In stages is the better way to go with deep cleaning. The sparkle is lovely but it's a LOT of work. I couldn't have powered through at this level. Today is the kitchen. Tomorrow is the doors and railings. And then I'll take the weekend off before starting on the basement. Yesterday, I cleaned the entry closet, the hall closet, the pantry, and the cabinet in the living room, and moved the living and dining room furniture around, washed the walls, floors, and baseboards, vacuumed the upholstered furniture, and cleaned the wood furniture. It took four hours. And then I had dinner and went to knitting.
Patti was over in the morning. If you remember, this is the lady that I met last fall through another friend. We get together once a week to talk about sewing, creativity, and life in general and it's wonderful. Before meeting Patti, it had been twenty-six years since my friend Caroline moved away and in all that time there had been no one in town who loved to sew as much as I do and wanted to get together regularly.
We have the same body type. She's shorter than me. I'm a size larger. It's close enough that we can try each other's clothes on to see what the garment looks like on us which means - LOL - we have a similar pattern collection. Yesterday, she brought over a black, stretch crepe dress sewn from OOP Vogue 8936. It's GORGEOUS. I've borrowed the pattern and will grade it up to my size.
I've had a similar pattern - Vogue 8382 - in stash for years but seeing Patti's dress inspired me to action. Having a group to belong to, even if it's a group of two, significantly impacts your work. In-between visits, I collect articles, quotes, books, or thoughts to share along with whatever work I've done in the studio. Having something to show Patti is a beautiful push. I'm thankful for the opportunity.
In his book, The Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell talks about how no one succeeds without connections. The first time I read that, I started researching the background of successful people and whether it was in the field of writing, textile art, or fashion sewing, they were all part of a group in some way, a group that had a defined part in helping them attain success. Naturally, I wanted to be part of a group and what I discovered is that while you can be open to the idea and available if it happens, you can't make it happen just because you want it to so it's important to be able to both create individually and as a team. Sometimes, often, you have to be your own push. Sewing blogs are - IMHO - a wonderful resource.
Patti was reading through Marcy Tilton's website and came across her recommendation to read Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. The sub title is 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative and the points are...
... available on a poster from his website. I was going to embed a Creative Mornings Austin video where he talks about step six more only Blogger wants a YouTube video and it's not and the code wasn't working so... to save time... since I already slept in today...VBG... here's a link to the blog posting. Although the talk was directed to a specific audience, what I liked is that he talks about sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly and says that the process as opposed to the end result, and especially the successful end result, is encouraging to others who are on a similar journey. Yes.
You probably know already that I agree since I blog about what it takes to figure out what I want to know, what techniques or ideas worked for me, and which ones didn't, and about the circling path of finding, then losing, then finding again some spark of truth that's motivating. My discovery that I like black and texture and monochromatic are not new, I've just seen them in a new light with the added information of what a statement necklace does for me. That was the click I hadn't grasped before. Perhaps it's the click someone else also needs.
We catch our truths in little wisps that over time accumulate. Sharing that process as I do is a combination of my need for authenticity and truth and my desire to support and encourage others. I think it's a disservice when we insinuate in some way that a task was smooth sailing and easy when only that step along the path may have been smooth while the journey is a jagged process of trial and error and up and down that with persistence reaches points of success and then moves on to new discoveries.
For some people, the Internet connects them while for others, it makes them feel incredibly alone. If you research Austin Kleon, you'll find that he has grasped how to use the blogs, websites, Twitter, Facebook, and other on-line resources in an incredible way to promote his business. He appears to be doing well. It makes me tired. I'm just not there anymore and I can't imagine doing that again. I want to spend the majority of my time creating as opposed to talking about creativity but one aspect of the Internet I highly value is the gathering and sharing of information. I love blogging and I love learning. Now that I've read his book and watched this video, I'll look into more of Austin's work. There are numerous videos, including a TED talk, on YouTube if you're interested.
But later. First I need to clean the kitchen which is perfect because cleaning time is also thinking time and a huge quotient of creativity is the thought process.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - Patti