It's funny every year when my lovely family ask me what I would like for Christmas. What do you ask for when you're lucky enough to have everything you need or want? I don't like to ask for more beads, as you can never have enough, but then I use them for my projects for other people, so to receive them as a Christmas or birthday gift just seems strange. I could not count how many necklaces I have made for myself that hang, loved but ignored, from a display hangar in my room. The time for necklaces has passed for me for now, what with a young and adventurous little monkey who likes to swing from whatever hangs around my neck! So all my beads are destined for other people to enjoy... not an appropriate gift to ask for at all.
So, last Christmas, with this rather silly dilemma came the suggestion to my loving family for... a Spirograph set.
What? I hear you ask...
Ah! I hear you sigh as you remember the rainy afternoons at Grandma's house making pretty spirals with pretty colouring pens on crisp white paper... until your pen slips and ruins the whole spiral shape, or your little brother comes along and scribbles "helpfully" on the page, or you choose another colouring pen and realise too late that pink and lime green is a bit too garish for you! Well, that was my rather unartistic childhood!
I do remember my Spirograph set fondly though, and believe (although prepare to be corrected) that it was my mother's before me, and so it was well-loved, well-used and quite ancient before I got my hands on it! Sadly I know not what happened to it when I stopped using it and my siblings got their hands on it. I imagine the spirals were used as some sort of throwing weapon by one brother, with the other using my crisp white drawing pad as a shield. My lovely little sister wouldn't be anywhere near as destructive, however may have stolen the pens to draw tattoos as she's arty in that way instead!
Well, my new, untouched and exciting Spirograph present was very well received on Christmas Day 2015. I opened it with glee, and marvelled at the beautiful pens I received aswell. I received an adult colouring book at the same time, but we all know how that adventure turned out!
Needless to say, 3 months later than Christmas was the arrival of my wonderful but time-consuming Mini Page. So my dreams of spirographing my spare time away vanished like the sleep and brain-matter I also now miss.
Nearly one year on and my cute little monkey is a lot more self-sufficient and in my odd minute of "free" time (when I probably should be cleaning or tidying!) I have snuck in a spirography session to ease my creative desires and simply make white paper pretty!
Unlike the adult colouring fiasco, my spirograph adventure has been a great success! Now, just to choose the next colour for the current project and I'll be away!
Pictures of the finished "works" to come - it's definitely a work in SLOW progress! Stay tuned.