Art and other things in 2019

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Followers of this blog may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet of late. I wasn’t feeling particularly wordy before Christmas, and things have been bit busy since. However, I am feeling quite a bit better now, and I’m going to try to get back to more regular posting from now on. Posting is still likely to be inconsistent for the next 6 weeks or or so, as I’ll be moving house, which will be disruptive. We’ve made a decision to move into the centre of town which will be much closer to work, but more expensive. I’ve also needed to go back to full time working for the time being as there is too much to do at work for me on 4 days a week at the moment. That will help with the cost of things, but will eat into my creative time. I think the move will make life a lot easier. There will be no train travel, which is increasingly expensive, inconsistent, and stressful, and more time in the evenings for creative things. There will also be more time for swimming and climbing with my sister, when I don’t need to send an hour travelling each way anymore.

I have two big creative projects planned this year. I’ll be trying to finish my film, and trying to write my novel. I’ll be posting bits and pieces of both here, along with another whimsical arts projects I get going with on the way. I hope that you will let me know if you like any of this as we go along. I’ll also be getting back to the ‘Objects with Meaning’ Project. Moving house is a good time to look at things, throw bits out, and remember why you keep the things that you do.

On that note I’m going to finish off by directing you to another blog that has really been embracing an ‘Objects with Meaning’ theme recently. One Woman on a Journey has recently been making posts about objects she has found in her own house at she ‘declutters’. Please go over there and read these lovely posts about Captain Ted Funnel, a special wine glass, and a hook.

I also make art. You can things with my designs on at my shop here. Could even treat yourself if you wanted to. Just saying.

About The Magpie at Midnight

Social scientist, writer, film maker, collagist, maker of things...
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7 Responses to Art and other things in 2019

  1. LittleFears says:

    Sounds good, mate. Hope the house move is going well. 👍🏿

    Been debating a return to full-time work myself. Moving house is expensive and sometimes, the bills just need paying and the house needs some work.

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    • Isn’t it just! I think I am lucky in that my job is interesting and I work with lovely interesting people. But it is really stressful at times and it’s not the same as creating things all day!

      Are you settled into the new place now?

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      • LittleFears says:

        Nothings ever the same as creating all day, heh.
        Sorta settling, but I don’t know anyone in the area, I never see anyone except for the missus and her parents. I settled for a house that needed a lot of jobs finishing on it. Just, generally, want to get out, see other humans and boost my income a bit, ya know?

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      • Yeh. I think getting to know a place takes time. You’ll get there. A fixer upper? That can be fun too.

        Do you think you can put off a few jobs to get out an meet some people or are they all a bit urgent? 😊

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      • LittleFears says:

        Oh yep. It’s a fixer upper. A 3 bed house and an example, all the doors are fitted but unstained. It’s an odd house to live in.

        The biggest jobs are the fences. Has a decent sized garden but the fences all over are down or falling down. Not good with doggies. The conservatory needs a lot of sealing and inside walls put up. It’s currently a room full of insulation. Need to finish that because Scottish hills weather. A crater needs filling in the driveway. We’re on a snowy road so really need the car and motorbike as far off the road as possible.

        It’s a lot of mostly low cost but essential jobs. key word being there, a lot.

        How’s the house your moving into? Good to inhabit? Need a little or lot of work?

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      • Oh gosh, that sounds like a good idea. We’re going to find a rental. We’re moving to a new area closer to work to take some of the stress out of the commute. Plan is to rent for a year then buy – we may be having the same conversation from my side in a year’s time !

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  2. LittleFears says:

    Anything to take a commute down is good to do. 2-4 hours riding the motorbike through London every day was the absolute killer for me at my old job.

    good luck on he rental!

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