Project 365: Day 54


One of the great things about Max being at nursery for the mornings, is being able to pop into my mum and dad’s while he’s there.

My interest in creativity has come back, after about ten years of it having gone. After finishing my standard grade Art, it just kind of went out of my life. Boys were more interesting. Uni started, then I got married and had kids.

Funny how the things that make me, well *me*, managed to just slip away and hover in the background.

So the best thing about Max being at nursery as far as I’m concerned, is definitely being able to get back to being me again.

Having time to go spend time with my mum, and have fun with paints and stamps and pretty papers.

To be able to re-discover the love I used to have for getting messy and making something from it.

Not to mention learning new ways to do things, trying out various different approaches to DOing and CREATing.

I’ve got a long way to go before I get back to my usual.

That’s the thing though, I have plenty of time.

I’m still young.

I still have lots to learn.

For now I’m taking it a step at a time.

Finding my own path I suppose.

Enjoying time to finally be ME.

What do you do that’s just for YOU? Do you do anything? Can you MAKE the time to do something just for you? What would you do if you had the time?

I’d love to know!

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  1. February 23, 2011 / 2:59 pm

    I love my photography. I seem to be thinking a lot about fabric art recently, or more specifically, the lack of fabric art! I have been reading a lot of blogs and been sent memes that have reminded me how years ago I spent a small fortune on fabrics and equipment because I really wanted to get into fabric art, it really captured my creative attention, but I have never really got into it. I think the reason for this is I spent so much money on fabrics that I am scared of screwing it all up and wasting so much beautiful fabric. It’s that old thing of fear holding me back, really need to knock it out of me!

  2. February 23, 2011 / 3:00 pm

    Either go back to beading jewelry or practicing calligraphy. The beading jewelry I was actually getting good at, the calligraphy I enjoyed doing (meaning I wasn’t very good at it:). One thing I have managed to do is practice my flute again. Once again, something I was good at, got distracted, and now I’m back, not as good but seeing potential.

    I LOVE your pages. Very very pretty.

  3. February 23, 2011 / 5:51 pm

    I’m never sure how much of what I do is purely for me. I’ve even carried on my blog far longer than I thought I would mainly because my in-laws used to phone me up if I hadn’t posted for a few days to check how we all were! But then, on another level, everything is for me – I gain something from everyone of the different things I do – being a mother, Rainbows, photography, blogging, working, cake decorating, knitting (badly and slowly!), reading, walking, etc etc. It all benefits me in some way whilst also being about other people.

    Roll on my trip to Scotland – that’s mine all mine!! (and I can’t bloody wait to see you both again).

  4. February 23, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    I’m hoping that this will happen for me at some point, but we have no room to get my stuff out. I used to love oils and pastels, haven’t done anything in 6+ years? Photography and cross-stitch is the nearest I get to it nowadays. Can’t wait to get to grips with some Prussian blue or burnt umber and smell the turpy rags.

  5. February 23, 2011 / 6:41 pm

    very purdyful! 😀 *huggs* xxx

    my crafts are what i do for me 🙂

  6. Nic
    February 23, 2011 / 7:45 pm

    For me it’s got to be running, reading and my waitressing job, all of which I adore!

  7. February 23, 2011 / 7:53 pm

    Blogging is something that is wholly mine. It satisfies my need for applause. If I could sing I would have been a rock star for sure. Or at least the lead singer in a blues band. But I cant sing.

  8. February 23, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    How lovely and special for you, it’s like a light has been re ignighted in you :0) I have to say my sewing machine is my time, I love to get carried away on there….though I still want to act and having studied for all those years do feel I have a passion inside me that is not quite fullfilled…One day, you are never too old to follow your dreams.

    Nearly there on the chest of drawers ;0)


  9. February 23, 2011 / 9:44 pm

    I’m like that a bit. Now I’ve done these pages, I really don’t know what to do with them! I’m just going to let ideas percolate for now. 🙂

  10. February 23, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    Ahhh music! I didn’t mention that! At the moment I’m waiting to get my piano re-tuned. I can’t wait!
    I’m trying to learn a bit of calligraphy. It’s so pretty, and I want to make my journal pages pretty! Maybe I can get some tips from you. 🙂

  11. February 23, 2011 / 9:46 pm

    I’m glad you get something out of everything you do. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it?
    Seven weeks on Friday!! Sqweee! 😀

  12. February 23, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    Ahhh that sounds blissful! I never dabbled in oils. I don’t think I will for a while. Not till the boys are much older and (hopefully) less prone to pushing things over and such! 😉

  13. February 23, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    Yay for crafts! 😀 x

  14. February 23, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    Ahh I wish I could do running. Problem is it jars my knee so much I can’t. Would help if I had someone who could watch the boys regularly mind… lol 😉

  15. February 23, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    Haha I could imagine you being lead singer in a punk rock band actually! 😛 x

  16. February 23, 2011 / 9:50 pm

    You know, it really feels like that – the re-igniting. I’m looking forward to see what you do! Will probably end up copying you the next time the boys are at their dad’s! 😉

  17. February 23, 2011 / 10:03 pm

    I make candles, big, small, glass, pillar, and always have lots ready for me to burn…. And soaps for the kids as they love the smells. I’d love to be more into photography, but that will have to wait until April…..

  18. February 24, 2011 / 3:58 am

    Hehe I’m not sure I could give you any, asides from investing in a good pen:) As I said, I’m not very good.

  19. February 24, 2011 / 10:35 am

    Ohh that sounds like lots of fun!
    Why does the photography have to wait till April? *intrigued*

  20. Scottishmum
    February 24, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    April is my birthday so excuse to spent a bit more and get a better camera. Xx

  21. February 24, 2011 / 6:00 pm

    LOVE these, Marylin! You need to design wallpaper, or gift wrap!
    As for myself, I don’t have anything much besides reading. However! I fully intend to take a class in stained glass here sometime soon and I am VERY excited about that!

  22. February 24, 2011 / 7:52 pm

    Oooh that sounds like fun! 😀

  23. February 27, 2011 / 4:40 pm

    Hello, I’m stopping over from Blog Gems!

    This post is great! I love your art and the fact that you are taking the time for YOU! I fear that I have pushed myself aside for so long I no longer know what I want to do that is just for ME!

  24. February 27, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    Well then you should find out what you want to do for you! Don’t keep putting it off, especially if it’s something that will lift your spirits! 😀

  25. February 27, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    I wish I was good at something like this! I am alarmingly good, and fierce, at colouring in books though. Does that count? I get a bit annoyed if one of the girls starts to draw on my page, I want it to look perfect. Writing is the only thing I truly do for *me* I think

  26. February 28, 2011 / 9:43 am

    I still love colouring in, but I’m never allowed to do it on Zack’s books as they’re “MINE Mummy, MINE!”. I just sploshed some watercolours on the paper and that appeared, then used a couple of my mum’s stamps. It’s not too difficult! The thing about paints is, it doesn’t need to be as “precise” as drawing. 😉

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