This Week’s 10kH Update

I received a custom order this week for nine Math Nerd journals that are going to be gifts for a school’s math department. (BTW, Math teachers freaking Rock!)

Math Nerd Journals
Math Nerd Journals

I’m also working on a journal for Dani of Craft Culture for her to use to document her Summer Tour. No photos of that yet but I’ve got what resembles a book at the moment, even if it isn’t stitched together yet.

10kH Update

Ok, I’ve yet to do something everyday….. but I’m trying.

I mailed off my pages for a group book project last week. Our project was based on the poem Husbandry by Jennifer Borges Foster. I did the best I could since I don’t have a way of producing multiples of the same work (such as letterpress). Each was drawn, traced onto trace paper, and then traced onto the original by holding it to a very large window (hooboy did my arm hurt after 4+ hours of that) then details were added in.

My pages for BEST Books Group project

I got pretty far behind in my Everyday Adventures class too. But here are the last two pages I completed.

Everyday Adventures Class - Colors of my World

BTW, you may notice that those are balls of yarn… I cut each of those out of a Knit Picks catalog.

Everyday Adventures Class - Interesting Garbage

It’s hard to tell in this photograph, but the I (heart) NYC looks like an old battered neon sign in person.

The big news for the 10kH project this week (for me at least) is that there are now two 10kH’ers in the house. My husband was able to get a nice keyboard from a friend this past weekend and he’s going to spend his 10k hours learning how to play piano… and he’s even keeping track of his time in one of my hand-bound books.

Thoughts Dump Post

To elaborate more on the 10k Hours project that I talked about in the last post, I stated that I wanted to “do one creative thing a day”. That is somewhat vague. What I mean is: I didn’t want to say I’ll be binding books for 10k Hours because there is so much more to it than just stitching paper together. There are so many things that I am incorporating that I would have felt very boxed in by that statement. As, I have said before, I am no longer going to just make pretty journals. Not that I won’t make journals but that is not my focus anymore. What I will be making will likely be a piece of “art” and not a functional/useable book. I am not limiting myself to techniques on paper either. I do so many things that I do not want to just say something like “No, quilting, you don’t have a place here” because I can incorporate it into a book (and have big plans to do so). So, that is why I’m saying that I’m going to do one creative thing a day. They will all (most likely) be associated/incorporated into a book because that is what I want in life, to be a Book Artist.

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Yesterday, I took my camera along with me on my afternoon walk around town. The day before a gorgeous pink tree caught my eye (and nose) so I *needed* to take a photo of it. I wish I could bottle up the scent too. I don’t have a clue what kind of tree it is but I would love to have one in my yard.

blossoms small 2

blossoms small

I also snapped a few photos of the lilac bush outside my office and the churchyard gate across the street.

Lilac & The Rain

Lilac

Church Yard Gate Med

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I finished knitting the April Fools Socks that is the April pattern for the Star Athena Sock Pattern Club. This sock was fun! All that is left is to snip the scrap yarn and bind off. They look so cool that I just want to keep them together for a few days.

April Fools, Cleopatra

April Fools, Cleopatra

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The Everyday Adventures class started on Monday. I’ve had so much fun thinking about my surroundings in a different way and documenting them. I haven’t finished the first few assignments yet but I’m working on them. I’ll post photos of them sometime soon. This is the Goggles of Enhanced Perception which was the preclass assignment. I had so much fun making them.

Goggles Of Enhanced Perception

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April 9th & 10th there was an event at the Southwest Virginia Community College called Minds Wide Open Celebrating Women In Art that focused on the women of Tazewell County that are artists and makers and supporters of the arts. I had two pieces in the gallery and I did a bookbinding demo on Saturday afternoon. Before I went to the event I spent the morning at Thistle Cove Farm’s Sheep Shearing day and some little *Wild Thing* followed me home. I had so much fun and got to spend the morning with wonderful women that I love dearly. You can spot a photo of me on Sandra’s blog, I’m wearing my favorite green hat (photo #5).

There was a giant sigh of relief on April 16th. Tax season is finally over. Me & the hub cleaned the house from top to bottom. I started cleaning out my studio and already have a bunch of supplies that I want to get rid of. I also started cleaning the second batch of the fleece. I carded the first batch and it is so pretty. I’m torn between dying it first and then spinning it or spinning it then dying it. I’m not sure what color(s) yet either. I’m leaning toward spinning it first so I’ll know how much yardage I have, then picking a project to make (hopefully a sweater) and then dying it. That’s a long way off though, I’m on batch #2 and the bag is still overflowing.

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I’ve had great mail all week. Monday, I got the Intentions Yarns in Courage from The Loopy Ewe. Yesterday, I finally got my package from Jlist (things take forever to get here from Japan) which was full of Bento goodness.

great mail day

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I’ve been meaning to post the flowers in bloom around my house.

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Apple Bush In Bloom

Daffodil

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I’ll leave you with a photo of a very happy Raisin.

Raisin After An Afternoon Walk

Plans For the Future

Spring Fever. It struck with a vengeance this year. After three months of constant snow, I just couldn’t wait for the sunshine. It’s the main reason I’ve been slacking on blogging. I’ve been trying to get outside everyday and I haven’t really been knitting or crafting at all. I read Miss Violet’s blog, June Bug On A String, and recently she has begun the planning stages for her 10k Hours project. I’ve been so inspired by her posts and it kind of fell in line with what has been rattling around in my head so I’ve decided to join in.

My basic goal for the project is to do one creative thing a day. This could be a simple sketch or something that will take several hours to accomplish but the most important thing is that I will be DOING something. I’ve been known to go for weeks or months without making anything because I get busy and tell myself that I’ll have time tomorrow/this weekend/next month/when X is over. The truth is I know that even on the busiest day, I could carve out at least 15-30 minutes to do something, and that is just on the really busy days. I had already planned to reopen my studio on May 1 but I don’t really have any goals set in place. I have a few ideas scrawled in my ideas book but for now they are just ideas.

Tax season is over on Thursday so the stress of my through the week job will lessen drastically. My first goal is to spend April 16-30 planning the rest of my year and taking stock of what I actually have in my studio. I cleaned my studio Sunday but I didn’t organize anything, I’m planning to get everything organized and stored in places that make sense. I know there are things lurking in the studio that I haven’t touched in years. I may even post some of my destash stuff in my Etsy shop. I’m also planning to finish some things that have been hanging around staring at me longingly such as my Sylvi coat and Asymmetric cardigan (its now to warm to wear either) and my bright happy colored spinning. During the two weeks of planning, I’m going to try to resist the temptation of starting something new (except for two things with a deadline in the first week of May). I need to stop jumping head first into twelve different projects at once because, in reality, I only have two hands and I haven’t quite figured out how to clone myself yet.

For me, the 10k hours project is about getting to the level artistically that I want to be at instead of dreaming about it and saying “someday” I’ll have time. I’m not getting any younger and “someday” will probably never come so I have to make that time TODAY. I’m hoping that through the 10k hours I’ll streamline processes and know what works for me and what doesn’t. I want to learn new techniques along the way and find new ways of combining my talents (books and fiber). I also hope to create cohesive collections that have gallery potential… but that’s a long way down the road.

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EDIT: Just for the record… there are two things that I will be starting with in the two weeks. I signed up for the Everyday Adventures class that begins tomorrow and I also signed up for a Murder Mystery Spin Along that should ship out sometime next week.