This past week I decided to work on a new project. I wanted to create something I had not tried before. I had not finished anything in the past couple of weeks, and I needed to get the juices flowing.
Of course, this would be a week full of distractions. It started on Monday with second degree grease burns on my left arm. It's okay now, I'm starting to have a good relationship with my blisters as they heal. On Wednesday, when the temperature here in Atlanta hit 100 degrees, my air conditioner went out. I had family coming to town on Thursday to attend a wedding on Saturday, and my home was inhabitable. But the gods were smiling down, and the air conditioner was up and running on Thursday, just a few hours before my family arrived.
Somehow, in the midst of these events, I maintained my resolve to work on something. I found a few moments here and there to focus on my project. While browsing through books recently at the craft store I saw a doll necklace. I believe the book is by Maureen Carlson, a well known and respected polymer clay artist. I didn't buy the book at the time, but I decided to figure out how to make the project just from the picture I remembered. Sometimes, my work flows better without instructions anyway.
So with a little focus here and there I found some peaceful moments to try making a doll necklace. She's not quite finished but I am pleased with this first attempt. The word "angaza" in Swahili means "to be focused on". So my little lady kept me focused. She will be called Angaza.