I’ve been at home a month now and I have achieved a lot. I have caught up with many of those jobs that just never seem to get ticked off the To Do list and I have started some exciting creative projects;
- My photography is really rewarding – I am learning to feel pictures before I take them, to sit with a place and wait to “receive” a picture before taking it. It’s not easy! I still have a tendency to snap too quickly and too often. I’ve finished the course* now, which I am sad about, it gave me some structure every week because I had an assignment to perform. You can see results in my Flickr stream on the left.
- I did some sewing last week, I made a shopper bag from some old curtains for my daughter – it’s been a while since I sewed for fun, I have always done mending but that’s hardly the same! And now that I have room to have my sewing things out all the time, I hope I will play with the machine more often. I was surprised how relaxing I found it.
- The weather has finally improved enough for me to start looking at my new garden. My jobs for the next few days are:
- Paint the fences
- Lay a base of concrete slabs for a new shed arriving next week
- Redesign the lawn and cut out the new shape – adding compost and soil to enrich the existing beds
- weed the front driveway
- Start to sew some seeds in the greenhouse!
That lot will keep me busy for a while, not sure I will have much time left for other creative pursuits. I haven’t even had time to waste time! Unless you call Twitter and Facebook wasting time (and you’d have a good point) in which case I have.
One thing I haven’t had time / inspiration for is painting. I used to paint all the time and I thought when I was home 24/7 that it would come back to me, but I have not found the impetus to do any, which saddens me.
I guess I can’t do it all! Even if I am not working.
*You can find out more about the Mindful Photography course I took online here: http://www.photential.co.uk/mindful-photographer/ – highly recommended to kick start some creativity.