Yep, that's me ... I don't know *how* to relax. I go full-pelt, hell-for-leather and then .... *whoosh* ... CRASH AND BURN! Story of my life. My body is trying to tell me to slow down and relax. But how does one relax??
|Story of my life! Little canvas by Birds Nests For Hair, purchased at E For Ethel ;)|
For me, my textile work *is* relaxing!! But I understand that once in a while everyone should really stop, meditate, slow down and only do one thing at a time. Still not something I'm able to do ... even when reading a book, I'm fidgeting all the time. I'm not someone who ever just sits in front of the telly just watching - I always have to be stitching, weaving, doing SOMETHING! Anyway, I'm now just getting over a quick and nasty cold. I had to have a couple of days off work, and didn't have the energy to do anything. For me, that's hell itself :(
How do you relax?
I'm going to make a conscious effort to sit quietly at least once a week, either meditating or reading for a little while. I have been staying up late, trying to get a few infinity scarves woven to deadline, tapestry homework, and going out socialising ... all this has taken its toll.
OK, that's my rant over - what have I actually been doing apart from being sick? Well, here's my life from the last week or so in pictures:
Got my hair colour changed - the only time you'll see me with blonde hair is at the hairdressers ... fleetingly:
Shortly after, it looked like this:
I haven't had lime green in my hair for so long, since it only used to last for a few days before washing out to a dirty khaki colour. But this is a new Manic Panic colour - Green Envy - it's AMAZING!! As I'm typing this, it's still vibrant (after 1 week). The purple didn't fare so well, unfortunately - a week later it's pastel lavender (Manic Panic Ultra Violet). I sometimes have trouble with purple - saying that, this part of hair is in worse condition, as it's been bleached out more often than the green.
While sick, I've been spying on cats - our area is Catsville - so many cats wandering around! While cute, it's quite irresponsible since we live next to a conservation park (which is why ours are inside cats) ... but it's still fun to spy on them:
That's Zoe on the right, and an unidentified (new) ginger cat on the left. They were fighting, displaying impressive puffy tails!
And here are my (rather crap) nurses when I was sick ... though I suspect they just liked the novelty of me sleeping on the sofa in my studio (to avoid waking Anita with my loud coughing):
Close up of Rosie aka 'The Panther':
Meanwhile, Charlie was more concerned about sitting on the top of doors ... no, don't get me down, I'm quite happy thank you very much!
I haven't been able to weave on my table loom at all whilst sick (boooo!!), but I have been playing around on my rigid heddle loom, and watching Craftsy classes - here's a log cabin design that I hadn't tried before - it's very effective, made up of simple plain weaving with 2 colours ... it's the alternating warp colours that create the design:
I'm really getting the hang of the rigid heddle now - next step is trying pick up techniques, as well as weaving in cotton. It's great that it's so portable!!
Anyway ... here's me over and out for the moment - trying to take things a bit easier ... *trying* being the operative word ;)