The first five people to purchase one, get a free crochet flower pack! Make sure you purchase the right one, it has free crochet pack in capitals in the item title!
These are just a sample from a little etsy update I have on the cards for later this month. I though I would make the zine extra happy with some freebies. Everybody loves freebies, right?
I'll leave you with this editions playlist. You can download it here. Happy Easter all!
1. Straight to Hell - The Clash
2. Instrumental I - Noah and the Whale
3. Love of an Orchestra - Noash and the Whale
4. Whole Lotta Losin' - Monsters of Folk
5. Coffee and Cigarettes - Augustana
6. Muscle 'n' Flo - Menomena
7. Cartwheels - Reindeer Section
8. Communion Cups and Someones Coat - Iron and Wine (Not on the download)
9. If Not Now, Whenever - Lost and Safe
10. DLz - TV on the Radio
11. Sleep, Eat Food, Have Vision - Four Tet
12. Professional Daydreamer - Over the Rhine
13. Sister - Mumford and Sons
14. Fine for Now - Grizzly Bear
15. The Walls are Coming Down - Fanfarlo
16. Janglin - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Barefoot Wondering has been delayed by a day, due to my printer not having ink! What's that about? ANYway. It will be sorted tomorrow, so it just means the zines will be up in the shop Good Friday instead of April Fools.
And whilst we're here. When has Easter EVER been so close to April Fools? Really. I mean, the beginning of April? I don't get it.
art = life
life = art?
I am realising that I seem to fall one month behind my set targets.
I had thought that Barefoot Wondering issue 2 would be out for March. Turns out it's not.
It is nearly there though, and the release date is set for April first.
This is a page from issue two. The title this time round is, The Housewife; Oh Dear. And it is all about my never ending unemployment, how that is frustrating on a human level, but how that has affected me more so as a woman and wife.
The pages are there, I am currently putting them in order, re-arranging, deleting, typing. All that normal stuff.
Saturday afternoon Sarah said to me, "have you see gaga's new video?"
"No!" I replied, as I searched Youtube and found the thing, then at over 6 million hits in two days alone.
As I sat back and watched this 9 and a half minute mini-film there was just one over-riding thought running through my head?
Am I just not clever enough?
I have since watched this video/short film 5+ times, and still my question remains. Am I just not clever enough? Here is where I unpack why in fact I don't think it has anything to do with intelligence, and everything to do with confusion.
And BTW. Anybody who didn't recieve the pdf when the class ran live last year, and you want the pdf, please just let me know. I've only heard from one so far, so I assume that means everyone else got it :)
I sold my very last zine last week! Which is quite perfect as I am planning on having #2 out early next month. I might print a few more of the first one, I haven't decided yet. I think I'll have to do another fave zines list soon.
I reblogged this quote yesterday, and it was just the thing I needed to read.
I have notebook upon notebook full of ideas I need to make. Art journal pages that want to be created. Sewing projects just begging to be given a chance. But instead, I read books. I check emails. I look for jobs that don't exist. I play on tumblr. I check emails. I read books. I walk the dog. I tidy. I check emails.
I waste my time.
I am so fed up with myself wasting my time, that I waste my time some more.
Add in this time wastage with my general roller coaster of energy levels, and you get on average, one thing made per month. One blog entry a week. A handful of photos. And no where near enough writing.
For about three months I have been planning this:
I've been trying to figure out what a contemporary youth retreat would look like, what we as leaders would 'look' like, what the ultimate message we want to give out would be.
It has a lot to do with Story.
With self expression.
With what our self expression says about our Story.
And with what our Story says about us.
I want my Story to be about creativity. About sincere expression and genuine creations made by my hands.
I want all the things I do, and say, and make, and paint, to be a reflection of the Hope and Grace I believe in.
This year has already started out as a kind of cleaning process. I have made active decisions to choose certain things, and make certain changes. So this is just another step in that process.
If I am going to be able to introduce these young people this summer, to a life filled with honesty and respect and care.
I am going to have to get off the effing internet!
This is an entry that has been typed in advance. You will all read it on Friday the 22nd of January. As it stands at the moment, I am still going to attempt to blog Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But they will mostly be pre-written entries.
I am cutting the internet this month, limiting myself to an email check in the morning, and an email check in the evening.
I think this will enable me to create stuff, and write about stuff, and think about stuff, that will eventually end up in blog entries, and flickr images, a zine editions.
But mostly. It will force me to stop wasting so.much.time.
Do something compelling, guys. At least make some changes that will encourage you to do something compelling. Life is just too short and big to be wasted.
1. Delete and move on.
2. Make one crochet blanket.
3. Hope that Nizlopi return and see them live.
4. Pass driving test.
5. Go to the electric cinema with Frost.
6. Draw once a week.
7. Go blonde.
9. Visit the design museum, London.
10.Write one short story.
11. Go to New York with Frost.
12. Get tattooed. Maybe.
13. Let hair grow.
14. Have a photoshoot with kimmie.
15. Say douchebag more.
16. Read life of pi.
17. Visit Fike.
18. Update etsy x3.
19. Eat at least one piece of fruit a day.
21. Shoot in manual only.
22. Decorate the bedroom.
23. Collab more.
24. Attend roof top party in New York with Sarah.
25. Read more than 41 books.
26. Get through first term PGCE without crying.
27. Go rollerskating.
28. Watch an American football game.
29. See the wildflowers in Texas.
30. Get real photobooth photos.
31. Document, document, document.
32. Try pilates.
33. Make out more.
34. Drink as many iced tea lemonades as humanely possible.
35. Paint more.
36. Get Kim to take my photo.
37. Go camping.
38. Find a good pair of black jeans.
39. Don't Try not to pontificate.
40. Release at least 2 new classes.
41. Write more letters.
42. Learn to knit.
43. Have nice pictures taken with Dan.
44. Go strawberry picking.
45. Do what you can.
47. Buy cowboy boots from Texas!
48. Produce 4 zine editions.
49. Eat lunch on the steps of the Met.
50. Get enough sleep.
51. Watch every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
52. Do not go on the internet 2 days a week.
i've been doing lots of training with barnardo's lately. it's been exhausting, overwhelming, boring, interesting, amusing, frustrating.
i've been listening to a lot of imogen heap, and i've been avoiding watching into the wild (for around 6 months). i know it is going to be one of those films. those films that both challenge and make you feel completely mediocre.
i've been reading a lot of don miller, and trying not to be too cynical and sarcastic about his life filled with bike rides across america and meetings with families who jump in rivers to say goodbye.
i feel lots of random journaling about being your actions, and what the decisions you make in your life say about you, the story you want to cultivate for yourself, coming on.
thoughts about documentation, and story, and the necessity of silence.
but here is my bloom wearing her autumn scarf. she's my favorite.