Tuesday 30 June 2020

Challenge update 3

Here are the next pages in my sketchbook for the 30 days of collage challenge I set myself.

I was only going to do 3 posts about this challenge but I've decided as I will have 4 pages left in the sketchbook after today that I will carry on to fill the book.  My final post about the challenge will be on Saturday.

I may even have done something with the cover!

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Saturday 27 June 2020

A Garden Safari

We decided this theme while we were under lockdown restrictions.  By the time I took the photos I could have taken them in someone else's garden or even at a National Trust garden if I'd booked.  However I took them in my back and front gardens.



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Tuesday 23 June 2020

A vision board or two

In our Word of the Year group it was suggested we looked back over 2020 and looked forward to the rest of the year.  Mary provided some great questions on her blog post 2020 Vision Board & Moving Forward.   Do have a look at them.

To be honest I didn't answer the questions, I just went for the vision board for my word: Walk.

I've missed walking alongside the canals during lockdown.  I found this great picture of the canal in the centre of Birmingham in the Ramblers magazine.

At the same time as the vision board came up as a topic for Living your Word, it came up in the course I am doing: Created to Thrive led by Matt Tommey.  The book is worth reading even if you don't do the course.

This 'board', (actually cardstock!), has two parts to it.  The lefthandside represents the role God has for me in encouraging creativity within my church, including running a community creative space. I had been wondering whether I was supposed to be building up a group of creative influencers within the church, running specific groups eg photography, writers etc but have had several confirmations this week that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing.

On the right is some of the work I have done in the last couple of years. Over the last six months, (regular readers will have noticed), I have been querying whether this was the creative work I was supposed to be doing. What was my style/voice etc? But as I was working in the workbook for the course, I felt God say I was to carry on with what I was doing, to make more pieces (fabric and/or paper) to bring glory to Him.

So that's what I'm going to do.  Make books, small hangings and anything else I'm inspired to make.  I'll share what I make here, as always!

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Living Your Word 2020
My friends Valerie Sjodin and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for creatively living a word of the year. In our Facebook group, we encourage one another by posting questions and prompts to inspire living out a word focus, keeping a journal etc. It is a safe place to ask for prayer and support. If you would like to connect with others in creative ways about living your word, you can ask to join our Living Your Word of the Year 2020 by clicking on the link below.

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Saturday 20 June 2020

Challenge update 2

I don't want to overload with photos, so I'll only include 9 days of collages here today.



I'm still enjoying making these little collages.  I'm over half way through my 30 day challenge.

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Tuesday 16 June 2020

On my daily walk

During May, Roger and I walked 74 miles in total.  We mostly walked around 2-2.5 miles each day.  The Snapshot Girls theme for May was 'On my daily walk'.

These are the photos I took for the theme.

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Saturday 13 June 2020

What have I learned?

What have I learned this week whilst making face coverings?

I hadn't planned to make face coverings.  My type of machine sewing is to add texture.  It's random and it's haphazard.  None of the skills required to make face coverings.

So what did you learn, I hear you say.  I'm glad you asked.

I learned that I haven't lost my dress making skills after all.  I last made my own clothes in the 1960s.  But guess what!  I can still hack it

I learned to value what I was doing.  Over the last 5 months I've been looking at why I don't value my work.  But making these face coverings has proved to me that my work has value and it's okay to be proud of what I'm doing.  It's also useful to have a purpose in what I'm doing and to know my 'why'.

I learned patience.  Haphazard sewing doesn't cut it when you need to topstitch.  But I dug deep, found my patience gene, and topstitched - mostly neatly - and found I enjoyed it.

I also found that it has made me really keen to finish making face coverings so I can get back to doing what I do best - haphazard and frayed.  But with added value!

And I haven't wanted to do that since the end of February.

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Tuesday 9 June 2020

Challenge update

As promised, here are my collages to date.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will already have seen them.

I'm enjoying my 5-10 minutes of creativity a day.

How are you getting on?  Done anything creative lately?

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