My sister and sister-in-law actually came up with this project.
I’m from a pretty big family, we have a lot of fun together and they are some of my favorite people in the world. Unfortunately, now that we’re all grown up we’re spread out across the Western U.S., and don’t get to see each other too often. So we’ll be doing this project partly just to keep in touch, but also, I think it will be a good bonding kind of thing. All the women in my family (sister, 3 sisters-in-law, mother) will each read a book, making notes in the margins, highlighting favorite quotes or sections, maybe including a short review or thoughts about the book as a whole. Then we’ll mail them on, round-robin style, so we can each see what the others thought. I guess you could say it’s a long distance book club, but I think it will be much more personal than that. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and very rewarding.
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Draw (or even create!) an action figure/doll modeled after yourself. Plan out a wardrobe, accessories, capabilities, etc. If it could talk, what would it say? “Talking [your name] says up to 10 phrases!”
Agree to this with your partner ahead of time: The next time you are having a seriously non-serious, escalating argument with your significant other over one of those things that is so ridiculous that to try and explain it later makes you red in the face with embarrassment, go over to the stereo, put in the song “I Need A Lover (that won’t drive me crazy)” by John Cougar Mellencamp, turn it up to 11, and dance — shake your head, throw your arms up, kick out your legs, move all around the room, hop up and down on the couch, knock some shit over, point fingers, shout it out at the top of your lungs, stare each other down and dance, dance, dance… with each other.
I’m a scrapbooker (or life artist, if you are into Ali Edwards). At the end of February I wanted to do something to jumpstart my creativity. Since my blog title is "make art every day," I decided to do at least one layout every day for the month of March and post it at twopeasinabucket.com. I also post a daily thread on The Pub message board there and others who are participating link their layouts. Some days it is tough to make the time, but I can honestly say I’ve done my best work in the last month. Somewhere around day 10, my style just came together and everything started clicking. The number of comments I get now is amazing — I love having the feedback. But mostly I love all this new art in my life.
I still have another week to go, and I will keep going. I think there are two options when facing a creative rut: walk away or turn around and run back into it. This time I chose to run.
make art every day