Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Let's experiment

Hello. Ooooops, didn't post yesterday, ran out of time and if I leave it too late in the day my brain starts shutting down. I was up early yesterday, 4.30am, I am a morning person, feel alert in the mornings, full of energy, full of anticipation of what the day might bring. Yesterday was crap weather, so it was a day indoors. The pooch was bored so we did venture out twice, dogs still need to walk, even in the rain. We did manage to get an hour in the garden just before tea time. I filled the brown bin with hedge clippings, looks tidy now.

Indoors I carried on sewing, and playing with various bits and bobs. It's good to have a vision of how my arts and crafts might work, but sometimes it's necessary to just play around and see what happens. I have a lot of pieces of bark, my friend a wood turner was going to chuck them, but I thought, no, I might be able to do something with them. A cheap £1 tin of varnish from the Pound Shop, lets see if it improves the looks and strength of the bark. Yes, looking good. Two coats, right, what next? I dunno, something will come to mind. I have an idea to add five small hooks to it and hang the little hearts, would make a nice wall decoration. Could sell it for twenty quid, maybe thirty, in one of those posh gift shops by the seaside.

Something else I played with. Large pieces of paper, with some flimsy fabric sandwiched in between the layers, stuck together with diluted PVA glue. Now waiting for it to dry. Think I may have watered down the glue too much, it looks as though some of the layers are separating. Hmmmm, well you don't find out these things until you give it a try.

There's lots of things to experiment with. Cooking - mixing different types of food together, I do it all the time. Makeup - used to but don't wear any now. Boyfriends - been there done that got the Tshirt. Tried them all, old - young, thin - chubby, tall - short, bald - dreadlocks, miserable - happy, wealthy - skint, confident - shy,  easy going - control freaks, fanciable - maybe not.  Tried being a couple - didn't work out, now happy with my singleness. Career - tried lots of different jobs, kept moving on. I reckon life is one big experiment. A little bit of uncertainty is good, makes you look at things in a different way. Something not working so let's try something else. The secret is to not let the failures get you down. Wipe the slate clean and start again. 

I'll leave you with this thought. Try something today which you might have been thinking about, but wasn't sure if it would work. Great if it does come right, but no big deal if it doesn't. Just say, bugger, that didn't work, let's have another go. 

Thank you for popping in. The sun is out, things to do. 
Toodle pip 

15 comments:

  1. Yep! i'm right with you. Must try all kinds of things. Some you'll be cracking at, some not. I'm a great believer in dusting yourself off and having another bash at stuff. But give yourself some time - don't just do things quickly and discard ideas etc - see how things go. Natalie

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  2. Really do love your resilient life philosophy, I think of it often- didn't work out, never mind let's try again. I sometimes find it hard to keep going but it gets easier with practice.

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  3. Good morning! Such a great attitude. Great way to start my day! Thank you

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  4. I love your philosophy. Yes, life's an experiment. And it's a banquet, as Auntie Mame said!

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  5. How about a row of hooks on the bark? Could be a key holder or for small hand towels etc.
    JanF

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  6. Brill idea with the bark. Have a look at this for prices and inspiration for nobbly bits of wood. I reckon with all your wood stash and skip sourcing expeditions you could make enough money to buy you and Rocky that camper van we all think you should have!!

    https://folksy.com/shops/seasandview123


    Linda xxx

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  7. I really love your attitude about experimenting. I'll have to think of something to try today.

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  8. Hi.Very good post today.LIfe is to be lived, and taking chances and trying new things enriches it immensely.Though older,even now, I never shy away from that.It's too darn short to waste by only existing.I look forward to see what you come up with re:the bark and it's use and the other paper fabric project.Playing around and being creative is so much fun.We are in a sweltering heat wave here and am forced to water the wilting plants outside.Jeepers!Could have used bath water for that if I didn't have a noodle in my strudel.Too late now,down the drain it went.Have a good one,D.

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  9. You're so inspiring Ilona, I love your 'bugger it, let's have another go' attitude, it's what we should all be doing. Life's too short to worry about things that don't work out as planned.

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  10. <<<<< is applauding your wordsxxx

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  11. You're right! If it's not working pull the plug and try and again. In the same gesture if it ain't broke don't fix it. People sometimes see fault were it doesn't exist. And sometimes when things look wrong - they are just different. Sometimes things are just changing in the way we didn't expect. Loved your post today! Debbie.

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  12. You are an inspiration! Thank-you. Cheers

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  13. That last bit was what I needed to hear , thanks for the pep talk.

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  14. I think that is a very wise philosophy. Attitudes in general seem to aim for some sort of perceived "perfect" these days and it's always such a drama if things don't work out - yours is far more conducive to an interesting and adventurous (and long!) life with its normal ups and downs as you've found out what works or not for yourself. Bravo!

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