Thursday, January 20, 2011

Terribly Tired Thursday

I can't believe I did it again - there was a really great match between Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia. The young Serb came out hitting really hard and took the first set from the #2 seed Zvonareva 6-2. Zvonareva came through with the win in the end, but it took a nail biting three sets to accomplish. I can't wait to see more tennis from Jovanovski in the future. This was the first time I'd seen her play and she is really good. The match didn't get over until 2 AM and that means I didn't get to sleep until about 2:30 AM. I had a good sleep, but here it is after 10 in the morning and I've got nothing done yet.

I am tutoring in Stockbridge again today at 2:30 so I think I will wait to spend an hour on the treadmill until I get home from there. I need to clean house today as I am having an overnight guest on Saturday and I just don't feel like it. If I had one wish it would be to have enough money left over each month to hire someone to come in and clean my house. I really don't mind the day to day picking up, making the bed, vacuuming, cooking and doing dishes, but I really dislike cleaning bathrooms, washing down cupboards, dusting and scrubbing floors.

For today I have a rather poor sketch of a couple of sea shells - I am thinking Florida and walking the beach without a winter coat and hat and boots. I sketched in pen and don't know how to get a light line so I can have some contrast in my drawing. But for what it is worth, here is what I have:

I have some upholstery samples that I think would make wonderful journal covers. I may have to reinforce the spine with a bit of book cloth on the inside, but I am going to try using fabric sometime between now and Monday and I will share my results with you. Here are a few of my favorites:

I need to make some practice worksheets for my tutoring session this afternoon, so I'd better get busy. I hope to get something done today besides watching tennis, but I can't promise anything. Please come by tomorrow and see for yourself if I've been able to produce something arty.



  1. Your seashell sketch is very well done, but your musings about Florida were even better! I feel your pain. The upholstery fabric is lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of books you make.

  2. Oh yeah, Florida .... hang in there, sweetie - pretty soon! Nice job with the shells, and I can't wait to see what you make with the fabric. hugs, nancy

  3. Your sketch is wonderful. The contrast is great, A little more please. These will be great sketchbooks. I am doing my Blind Contours now.

    Sherrie Roberts Take care.

  4. I'd never be able to stay up that late, don't you have a DVR or VCR for recording and watching at your leisure?

    The fabrics are very do you re-inforce to make them stiff enough for a cover, or do you?

    Hope you get some rest.

  5. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the fabrics. If you do my ironing, I'll come and do your cleaning!

  6. Lovely sketch Vicki =)
    Now you just need a lot of sleep

  7. I've been watching the Australian Open too - unfortunately Nadal (my favorite) plays tonight at some unholy hour, so I'll have to miss the match. Luckily, there's plenty of other ones to watch earlier in the evening!

    I like your seashell- the thing about sketching in pen is that you can only go so light, so that means your only choice is to go darker in other areas to get that contrast.

    That fabric on the left will make a particularly pretty journal, I think!