Saturday, October 30, 2010

I have new hair! Anyone like these cowboy boots?

My daughter Amanda, shown here with me, colored my hair for me today!  I was just sick of being blonde and needed a change.  I kind of like how it worked out!  When I re do it in 6-8 weeks I think I will add a bit more auburn color to it...I was afraid it would turn out really I picked one without any red...

This is something I found on another blog I follow about creative boot camp---- I thought this could be used to get more rug hooking and other creative endeavors done....
I think the Boot Camp approach helps the creative process for several reasons, and it helps with all kinds of projects: finishing a photo album, a gardening project, a wood-working project.

  • Because you have to get so much done, you don’t have time to listen to your internal critic. You just get something done and keep moving, instead of sitting, paralyzed.
  • Progress itself is reassuring and inspiring. Panic tends to set in when you find yourself getting nothing done, day after day.
  • Because you’re so focused on your project, you begin to make deeper connections and to see more possibilities, instead of being constantly distracted by outside concerns.
  • Because of the intensity, you can hop in and out of the project, without having to take time to acclimate yourself. I have a writer friend who’s married to a painter, and she says their test for working well is when they can sit down and work if they have a spare ten minutes.
  • You lower your standards. If you’re producing a page a week, or one blog post a week, or one sketch a week, you expect it to be pretty darned good, and you fret about quality. Often, however, folks achieve their best work from grinding out the product.
  • Practice, practice, practice. My novel was terrible, but I think the sheer doing of it helped my writing, just the way practicing scales helps a pianist. The more you practice, the better you’ll become.
  • Because you have a voracious need for material, you become hyper-aware of everything happening around you -- and ideas begin to flood your mind.
  • You can use this approach even if you're working on a creative project on the side, with all the pressing obligations of a job, family, etc. Instead of feeling perpetually frustrated that you don't have any time for your project, you make yourself make time -- for a specific period.
  • It’s fun! I don’t have the urge to climb mountains or run marathons, but I got the same thrill of exertion from writing a novel in a month.
When I'm having trouble getting work done on a big project, my impulse sometimes is to take smaller, easier steps. Sometimes that helps, but sometimes it helps more to take bigger, more ambitious steps instead. By doing more instead of less, I get a boost of energy and focus. How about you? Have you found a boot-camp approach helpful?


I bought these awesome used leather cowboy boots on e-bay...they were supposed to be a different size and they do not fit small.  They are a womens size 8 1/2.  I will sell them for 40.00 which is what I paid for them...and they will fit in a priority mail box...USPS...not too much for shipping.  Let me know if you would like them.  You can respond through this site I think...or just e-mail me at
They are really nice...shit kickers...I would have worn them ALL the time...I think they are perfect.


  1. I've tried the boot camp approach today. I forced myself to accomplish things that I've been putting off and crossed two things off my list. Now it feels good. Nice boots but wouldn't fit my short and wide feet. JB

  2. Oops, Laura, i almost forgot, I love your new hair color. Very nice. Your daughter did a great job. JB