I woke up after 9 am and I was in pain again. I kept the morning casual and did a quick sketch for my next watercolour. By lunchtime my shoulder was hurting so much I went back to bed to try and sleep it off. It mostly worked. It’s still feeling tender but not as much pain now.
I couldn’t go the whole day without getting something done, so I did my French lesson and worked on my knitting project. I only have four rows of ribbing to go and I can sow it up and call it done. I’m sure I’ll get the second one done much quicker and just in time for a humid Spring. Hubby will be thrilled.
At this point I can’t commit to getting things done if my shoulder keeps hurting. I’ll just work on things when I can.
I hope your day has been creative, cosy and filled with smiles and hugs. *HUG*
I woke up around 6 am-ish and frowned. I would really like to sleep until the alarm goes off. I’ve been getting less and less sleep this week and I don’t like it.
I rolled onto the sofa and poked at a cup of coffee. After some time, I did my timed French practice on Duolingo. It was an okay practice. Some rounds were very good, other rounds were not so good. It was definitely the tiredness that hindered my progress.
By 8.30 am, hubby had scurried off to work and I scurried back to bed. I couldn’t push myself to workout or even be awake. I napped until about 1 pm and woke to still feel sleepy. I was tempted to stay in bed but I really did want to get something done with the day.
That something was the Inktober prompt; 3. Bait. I’d been thinking about this prompt as I was falling asleep and wanted to draw a Bait Shop. I found an amazing photo by Ted Engler of Fredrickson Bait Shop and used that as my reference.
After doing the lead sketch, I was a bit disappointed I wouldn’t be using watercolours on it. It was on the wrong paper, so there really was no chance to change it. So I grabbed my Tombow inks and went for it. The one thing I’m enjoying is that once you draw a line, it’s done. You can’t change it 100 times. That is also scary and horrible when you draw a line you don’t want. I like the roughness of this sketch.
The only other creative was a little guitar practice and I worked some more on the knitting project. I think it’s still going well. Hubby seems pretty excited about them and is already putting in an order for a beanie, scarf and pyjama onesie type thing with a butt flap!
Today I also cut and coloured my hair. I haven’t been to a hairdresser since I was about 22. I have cut and coloured it (mostly) black myself since then.
When I was little I had very long hair and I hated it. I would always wear it up and would never brush it. Once a month my mum would sit me down, with a comb and a pair of scissors, and she’d spend hours fixing my hair.
Then when I was around 20 I decided to have easy, care-free short hair. I didn’t need a hairdresser for that. When you have a very short cut, it can be as messy as you want and people think you’re doing something purposely stylish.
Now I have decided to keep my hair around shoulder length, so I can still wear it up and I’ve dyed it a chocolate brown like my natural colour. I even gave myself a cute fringe (bangs.) It feels so nice to have it done.
That was my day. I didn’t get enough done but that’s okay. As I always say; Doing something is more than nothing.
I hope your day is filled with light, love and laughter.
I must be tired. The day seems like a blur. I know things happened but I can’t remember what order I did them in. So let’s just start with the art stuff.
I did the Doodlewash – September prompt; 25. Vegetables, in water colour pencils. When I saw the prompt I knew I wanted to try heirloom carrots. I found a wonderful reference photo on a recipe for Heirloom Carrots & Nopalitos Green Salad after a quick Google search.
I also did the Doodlewash prompt; 26. Pots, in pencil. I did a search on Pinterest and saw a cute set of pot plants.
I then did a little more work on the knitting project; a pair of fingerless gloves in my hubby’s favourite football teams colours. These have definitely been a labour of love. It’s the fourth attempt. I got brave and decided to run the first colour up the second, instead of just cutting it off. I’m pretending that it’s working how it should.
I finished the day with a face full of French. I’m still working through the ‘Restaurant’ topic but I think I’m close to being finished. That means I’ll spend the rest of the week doing the timed practice runs.
It’s officially the start of the week tomorrow which means a new Happy List (I’ve been doing them, just not posting them) and getting back to working out.
I hope you have a successful and inspired week. If you’re having a hard time, just remember there is a complete stranger somewhere on the East Coast of Australia that believes in you and thinks you’re fantastic.
I woke up just after 6 am and thought I better stay up. It was kinda hard. I was tired and the allure of a soft bed was overwhelming. I pushed through with the help of my knitting needles. I knit my way through the first colour, then switched to the second colour. I think it’s working this time. Fingers crossed.
Then 9.30 am rolled around and it was time for me to log onto WoW for our Sunday mythic dungeons. We did well and we had fun. Before I knew it four hours had passed and that part of the day was over.
After lunch, hubby and I got to art-ing. Wifey wasn’t feeling well so she went back to bed. Hopefully she will join us on the next art day. I worked on the next Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 24. Books. I found a picture of a pile of books on Pinterest and used that as my reference. I enjoyed it.
When I bought my art supplies, I got hubby and wifey their own colouring books. They are books designed for adults with very intricate designs. Wifey has a unicorn book and hubby has an owl book. He really enjoyed the experience and had a hard time stopping. It was great to see him excited about it.
Once we had finished art-ing, I played the guitar for a little bit, then I did my French practice. It was a lovely creativity stuffed rest day.
We finished the day with a M. Night Shyamalan movie marathon. We set out to watch; Unbreakable, Split and Glass. We only managed to watch two of the movies before it got too late.
This was a sensational Sunday. I hope you’re having a sensational one too (whatever it is you’re doing!)
I woke just after 7 am and I sat and stared. That continued until about 11 am. I knew I had to get anything done, so I started work on the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 23. Bowl.
My first attempt at a set of bowls, with watercolour pencils, went terrible. The sketch was okay but I didn’t like the direction the colour went. At that point, I just wanted to give up but I’m already behind in this challenge, so giving up just wasn’t an option.
I then found a very simple reference photo of black and white bowls and created my version of it in black ink, with lead pencil shading.
I’ve been feeling a bit disappointed with my art the last couple of days and it’s starting to show in my overall mood. I was voice chatting with a friend in Discord and he said that I didn’t sound like myself. He was worried. I’ve been trying really hard to stay happy and positive this week, I guess it’s not working as well as I thought. I need sleep.
While waiting for dinner I started attempt number 4 on the fingerless gloves for hubby. Football season is now officially over, so I guess I really have 6 months until he’ll need them. Hopefully I can get them done long before then.
Tomorrow is going to be a fun day. I’ll start the morning with friends in WoW. Then the afternoon will be filled with arts and crafts with the family (this is the first time we are art-ing together.) The day will be finished with a movie marathon. I can’t wait.
I hope your day has been filled with yumminess, kindness and happiness. You look great in that outfit!
Today was a blissfully uninspired day. I have pushed myself pretty hard this week to do things even when I didn’t want to do them. Today I didn’t want to do them and I didn’t want to push myself to do them. There was no French. There was no drawing.
I did work on a couple of items from my Happy List, including starting a new knitting project. Of course I made a handful of mistakes that mean I will have to start again but… I learned some valuable lessons, so I guess that makes it okay.
Tomorrow is an official rest and relaxation day. Then when Monday rolls around it’s back to housework and maybe even a little gardening. It’s spring now and we have seeds that need planting.
I hope your weekend is filled with smiles, sunshine, singing and something delicious.
Okay, let’s not talk about my sleep last night or the two hours that I had my eyes shut, as I like to call it. Around 5.30 am I just gave up. I grumpily got out of bed and flopped down onto the sofa. What could I even do so early in the morning, with everyone still asleep?
French! Tu as raison. I had another encouraging lesson. There were only a couple of times where I just blatantly forgot what I was doing but mostly, I was parler français. The French got me through to about 6.20 am and I repeat, what could I even do with everyone still asleep?
Knitting! I said that I would start a knitting project today so what better time to do it. I put on a song by Shakey Graves and started on hubby’s fingerless gloves. I’ve done the starting ribbing and the first few lines of the first colour. I didn’t start the second colour at the time.
It was just before 8 am when a friend asked if I would do some stuff in WoW, so, I did. My morning had already been rather productive, so why not relax a little. I spent about an hour doing the social.
When the clock struck 9 am I knew it was time to draw. I started work on the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 8. Feathers. Today I would work in colour. Wifey had picked up some simple colour pencils on last nights shopping trip and I took them for a test run.
I have become so used to working in lead that I wasn’t even sure where to start with the colouring. I’d done a very rough outline of the general shape and then got my colour on. The colours are vibrant. My design… needs work. I’m looking forward to more colour creativity.
I did a little housework, had some lunch and then did the next Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 9. Keys. I really enjoyed the last time I sketched a skeleton key, so I went for the same again. I found a reference picture and worked in lead and colour.
After drawing number two, I did a little more work on the knitting project. I think it’s wrong again. I think I needed to change colours on a different row. Oh well. Here is my daymare, enjoy.
While listening to Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed, earlier this morning, I tracked down the chords. I pulled out my favourite guitar (I learned to play on it when I was in my teens) and spent about an hour trying to play the song. My fingers are in a world of hurt. I forgot how sensitive fingertips become after playing guitar. It was fun though. I will definitely be adding more instrument playing to my to do list.
Last night I went to bed early. It was nice getting the extra sleep and it may have helped my morning. I didn’t feel the overwhelming dread of morning sunlight like normal. I sipped coffee and prepared a weekly meal plan and shopping list. I tried to get more veggies into this weeks plan.
Once hubby had left for work, I worked out. I was determined to get through it faster than normal and ignore any fatigue my body was feeling. It worked and I was 4 minutes faster.
Next I moved on to gardening updates on Three Peas, One Pod. We’re still in the midst of winter, so we’re really only planting what needs to be planted at this point. Hubby had some frangipani cuttings that were looking ready for soil. We also replanted our surprise succulent and I have started documenting our mystery citrus. I’m excited about following the journey of our plants.
After that I did 30 minutes of French. It was a very quick 30 minutes and I didn’t want to stop. Some of the new ‘family’ words are sticking, some make no sense at all.
Today’s drawing challenge topic; Clouds. While I enjoy painting them I did not want to draw them. Even though I’ve now done it, I still don’t want to do it. I used this photo for inspiration. I’m glad this challenge is now behind us and I say to you Mr Clouds, NO, just no!
Round two of the gloves (I am having the WORST luck with knitting gloves) was the next thing on the agenda. I decided to do a small test knit to see if I could figure out the colour transition and I learned two things. One, I still don’t know what I’m doing. Two, I didn’t have the focus to do the simplest of knits. I’ll try again in a couple of days.
Day 25: Discuss someone who fascinates you and why?
I found it really difficult to pinpoint one person. I think humans in general are fascinating. There are so many creative, artistic, outgoing, intelligent, proud, damaged, deranged and dysfunctional people out there, each with a unique story. So I think that everyone is fascinating, I just haven’t heard their story.
I think tomorrow is a good day for painting. I’d love to paint more than once a week but it’s so very time consuming and I have lots of other learning on my plate. Oh well, as long as I’m improving, I’m improving.
Hubby’s alarm sucker punched me into starting the day and I felt dazed. I had no idea how I was going to be the day. Things hurt, things had no energy and one of those things was my face. I did my usual morning scowl over a cup of coffee until I found the slightest bit of energy.
Then it was time for French. I decided to move onto a new topic; ‘Family’. I picked up a few of the words but mostly I just enjoyed knowing that I was learning something new. One goal for my Happy List this week is to spend longer practising French and what a great time to start doing that.
Today’s drawing challenge topic; A Cat. I picked the little version because it was adorable and you can’t stop me. I’m glad it was so cute because it was a hard draw. I got a little obsessed. I redid the face at least seven times. From a very faint outline, I added line after line, layering and smudging until I had something that resembled this little bundle of joy.
Next it was time to start a new knitting project. I was excited after the neatness of my last knit but still disappointed that I had used the wrong needles (or knitting sticks as I’d prefer to call them.) I was determined to get everything right on this pair of gloves for hubby. He wanted a pair in black and red, in honour of his favourite football team, the Essendon Bombers.
The ribbing went smoothly but because I was using black wool, I found it a little hard to see if it really did look good or not. Let’s just assume it did. Good. Got the first few rows of the body done, then changed colours to red. The switch over to the new colour went pretty good. I then knitted a couple more row and had my first real look at it.
UGH!!!!! The change over wasn’t smooth at all. I was hoping for a neat line across, instead it was just… a row of diamonds? triangles? arrows?. It was something I didn’t want. I tried to go back to there and see if I could do something to fix it. I couldn’t. I broke it. So that was two hours of knitting with nothing to show for it. I’ve adjusted the pattern (or what I like to call; recipe) and hopefully I’ll get a clean line on the next attempt.
I’ve never really been a fan of superheroes and I have most definitely never found one that I’d want to be but at the moment I’m really loving Deadpool 2. It’s a sublime mix of action and comedy. I just love the rawness of Deadpool as a character. He’s edgy, he’s funny and his superhero power is kinda cool. His power isn’t the one I want though.
If I could be any superhero I would be Domino. Give me the luck, all the luck! A lot of the time I feel I am the curse. Not that I am cursed, that I AM the curse. So feeling the complete opposite of that would be incredible.
Tomorrow I will probably give the gloves another shot. I know I can get them right if I can just work out how to colour transition. If that doesn’t tickle my fancy, I’m sure there is another creative outlet that will.
Thanks for reading. I hope something tickles your fancy this week.
I woke up around 7 am and staggered to the couch. Why must morning? Hubby was still asleep and I flicked on the TV and switched to the world movie channel, hoping for something interesting. There were adorable little French kids, so I figured that’d be okay to watch.
The movie that followed; The Beauty Inside. I’m not sure if it was the movie or I was just feeling sad but I cried through the whole thing. It was an amazing movie that is definitely worth the read. There really weren’t any more bad feels for the rest of the day, glad I can say that.
I finished my beanie today. I’m so proud. This is the biggest knitting pattern I’ve tried. Overall I felt pretty good about the knit. I was able to follow the pattern, although I did manage to use the wrong sized knitting needles. DERP! I didn’t use the suggested wool but I did end up with a cute pink beanie that I can wear.
Today’s drawing challenge topic; diamonds. I went for one glorious diamond with shadow. I was inspired by this photo. I’m trying not to obsess over the drawings and just get them done as quickly as possible. I want to learn to trust myself and what I can see.
Hubby and I did a little gardening but I’m feeling too lazy to go through the photos. I’ll put that on the to do list for tomorrow and whip up a post on our new plants.
I did my French practice and forgot lots of stuff. I’m not feeling confident about learning new words but I’ll give it a go anyway. I might need to practice a little longer each day.
Day 23: Post five pictures of celebrities you find attractive
Last week’s happy list made me happy. One thing I didn’t get done was to take a nap. I was feeling like I hadn’t done enough last week but knowing I didn’t get time to nap means I had kept myself busy, which makes me happy. A new happy list tomorrow and another week of achieving.