So, I’m basically a stalker now.
In addition to inciting art supply envy (in the best possible way), she has been sharing a watercolor journal project. It’s a 1920’s diary she is working through – reading the entries and adding a sketch or watercolor to each page.
The thing that struck me more than the loose and free art added by Michelle, is that these entries are mundane. The diary was just about documenting the ordinary…the everyday things that happen in life. Weather, errands, chores, visits, etc.
And I want to see what Cora, the diary author, is doing each day!
There is an attraction to the ordinary and the simple and I think it’s easy to forget that as a blogger. I know I put pressure on myself to have something “special” to share, but the daily happenings can be equally compelling, maybe even more so.
Actually, at my yard sale last weekend, a sweet woman walked up to me and said something like, “You know, I care about you and love reading about you and your family and what you’re up to. You don’t always have to share a tutorial or a makeover.”
I was a little caught off guard, because I didn’t have my Miss Mustard Seed hat on. I was just Marian having a yard sale. But it was such an encouragement to me. I can, as a person, get overshadowed by “Miss Mustard Seed” – a domain name that has become a brand and professional persona.
So, I’m working on that…finding the balance between the simple and the special.
I sent a message to Michelle and told her I might be interested in purchasing a diary from a stash she was about to list in her online shop. She said she had just the one for me… the blue-covered diary kept by Elizabeth Bush in 1979, when I was just one year old.
I did sneak a peek at a few entries and I can’t wait to get to know Elizabeth through her diary. I can tell you immediately that she was disciplined, because there is an entry every single day!
Since the pages are thin, I will follow Michelle’s example and add a light coat of gesso to each page prior to adding a watercolor sketch.
I seriously doubt I’ll be able to do an entry each day, but I hope to work on it when I can.
You know…in all of my spare time!
** A “click-over” is an Instagram account that I have to click-over to, so I don’t miss one of their posts that may not show up in my feed.