Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ten Things Thursday: Things I want to do!

Hello, everyone! Welcome to this week's bonus post: Ten Things Thursday.

If you read my blog post on patience, you'll know that there are lots and lots of things I want to do in life. The list seems to grow every day, with ten things added for every one I accomplish! But that's all right -- while it's sometimes frustrating that I can't do everything right this very second, I acknowledge that having a bunch of things to look forward to makes life interesting and fun for me.

With this in mind, I thought I'd share ten things I'd like to do at some point. Of course, paring down my list of things I'd like to do in general would be impossible, or at the very least, would make my eyes cross, so I thought I'd stick to ten things I'd like to do in my creative life. In no particular order, here they are:

1.) Make art quilts. I love fabric! I love embroidery and sewing by hand. I love multimedia. I Linklove collage. All of these are the ingredients for very colorful, very crazy quilts. Since Mr. Sequin's wonderful mother is a quilter, I'm thinking of asking her for some lessons this December. If we have time in between eating cookies. ;)

2.) Learn to make shoes. I'm not really a shoe person because I have these itty bitty feet, and the only shoes that fit me have pictures of Disney Princesses on them. But if I could learn to make my own, I could see this changing. I know someone who makes shoes, and I could probably pay, or barter for, lessons... but this one will have to go on the back burner. I wouldn't mind painting or beading on canvas shoes in the meantime.

3.) Learn cake decorating. I swear, it's not just because I'd get to eat all my practice cakes. *Looks guilty.* I like the idea of making something I won't have to find storage space for. Cakes get eaten -- in this house, quickly!

4.) Participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this November. I've done it before and loved it. However, I'm not allowed to begin a new project unless I've got a handle on the one I'm working on now. I'll have to work extra hard this October.

5.) Create my own journals on Cafe Press. I'd love to have my own customized writing journals. This one wouldn't be too hard. It's just a matter of deciding how much I want to do it and then making time. Coming up with designs. In the meantime, I could always customize the covers of plain journals with my collection of acrylic paints and sparkly stuff.

6.) Submit an article to a jewelry magazine. I've wanted to do this for years! I already have some ideas. Just like the journals, it's a matter of time management. I think this one's a slightly higher priority than journals, though, given the number of notebooks I currently own. ;)

7.) Hold a craft night. We've done this at our house before, but it's been awhile, and I think it's time for another one. Good friends, good food, good music, and crafty projects? Sounds like a perfect cold weather activity to me!

8.) Teach a class. I did some jewelry instruction when I lived in North Carolina, and it was such an amazing experience. Teaching people the things I know, including all the little tricks I've learned along the way. Seeing them get so excited when I show them something new. Getting to know amazing people. I honestly feel like it's missing from my life, so it should probably go to the tippity top of the priority list.

9.) Design textiles. Over the years, I've realized my paintings all look like fabric patterns. In fact, several people have made similar comments. I would love to design fabric and see it in fabric stores! If that ever happens, I could use it in my crazy art quilts. I'm just not sure how I'd go about the whole design-into-real-fabric process.

(Yes, I squealed over the episode of Project Runway where they got to design their own fabric. In fact, I think I made excited, high-pitched noises throughout the entire episode! Sorry, neighbors. Sorry, neighbors' dog!)

10.) Try wool felting. My lovely massage therapist mentioned this to me, and the idea has stuck in my head. I really like the idea of dyeing my own little wool pieces, too. And yes, these would also look fantastic on crazy art quilts.

So that's my list! I'll get around to some of these sooner than others. Teaching is a must, the sooner the better. Art quilts were mentioned three different times, so you can tell how excited I am. And the art party would be a perfect way for my friends and I to unwind and relax.

Now, what about you? What's on your list of things to do?

Thanks, and have a sequintastic day!


  1. You know, you are SO right! Your paintings DO look like fabric. So do that, and then let me buy your fabric because apparently I now have a quilting addiction. :)

  2. It's a deal! As soon as I find out how to do it. :)

    If I had a cool sewing machine like yours, I'd probably have a quilting addiction too. Remember to protect that thing from little old ladies! And from... the Corn Stalker.

  3. I love this idea! You've just given me a bloggy idea!

    Some time this winter when it's icky outside and we can drink hot chocolate and all, we should bring our crafts and like just do that one evening! That would be fun! I have my knitting and my embroidery (I design my own embroidery designs based loosely on artwork or photographs!)

  4. Aww, yay! :)

    A crafty evening would be awesome! I'd really like to see your embroidery -- it sounds amazing. And I could get Mr. Sequin to bake us something delicious.


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