Friday, January 10, 2014

ENGAGE


My word?   So many choices ...  BLOOM, GROW,  BE, SMILE, CREATE, FOCUS.  I settled on ENGAGE.  I tend to be watcher, a looker,  an observer.  I can spend hours looking at other's works and be inspired.  But I need to engage myself to take that step past inspiration and put an idea in motion. 

I  work at a an Art Department in a local University.  Getting ready for the spring semester, one of the faculty  members asked me to scan some pages from Twyla Tharp's book "The Creative Habit".  Twyla stresses the importance of on making art a "habit".  Creating an habitual routine that you etch out each day.   My morning ritual is typically to wake up between 5am and 5:30 am every day - 7 days a week and go up to my sewing room and sew for 30-45 minutes before work( and for hours on Saturdays and Sundays!)  That had been my "creative habit" for months, if not years.  Since November, I've let that slack and in the past 4 weeks, if I sewed in the morning before work, it was a rare occasion. 

I promise to engage myself again into this "Creative Habit" of early morning sewing. Who knows what delightful pieces of work can come from my morning playing? Here's what I finished this morning before work:
 
Victoria, as always, thanks for the inspiration!  
 
Eileen

11 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

Her book is one of my favorites - LOVE the word you chose!!

Willa said...

Thanks so much for the explanation. You seem to be on your way to a great year !if you sew before work

Sewing In CT said...

lovely!

Brenda said...

wow! I'm impressed by your creative discipline of getting up early -- I should do that, but it's not my best time of day.

roccagal said...

nice! I cannot believe yoiu get up that early to sew! amazing!

Helen said...

Great way to start the day! Your early accomplishments probably set the tone for all that follows, too.

Margaret said...

Thanks for reminding me about that book. I now want to go back and reread. Great word!

Margaret said...

Thanks for reminding me about that book. I now want to go back and reread. Great word!

Carla said...

That is so me. I watch I read I look I dream I get inspired but I Don't Do. I get to involved with the looking and going oh I wanna do that. Maybe I should choose Focus as word for me.
I need to make a habit of
DOing something quilty every day afterwork for at least 30 minutes.

Thanks for sharing

upstateLisa said...

love it!!!

fiberchick said...

Great quilt and I envy your discipline!