40 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, January 27, 2018

  1. Just finished sewing up a knitted mouse. My friend wants a Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy birthday party, so he is getting 2 knitted mice, a goldfish bowl and I’ll probably turn up with a towel.

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  2. Huh. I usually use January for flailing around and trying new materials and methods. This year I was actually organized, and labeled things #Januaryflail which I thought was hilarious.

    February is when I buckle down to the dedicated making of things. I wrote a guest post for a friend inviting people to join me making a thing-a-day for Feb –

    http://clevermanka.net/2018/01/22/february-daily-project/

    Join us! all you need is Instagram and the hashtag #dailyFeb2018

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    1. I love this.
      There’s a shawl I’ve been wanting to make that’s made up of little flowers, so I could easily do one of those a day.
      And I’ve been wanting to do a weather-ghan which is one square a day.
      And I’ve been getting the itch to collage Nita in paper (instead of the digital stuff I have now) and that’s done in increments.
      And I need to start the illustrations for the Writing/Romance character series.
      And I REALLY WANT MY OLD OFFICE MADE INTO A STUDIO.
      I’m in.

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        1. Me? Probably not, but I’m willing to discuss it (g).
          I’m putting a post about this up tomorrow with links to your blog and to the guest post so that all of Argh can see it (not everybody reads the comments). I’ll put a note in that you’d prefer we stick to a single project? Theme? Maybe you should write the note.

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    2. Lee, this is very interesting! I first thought Yes! and then all the writing i’ve committed to for the next month flooded into my brain and i said no – a little sadly. And now I feel anxious. Why is that? I think a little project would be very fun, and I have things that are unfinished. Many, many things…

      I think the anxiety is from knowing that I’ve over-committed myself with writing projects, and I know it. I’m overcommitted, can’t possibly do everything I’ve promised.

      And yet, I’m thinking one quilt square a day – or make it one day, quilt it the next. (I’m trying quilt as you go.) One square of a project I’ve already started. Or better still. I can only do one process a day. cutting fabric, sewing squares, cutting batting, quilting squares, attaching squares. One process on one square daily.

      No, no, no! You don’t have time for this Kate!

      But just one square, one process what is that? 30 minutes? maybe. I think I should do it. Something to focus on besides the horrific number of words I’ve got to spit out every day.

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      1. The great thing about that is that it’s little pieces of a project, but at the end of the month, you’ve got something wonderful.

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    3. @Lee, Can it be working on a current project? I’ve been slowly (over 2 years now) working on a hand piecing quilt project. I could see a low bar being sewing so many (3 – 5) seams a day. Usually, I only work on it during road trips, quilt guild, and church.

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  3. I use a lot of the Calvin and Hobbes Mrs Wormwood ones at work. I even have them in my assessment file.

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  4. My stepfather is currently spending his last few days in hospice, so after losing Emma less than a month ago and Ursula K. LeGuin a few days ago this has officially become the Winter of Death. May it be not only the good people who have gone or are going, may all the bad things perish before spring also.

    So you could say, and I will, that my creativity has been exercised thus far this month mainly in the area of navigating loss. #Januaryflail also applies 😉

    (That said, I really want to know where the heckin’ hell the box of expensive yarn I bought for making a fancy granny-square afghan has absconded to, because little bits of fancy math with string is just the thing right now. Universe and fey, all y’all listening? I’ve asked three times now, dammit.)

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    1. A difficult time to navigate. I’m sorry for your sorrows. May the expensive yarn be found, box or no box!

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  5. My favorite craft so far this century is beading. How hard can it be to thread a bead on wire attach it to a toggle and done in a matter of minutes. Or so I thought! If I stayed focused on a design and not stray of into changing it the bracelet could be ready in less time than if I pulled the beads off and started again with another idea in my head. I had a shelf of bead magazines that I went through a couple of weeks ago and weeded them out and only kept the ones that had a bookmark in them. The bead store near me is also a great place to go to for ideas and checking out their supply of beads. Four days, huh, I’ll see what I can make.

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  6. I still have time to make a mess this month! Fred the Puppy has excelled at making messes (usually of the fluff/paper/2 damn bags of dirt! kind). Tomorrow I’m going to try to finish painting the little display cabinet I’ve been working on for ages. I need some glass for the door, mostly to keep the cats out, but I’m not spending any “fun” money until at least the 6th so that’s going to have to wait a bit but I can get the painting and stuff done. My fingers are itching to get on with painting our bedroom set but I think I should finish the small project before I start the big one. That would be the mature, responsible, finish-what-you-start thing to do.

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  7. My students are doing glass projects. I’ve cut and wrapped glass, cut stickers for etching, etc. Not for anything of my own, but keeping them going is good.

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  8. My creativity (what there is of it) is focused on trying to come up with a good idea for my birthday party. I haven’t entertained successfully since I moved into this apartment with its’ horrible kitchen/dining area. So I want a theme, menu or gimmick to distract me from my previous unsuccessful attempts. I’ve done small dinners for my long time workaholic pal, but anything larger has not been much fun.

    Anyone in Argh Nation got any ideas to share?

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    1. My family enjoys the theme “Advice for…” – because everyone loves to give advice (especially in my family) (especially me). For a bridal shower, we ask guests to bring an index card with “Advice for the Bride.” For a baby shower, “Advice for the New Parents.” The honoree reads the cards aloud. Some advice is serious, some hilarious, and it’s all fun to talk about.

      You could do “Advice for Living,” asking your friends to share wisdom they’ve acquired over the years. Or “Advice for Celebrating.”

      That’s my…uh, two cents.

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      1. I love that idea! Since a birthday marks the start of a new year, it is a perfect time to try something new and, hopefully amusing.

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    2. My mother has friends who sro very intricate themed dinner parties several times a year: around the world in eight courses, Kentucky Derby-themed menu with signature cocktails, etc. They print up materials explaining it and mom shows them to me later. Very impressive.

      When asked what the theme of my son’s birthday party was, I blankly replied, “Uh… ‘Child’s Birthday Party’?”

      🎂

      By which I mean, best of luck. But perhaps a simple theme–a color, a place, a favorite movie or book?–could bridge the gap between the dinner party people and myself.

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      1. I think it totally depends on the group you want to invite, and what they would enjoy/do well with. If they enjoy having drinks & chatting, do a cocktail theme or a theme that will encourage that. If they’re interested in politics, do a politically-themed game or quiz thing.

        Personally, I love the idea of a potluck, because in my experience it has fostered camaraderie, but I know some people would loathe and despise the very idea.

        Are you allowed to paint any walls in your apartment? You could do one in chalkboard paint and invite your friends to each decorate a section with colored chalks and/or quotes from their favorite people. Anything that will support and enhance the group dynamic that your friendship group enjoys is the thing I’d advise going for, and without knowing your or your friends, I’d say use your knowledge of them to be your guide.

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        1. Potlucks are great. Then you don’t have to make everything, and you can actually enjoy the party. That’s especially helpful if you have a horrible kitchen. Make the potluck theme something fun. Everyone has to bring something red. Or comfort food for winter. Or finger food.

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        2. This a section 8, federally regulated building and the lease is filled with so many mandated clauses that I shudder to think what I’d have to do to get permission to paint. I’m just so relieved that I can finally afford my rent that I don’t want to do anything that might get me evicted,

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          1. Our New Years Eve party invite asks everyone to send crossword clues and answers about the last year. I just clean up the duplicates check the spelling and pop them into an online puzzle maker and voila themed crossword.

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    3. My last party was themed ” buy two of every appetizer at Trader Joe’s”. This is also the limit of my party throwing skills.

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    4. A number of my friends are lactose-intolerant or eat gluten-free and just about everyone, astonishingly, despises fish. A hell-on-wheels crowd to cook for. Go potluck, and they’ll all be fed.

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    5. When I hear difficult kitchen & tricky past parties, my mind goes to Mary Tyler Moore. In her 70s TV show, her parties were a running joke. She had a tiny kitchenette and something always went amiss at her parties. Which was, of course, the fun. Once she embraced it all she had more fun, too. There’s a gimmick in there somewhere I think–’70s theme? Mary theme? Tiny space theme?

      For my own gatherings, I don’t so much do themes, but I do like a nice group game to pull folks together. Of late, my fave is the Heads Up game you can get on your phone (fun & interactive guessing game). We play as a group with one person as the guesser and everyone else yelling clues. Brings together even the most diverse group of ages & interests and even folks who usually sit out games are soon drawn in and yelling clues. Totally fun to see.

      Good luck:)

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    6. Bet Me cocktail party. Bite-sized pieces of chicken marsala, drinks (three tops, maybe just one) from the book, and little glass slippers with cherries placed in random places. You don’t have to tell anyone else this is your theme. Oh, and if you have a hideous orange sofa, BONUS! (Extra bonus if you get rid of your hideous orange sofa for a really nice one in time for the party.)

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      1. Does a faded paisley couch count? It needs new upholstery, but the couch itself is still good. Since I can’t afford a new one, I’ll have to forego the bonus points.

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        1. All good. I’m not sure if Bet Me is the best budget party. Is chicken marsala pricey? Can you substitute cheap thigh meat for breast? (Where I’m at, breast is the cheap chicken.) You could have a Daisy party instead (-:. I can’t remember what they ate in that book.

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  9. I restarted a crochet project begun more than 5 years ago. I’ve been carrying it around and finally started it (again) this afternoon while running diagnostic tests on the desktop and watching TV. The computer is just dying of old age, but I may have a finished neckwarmer by summer!

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  10. Finished an afghan this week and bestowed it upon the person who wanted it. Uploaded data into an already created database for someone and used it to generate lists for an email promo, which has gotten results already. I might be created out for this month and rest on my laurels!

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  11. I had a revelation recently that I write the way that I crazy-quilt, and if I try to do it any other way everything grinds to a halt and inspiration leaves the building. I write random scraps that (hopefully) eventually meet up at the edges. Every now and then I need to step back and see where I still need fabric/story and get an idea of what I might need to fill those spaces, and then I keep going with random patches. And if I try and embroider everything together before I have enough fabric on the base then it doesn’t work.

    Which suddenly made sense of why I haven’t been able to pull it together for a very long time – I’m trying to make a whole story out of far too little fabric rather than being patient and putting down lots of little bits that I have to have faith will meet up, and I can’t write a story in a linear fashion any more than I can make a crazy quilt in a straight line.

    I feel much better now.

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    1. I write the same way, Emily! I kinda go back and forth between skipping around and stitching them together to figure out which parts I still need to fill in. Instead of a “pantser” or “plotter”, I consider myself a “patchworker”. 😀

      Friday I forgot my cell phone at home, and was without it for about 12 hours. Didn’t make much difference at work, but afterwards I met up with my family at a cocktail bar. I was the first one there and had to wait a while, but I couldn’t call or text to make sure they were still coming, or play games or read fanfic. So instead I got my drink, pulled my tiny notebook out of my purse, and doodled a couple of free verse poems about some of the bar’s rather eclectic artwork. 😀

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    2. Me, either. I think there are a lot of us non-chronological people out there. Probably mostly women since we tend to think in patterns due to some gender-specific brain things (which may have been debunked since I did my diss research).

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  12. My January creativity has been expended on nesting. We moved house in the middle of October, and ever since then it’s been drapery, painting, outdoor furniture, assembling things, relocating things, installing things, tweaking things, and lots & lots of gardening. 🙂

    The yard is a challenge … the house is a 1949-ish tract home and has been a rental since the 1980s, with nothing but sod in the yard. Consequently the earth is parched and derelict. It has taken weeks of double-layer mulch (cardboard + bark) to render it penetrable. But in the next few weeks I plan to dig the first few holes. VERY EXCITING for this long-time apartment dweller.

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