Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Clean up

Just as I was about to finally bring the boxes of Christmas decorations down to the basement, after they'd been lazily sitting around for a couple weeks, I remembered I never documented the ONE project I did accomplish over the holidays... the topper to our tree. I quickly dug it out to photograph so that Murphy's Law wouldn't squash it during the year in storage. I would like to last for a while longer so I can tell the kiddo someday it's AS OLD AS HE IS!
You'll have to pardon the quality of the photos, as I don't have a proper set up and my camera is a simple one.

Even though I had a bugger of a time with the wings, it was fun making this angel for the tree from scraps... tough at times, however, with a 4-month old (at the time) with velcro hands on my lap. Speaking of which, methinks he just woke up!
Signing off...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Revisiting my childhood...

... and learning how to play again!
I remember how as a child I used to love creating. In school (at a young age) I would love mixing paints in art class just to see what new colors I could come up with. And at home I loved sitting at this big table my parent's made in the basement making all sorts of things. But as I got older things changed. I guess I became too self-conscious and worried about what other students would think and what other students were doing. In my studio classes, I didn't take full advantage of what was at my disposal. I didn't experiment that much. Didn't explore or push myself. Wasn't adventurous. Boy, I'm not painting a good picture of myself!! HA
Even in liberal arts classes... it wasn't until after the class ended, maybe months later or even a year, that I read the books I was supposed to read IN class. The seed was always planted in class, but it was afterwards that things started to happen. And I usually enjoyed the books later on too! I just seemed to lose that freedom and spontaneity I had as a kid.
I also remember always wanting to be one of those students that carried a sketchbook around with them, or camera, or notebook. But no. It was always heavy and in my way. After being carried around, unused for a couple days, it was promptly removed.
But no more!!!
Now I have all these empty sketchbooks at my disposal... I will fill them up. Really I will!
I'm looking at all these projects going on (or past) in the blogging world, which most everybody already knows/knew about - project 365, the noticing project, Encyclopedia of Me Meme to name a few- and am eager to try them at some point, to some degree, in my own way.
First things first. Right now I'm eager to get started on my first swap:

I think this will be fun, and it's the perfect thing to start me off. Not sure what I'll be doing yet, haven't yet received all the necessary info, but looking forward to it.
In the meantime, I have a HUGE bag of fabric scraps in the trunk of my car from my mom, and there's plenty more where that came from that I can pilfer from. She'll also be giving me one of her extra sewing machines (hubby will be happy I can hem some of his pants!) Of course, I haven't sewn anything since high school, so she'll have to refresh my memory... so sad!
And I also have to dust off my studio:
It's become a bit of a storage area, wouldn't you say?
Lots of dusting off!!! It truly is a sorry state of affairs...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Hi, I'm Tara.
... a wife and mommy living in the New England area.
I've been lurking for a while through various blogs and finally developed the bug... to blog and craft again. So here I am! I almost don't know where to start though, so I suppose I should just try and dive right in. 
Somehow. In some way.
Perhaps I'll try a swap to get my feet wet? A little direction to help me get past this huge creative block I've built up over the years. At the same time, there are so many things I'd like to make for the house, my son and husband, friends and family, and more.
All I know is that it's been too long since I've created ANYTHING and I know I need to get back into creating again. (Just add it to the long list of other things I'm trying to juggle at home... heh.)
I expect it will be a little slow going at first, what with a 5-month old boy and a house falling down around me! But here I go giving it a shot....