Day 203

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.

WIP – Fingerless Glove

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*

Tilly

Day 183

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.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Inktober 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

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.

Tilly

Day 180

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.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

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.

Fingerless Gloves WIP

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.

Tilly

Day 179

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.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

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.

Hubby art-ing

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!)

Tilly

Day 178

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.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

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.

We had Veggie Burgers for dinner. YUM!

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!

Happy weekend.

Tilly

Day 171

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.

Tilly

Day 163

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.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

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.

You can find the chords here or you can check out the song on Youtube.

This has been the biggest post I’ve done (I think.) It feels it. I’ll wrap it up even though it’s only 5.30 pm. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for any more creative, even if I do it today.

I hope your day has been overflowing with creativity and joy. I also hope you have the most wonderful dreams the next time you sleep.

Tilly