Life Lately and an Everlasting Bouquet of Flowers
Well it’s been a busy month. October, I mean, not November. We’re only 5 days into November. Well, it’s been busy too, actually now that I think about it. . . Anyways, I am finding myself sitting in front of this computer screen, again, trying to write this blog post that has taken me far too long to write. And I have been reflecting on how the changing circumstances in my life have changed my presence here on the internet, and how I have been neglecting this little blog. (Being a responsible adult is cutting into my creative time. Seriously, why so many dishes?!?) So, just some point form thoughts, bits of updates on things, and some links to blog posts, or articles that I found interesting.
- These flowers were given to me as a housewarming gift from my sister at the end of September. I just threw the last of them out last week- I couldn’t believe that the cut flowers lasted 4 weeks!
- Part of my busyness in October was because I was preparing for an exhibit that I have up for the month of November, at a local library. It’s not really an “exhibit” as it doesn’t have a single theme or inspiration, as it is comprised of anything I had ready to show, which was a mixture of photography and watercolour. I have a few pictures of that display, here on my studio instagram. It was a bit difficult to take the photos, because of the poor lighting, but at least I got a few!
- I haven’t been very good at keeping up with my studio and shop lately, but I was able to set aside some time this weekend to plan and prep some things for that, and I’m going to (hopefully) be better at keeping up! I have some new pieces in the works, and if you’d like to stay updated on what I am doing art-wise, I would love it if you follow me over at my instagram @theartyologist_studio!
- This little quiz that Mariam of the Petite Bijou shared in her instagram story the other day is fun. It’s only three questions, but I took the quiz and was pleasantly surprised by the results. I have been trying to create a more defined and cohesive wardrobe, as I’ve talked about before, so finding out which colours look best on me, was rather helpful. I got: “Rich, earthy shades of red, orange, yellow, green, and brown, peach, coral, and red violet, warm grays (mushroom, taupe) and off-whites, periwinkle and teal”. Well, most of those just happen to be colours that I am drawn to anyways! Did you take the quiz? What colours did you get?
- This post by Bianca of The Closet Historian is a great one, about blogging and how she grew and then shrank her blog. This is something I have struggled with along the way too, with my own blog. Trying to stay true to what I want to share, but also trying to juggle what people want to read. And not getting too obsessed with the numbers. If you have a blog, do you struggle with “the numbers” too?
- I have been feeling a bit discombobulated lately, and I haven’t been doing many outfit photos lately or even any blogging. Since moving, I have had a hard time coordinating with my sister to do photos. That and it’s basically winter now, and so it gets dark so early. But, I am trying to get back in the swing of things, and post regularly again! I have some ideas for posts, so now I just have to do them.
- This article about smartphones was completely eye opening. If you have 10 minutes, read this article. Seriously, do it. While I would not consider myself to be as addicted to my smartphone, as they talk about in the article, I do notice myself sometimes getting a little too attached to it, and am taking steps to reduce my screen time. (Hard to do when your job and your hobbies all involve computers!) Anyways, it is a great article, so I would definitely recommend it! Do you struggle with smartphone addiction- what do you do to reduce your time spent on your phone?
- Fashion Revolution recently released a podcast about “Who Made My Clothes”. I actually have not found the time to listen to it yet, and I am planning to this week. If you’d also like to listen to it, you can find it here. UPDATE: I just listened to the podcast today, and it was a really great investigation into the garment industry. It kind of does a whole overview, then focusing on specific issues, and also gives some great examples of how we can enact change in the industry. I would definitely recommend listening to it! There are 3 episodes of about 25 minutes each.
- Is it seriously only 50 days left until Christmas?!?! Not that I’m trying to jump things, but I am getting ready to do a couple of Christmas craft shows this month and next, and the Christmas season is just rushing at me! It’s a lot of work involved, doing Christmas sales, but it’s a lot of fun too, as I do them with my sister.
So, that’s a bit of what I have been up to, and I think that’s all I have to share for now. I hope you have had a lovely and relaxing weekend, and that this next week is a good one for you too!
November 6, 2017 @ 12:51 am
Those flowers lasted so well! Lovely to have some indoor colour when the blooms outside are starting to disappear. Thanks for the roundup of links, a few for me to check out when I have time. X
November 6, 2017 @ 3:38 pm
I love to have some flowers inside when I look out and see snow! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the articles/blog posts!
November 6, 2017 @ 6:49 am
I found Bianca’s post really interesting too. I think it is really easy to let the numbers overtake how you feel about blogging and there was a time last year when it was getting to me. This year, I’ve felt more comfortable accepting things for what they are. I have a schedule I’m good at maintaining and I don’t put pressure on myself to increase it, even though I know it would get me more readers. I just make sure I’m e.g. conscientiously tagging all of the content that I do post so that the long-term SEO benefits are better and that kind of compromise with myself works well for me! At the end of the day, I’m not expecting my blog to ever pay me a wage, and once you’re at peace with that you suddenly start to question why you care so much in the first place!
November 6, 2017 @ 3:39 pm
You’re right- it’s all about what our expectations are, and what we are content with. Keep up the good work with your own blog and don’t stress over it!
November 6, 2017 @ 10:33 am
I hope all your new adjustments go smoothly, and that you find time for some fun outings during the upcoming holiday season between all of your art and craft fair engagements. Your flowers look beautiful—-you always take the most lovely photographs. I find these ones particularly poetic and filled with simplicity. I sympathize with you about taking photos in the winter—it gets dark so early! And it is so dim inside. But it is fun to read your blog and to share, so I hope you keep sharing despite the difficulties. In winter we need the extra cheer.
November 6, 2017 @ 3:40 pm
Thank-you so much! I have no plans to stop blogging- I just need to rearrange things in order to get back into it. 🙂 And, I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy reading it! ♥
November 6, 2017 @ 7:24 pm
Happy to hear from you. Those flowers are lovely.
November 6, 2017 @ 10:10 pm
Thanks Marilyn 🙂