Thursday, May 1, 2008

Sleepless in Maumelle

Okay, I cannot quit thinking about this Heifer thing. I accomplished absolutely nothing last night because my brain was on overdrive, and my body had to just sit there and fidgit.

I had an idea to use ethnic textiles, but I'm having trouble locating them on line. So if you know of a good source (I need Asian, African, and Latin American), please give me a heads-up. If I must, I can use handmade papers from those regions, but textiles would make me so happy.

I found a design on Nichole Heady's blog, Capture the Moment, that I think could work with some adjustments and adaptations. (Okay, I'm planning to steal it shamelessly.) And I stopped by Annie's last night to see her latest experiment--which is totally fabulous, of course, and involves watercolor, heat embossing, and machine stitching--and picked up some more ideas. That girl is an idea fountain. In about five seconds she sketched out two design suggestions that totally rock. So I'm stealing them, too.

I could not go to sleep last night for going over the construction details in my head. If I stitch across here, how will I cover the ends of the thread? If I use a longer background piece, how will I disguise the adhesive? Should I deckle the edges, or will that increase the production time too much? Ditto for inking a shadow. My brain would not shut up. (Can you tell I'm excited?) I ended up taking some Nyquil at midnight in hopes of getting a few hours' sleep. I'm exhausted today, but I can't wait for my lunch hour so I can get over to Art Outfitters and see what kind of imported papers they have in stock.

This is not even close to what I expected my life and interests to be like in my mid-fifties. But I like it.


Janna said...

I hope you were taking notes! Occasionally I have insomnia thinking about this project or that project, and I have discovered that, for me, some of the ideas that were so grand in the middle of the night are difficult to recapture in the light of the day. So I keep a notebook and a pencil in my nightstand. If I get a brilliant idea in the middle of the night, I sketch it out in as much detail as possible so I won't forget it later! Good luck on your project! Keep us posted...

casserole said...

Denise, as always I had such a creative adrenaline rush while you were over and for several hours after... Just get you some paper and start playing. Whatever you come up with will be FABULOUS. It always is.

ScrapbookDBA said...

Denise -
You are welcome to check out any of my supplies for your project! How exciting ... we are waiting with bated breath to see what you create!

Julie Anne of Diamondmeenuh Creations said...

Textiles=Fabric? (be patient, ponytail is snug and I taught myself my craft and am very slowly learning the real words for things and apparently doo-hick-a-mah-bobber isn't one of them). If I got that right (textiles=fabric) www.bearpawquilting has all sorts of ethnic prints. Their search works a bit like Etsy's, but enough patience and you find all sorts of affordable treasures with them. Hope that helps.