Sense of Accomplishment

by Stefani on 12-June-2007

So, because themes make me feel a little bit less like the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants wreck that I really am, I’ve decided to, in keeping with yesterday’s post, make this week’s entries all about “senses” that I’d like to cultivate in myself and (with any luck) my band of merry men. (I am the reigning Queen of the Run-on Sentence.)

Today, we framed some recent drawings from my artists in residence, Luke:


(We’re calling this installation “Birds In Flight”)

And James:


(It’s a windmill that for some reason makes me think of Hayao Miyazaki’s work. The sweet yellow frame is a recent Goodwill find)

I’m not sure why it is exactly, but I swear their chests stuck out a clean two inches farther after their drawings were put in those frames. They gained status as “real” art I guess. Really, I did it because I had some empty wall space, and a cool new (old) frame, but it worked out in such a way as to give my men something all men need, the feeling that their work matters.

Don’t we all need that?

So, I suppose, the doodling I did while on the phone today…


…if I actually turn some of them into emroidered designs, as intended, actually make them into coasters or handbags or some such, actually sell them at the craft fair, will it work for me the way the frames worked for my boys? Will it bring that sense of accomplishment?

We may never know… I’m not so good at following through on my doodles and daydreams.

Oh, and speaking of random, two asides:

1) Something is still wrong with my blog. Some people have a hard time getting to it at all. Some are having a hard time leaving comments. I have an open ticket with Typepad, and Carla (I love you Carla) is doing her best to see that it gets straightened out. Sorry for the technical difficulties.

2) My boys and I are hitting the road this week. We decided to go see my grandmother for a few days. We’re feeling a need for red dirt, blueberries and tall pines.

I know, you are preparing to wrend your clothes and fast, cry out in agony, but please, put away the sackcloth … I’ve left some rambling, over analytical and yet half baked, way too wordy entries on standby. They will self-post while I’m gone. I’m smooth like that.

And plus, truth be told, I’m afraid you’ll go away if I fail to entertain you on a daily basis 🙂

I’m not at all sure I’ll have computer access from the woods though, so I may not be real responsive to your emails and comments until the weekend.

Have a great week!

Heather June 12, 2007 at 4:18 am

I’m sorry about the trouble with your blog… such a pain! I love the embroidery designs, but especially the truck with the pumpkin! Have a great time in the woods…

P.s. I bet Carla gets this all figured out soon!

Heather June 12, 2007 at 4:23 am

Hey! Have you listened to Patty Griffith’s new album in it’s entirety? I noticed way back when that you mentioned her song “Heavenly Days”… my other favorite on there is “No Bad News.” It will pick anyone up, even someone whose blog is having technical difficulties!!!

Mirre June 12, 2007 at 4:52 am

I love your doodles… I can’t wait to see them embroidered!

CharityGrace June 12, 2007 at 6:35 am

I love the way you framed your kids’ art. I will have to try that. My children draw enough pictures to wallpaper several houses.

Katherine June 12, 2007 at 6:40 am

It is amazing the difference it makes in framing artwork. I’ve seen the same thing happen with my boys and I believe in encouraging creativity at any age.

Enjoy your getaway! Safe travels.

erin June 12, 2007 at 7:26 am

have a great trip! i love seeing kids’ art framed – it is wonderful!

leslie June 12, 2007 at 6:25 pm

i will be framing emilys work tomorrow if i get a chance, you beat me to it…i have one big ugly wall just waiting.

Leigh-Ann June 12, 2007 at 8:39 pm

I’m thinking of a way to snatch your turtle blanket while you’re away… WAHAHA… lol. have a time in the woods. hope you take pictures. 🙂

TICA June 12, 2007 at 10:53 pm

Enjoy the red dirt tall pines and blueberries!
Have fun and see you when you come back.

brit June 16, 2007 at 11:03 am

that windmill is adorable. I can’t wait till my boys start drawing I love framed kids work.

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