Scraping together time for art.

It’s been a busy few weeks here in the Magpie Nest. I was finally able to take Baby Magpie home to spend some time with his grandparents, which was great but exhausting. We also have quite a lot of jobs that need doing on the house, and the day to day jobs involved in looking after a small person.

With all of this going on I have been finding it hard to fit in time for creative things at the moment, as Baby Magpie is reaching an age where he is interested in everything, and beginning to be able to move himself about the place just a little, but not quite enough to satisfy his curiosity. It is difficult to find the kind of quiet alone time that you some times need just to think a bit of creative work through.

One of the little projects I had in mind was a card for Mr Magpie, as it was his birthday recently. I have given him hand made cards for his birthday every year since we’ve been together and it’s one of the little rituals of our relationship that I don’t want to let slide. I had a design in mind but found it difficult to just sneak away and put my design onto paper, which began to make me very anxious.

In the end I was able to manage it by pretending I had another piece of work I wanted to do and getting Mr Magpie to sit with him for a while for a while. It wasn’t the best solution, it would be better if I could find ways of managing my time better, but it worked as a fix at the time.

Baby Magpie is just beginning to take regular naps reliably, so I am hoping to be able to concentrate more on my projects during that time. Thus far I’ve not demonstrated a particularly strong ability to put boundaries around my time, or be disciplined at the opportunity arises, but this is something I plan to work on. I will let you know how it goes.

Thank you for reading. I also make art. You can see things with my designs on at my shop here. Could even treat yourself if you wanted to. Just saying. If buying art is not your thing, but you would like to support what you see I also have a Patreon Page here.

Baby Magpie

It’s been a little while since I last blogged, and quite a while since I blogged a proper update. There have been a few reasons for that. For those who follow the blog you will know that I had IVF earlier in the year and was feeling very tired. Now I have a more positive reason to feel very tired. We were very lucky, and our first go at IVF took. So after about 3 years of tests and treatments, baby magpie is on his or her way. I am currently about four and a half months pregnant and am really feeling it. Turns out it takes a lot of energy to grow a baby.

I’ve been struggling with energy levels but have managed to do little bits of art and writing here and there. I think my big challenge over the next few months will be to think a bit about how to keep the creativity going when I am a new mum without completely stressing myself out about it. I am sure other people manage this. I wasn’t at all expecting we would have success with the IVF and so am still a little shocked, even as we are almost half way through. I imagine this will take a little time to figure out. I will try not to make too much of this blog about being a mum, there are lots of others around that do that very well. However I may make some posts about being both creative and a parent – and if it is possible for me to do those two things together.

In some ways I feel it is a bit of a ‘now or never’ time. I will have some time off work, which will mostly be filled with a baby but it could be an opportunity to think differently about how I do things. With that in mind I have just started a writing course which is designed to help me develop my novel. I’ve also set up a patreon here. I’m not necessarily looking for paying patreons, but I would like to build up a bit of a following there as I am posting some different bits over there, including some of my writing. So far I have no followers, it’s kind of lonely. If you fancy keeping track of what I’m doing artistically with a few more photos and videos please follow me.

Other than that, I’m going to try to get back to posting more regularly, pregnancy permitting. I hope you are all well, and would love to hear from other bloggers who have faced ‘now or never’ moments, and what they did with them.

That’s all for now,