Essentials of List Making

‘Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.’  Pat Conroy

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Part of playing around with this season’s prompts has been like learning to play with a new toy you didn’t know you wanted but then can’t put down. I discovered there is something about writing a list that helps create a state of mindfulness.

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Making a list seems to pare a thing, a thought, back to it’s essentials and there is something a little zen about that process.

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‘Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.’ is Pat Conroy’s well chosen quote on the Get Messy List prompts for week 3. Writing is a great tool for helping to get clarity. I also think that art, art journaling, music, craft and other creative pursuits, do the same very important, sanity saving job for people too.

That challenge of thinking of things in terms of a list, hasn’t come naturally but it has helped me manage the stress of a huge month full of change, of beginnings and endings. Got me thinking in a different way. I value that.

Ciao for now.





Make New Mistakes.

Do you know about ‘brainpickings’? It is a monthly journal, amazingly curated by writer Maria Popova. Very simply, each edition is packed full of wonderful pieces of writing that inspire, educate, elucidate and generally explore what it is to live a creative life.

This post in this edition of ‘brainpickings’ was what helped me nail my list this week.


Here is a little from author, Neil Gaiman’s “Make Good Art” Speech, that so inspired.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”   Neil Gaiman.

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I wanted to be able to remember those ideas and use them when I needed encouragement.

What was the best way for me to do that?  Turn his lovely words into a list!

I want to go…

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I have been doing Fox and Hazel’s 30 Days Water colour Challenge. So I guess it is no surprise that this weeks lists are all in water colour.

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Making a small water colour everyday really is a challenge. Doing it has made me feel like I am on a creative journey, it is showing me things about myself and it has pushed me to try  lots of technique related things. Social media has let me peek into the hearts and minds of others in the challenge. I love that!!

Ciao for now.


Season of Lists


‘There is nothing more wonderful than a list, instrument of wondrous hypotyposis.’

Umberto Eco.

Yes, I love a list, but I’ll admit it, I had to look up what hypotyposis means….Mr Google says ‘a vivid picturesque description of a thing or event’. Adding a dictionary definition just took me straight back to primary school homework!!  That done, it seemed pretty clear that Mr Eco loves a list too. Up to now, I have thought of list making as a tool for managing my days. Enjoyable, rewarding and when you get to put a line through those entries, super satisfying too. This art journal group is dipping it’s big toe into a whole new set of prompts and it won’t take long before we are jumping right in. The girls over at Get Messy have joined forces with Amy and Kam from 30 Days of Lists and the new Season, Messy Lists has now begun.

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The poem by Sarah L Harvey, pretty much sums up how I am going to approach the period of time I have ahead of me, it will be a time of great change and uncertainty. The simple words of the poem definitely work as a call to mindfulness and a reminder of lesson learned.

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My Mum recently handed me back a big bundle of beautiful vintage lace samples that I had left behind so long ago and had forgotten about completely. It was a going to be a perfect opportunity for collage and I was able to use two of them in the ‘List’ album pages, which felt pretty darn good.

As you can see, I tried out Tanya Lee’s accordion album idea. I really love the way the folds of the album  move, showing you first one page or two and then, the whole length of the album, definitely recommend giving it a go!