13 Sep 2013

Quiet Days Notes

     Recently I was talking to a friend and fellow crafter Maria from Lollipops and Daydreams about days when it feels nothing is happening. Even we both know there are and will be quiet days on our creative journey (and we actually need them too) sometimes it's just hard to face them. My brain still keep racing and it just feels there should be visible results all the time, but it's not possible. Since last Thursday I had a quite good few days when I felt nothing is moving on so here you have some Quiet Days Notes.

Week: September 6th - 12th.
Back To  Clay Table, September 6th.
     I have been sketching almost every day. Lots of different ideas, shapes and techniques to try but intuitively I stopped at knitted polymer clay designs. Probably it just feels right for this time of the year when it is getting colder and we want to keep warm - doesn't matter if it's knitted jumper or pendant. I don't have finished pieces yet to show so I'm sharing one of the items I did last year.

Knitted polymer clay magnet by Valg Studio.
Play-Doh, September 7th.
     Highlight of the day for me was that while working in the studio this afternoon my 4 year old daughter came in and after a while watching what I was doing said that she also wants to play with play-doh. I explained her that mummy has a different clay, but Liva was happy with the solution that she can play with her paly-doh and I play with my "play-doh" at the same table for the first time.

Apples, September 8th. 
    If I would have to choose one word to describe this Sunday it would definitely be Apples! In the morning together with the kids we went to pick apples in Altamont Garden Plants Sales area. You can pick delicious apples and just a small donation to the guide dogs is requested. The rest of day was spent making apple jam and  we had yummy apple crumble pie for desert.

Quiet Monday, September 9th.
     I have been saying to myself for a while that I would like to have a stall at Art & Craft Fair  in Dublin and maybe some other new locations. And one reason for this is that I have made it a little bit more clear in my head where Valg Studio wonderful customers live. While searching in different directions I came across this wonderful Art Tunnel Smithfield project in Dublin. It looks great, would definitely love to visit.

Ear Wires, September 10th.
     It is another day spent mostly behind the computer screen but this time searching for new jewellery making supplies, particularly ear wires. I have been using simple French hooks but now I feel I would like to try something a little bit different. As you can see in the picture below there is a choice or I can attempt to make some of my own.

Image sourced from The Creative Room.
Knitting, September 11th
     I'm back to my clay table and continue to knit with polymer clay. Today I'm mainly trying different ideas how to finish the edges of my work.

Shopping Day, September 12th
     Yesterday while having a cup of coffee with friend we agreed that it's time to treat ourselves to a shopping day and that's exactly what we did. One of my favourite stores are TK Maxx and I can spend many hours browsing, come out with slight headache but happy. I always check what's new in the home & gardening section. Sometimes they have quite lovely display items and it's not secret that 80% of my display props comes from TK Maxx. If you are working with polymer clay it's always good to have a look at their kitchen gadget section - selection of cookie cutters, rollers, texture plates and other useful items can be found. And of course they have many other great shop sections worth a visit.
     That's it for this month Thursday Afternoon Notes blog post. Every month I pick a week from Thursday to Thursday and write about little things that happened to me or I noticed something I would like to share with you and named them Thursday Afternoon Notes blog post series.

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  1. Hi Liga, Finally got some work finished here!! I love that Liva thinks you make things with play-do, she might be telling people that you play with "play-do"! Lovely piece as always! Maria

    1. Hi Maria, she probably is saying something like that while in the pre-school! Good to hear we will see more of your beautiful dresses soon.

  2. I was chuckling at the play dough too. I used to love play dough..I think I'd like this clay too but I cant afford the space for any new crafts so mustn't think about it! Love the knitting. You're very clever.

    1. Thanks Anne-Marie, I'm sure you would and it's very addictive, but I think all crafts are since we love what we do.

  3. Hi Liga ! what a lovely idea to make your own earring findings... speaking of which do you know anyone who teaches 'wire wrapping' .. or 'wire skills' .... ? xx

    1. Hi Mary, I know lady who might be teaching some wirework but not 100% sure, her name is Sharon Murphy from Bead and Button Emporium, have a look at her FB page.

  4. Hi Liga,
    love so much the magnet knitted,,,lol it's funny.

    Regarding 'art street moviment' in the community gardens (GIY) all is possible in there !!
    when I lived in Dublin I was involved and ( leave to Wexford ..) but it's a quick forward movement on the importance of responsible consumption and thus the craft and art of course...very creative,
    I like the way they are and do !

  5. Thanks Margarita, great to hear about your experience and views. Hope we can have more places like that in future and not just in Dublin.


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