Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Just A Theory

I used to collect blank books. If I saw a really lovely blank book with creamy paper, deckled edges or a stunning cover - I got it. I got it because I thought, if I love that blank book enough, I'll write in it - write wonderful stuff about my life - it'll be the journal I'm not embarrassed about - the beauty of the book would inspire me to write the best words possible. So I'd get the book - take it home, crack open the first page and nothing would happen. Then another internal conversation would start; this book is too lovely for my poor, lumpy words. How can I ruin those lovely creamy pages with deckled edges? It's wrong. It can't happen. I'll just look at it. These days I write for living and have no time to be so precious but now I've started to do exactly the same thing with fabric! The squares are building up and in my mind - the possibilities are endless and each project is wonderful, but how can I cut such delightful colours? I suppose over time, it comes with confidence.

3 comments:

sarah said...

i'm glad i am not the only person who collects blank books...

lyn said...

I bought a lovely blank book recently, and I'm writing all the blogs and posts I love in them, just in case my computer has a meltdown.
I know what you mean about the fabric though, that's a different kettle of fish altogether.

Alex said...

I know exactly what you mean! Lovely fresh book pages and now lovely fabric! I always remember something from the film 'Home Alone 2'. Macauley Culkin tells the story of his rollerblades. He never used them because he didn't want to damage them but then came the day when he wanted to play with them, but he'd outgrown them so got no enjoyment out of them at all. I don't know if that's any help to you?!! (Did I really just tell a Home Alone anecdote!?) x

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  • The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath
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