Thursday, November 01, 2007

It's that time of year (again)!

I participated in NaBloPoMo last year and decided last minute (this morning) to join the pack this year. So far - 3675 members from all over the world. It will certainly be easy to get lost looking at other blogs over the next month but I really do want to manage my time better to engage in all the projects I do and want to do.

I've been using this blog primarily to showcase finished creative work and hold myself accountable to my commitments. But something has been lacking. I think blogging every day this month may help me "discover" how to better use this blog to meet my needs and re-focus where I want to journey artistically. I'm already wrestling with my goals for 2008 - do I continue with the weekly collages and journal quilts, participate in swaps, explore textile techniques, plan a series of larger art quilts, get the garage set up to work on a couple of stained glass projects, draw more, knit, needlecraft, beadwork, sew, papercraft, etc.?

The timbre and tempo of the house has changed since my youngest left for college. I'm reading more, listening and playing music more, spending more time with my spouse (cooking and wine tasting)... definitely a theme of "more" is happening and I'm excited by the prospect.

So, while I ponder what to do and where to go...

I just couldn't help myself, before I knew it I was commenting and joining in. I like the idea of it (and played it once before - Arty Meme) This one I got via Kirsty, an artist from Bristol England.

Pay It Forward (via Francesca, via Deanna, via Kaija, via Sia, via Sandra, via Camilla, via Bibbi and so on) - here are the rules:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Now, back to the list-of-things-to-do: laundry and clean the refrigerator. Oh, joy, be still my heart.


jenclair said...

I have been putting this off because I had not been busy making anything. Now I am trying to work every day, even if only for a short time. As I'm seeing progress (and forming a habit), I'm willing (and eager) to participate in the PIF exchange again this year. And I love my gift from you last year!

McIrish Annie said...

You are brave to take on that challenge! I haven't put anything on my blog for 30 days! my longest drought. It's not for lack of quilting, just lack of time. But I promise to post tomorrow, November 2nd in honor of NaBlo.

I will take you up on the PIF. Just in the process of finishing two PIFs from another quilter. Sewww why not??

Suzanne Earley said...

I've been wanting to participate in the PIF, too, but haven't been in time on any of the blogs that I've seen it on!

I think I'm going to officially sign up for NaBloPoMo, too -- I've got a couple of ideas about how I'm going to focus my efforts this month, so we'll see how that goes...

Geggie said...

Good luck with can do it. And thanks for joining the Fridge Friday group.