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Spring 2018 Chalkboard and Fitbit Anniversary

Spring 2018 Chalkboard Calendar

It is not out of the ordinary that I don’t get around to sharing my previous season’s chalkboard until fairly late, BUT usually I have taken the picture and already moved on to the next board by the time I post it. This time around, I still haven’t even erased the spring board, and I feel super guilty about it. I’m gonna have to use my phone (going through pictures I’ve taken) to try and remember all the things that have happened so far this summer.

One thing that I will have to share on the Summer chalkboard is that I just had my 5 year Fitbit Anniversary. On the evening of my anniversary I had 19, 976, 371 steps. That averages to 10,945 steps per day, and almost 4 million steps a year.
Fitbit anniversary

I posted to my blog on previous anniversaries, like here, and I have been averaging almost 4 million steps per year.

I am so glad I found fitbit and I love my One. As I’ve said over and over and over again, I always wanted to be able to track 10K steps per day. Since the late 90s I would get a pedometer here or there, always the old school click, click, click type, and they were bad. I would think they worked, but then I’d get home and realize that I had only walked 2K steps the whole day. I was certain that the 10K steps per day idea was only for people who are runners, not the average person, like it’s aimed at. Then Fitbit comes into my life, and lo and behold it tracks actual steps AND while getting 10K steps a day isn’t always easy, it is totally feasible. I don’t know how or why I’ve been able to stick with it for 5 years, but I am so grateful for this tool.

That being said, I’m about to get negative with Fitbit because they discontinued my device last year without any announcement, and I’m devastated.

Hello, fitbit

I’m not exactly sure why the bracelet type pedometers have really taken off, but they have, and so companies are ready to take in as much money off of the trend as possible. My device, the One, was a clip on, that I wear discretely clipped to the center of my bra. Some people just wear it on a waistband or hold it in their pocket. I just don’t like the idea of having to wear a bracelet all the time and even though reviews show the bracelets to be very accurate against the One. I just don’t understand how my arm movements won’t get tracked as steps. My mom says her steps ARE NOT tracked on a bracelet if she is walking with a shopping cart at the grocery store, so I’m guessing there are plenty of other circumstances that are similar.  The One is rechargeable and holds that charge for about 10 days. It can be used to track sleep, and counts flights of stairs.

Meanwhile, the clip type fitbit that they kept on the market, the Zip, is half the price of the One. Let me just tell you from experience, DO NOT BUY THE Fitbit ZIP! It only takes batteries, so you have to replace them regularly. It doesn’t automatically sync to your devices either. We bought one for our mom and it was the worst. I think it died and had to be replaced 2 or 3 times before we just decided to upgrade her to the Flex. The zip does not count flights of stairs, and neither does the Flex, so the One was really a great product. People have complained many times online about their discontinuing the One, but they just shut down the threads and refuse to respond other than to say that they have made up their mind. That being said, when I looked up the link for the One, it redirected me to the zip automatically, BUT it looks like they are still selling the One in Europe. I wonder if it was more popular there? I keep hoping that maybe if this bracelet fad kinda dies down a bit they will realize they need to have at least one quality clip pedometer to their brand and the Zip is NOT it. Fitbit has SEVEN different bracelet trackers and only the one clip. What a bummer.

Rant over.

My Work is Featured in Two Publications This Summer

This year, I was approached to submit my work, and then commissioned to write articles, for the Stampington / Someset magazine Art Quilting Studio. My work was then referred to Jewelry Affaire Magazine (also by the same publishers) for a second article in a separate issue. Both issues are still available in stores this month, if you are interested in picking one up, or you can order past issues on their website.

Art Quilting Studio summer 2018

The article is about my quilted journal covers, in the midori traveler’s notebook style. I have a few available for sale in my etsy shop. Keep an eye on the shop if you are interested, as I am always making more and adding them slowly.

Art Quilting Studio summer 2018
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It was a huge thrill to see the magazine in a store. I wasn’t expecting it, but had to take a little photo sesh selfie-ing myself with the magazine.

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The next magazine that came out was Jewelry Affaire and featured my quilted fabric rings.

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Winter Chalkboard 2017-2018

Chalkboard winter 2017- 2018

This is loooong overdue. I was actually really bad about writing down things on the board over the winter, so the list is short. No worries, I’m making up for it on the spring board, which still has a month to go until Summer begins but is nearly full. Highlights for this winter board include knitting my first sock, getting into 2 magazines, and finishing another Pattern January.

In January, while daily pattern making, I got into a REALLY horrible sleep pattern. By the end of the month I had gotten into this bad place where I was sleeping in shifts… a few hours (3-4) of sleep at night and a couple hours of napping after work. For someone who knows I need 8-9 hours of sleep, getting 6 hours is not enough, let alone broken up like it was. I’m a creative night owl, so while I was super happy to be productive and creative, I was also sleep deprived and feeling lousy, and I knew it wasn’t healthy. In February I set a goal for myself to focus on getting on a proper sleep schedule. It probably took me a complete month to get back on track. I had to be at work at 6 am, and it was really starting to break me. When I feel I can’t get into a creative groove until after 10 p.m., why bother? The motto of February and March felt like “I can be creative, OR I can be well rested, but the twain shall never meet.” So it was very hard to go from being so productive and creative, to feeling like the soul nourishing part of me was dashed away. Fortunately, my hours were shifted slightly and now I go in at 7 am. Oh, the difference an hour makes!

It’s also kind of funny that since I got my sleep squared away, I have noticed that my creativity has been taking the form of exploration. Where a year ago, I would have said “no, I can’t try that new thing, I need to focus strictly on pattern making/stationery design/collage and mixed media art, now I have found myself knitting, sewing, and trying all sorts of different projects. I feel like I am replenishing the well. I also see myself using some of these new techniques to bring back to my main focuses and hopefully strengthen my work overall.

Previous Chalkboard Calendar posts right here!

POCKET LETTERS!

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I have been wanting to make a pocket letter (using trading card sleeve pages as a unique way to snail mail) for YEARS.

Side note: It wasn’t until googling it for this post that I learned Pocket Letters is apparently trademarked by Janette Lane, and Janette’s website is a great source to start out at.

You can find bajillions of inspirational posts and videos online, and tips and tricks for how to create, send and store your pocket letters.

In general, pocket lettering appeals to the crafty, scrapbooker, and snail mail loving types. You can find templates that spell out precisely what to put in each specific pocket, but as a MAIL ART enthusiast myself, I just love the basic idea as groundwork to then take and be as creative as possible. One dilemma I face while making a pocket letter is that I want most of the pockets to be filled with items that the recipient can take out and use regularly and love, BUT I’ve seen a lot of posts where people store the pocket letters they’ve received in 3 ring binders, to flip through and enjoy later. If you take the elements out of the pocket letter, that leaves empty pockets that aren’t so pretty to look at later. I see a lot of the scrapbookers will even fuse and seal pockets shut so that they are not even meant to ever be opened, but just admired from the outside. Meanwhile, I’ll insert a garland that I hope the recipient takes out and hangs up in their home and brings them joy whenever they see it, rather than sit inside a binder. But, that would leave an empty pocket, if your recipient wants to save your letter. I love that idea of collecting pocket letters, but how do I find a middle ground? I still haven’t gotten there yet.

When I first found out about pocket letters a few years back, I set about creating one for my friend Anna (Alphabet Pizza). I filled a few pockets, and then fell down the overwhelming inspirational rabbit hole and quickly got overwhelmed. The partially started pocket letter floated around my studio for years before I agreed to do a valentine swap with Anna this year. I set my sights on finishing up this Valentine themed pocket letter for her AND I DID IT!

Pocket Letter to Anna

Once I got going, I had SO MUCH FUN and I completely spaced out on taking any pictures before rushing to drop it in the mail. Fortunately, Anna took some pictures and then posted them online so I stole those. It’s safe to say, I’m officially addicted to Pocket Lettering!

I like sending my mailart naked, meaning no envelope. My hope is that it can brighten the day of that many more people along the way, you can read more about that here.

Pocket Letter to Anna

I tried to make it fun, happy and pretty from both sides. Instead of sharing what was in each pocket, I’m going to make a master list below this post that includes a ton of ideas for things to include in pocket letters for future reference.

Pocket Letter to Anna

I will however share my favorite thing, which was one of the very last items I made – a “coloring book” style card. It says You Do You, which is an inside reference for Anna. I colored one in myself and included a couple others that were blank for her to use and/or share.

One of my favorite things I made for the #pocketletter was this little illustrated/coloring book style image, specifically for Anna. I scanned my drawing from my sketchbook, and printed out a sheet of them. I colored one in, and gave it, and a few blank o

After I sent the pocket letter off, I found a test sheet of the coloring book image and stuck it up with some colorful washi tape on the wall by my side of the bed. It makes me so happy to see it every day.

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Anna was so excited about the pocket letter that she made me one in return.

Pocket letter by Anna

Mine was a mix of “valentine” and red themed, hers was so stylized and so very Anna and I LOVE IT.

Pocket letter by Anna

My favorite thing from her letter was the fact that you can fit the fuji instax mini pics inside makes me want to get the mini so bad! I have a fujimax, but the pictures are about twice as big so they wouldn’t fit in one of these pockets. That being said, I do however have a polaroid pogo and those would probably fit fine in a pocket. AND, I know that the “traditional” pocket letters are made from these trading card sized pages, but I also really want to expand and try out the square coin collector pages, and various project life pocket pages, so I may find something that fits the fuji max pics yet.

Ok, so here we go… a list of ideas to put in your pockets. I made it as a graphic so you can pin it to your pocket letter pinterest boards.

Pocket Letter

If you haven’t tried pocket lettering I hope you do soon and get as excited about it as I am.

Also, I’d love to hear of creative and unique ideas/items that you put or received in pocket letters as well. Leave a comment below!

Right Now I’m…

AnticipatingUgh, this is something I need to work on. I just wrapped up a few projects and so now I’m in a slump of “what to do now?” Not that I don’t have anything to do, I have plenty more projects going, but I’m needing a BIG thing to look forward to and excited about.

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Buying  Some lovely fabrics from a trip my mom and sister and I took to Linda Z’s in Arlington Heights and Stitchworks in Evanston.

Knit sock

Creating I knit a SOCK! Just one sock, lol. I remember first attempting to knit a sock back in probably 2002-2003 and got to that heel turn and couldn’t figure it out. I have tried several times since then and just never pushed through. Finally, with the help of my sister, I got it done. Pictured above, Matt modeling the sock I knit. Now onto a whole pair.
Eating My mom, sister and I are doing Seattle Sutton over Lent, and I’m so thankful to them for gifting it to me because it is incredibly expensive. I’ve always said my whole life that I just wish I could get a Jetson’s type pill meal so I could just pop in my full and balanced nutrients, and move on, and not have to worry about food. This is by far the closest I’ve come to that.
Feeling Relieved that I’ve gotten a few big deadlines wrapped up, for work-work and for my personal work.
Listening to true crime podcasts. Someone Knows Something,  Atlanta Monster, Family Ghosts, Dirty John, Cold Case Files the podcast, The Vanished Podcast,
Loving Our humidifier. Matt’s parents handed us down their old one a year ago and I swear that this thing has transformed me from starting to HATE winter, back to loving it again. It’s all about avoiding the dry air! I think I probably drop a couple gallons of water into the air every single day in our home. Before, I was trying to use a baby’s room mister, but still getting bloody noses and my hands and fingers were so dry they would crack and peel. 
Missing  The 80s and 90s. I had a very vivid dream a while ago where my mom and I were able to go to a mall that was the 80s. We didn’t go back in time, but somehow found ourselves transported to this time. The fashions! The prices! Even though we were in an 80s mall where you wouldn’t have a shopping cart, I had one and was stuffing my cart full of stuff because I was so excited to be able to bring all this stuff that was straight from the 80s, back to current day. The dream really stuck with me and for weeks I couldn’t stop thinking of things from the 80s and 90s that I missed and wished that I could go back to get a glimpse of again. One thing in particular that I think of all the time anyway is the store chain Arcadia, that I finally found out was probably only in our area as a test market because it was part of Carson Pirie (Scott) which is a Chicago based business. Arcadia was the most amazing stationery/gift shop store. It was my favorite store at malls and I remember dreaming as early as 5th or 6th grade that some day I’d be able to design my own paper products because of it. What I would do, just to see pictures of those stores again, and the products. I remember lines of paper products, one that really stuck out to me and I had a bunch of, was a white matte on white gloss stripe motif. Spiral bound notebooks, folder, pencils, papers, etc.
Procrastinating – Sending in my latest Art-o-mat series. It’s complete (I’m embarrassed to admit, 5 years in the making), I have photographed each piece. and now need to package them all up. I also ordered blocks for my next series which I’ll begin, once I have the last series sent off.
Reading – I’ve been so busy I haven’t been reading at all, but I need to get back to some books I was enjoying, but put down when my schedule got crazy.
Seeing  We went to the movies for the first time in almost a year and saw the new Star Wars movie.
Watching  It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these posts so I’m just gonna list a bunch of things we’ve watched and loved. At Home With Amy Sedaris, Love, Lady Dynamite, The Good Place, Last Man on Earth, Broad City, Difficult People, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Alias Grace. Oh, and always watching whatever true crime docs I can, wherever I can. 
Wanting –A whole wardrobe that reflects my pinterest fashion board, Oh, and anything else in my regular wishlist, lol. 

Right Now posts

Pattern January 2018 part 3

View part 1 here

View part 2 here

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Day 21 – Rainbow. I recently did a rainbow pattern and I love it so much that I decided to expand on the idea and make another pattern that can go in the same series, but STRIPES!

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Day 22 – IKEA. Last year I started a dollhouse pattern for the theme house or home, but had such high expectations I was kind of frozen with the fear of screwing it up. This year I started tackling it more, inspired by the flisat dollhouse by IKEA (which I just happened to purchase earlier in the month as well). I want the pattern to have each dollhouse filled with dollhouse furniture and decor when it’s done, but I don’t know… still afraid.

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Day 23 – Scribble. When I was in college we had to do a “portrait” of our foot done entirely in scribble (one continuous line) emptying a ballpoint pen. I loved how everyone’s scribble is different and unique, like handwriting. Some people have all back and forth and some people are all circles and mine is a combination of loops and hard turns.

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Day 24 – Fly. One thing that is so great about Anika’s prompts are how most themes are words that can be interpreted in many ways. I was stumped for a while on this day’s theme, with just the image of a house fly pattern stuck in my head. It wasn’t until later, when I did a search in my flickr archives for the word fly that I saw “Flying Geese” and realized of course I had to do a watercolored version of my flying geese quilting. I love how this piece came out.


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Day 25 – Garden. I hadn’t done a “little art book” pattern yet, so I drew and painted these cuties, my favorite from our garden, snap peas.

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Day 26 – Slow. A water and lazy river inspired watercolor lined piece


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Day 27 – Ends with “ing”. String!

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Day 28 – Outline. Based on my grass paintings. The base was acrylic paint applied with a roller, then I painted white silhouette “outlines” in white and then came back in with green, and then finally added the veins.

Day 29 #patternjanuary #birdhuse This one gave me a lot of grief, similar to “dollhouse” last year, I have/had such high hopes that I kind of become paralyzed with fear of screwing it up. It’s funny how I had posted a pic of a cute little birdhouse earlie

Day 29 – Bird House. A work in progress, watercolored quilt blocks with birdhouses as the center. This piece got me excited to paint and decorate a real birdhouse. I’ve added a scalloped shingle roof, but no paint yet.

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Day 30 – Skate. Letters were hand cut from gelatin prints made with my handcut paper stencils. Originally there was going to be a rollerskate at the end of each WEEEE, but then I nixed it.

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Day 31 – Night Sky. While I was working on the tropical themed piece, I realized that the hexagon kind of resembled a coffin. I loved that initial piece so much that I decided to continue with the theme, and inspired by the coffin idea, make a moon/night pattern. Originally I wanted the moons to be at different phases, but I did one and I was afraid I was going to screw it up, so I added some in digitally for the time being. You can see that here.

Thank you for following along on my PatternJanuary project. I’m so glad I participated again this year and am proud of the work I created and have begun. I hope I can finalize many of these and use them for future projects.

I’d also love to invite you to visit and follow me on instagram, as I share most of my work and WIPs there first. Have a scroll through my hashtag #robayrepatterns and feel free to reach out with any inquiries.

Pattern January 2018 part 2

View part 1 here

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Day 11 – Rhymes with itten. I still want to add color to this pattern

Pattern January

Day 12 – Ogee.  See more process images on instagram

Pattern January

Day 13 – Make up. I made circles in a “makeup” color palette and then drew a few patterns over them.

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Day 14 – Tropical. This is my favorite pattern from the whole month. It was a very time consuming watercolor piece, much larger than showed here, but I think it was worth it.

Day 16 #patternjanuary - “Circle or Cube?” Another one that came to me as I fell asleep the night before. All I could think of was Qbert. Only, the original vision had the line work done with a blue ball point pen, shading in watercolor, and all of it wou

Day 15 – Circle or Cube? I immediately thought of Q-Bert

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Day 16 – Antique. This piece was inspired by the tiny fabric patterns from the 30s. While I was working I decided to try only half with the additional dots and leave half plain, because I rather liked the plain, but once I scanned it, I liked the more detailed part of the pattern after all.

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Day 17 – Instrument. Another favorite. A wax paper comb. I drew the combs in Paper by 53 and then added the wax paper and music notes in photoshop.

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Day 18 – Stay Warm. Watercolor illustration and then assembled at the desktop in photoshop

This is a hot mess. Day 19 #patternjanuary -#chevron This is a piece I started years ago at the peak of my chevron obsession, and not even halfway through I decided I was over chevron. I decided to hunt it down and finish it. It looked lame, so I thought

Day 19 – Chevron. This was my least favorite pattern from the month, mostly because I’m tired of chevron pattern.

 

Day 20 #patternjanuary - Favorite Food. But who can pick just one? I can see this as an ongoing pattern as I think of other things to add. It started out pretty straight with seedless watermelon then started getting oddly specific with my grudge with jimm

Day 20 – Favorite Food. Illustrated in pencil and watercolor with added cheeky comments

There will be one more post coming to wrap up Pattern January

Autumn Chalkboard 2017

Chalkboard calendar fall 2017

Yikes, I’m really late sharing this! I haven’t even erased it either, to begin the winter one, so I’m gonna have to try and recall everything that might have happened since late December. Things of note from the fall:

We continued sleeping outside in our tent until mid October, (I think!) From August to October, almost entirely sleeping in the tent at night. We should just build a yurt in our backyard. Our neighbors probably think we are CRAZY. All the same, as Matt is trying to rush to spring, and I’m not there yet (I would still appreciate a couple more good snows), I realized the other night that I do have one thing to look forward to as it gets warmer, and that is sleeping out in our yard again.

I went to the Dr. for regular check ups, like a real grown up adult! This is huge for me, as I didn’t have regular Dr.s for the longest time because I’m a hypochondriac AND terrified of going to the Dr. I can’t stress how important this is for me, and how much peace of mind it brings.

Finally Finished my Art-0-mat series and ordered boxes to send them in. Right now I’m wrapping up photographing and documenting them. I’d like to make a little video to promote this series, like last time.

I had the best day! I finally got to do something I've wanted to do for SEVEN YEARS! Ever since #docrwells was a baby I wanted to get pictures taken with him in a real photobooth, but as they are a dying technology and fewer and farther between, I literal

I got to take my niece and nephews to a real photobooth for my birthday! This is something I had been wanting to do since my oldest nephew (turning 8 soon) was a toddler.

Previous Chalkboard Calendar posts right here!

 

Lucky Winner of Loop Giveaway

A little somethin'-somethin' I've been working on

I have had incredibly good luck in Instagram Giveaways. Knock on wood. Side note: I was just saying that ever since I started the habit of flipping pennies (where I pick up pennies whenever I see one, and if it is tails up, I flip it and returning it for the next person to find it heads-up, and lucky) that almost all of the pennies I find are tails up. I rarely find heads up pennies on the ground. Maybe I’m building up a cache of good luck, or maybe this is why I have such good luck winning on instagram ;) Side-side note: My last Grass & Stars zine was luck themed. Well, and I’ve hosted a few giveaways on instagram myself, so maybe it’s just the cycle of good karma.

My friend Courtney and I both won this print from Pars Caeli.

My friend Anna and I both won a pin from Phrasing For Light.

I think I posted about it earlier on my blog, but I won the book How to Make It by Chronicle Books, and along with it a moon print by Sycamore Press.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book and highly recommend it. I have been very slowly going through it since I won it in late summer.

I won a $10 gift certificate from Lovely Somethings (a paper boutique in Ohio) and have been saving it until I find just the right thing.

Very recently I won a felted art piece by Woodland Tea Time.

My renegade giveaway haul

And FINALLY! the reason for this post was because of the HUGE Haul I won from a Renegade Chicago loop giveaway (not to be confused with a Chicago Loop giveaway, Chicago nerd humor, sorry). When Rosa (Muro Jewelry) was coming to town she promoted a loop giveaway of a collection of Chicago Renegade vendors. I had to follow each vendor, like and comment (probably, but can’t remember the exact details) on their pictures for the giveaway for a chance to win.

When we were leaving Renegade I got a message that I had WON! It was so much fun to open, everything was wrapped beautifully and I even recorded an unboxing of it, but the video was sooooo long, so instead I just did a flat lay to share all the goodies.

The box included pieces by:

1. Naturally dyed napkins by Khazanmsp

2. Earrings by Natalie Joy Jewelry

3. Toiletry bag by Gray Market Design

4. Candlestick holders by Willfull Goods

5. Little geometric porcelain bowls by Lauren hb Studio

6. 5 Free, Vegan nail polish by Claws Out

7. Notebook by Genna Cowsert Papergoods

8. 3 legged Jewelry Dish by Baronbi Studios

9. Little wood fired bowl by Buchenot Ceramics

10. Multipurpose craft tool (pompoms, weaving, bracelet making, etc.) by The Loome

11. And last but not least, my personal favorite, necklace by Muro Jewelry

Thank you to all the vendors for sending such wonderful treasures. I LOVE Handmade and all of these pieces will be cherished.

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Now time to get back to entering more giveaways! Wish my luck! Fingers crossed!!

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Drifting Off and Cloud Rainbows

Rainbow cloud pattern robayre

Earlier this year I read this where a person said that before falling asleep they think of the people they like, receiving good news. I think about that occasionally ever since reading it because 1. it is such a sweet and altruistic idea, and makes me so happy. 2. Maybe what we think of in those moments before we sleep can be seen as a snapshot of our inner thoughts and true being. and 3. Now I like to ask people what they think about in the moments before they fall asleep.

Matt said he doesn’t think, and I believe it. His head hits he pillow and he’s out (sometimes even before that point). Matt’s Mom said she counts.

I almost always like to think of art and making. Creating, art materials, concepts and ideas around art.

When I was young I used to have insomnia. When I was in college we were required to keep a daily sketchbook (a page for each studio class each day). I slept with my sketchbook in the bed next to me, and that is probably when I started thinking of art before sleep, and also when I probably stopped lying in bed all night watching the clock of doom tick away. Often, I’d reach over and scribble out ideas or sketches that I had in half (or full) dreams. It’s where I had the idea for my ongoing Circle Series. Actually, at that point, I didn’t have my sketchbook in bed with me, so I rushed into the kitchen and drew this out on my dry erase board on the fridge. I had been wanting to work in a way where I could use a lot of different mediums and styles, and still incorporate them into one cohesive body of work.

I didn't want to share my next #pattern until I shared more of my swan patterns, but they still aren't done so here is #Bright for #patternjanuary. My idea was scribble-like rainbow suns, and I built most of it in #paper53, and assembled it as a repeating

Earlier this week I had another one of those ideas right as I was falling asleep. I grabbed my phone this time and used an app to scribble it out. I had the idea of the “Bright” pattern I made (above), but cutting the circle in half, essentially making it into a rainbow shape. Originally, in my head I think the half circle rainbows would become like a scallop pattern, rainbow next to rainbow, next to rainbow.

Rainbow cloud pattern robayre      Rainbow cloud pattern robayre
On the left the idea I scribbled out at night, and on the right, one of the final “cloud rainbows”

I’ve been thinking that I should try some patterns that are not so tightly fit. A lot of the patterns I make are pretty packed because when I use fabric and sew I know that if things are too spread apart, and fabric is cut small, you don’t get to see much of the pattern. I’ve just long preferred tiny patterns on fabric, ever since my first days of making yoyos as a teenager.

When I thought of this new pattern, I thought it might be nice to switch it up. I thought of it more in terms of larger fabric pieces (fashion or upholstery), perhaps because of the influence of Society6 and Spoonflower on me. I also have been working on a different scallop pattern series already, with gelli printed papers, so I decided to really go with a “rainbow” feel. Since the rainbows would be more spread apart, I thought I needed to add another element, so I thought of adding clouds to the background, and that was when I had the idea to add an actual scallop, cloud-like edging, to the outside of each rainbow.

rainbow cloud pattern

The whole pattern feels kind of dream-like, so it was appropriate that it came to me the way that it did. Here is a 3×3 repeat of the pattern, so you can see what it looks like on repeat overall.

Last night I had another idea, only, stupidly I thought the idea was concrete enough that I’d remember it in the morning and of course, it’s gone. Word to the wise, dream ideas are never concrete. Maybe it will come back to me again tonight.

What do you think of before going to sleep?

 

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