Thursday, May 28

Mapping Moments & Memories

I haven't abandoned this blog. Just been up till late in the night all this month watching the IPL , actually R does the watching while I labour at my second heart sampler.Its almost complete but I decided there's been just too much about hearts on this blog of late and to show you a progress shot would simply bore you to tears. So I've decided to show you a little amulet bag I made up of seed beads and bugle beads.
You didn't know about the beady side of me now did you? This little amulet bag holds passport sized photographs of my nephews so in a way I'm mapping their progress as each year passes. From time to time I remove the contents of the amulet bag and see how the two chubby cheeked babies have grown -one reads Geronimo Stilton, plays soccer and is learning the piano and the other has discovered fashion and the need to be cool ,plays the guitar and both , true to their generation shall not be parted for too long from a device which has a screen and a keyboard be it the television, mac book, ipod, mobile or various gaming devices.
Cross - stitching hearts late into the night got me thinking about ways of mapping my days and the neighbourhood. I have a diary into which movie tickets are stuck,due dates for payment of utilities are noted and little recipes are written down. The diaries are treasured possessions but to have to go through diaries 1997 to 2005 to find the recipe for wine or Syrian beef fry each time I decide to make them was getting a tad tiresome so I decided to start my food journal. For all of you who are saying "recipe book" it's not just a recipe book. Its more, its interesting articles about food, its SMSes exchanged between friends about food and like Ven pongal and Chakra pongal which has become a tradition every year on February 14Th, I make a note of who came to share brunch with us that year.

In the wee hours of today while watching the Champions League match between Barcelona and Manchester United and multi tasking as usual I decided there had to be a better, more elaborate way of mapping moments in my day. It deserves more attention, the diary tradition will continue but a journal to express my thoughts about matters and moments in my day is going to be a new project. Does it deserve a blog all its own? Maybe. In the meantime I'm looking forward to interacting with the Next Gen Nephews in July to understand the "cool" quotient of things. They see things so differently I wonder how they will map their memories?


Anonymous said...

lovely amulet - and a wonderful way to keep track of your nephews. i like the idea of journals - especially the food journal, but never seem to have time to devote to it.

Art4Sol said...

Thanks for your visit and kinds words. I always enjoy viewing your latest works of're so creative and inspiring.!

Chris Daly said...

You are a woman of many talents. I love your amulet bag. What a great way to hold family memories. Wishing many creative days ahead. P.S. Is it too late to route for Manchester United ;)

Spontaneous Mini said...

You are such a talent!
I have bags full of stuff that I well mean to develop into a scrap book but I wonder in which lifetime.
Love the beaded bag.. Its beautiful.

(and then I get a word verification that reads Catie... nooo pleejj)

Anonymous said...

Love the beady bag. I have the black and silver one you gave me. I find it handy to put my cell phone in and keep it close to my chest to hear (feel) it ring in noisy surroundings. No pics of the once-chubby-cheeked. I have the flesh and blood versions right before my eyes!!

Maya Sara Matthew said...

Thank-you everyone.
Chris it is too late to root for Man U.

Maya Sara Matthew said...

Thank-you everyone.
Chris it is too late to root for Man U.

Unknown said...

Maya : I haven't seen any of your beadworks, I didn't know you did beadwork as well, this is really cute and beautiful.