Too many ideas, not enough time

It’s been a tough week at work. By the end of it, I wanted to get up and go home, in the middle of a Friday. I didn’t because, well, it wouldn’t have been professional, but also because I had lunch plans with a friend in the area.

At least, the week is now over and the weekend is here.

This weekend I have a few ideas I want to pursue (look at that, big words and everything!) and might take me longer or not. For example, I want to change my blog theme. I am a bit tired of the blog’s aesthetics, so I’m thinking of re-jiggling it a bit. Of course, my knowledge of WordPress is limited, and the amount of customisation I can do isn’t much either, but I’ve seen a couple of themes I like, one of them even free!

Now, don’t get all excited. You won’t see the change happening this weekend, probably not next week either, but keep an eye out!

Tomorrow I need to go on a mission. Most (all) of my denim are broken. Since they have some elastic material, they also are destroying my skin… Not good. So my mission is to scour the shops tomorrow and find two pairs of jeans. I hate shopping for denim because I don’t understand the types, the sizes, the fabrics… Usually I come back home empty handed and in a bad mood, so we will see how it goes.

I also want to buy a big white board, like foam or something like that. Whenever I take photos of crafts and projects indoors (so always), I end up struggling with the light. Having a white board would be useful as a reflector. I will have a look around.

Finally, the most important thing happening this weekend is that I’m meeting my friend Oummou to do a project. We have seen countless of dress forms DIYs online, and we have decided to try… which means we’re going to tape Oummou and use her as a guinea pig. As an incentive for all our hard work (me taping, her standing still, and possibly holding her breath), we will have yummy food afterwards. My plan is to take my camera and document the whole process. I am looking forward to it, and to see the results. I have never done anything like that, so it can go either way. Whatever happens though, it’s going to be a super fun day!

I was talking to Brian today, and he had the most amazing idea ever! I think I’ve mentioned before I have my heart set on making a leather case for my Mac Book Air. Well, I don’t want to buy the supplies yet because my sewing skills aren’t great and I don’t want to waste money on a project that might be a disaster (since leather is a bit expensive). He suggested that I keep my eyes peeled for discarded leather sofas! How haven’t I thought of that before? As we spoke about that, and other items that could be recycled, my mind was going wild with the possibilities. Imagine how happy I was when, as I came back home, I spotted a sofa by the bins… Go figure! Unfortunately, it was a white fabric one instead, and the fabric wasn’t that great either, but hey, I’d say that’s a good sign.

Last project… I had a great conversation at lunchtime, when my friend and I chatted a bit about carving wood, which has made me want to start again. I haven’t done much work, only small stuff on clothespins, to practise, but now I want to get into it. I am looking to buy some nice blocks so that I can put my SAK to work. Maybe I will use my Amazon voucher for that? It’s either that, or buying a lot of sewing stuff (threads, extra needles, etc) so I’m a bit undecided still.

As you can see, many things on the horizon. Now, I’m going to make myself some dinner and start organising myself so I can get a good start on these projects, as well as work on the long list of projects I already have. See? This is why I don’t really have time for a full time job!

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It’s a big world out there

It’s a big world out there, and we only get to see a tiny bit of it. There are so many stories waiting to be told, so many secrets waiting to be discovered…

As I commute everyday on the train, I look out the window and I marvel. My journey is only about half an hour, but there are so many people whose paths I cross, so many buildings and parks on my way. I wonder what their stories are. I wonder what the buildings hide inside their walls.

Every morning, I look at the sky and I feel like I’m travelling far away. If I close my eyes, I can imagine I’m going on an adventure, maybe to an exotic place. You see, the sky is the same everywhere you go, with more or less pollution, but still the same. I wonder at the clouds, and how they’re formed. I know how clouds are made, but I wonder how it happens. How is it even possible? I probably smile without noticing.

On my way to work, I can see a junk yard from the train. I cannot really see where it is, or how to get there, but the old race car on the roof of the warehouse, and the dilapidated bathtub, sometimes full of mannequin legs, pretty much scream at me for my attention, and I’m always looking forward to it. I wonder what stories all the items in there have to tell, and it excites me, in part because it scares me.

There is also a climbing wall, which belongs to a youth support charity. I know, I’ve searched it online. The first time I saw it, I was amazed at how random it was to have a climbing wall on the side of a building, and how cool it would be to live there. Then, I found out I couldn’t use it, since I’m not young any more, nor troubled.

I also discovered that the roof of Borough Market main building is decorated with pineapples. They’re metallic, with green leaves on top. That also makes me smile every time.

There’s a small street completely covered by umbrellas that have lost most of their vibrant colours. Every time I see them, I can’t help but wonder if water falls down in between the umbrellas, or if the water is dirty. I guess it’s a pretty sight under the sunlight, but quite sad when it rains, as if the umbrellas were crying.

Almost by London Bridge, there are many work spaces – studios and workshops you can rent. The buildings look amazing, with dark brick and big windows, but there’s one that always catches my attention. You can only see a bit through the couple of windows facing the rail tracks, but it’s more than enough to spark my imagination. The room that shows looks like the storage for a costume shop, or maybe for a theatre troupe. It looks messy, but full of stories as well.

All these things, I’ve discovered in only 30 minutes of a train journey, but there is so much more in so many places… After all, it’s a big world out there.

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