Saturday, July 11, 2009

creating....in stages

i've been working on this project for chrissie grace, and am all too aware of how taking an idea from your head to the finished project definitely goes in certain stages. for example, when i received these fabrics from chrissie, i left them out for inspiration, and then when an idea came to me, i sketched it out.

then, with my sketch in mind, i started to lay out the fabrics to see which ideas would work....and which ideas wouldn't work (and keeping fingers crossed that there would be more ideas that work, than don't work...yikes!).

then comes the cutting stage.....this is the one that makes me nervous. i have a certain amount of fabric to work with....if i mess it up, i'm toast. i've vacuumed the floor, done the dishes, eaten three snacks, checked the mailbox, took my dog outside, and swept the back porch, all as a means of "cutting procrastination". i even called my "think-outside-the-box-she's-an-artistic-genius-art-therapist-cheerleading-best-buddy" martha for a pep talk. of course, we ended up talking about lots of things unrelated to the "cutting procrastination" (which is part of the whole procrastination process), but in the end, her advice was simple, sweet and effective: "say a prayer and pick up the scissors". and that's exactly what i did. i'm loving my little pile of cut scraps....and very much looking forward to the next stage....the one where the plan starts coming together....fingers and toes crossed during this stage!

17 comments:

random notes said...

Your pictures are so well done and so composed so nicely. I think that I just might be following your work, from what I see here.

Cristi-2 If By Sea said...

Oh Lori! I'm on pins and needles waiting to see what your making. Can't wait for Chrissie's book either!

Gina Lee Kim said...

We know what you're going through Lori. We will support & love you thru the process! Torment and artistry are close cousins apparently. Ah, the signs and symptoms of procrastination-cleaning. You know what this means right? Something marvelous & unsurpassingly beautiful is brewing inside of you!

Flor Larios Art said...

PROCRASTINATION...oh yes, I practice everyday...I am good at it.
I love the fabrics...very pretty!

So blessed! said...

You are too funny!

Oh...I can't wait to see the finished product. I know it will be just lovely.

WingingIt said...

i am loving what you are doing!!! i am in the midst of "a project a day" for thirty days...AND i cannot buy anything new...must use what is in the studio for this creative project...i am loving where it is going...thank you for the inspiration that your blog gives me!!!

julie king said...

i love martha's advice -- say a prayer and pick up the scissors!! funny but true. can't wait to see what you're making!

Chrissie Grace said...

you know I can't wait to see the finished project:)
I know it will be beautiful!
xo
Chrissie

Martha Lever said...

Oh Lori you made the cut!! Yea!! I knew you could do it! It's gonna be great and I can't wait to see more of your progress.
xoxox

Debbie / Prairie Emporium said...

Lori, Can't wait!!!

Dolores said...

Martha sounds like a smart cookie. Glad you got a start.

PrairiePeasant said...

The hardest part is to begin! I am so curious to see what you are making--I'm sure it will be beautiful!

Pat said...

I love the humor in your writing. So glad to see you took the plunge with the scissors and can't wait to see what you're making.

Big M blog said...

Hi,
Really nice collection of thses materials.
I appreciate the skills of your blog writing and the time sharing with us.
I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

spencer said...

Great pictures!!

Inspiring as always (and it isn't even inspiration monday post!)

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

I can't wait to see the final artistic creation. Judging by all of what I've seen you do, it's gotta be great!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Lori! What great fabrics to work with! Thanks for sharing your lovely WIP. Can't wait to see the finished piece. Wonderful inspiration Monday post too! Have a great week!

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! The recipient of the commission loved it.

Hugs,
Lisa :)

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