I like to sketch ideas for designs when I’m waiting for a meeting to start, in a Dr. office, or riding in a car. These doodles happen mostly on odd bits of paper or in a small notebook I carry in my purse and end up as scraps laying around on my work table. Not very user-friendly. My new goal is to keep these ideas in one place. So I bought a small artist’s sketch book. The wrinkly cover is Mod-Podged scrapbooking paper, which I love to buy. I don’t scrap book, but LOVE the papers. The plan is to either transfer the best of what I already have down on these paper bits by redrawing or just plain taping them into this new book. Also would like to record useful information about wire gauges, measurements, and bead names, etc…on particular finished pieces of jewelry. There are times this would have been really, really handy…instead of starting from scratch. I’ve actually used some my doodles as a template, laying down wire on top of the drawing and manipulating it with fingers and tools. Printing some photos of finished work with construction info added would also be a possibility. The cover’s text is a reminder to me of some recent lessons in eucharisteo…wisdom gleaned from wonderful writer, Ann Voskamp and her book, One Thousand Gifts. There’s much more to her ideas than this…but basically, real joy is a product of learning the holy habit of living a thankful life for the gifts of God. The work of a lifetime.
These are just a few of the piles of paper strewn about.