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My name is Inga and I'm an artist, among other things. I have an Etsy shop, Sunny Plum, that specializes in things that are sewn.

I love perusing art and crafts, finding out how people make things, and making myself nuts adding items to my ever expanding wish list. So that's what this blog is mostly dedicated to. Enjoy!

Monday, November 29, 2010

This is How I Roll

The ingredients for a relaxing evening in front of the zombie box.

There comes a time when curling up on the couch with some handstitching at the end of the night is just the right thing.

I often feel guilty just sitting and vegging out because it isn't productive.  But it's OK to prioritize down time.  If my brain needs just a little bit more stimulation then keeping a pad and pen for doodling or a little bit of light sewing next to me does the trick.

So cheers everyone, I'm turning the sound down on the baby monitor and cracking open a Blue Moon while I sew some fur onto some ears and watch Law & Order.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

House Crazed

Warm thoughts as the weather gets cooler.

There are paint chips all over the floor, taped to the walls, shoved under picture frames, with circles in ink around favorite colors.  I'm having an 'I can't stand my house' moment.  More accurately there are two rooms I cannot stand and one that needs painting. 

The house is a little rancher with 6 total rooms built in 1968.  There are things that could be done without, like the horribly poor job someone did texturizing the ceilings... why would anyone do that?  And then there are these perfect weird little abnormalities that I am slowly learning to embrace.

So far I've changed my color selection for the rooms about 6 times and am faced with aggrivation and frustration due to my indecision.  Then a funny thing happened...

I was reading backlogs of emails from blogs I follow and there was one particularly interesting post.  Apparently I am not the only one who starts maniacle home and garden projects when faced with artistic stagnation.  I just didn't know that's what was propelling my behavior.

So instead of running out to Home Depot and spending $200 on paint that I might not actually want, I ambled down to my basement studio (which I'd been taking a time out from to spend more time with the hubby and tyke).  There I started work on something that had been rolling around in my brain for a couple months and it felt *really* good.

The challenge then becomes not to renovate the entire house every 6 months and leave multiple partially finished projects staring accusingly at me, but to learn my own emotional cues and balance my life accordingly.