What Can I Finish?

read Julie Morganstern's book Organizing from the Inside Out years ago. (I don't do ads or affiliate links. I only recommend books and products which I like. Links are provided for your interest). One of the takeaway points for me at the time was to look for what is working. It's easy to be overwhelmed with what is not working. But looking at what IS working creates fertile ground for that to spread. 

Recently Julie tweeted this: 

Finishing things brings psychological benefits. When you complete something, it brings a feeling of success that you bring to the next project. 

Thinking about this is what reconnected me to creating after a long hiatus following a very hard year.  It's helped me to look at some of the things on my creative shelf that I'd like to finish.  Here is one.  I started to learn mold making by sculpting a mini Izannah, then making a plaster mold of it. The shoulder heads that came from the mold are all different, because pulling from the mold makes slight changes and how the clay dries changes the shape slightly, too. Another variable which affects the final head is how wet the slip is when you pour it into the mold. It's s fascinating process, although my first attempt was very rough.  I don't know that I will use this process much, but I like learning new things.  

Here is a little sculpt I made at the same time.  I like her babyish look.  

Right now I am "finishing" being a soccer mom.  It's been a joy.  

After that?  Back to art-making. 

Relax in the "Good Right Now"

This blog became so solely focused on art that I felt if I wasn't making art I didn't have anything to say. I do. I do have a lot to say. What an interesting time of life this is, getting ready to launch one child off to college next year to live a good life and helping my older son who lives with us have all the opportunities and supports that he needs to live a good life. 

Right now it is soccer season - the final year of school sports for my younger son.  I love soccer!  It has been so fun over the years to see these young men work hard at improving. Their hard work shows.

Something I say a lot to my older son, and to myself, is to "relax in the good-right-now".  If I were to edit that it would be to Relax in the Now. Meaning that right now is good and I want to really notice that. People tease me about taking a LOT of pictures, and I do. But I do it as a way of paying attention to the right now. Sometimes we need to be mindful about seeing beauty.  


I have a collection of sign images over on Pinterest. What a great tool for research! A few weeks ago I was in Dexter, Maine with some time to kill, so went to the Dexter Historical Society Museum, housed in an old grist mill.  What a great old building!  They had many trade signs from past.  I love looking at old graphics and the nuances in the hand painting on old signs.  Modern signs are often made with vinyl lettering printed by computer, so you don't get the sense of variation that are imbued by the hand of the maker. Here are a few I saw: 

And finally, I saw this continuous towel roller, which I remembered being in gas stations when I was a child. Nothing like seeing something from your childhood in a museum to make you feel old! 

Knocking at the Right Door
Laugh Along WITH Me

Recently I went to yoga, which had moved to a new location. In order to enter the bathroom at the new location, you have to enter a code.  I went out into the hall, entered the code, red light flashes. Hmmmm. 

I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 
I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 
I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 

You are getting a hint into a personality trait of mine.  Maybe someone is in there?  I leave.  Then I return. 

I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 
I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 
I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 

"Maybe I am not doing this right," I think.  
Class is about to start.  
I abandon my mission and go to the class.  

The next week the same thing happens. I go out to the hall, I enter the code, hit enter, red light flashes. Hmmmm.

I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 
I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 
I enter the code again, hit enter, red light flashes. 

I like to figure things out on my own.  But that doesn't always work well.  I'm learning. 
Finally, I decide to ask the leader of the class for help.  I sheepishly say, "I guess I'm not as technologically skilled as I thought I was because I cannot get into the bathroom.  Can you give me a little tutorial?" 

The teacher kindly walks into the hallway, gets to the door I had been entering the code into, and keeps on walking to the door which has the sign "Women" over it.  

It's okay, laugh along WITH me, because I laughed.  I'm learning that sometimes to knock on the right door, you need to ask for help.


This doll should be named Experience because she has gone through many changes. She sat on a shelf in my workroom for a long time until this week, when I decided to stitch a body covering on her.  I was dissatisfied with the messy paint marks on the body which needed covering up. 

She started as a cloth doll where I experimented with a different paint type.
But I didn't like the slick surface.  

So I added a layer of tube bandaging.  
Then I painted two coats of glue on top of that.  

Then I painted over the glue. 

Now working on a body covering and she should be done soon.  

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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