So a couple of weeks back, we took a week off blogging, the father person was on leave and we were all overdue for a break, shew… a week of afternoon naps and absolutely no household projects… a reading and resting holiday. The kind of holiday essential to recovering the soul.
I did have a hidden agenda, and I could never ever survive an entire week of doing nearly nothing, the week also coincided with having to hand in our Sketchbook for The Annual Sketchbook Project. For a week or so of the year, I actually need to be offline, because my keyboard is literally submerged under collagey goodness…
The Sketchbook Project is based in Brooklyn Museum of Art… folk from all over the world sign in and are sent a sketchbook. Artists, writers, crafters and just ordinary old mother persons’ all fill up their sketchbooks and then mail them back to the Brooklyn Museum of Art to stay there as a permanent part of the collection. Such a cool project and we have been part of it, every year for a number of years.
Of course, after having had the sketchbook, that arrives in a swish little brown envelope, sitting on my desk for months… we just hadn’t begun it. The trouble with getting started is never about getting the sketchbook done, it is always about selecting a topic from the many topics to choose from. Once we have the topic we are good to go and ideas leap out, and I get the kids to help along and create little things we can stick in and use. Anyway this year we finally chose the topic: “Diary.” Instead of producing a diary, we created a sketchbook filled with all different sorts of diaries. Here it is… hope you enjoy it… and if you are ever in Brooklyn you can visit our sketchbook, in fact all the sketchbooks we have done before should be on the shelves somewhere.
And that’s us, until next year…