I've often admired the snaps of work-in-progress posted by the creative folk who participate in Kootooyoo's My Creative Space challenge each Thursday. It's my first time playing along and I think it's a pretty good representation of what I'm up to.
The bag at the front of the shot contains my crochet squares, which are progressing incrementally (with any luck, we'll have that nanna blankie by the end of next Winter!). The stack of books relate to writers and writing. Underneath those are some aerogrammes, trying to tease me into catching up on my snail mail correspondence. The cut up bits of paper are from an exercise suggested by Amy in the Handmade Writer e-course, which was quite fun and surprisingly revelatory. The paints are for two collages, almost finished, gifts for friends.
Playing along with this challenge also gave me an opportunity to let go of the pressure I was putting on myself to keep up, to finish things, to have everything neat and sorted. It was nice just to putter around on various bits and pieces, and take a moment to enjoy each project's progress.
This also made me smile today:
GEMINI: Would you really prefer it if you had no problems? Do you imagine you'd enjoy life more if everything was pure fun and smoothly easy? Here's an astrological perspective: People who have an over-abundance of positive aspects in their natal horoscopes often turn out to be lucky but lazy bums who never accomplish much. So I say, be thankful for the complications that are visiting you. I bet they will make a man out of you if you're a woman, or a woman out of you if you're a man. If you're white, they'll help you get blacker, and if you're black, they'll make you whiter. Catch my drift? As you do your best to solve the knotty riddle, you'll become better balanced and more versatile than folks who are rarely challenged.
[From Free Will Astrology. SO worth a look-in, even if horoscopes don't usually rock your world!]
I don't have aspirations of being "made a man" but for now it's good to unravel the knotty riddle at a less frantic place. And I suspect there will be some things happily left knotted.