Monday, January 7, 2013

Muslins & Wadders

Instead of reading and writing this morning, I drank my coffee on the couch in the living room and watched fat, fluffy snowflakes drift to earth in shifting patterns and thought about how amazing creation and weather and gravity are. Our earth is full of systems.

Since Friday, I've been working my way through the picture files on my computer. So far, I've deleted 25,199 items of which some are folders, not just individual images. They date back to June 2006 when there was a problem that I can't remember the details of other than that it necessitated starting over. It is terribly unfortunate that I didn't start over with a system because this job is going to take a while which is probably why I've put it off for so long.

So far, I've reorganized folders and improved how images are stored and now I need to go through each folder, check the size of each image, and rename them more appropriately. Working through the images is like watching your life in fast forward. My hair was long, then short, then long again. Likewise my weight. Up, down, and up again. My children are nine years older, now adults. My career has evolved and ended and my creativity has shifted focus from textile art to fashion sewing.

It was particularly interesting to observe how my skill set developed from a point of many muslins and wadders to a point of greater success where I am sewing fashions with better fit and more detail. There were images of garments that I don't remember sewing... or wearing... and ones of garments that are still in circulation and worn weekly. At some point in late 2009, my success ratio shifted and I began to wear more of what I sewed or perhaps I started sewing more of what I'd wear.

While it has been a clear illustration of how we learn to do the work by doing the work, looking through the images also indicated areas to change. Apparently, I sew a lot of one occasion garments - usually fancy dresses or skirts - and spend tremendous amounts of time developing muslins and if - as I say - I truly want to focus on creative everyday wear, it would be more productive to spend time developing T & T patterns that can then be interpreted in both everyday and one occasion ways. Like the sweater I'm currently working on using New Look 6735 that has become my go to t-shirt pattern.

Sorting the images is a tedious chore but it has also been a highly informative one. The take-away is a much clearer idea of the types of projects I thoroughly enjoy sewing and the garments I actually wear. That's good information I can go forward with. I think I'll make a similar trip through my closet.

I'd have liked to insert some images of muslins and wadders only Blogger is still having a problem with pictures - and Internet Explorer - which could explain why some blogs don't appear to be having a problem. If you use Blogger and Internet Explorer and you're not having an issue, could you please let me know since that would indicate that I need to do more research rather than wait for the issue to be resolved. Thanks. Otherwise, no pictures until then.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the start of a better system and 25,199 items less to deal with

11 comments:

  1. I did the folders on my lap top and was amazed at how many pictures I will be deleting. All the ones I want are in folders within folders. I started on the other computer and put the pictures on a jump drive. When I went to put them on the lap top, there were no pictures. The jump drive was full and I didn't realize it and it didn't tell me so. So I do it again. Maybe over the next month.
    I have been cleaning up my blog also. I have kept what is important to me and deleted the rest. I only have Feb to Dec 2012 to go through. That has made me so happy. I now have a policy that when I start a new year, I delete one entry per day unless it is a keeper.
    Have a great week.

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    1. I started folders within folders a few years ago and it worked much better. For the past three years I have been keeping blog pictures by month and year which makes it hard to find a specific picture unless I can remember when I sewed the garment. As I work through the files, I will move those to more appropriate places and instead maintain one folder for the current month's blog pictures that will be edited month-to-month. I think that'll work better... especially if I name them more appropriately to begin with.

      The BEST thing I ever did was to rip and shred the blog at 800 posts. This is my third blog and I've been blogging for almost ten years. I wanted to shift directions and delete some old info without changing names. So far, it's working.

      It was good to see you the other day. Sorry it was such a scattered conversation. Call or send an email next time you're coming to town and I'd love to go for breakfast again... or coffee... whatever works for you.

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  2. Congrats on your organising skills and the determination to finish, Myrna! I'm good at getting started but not so good at sticking to it. ;)

    For your Blogger problem, have you considered Windows Live Writer? It's a free program and gives you some extra tools for your posts. I've been using it for a couple of years now myself and it seems to bypass a lot of Blogger's editor issues. Just a thought.

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    1. I looked it over. Thanks for the suggestion. I am so a turn the key and drive the car and I don't really want to know how it works kind of girl. I really Really REALLY hate upgrades and new programs. Funny how we love to stretch and learn in one direction and not in another. I know a lot about computers but typically I learn the info on a have-to basis. This may be one of those. Pictures make a posting so much better.

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  3. Happy New Year, Myrna. I have a Blogger blog I started earlier in 2012 and hadn't used in a while. My compuer runs under Windows XP and I use Internet Explorer to connect to the internet. I created two new posts just now and was able to add a picture to each of them. They look fine to me... you may want to take a look libertyhillobservations.blogspot.com

    hope this helps,

    Kathie B in upstate NY

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    1. Thanks Kathie. I ran that by my husband the computer guru and he says I have a different version and that the issue may be with Windows and not Blogger. Either way, it doesn't work BUT... I did see on the Blogger site that if I temporarily switch to the edit mode I should be able to add pictures so I'll try that with tomorrow's post.

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  4. Congratulations on your data curation progress!
    http://www.clir.org/initiatives-partnerships/data-curation

    Most people don't even think of it, but data curation is as important as physical decluttering.
    Although I am better than most, I leave room for improvement. Do you have any tips for how you stay on track? How you decide what to toss and what to keep?

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    1. Thanks. I put more information on how I'm sorting and deciding in the next post - Sequential & Consecutive.

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  5. Interesting to read about your life review via pic's. I'm resorting my embroidery files. I changed my organization method about 6 years ago and have regretted it ever since. I'm going back to the old way, but it's slow and tedious just like your project.

    Blogger? Gave that up May of last year and moved to Wordpress. All I have on Blogger is a link to my wordpress site. I found that I repeatedly had issues with Blogger and the most common suggestion was use Google Chrome followed by learn HTML. Horribly enough, things happened to my blog when it wasn't occurring anywhere else. It was just maddening.

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    1. Going through the files certainly highlights a few things. I haven't sorted my closet yet but I have glanced at it as I'm pulling things out and I think it'll be nearly as informative as in I'm only wearing 10% of what's in there and need to shift some processes.

      A lot of people have had problems with Blogger. Me as well only mine don't seem more excessive than what you'd expect with an interactive program like this and I've been blogging for almost ten years. I hate learning new programs or updates. I'm a turn the key and the car runs and I have no idea how kind of girl. I've looked at Wordpress but haven't had a compelling enough reason to change yet. When I can't do what I want to do with what I have is typically my motivation to change. If I can make it work, good enough.

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      I also hate updates. I want an update to add to my functionality not require another learning curve.

      I'm also sorting and cleaning my sewing rooms. Haven't discarded anything yet, but that's still a possibility. I found I was overwhelmed by what I had planned, not started and started. I put everything back into stash that had not been cut. It is such a relief to walk into the my sewing rooms and not have to face all the stuff.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.