Weekending.








Oh, Autumn.

I apologize if you guys are getting sick of these photos. It’s such a fleeting season that I never really get tired of them. I feel like you really can take too many pictures of flowers, but turning leaves? It’d take a swallowing sea of them for me to grow weary of their beauty.

How was your weekend?

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Moving.

Just a quick note that I’ve moved my blog from lieslmade.wordpress.com to lieslmade.com.

For those of you reading this post in a reader (like Google Reader or Bloglovin’), you may need to change the feed URL. This is the new feed: lieslmade.com/feed/

Hope to see you over there. :)

Gratitude Sunday







Another week, another list of gratitudes.
Join in Gratitude Sunday with Taryn and others over at Wooly Moss Roots.

Sitting around a fire with my family. (And the dog and the cat. And hot cocoa and apple pie!)
Pizza lunch date with my Mom.
Fitting in an evening walk most nights.
Finding some of last year’s pumpkin in the freezer and baking with it.
That my loved ones feel they can lean on me. And do.
The bottle of blue dye I found in the basement.
Which led me to completing a long put off project.
For all the human body can endure.
Good friends joining us for dinner.
That amazing autumn light.

What are YOU grateful for this week?

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Garden 2012

Just a few highlights from the 2012 Garden.

Some Lessons Learned and Goals for Next Year:
Don’t bother with pots, plant celery right in the garden soil.
Make a cucumber trellis (and plant lettuce underneath.)
Keep better records!
And label seeds when planting.
Shut up any holes that may be in the fence to avoid critters getting in!
Use cups, pieces of wood, etc to keep melons off the damp ground. Maybe even tie up a sling?
Try growing garlic and onions for the first time.
(Maybe Brussels sprouts, eggplant too?)
Try to make rhubarb syrup next year.
Netting over the blueberries will not deter birds or squirrels.
Don’t plant the pole beans so close together.

What have you learned this summer from your garden? Are you planning anything different for next year?

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Weekly Finds


I really only have one find for you this week:

Babel.

You can preview the whole thing free on Grooveshark: here.

PS: Thank you all for your comments on Wednesday’s post about Resistance. It was great to read your comments. Many of them reminded me of this quote by Andy Warhol: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

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One Day Our Bodies Will Burst Into Beauty





I mentioned in Tuesday’s post that I’m a typical girl and that I love shoes. Unfortunately, I have large feet so finding them (especially second-hand) isn’t too easy. I tend to scour eBay and once in a while, the perfect pair at the perfect price shows up. These were exactly my size (12N), unique, brand new and about $5. I pounced.

Details:
8.29.12
Running errands
Tops, Jeggings: Gap
Shoes: eBay
Satchel: eBay

Title Inspiration: Lindsay Fuller, “Sound of Regret

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In Mon Petit Atelier


About a week ago, I cleaned my studio. I didn’t actually sew anything then, but I sorted and straightened. I took stock. Since then I’ve been fighting Resistance. Steven Pressfield talks about this foe in his book War of Art. Basically it’s that thing that keeps you from doing what you need to be doing as an artist. You resist making art due to things like fear or doubt. It’s when you actually opt to clean the bathroom to avoid sewing (or writing or painting or whatever.) This past week, I was getting a lot of other things crossed off my to-do list, but not any sewing.

Then, over the weekend, after I took the above photo, I set my laptop up down here in my studio, sandwiched right there in between my serger and sewing machine. I hoped just being in here more would inspire me. (I’m not sure if it’ll stay here though. It wasn’t my original intention to have a computer in here. We didn’t have wi-fi when I remodeled this room and I dreamed of having a place just to create, forced away from all other distractions. That’s my main worry—that it’ll be a distraction, that I’ll chose pinning over pinning, so to speak. Yet, I have a notion to turn this into more than a studio, morph it into a multipurpose haven. I’d love a comfy chair in the corner. And place to sketch and paint again. And yes, perhaps a little place for my laptop. It’s such a small space though, so I’ll just have to wait and see.)

Anyway, finally on Wednesday, I did it. You could hear the hum of the sewing machine, smell the heat of the iron. I sewed something! (Once I hem it, I’ll share photos.) I don’t mean to be cliché here, but it really is like riding a bike—a little awkward at first but soon you find your balance and are cruising along.

Part of why Resistance is so strong right now is the sheer volume of projects and ideas I have on my work table and in my head. It’s overwhelming. I don’t know where to begin. I’ve narrowed it down to a few projects that are almost near completion. I’m hoping finishing projects will be reward enough to fuel this spark and keep me burning.

Do you deal with a lot of “Resistance” in your life? How do you fight it?

And where do you create? Does the space serve more than one purpose? Out of choice or necessity?

Most nights when I go to sit down in front of the computer to type up a post, my brain goes to mush. The busy day catches up with me and my body just wants the comfy chair in the family room and my mind wants silly TV. With that said, I’m sorry for letting your comments linger in my inbox. I also have a ton of unread posts in my reader. Just like with my projects, it’s overwhelming so I avoid it altogether. I’m hoping for a little downtime to get caught up. Do know that I appreciate you visiting and commenting.

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