hence the blog centered around books. At any given time I have 3 books on my bedside table that I am reading at the same time. It's a terrible habit, but I have stopped trying to cure myself of it. So I guess this paragraph is less about a process, per se, and more about a state of mind in which creativity can flow.
|great summer memory with my girl|
I would like to invite 3 neighborhood bloggers to take a turn putting their own unique spin on this: The Closet Coach, Fraught, and Life Under the Bigtop Too. While they don't have blogs devoted to a particular craft either, these ladies are all creative, interesting, smart and funny. I would love to read about why they blog and their creative process. And I believe readers will benefit from learning about their vast knowledge of fashion, urban planning/re-visioning, and city chicken farming. One has been rather scarce of late, perhaps this will inspire her to blog again? Yes, I am selfish that way! Cheers ladies!