Saturday, March 1, 2008

First Thoughts: TIF - March

Sharon has posted the Take It Further challenge for March:

Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger.

My initial reaction was a rant of sorts. I am one of the people who does notice the small things, the details in life and the world around me. I notice things that other people don't even know exist! I notice so many things, in fact, that it drives me nuts sometimes. It's hard for me to see the big picture. As a perfectionist, it's the tiny details that I obsess over. And I'm supposed to do a piece of artwork about this?! Ack!

Once I got that out of my system other ideas came to me. For example, this would be an opportunity to do a journal quilt for the Bead Journal Project about a "big picture" something and then the TIF piece about a detail of that bigger picture. I probably won't do that though, as I'm afraid I would get bored with the subject matter (no matter what it was) and have a hard time finishing either piece. We Geminis get bored easily ;- )

After stewing over this for a while I went back and reread Sharon's words. This time it was the phrase "the small moments" that jumped out at me. I haven't read Elizabeth Berg's book Eat, Pray, Love, but I did see the Oprah show about it. Briefly mentioned was Elizabeth's practice of writing down the happiest moment of each day. I started doing that and, not surprisingly, have confirmed that it is the small moments that tend to be the happiest ones. This may become the theme for my Take It Further piece this month. It's still early yet; stay tuned for further updates...


  1. Hey Sue, how you doing out there? I'm happy to see you are still alive and keeping busy! Love the tissue box cover thingy...looks just like it was made for YOU..*VBS*
    Can't help you much with the obcessing...I try to keep my distance from all that. It complicates my life way too much.
    I'm sure whatever you decide is your inspiration this month will be wonderful...they always are!! Hugs my friend, Finn

  2. Hi Sue, I am not a detail person so this one sounded at first glance, as if it would be difficult but at second glance I knew my general idea as it was one of the few details I have notice lately. How lucky is that?

    A page on a happy detail sounds wonderful and I bet if you did your first idea you'd find the detail so different it wouldn't be boring. You could always do beads for the first and just quilting for the detail to keep from being bored. I'll check back to see what you decide to do.

  3. I have enjoyed reading her book so much! I think it may have dramatically changed and altered my outlook on events in my life- so much so that it is much better and more free. I just let go. stopped asking why and just started accepting that some things are the way they have to be. I recommend her book -especially the eat and pray chapters- I am still reading the love part. I am off to sew- so happy to be home!


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