3.18.2014

Two – Start a crochet notebook, journal, scrapbook, or blog.



I have these already; although, none are crochet exclusive.  I have nurtured my blog off and on for several years.  You can check out a few of my crochet projects here, here, and here.  I keep track of my projects on Ravelry.  And have a super fun inspiration board on Pinterest.  If that’s not enough, I have a few non virtual creative spaces as well.


One of my favorite artists, Leonardo Da Vinci, kept many, many notebooks.  It is assumed that he began creating his sketchbooks to work on improving his painting.  He sketched anatomy invented machines for healing and machines for war.  He thought with quill and paper about things that seemed in impossible but are now reality.  Tucked between unbelievable images and the curves of human anatomy were grocery lists, to-do lists, notes about solicitors, benefactors, and others who passed through his life.  His sketchbooks were mirrors of his thoughts, his life, and the happenings he ventured. 


I have several sketchbooks filled with inspiration.  I wish I spent more time with these tools than I allow.  I have a small notebook which you may have seen here. This notebook is easy to slip in my yarny-to-go bag.  This is where I have recorded the details and notes for the 2014 BOM CAL. 


This small notebook also includes patterns I create such as the blanket I made for my parent’s to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.   You can see the finished blanket here.


I also have sketchbooks I use for costuming.  A few years ago I designed a production of Tartuffe.  The 1950s-60s was my inspiration.  You can see how these ideas played out (excuse the pun) here, here, and here.





Three years ago, I enrolled in a painting class at my college.  It was a way to push myself out of my comfort zone and opportunity to remind myself of the perspective my students bring to my own classroom.  It was a summer course, and I was saddened for it to be over so quickly.  The course required that we keep a sketchbook.  I fell in love with this creative process and spent a good deal of time playing in it.

Artist's Study -VanGogh - Blue Vase

A few months ago, a puppy we were loving, made a chew toy out of my sketchbook.  I have gotten over most of the trauma and have even entertained the idea of re-doing the sketchbook into a new one.  Don’t worry.  I came to my senses.  Sketchbooks are not always beautiful, not always organized.  The chewed book is part of my story and I am good with that.




Although I appear organized in my creativity, you should know that there is much evidence that I buy into the idea of creative chaos.  Life is good that way.  Thank you, Red Berry Crochet for challenging me to look in a new way at my creative life.  I encourage my creative friends to join the challenge.  To do so, click here for details.

11 comments:

  1. I've really enjoyed your post this week, your sketchbooks are beautiful and a wonderful testament to your creativity.

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  2. I just love that kind of post where I learn how other crafters work and get inspired. Your sketchbooks are beautiful and (should I say?) tidy. I myself change my mind a hundred times when working at something that I possibly could not produce such beautiful sketchbooks. About that idea of redoing the chewed one... that's the kind of ideas I have from time to time. I learned to let some time pass before acting on such ideas and I now usually also come back to my senses. So, I understand you... ;-)
    I went to see your mother's blog and she is indeed a master at hand appliqués. The work in her header is stunning. And I particularly love "A Bird in the Hand". Very, very beautifully done. And the colors!

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  3. Good gravy. I've always been in awe of such talented people. I just don't know how you do it. This is amazing and what I dream of being able to do in my heart and soul but that just isn't able to get out into the real world. *sigh* Well, I'll just continue to be inspired by people like you and just do the best I can!

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    1. Well, I am certainly blushing. I certainly do not see myself as talented. :) Thank you so much for making my day. ~Kelly

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  4. Oh my - those journals are just delicious to look at!

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    1. Thank you, Lizzie! I do enjoy playing in my journals.

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  5. So many lovely notebooks! You really do have this week covered! ;) and they're so good to look back on to see where you were at that point in life.

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  6. I love the variety of journals you've got here. They're fabulous. (or groovy, depending on what journal you're looking at!)

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  7. Kelly, I need to be this organized! You've totally inspired me to get this put together for my many crocheting and sewing projects!

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  8. I love the journals and scrapbooks of your creativity. I keep a pattern and samples of fabric/yarn of everything I make although not organised just on scraps of paper, maybe one day I will become more organised.

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