This month the topic is lists.
I am a great fan of lists. If I have a trivial thing to remember if I put it on a list that I can attend to it at a suitable time it is out of my head for the moment. If I don’t do that I have an internal demon reminding me constantly not to forget such and such. Constantly remembering it clutters my head. By putting it on a to do list it gets it out of my head and enables me to think of other things. I can forget about it and get on with day thinking about things without constant personal reminders. I do have to remember the list however! Usually I try to attend to things on my list in the morning (I have a 5 things per day limit) which means I can get on with other things in the afternoon.
It seams lists are popular. In the last couple of years the publishing industry has gone mad on listing things like places to see before you die, or books to read, wines to try, paintings to see, etc. I am not a great fan of things to do before you die books because I feel it might jinx something. As if to confirm my suspicions about such lists on the weekend I read that Dave Freeman, the co-author of travel guide “100 Things to Do Before You Die” recently died. He was aged 47 and did not complete his list.
Bloggers too present lists of things. Lists of tips, resources etc are being published online with great frequency. This fad for lists has highlighted my own fascination with lists. There is a something in a list that makes us feel secure. They almost substitute for a plan as the present a direction to work in and we feel we know where we are going with something.
Lists can also expose us to new things. For instance lists of books to read can mean you are exposed to a book you might not have read before. The same positive aspect can apply to lists of stitches. A list of stitches can mean you try out a stitch in a way that you normally would not do.
Annie of Annie’s Crazy World suggested this topic as a theme for this months TIF challenege and as I thought about it I realised what good topic is was. So thanks Annie!
The Colour Challenge
The colours this month were taken from one of my journal page spreads. It is a collage and since I never get a chance to post these I thought I would do it this month. [Click on the image to be taken to a larger version]
When I used this image as inspiration in ColourLovers this is the colour scheme that was generated.
Remember that the colours can only ever be a suggestion as computer screens display colours differently. The aim is to be as close as possible to the colours on your screen. From ColourLovers you can download swatches to use is Photoshop, Illustrator, or in a CSS file.
As usual when you have worked the idea swing back to this page and leave a comment with blog or flickr address so that people can take a look at what you have been working on or done. There is a flickr group for the Take it Further Design Challenge and Debra Spincic has another TIF blog. Please remember if you use Debra’s TIF blog to swing by here too!
There is a even a Take it Further group over on the stitching fingers community. The community has grown considerably to well over a 1000 members and all sorts of challenges, swaps go on. There is also a stitch along. So do make a little time to visit it poke around and you are welcome to join in on the fun.