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9.11.2012

5 MINUTES



I was a wannabe artist for a long time.




One day I made a little pact with myself




to get into my playroom for at least 5 minutes every day



and do something besides wish I could make art.


Without fail,


those 5 minutes



turn into 35...87...231...876...1093...3469...



and before I know it



I'm delighted with time well spent.



Try it.



You'll like it.



Create your life,


annie!




27 comments:

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    1. Thanks Connie! You wouldn't believe what I've accomplished since I began this!

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    2. Thanks for the reminder pep talk, I have been finding excuses not to spend those 5 minutes. xox

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  2. So true! Gee, you are really good with Pacts! I'm still grinning over your anniversary/ love story/ Pact!! Your textures in fabric are...yummy. It's good to do what we love to do. I believe that is why we were created....to be ourselves. I love to journal...and to teach. Peace, kath

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    1. LOL! Thanks Kath! I guess I did talk about 2 pacts in a row…although it didn't occur to me until now. :) I agree…it IS good to do what we love. Your work shows that you love it!

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  3. ooooo, more book page progress (for us) :-) Very cool! That's how I get my play time...here and there and whenever I can. So, when did you stop being a wannabe and decide you were an artist?

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    1. It was about the time my granddaughter was born in 2k7 that I began my 5 minutes a day thing. Shortly thereafter, when other people began to respond with ohhhhs and ahhhhhs and asking me to teach….I started seeing myself as an artist. That was a VERY difficult transition for me…because I grew up believing that I wasn't an artist…even though I believed with everything that I wanted to be. It took a couple years of saying it to myself…and out loud before I was comfy with it and now…I AM an artist. Thanks so much for asking Annie. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments…always.

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  4. You are a very wise chick! You rock!

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    1. Thanks Robin. I'm a chick, getting wiser by the day and I'm ALWAYS in a rocking chair…unless I'm at my machine…so…Cool!

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  5. It's all about keeping an artistic practice, no matter how small it is. Ideas grow from doing and doing comes from doing.
    And I really wanna touch your fabric book!

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    1. Thank you Caatje! When I sold Real Estate in Virginia and Florida, my motto was 'Do the next thing'. Just taking the simplest steps in doing that…made me successful beyond anything I'd imagined! That is, until I got tired of it! (And that didn't take long in FL).

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  6. I stumbled into your blog via searching binding books in flickr. Found your inspiring and artistic blog. Couldn't stop following you.
    Terrie from Hong Kong

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much Terrie! As you probably found out…I don't bind in the traditional ways…but I'm working myself up to giving it a try!
      I know there are many YouTube tutorials. I'm going right now to see if you blog.

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  7. Annie! so rich. Love the colors, texture, embellishments. Good for you for taking the time to get there. After raising kids and working almost 20 years I"m doing the same and loving it. I must admit to being somewhat distracted in the children's ministry, but I love that too. Like you passing on your talent to that grand daughter of yours. It will outlive us.

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    1. Thanks Coleen. It didn't seem like I was taking the time. I was quite impatient. Having granddaughters makes a lot of difference in the time I now have to create…but making art with them (yes…the little one is already introduced to the play room) is priceless.

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  8. Likewise, I sit down to sketch or paint and end up there for AGES...lovely. Awesome views you have there annie! - I love seeing them (:

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    1. Thanks Ann! I can certainly see where you get lost in your beautiful paintings. They look like they take a long time…even those that you say are done in a few minutes!

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  9. Great advice! my youngest is off to uni this week so hopefully a bit more time for me!!

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    1. Thanks so much Gill! I hope you will TAKE the time for yourself!

      My youngest is about to be deployed to Afghanistan. Twice in Iraq and now this. All in 5 years.

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  10. Have long been an advocate of micromovements - I also like how if you say you'll only do 5 minutes you often trick yourself into lots more :)

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    1. Thanks Lynette. I honestly think that I'm 'preaching to the choir.' Most…or all of the people whose blogs I read, crank out a serious volume of work…so I'm quite sure…like you…they're practicing the same…as you say, micro movements.

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  11. Such a beautiful and inspiring post, love your entusiams and perspective towards art.

    Big big big fan of your art and love the photography.

    had to become a follower.

    Thanks for leaving by

    Hadiyah

    www.anartisticheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Hadiyah! I'm so happy you stopped by. Thanks for the lovely compliment and for following. I'm looking forward to seeing what you post next!

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  12. Annie I love this post! What good advice to spend those 5 minutes!!

    Your quilting is looking lovely as ever.

    -Annie

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