It’s a nice feeling to finish a project and clean up all the bits that came out while it was under construction. Everything gets put away (mostly) and surfaces are tidied and neat (mostly). It’s like wiping the slate clean.
The only thing about that putting away part is that the things that get put away are also where a lot of my inspiration comes from – those little nuggets of ideas that can turn into grand undertakings. Every stage of these creations has its rewards.
The idea stage is full of possibilities. There are so many directions one can take. Which one will it be? Then there’s the beginning; the disassembling of a box, that first brush of paint or the tracing of a pattern. Soon, there is being in the thick of it with hopes of a successful end but surrounded with doubt because at the moment it just doesn’t seem to look like it could turn into anything worthwhile.
Which brings me back to where I am at the moment: one down (The Christmas Clock) and one to go. Actually, there are several that I would like to finish – the ideas are there, even a few beginnings have been made which I have shown here on bearbits. We shall see how far along I get.
So what’s with all the rhinoceroses? Oh that. I learned something yesterday. Did you know that a group of rhinoceroses is called a crash? (By the way, I had to look up how to spell the plural of rhinoceros. I mean it could have been rhinoceri or rhinoceries. Hopefully, I’ve got it right.) And how is this useful information for you? I thought it was a tidbit you could drop in conversations here and there. Like when you are at the checkout and making small talk with the clerk you can nonchalantly weave it into conversation like “I was just out in the parking lot and I saw this crash of rhinoceroses”. Then she or he might say something like “Rhinos crashed in the parking lot??!!” Then you could say “No. Rhinos didn’t crash in the parking lot. There is a crash of rhinos in the parking lot.” Then they’ll say, “Isn’t that just what I asked??!!” Then you can go on to explain how a group of rhinos is called a crash. I’m pretty sure they’ll be impressed by your knowledge.
Thanksgiving is only a few days hence. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la follows soon after!