Thursday, December 31, 2015

One Little Word

I thought and thought and thought about what my OLW might be for 2016.

It was, like so many things in this time and space, laborious.

In my own frustration, I actually said out loud, "What I really need is some time and space to HEAL!"

and there it was...my word.

HEAL



I want to make 2016 a year of conscious healing...

Healing my body - with good food and good exercise and time spent working on making myself healthy. I have not been as good to myself as I needed to be in 2015...its time to take responsibility for it and make some changes.



Healing my fractured spiritual life - with stillness and purposeful seeking of God.



Healing my artistic soul - I've scrambled and scraped and stolen time to accomplish creative time in 2015. I want spending time being creative to be something I do with purpose in 2016...not a haphazard, thrown together moment, but something that involves my whole focus.



Healing my relationships. I was very very fortunate to go on a trip this last summer that was healing in every possible way and it started a longing in me for more of it...I have so much more of this to do. More kindness to show myself and others. More grace to extend to myself and others. I have taken enough nonsense this last year and I want to really focus on my boundaries and building relationships that matter deeply and are healthy.


So here's to 2016 and to healing in a big way...

Peace, ya'll!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Merry Christmas?

Hello, blog-land...

I'm so glad to be back!

To say that November and December were challenging for me would be an understatement. I worked some tremendous hours and it was truely a challenge for me to not have a panic attack about the pending holidays.

To say that Christmas snuck up on me would be an understatement.

To give some perspective, I shopped for my entire Christmas list on the Saturday before Christmas.

Crazy, I know.

Honestly, it was kinda lovely to go out with my husband and be in the hustle and bustle and just get it all done. And here in my part of the world, the people are so kind. It wasn't unpleasant...just not the way I typically handle Christmas.

There were some very fun things that happened along the our busy way...

Somebody lost their first tooth.



My mother, sister and I did a baking day one Saturday and let my kiddos help. That was amazing and fun and something we will do for as long as we can manage.

We also did our usual tree trimming on the weekend after Thanksgiving as a family.



There was a visit with Santa and the Coca-Cola bear (and some yummy cookies, cocoa and cider).



We squeezed in a Hornets game (12 row club seats!! AMAZING! and MJ was even there!)




And finally it came time to spend our holidays...

Here is the thing...I didn't take any pictures. Which I may regret...or not...I'm not quite sure yet. I was just having so much fun being in the moment that there are litterally like three photos of Christmas eve and one of Christmas day...

I was just in the moment.

That is the point, though...to be present.

Oh, and one more momentous thing happened this holiday season...my sweet Jayden KNOWS...sigh...

Peace, ya'll!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Right Here Right Now

Greetings, my friends!

Today I'm posting my last project from Inside Out's True Story kit. 

For my final project, I reflected on a question asked by my nine-year old son - What is my big dream. 




Peace, ya'll.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Begin Now

Hey, everyone!!!  I hope this post is finding everyone well!!! I've got a new project up over at Inside Out today.

For my next project from Inside Out's True Story kit, I focused on using the Just Add Color papers from Bella Blvd. Go check out the rest of the Story Behind the Art.


Peace, ya'll!



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Playing with mixed media


One of the things I love most about paper and ink and glue and buttons...and just, well..all the lovely things I can find...is the idea of playing. 

I'm not really a player - sssshhhhhhhhh!! Don't tell anyone.  

My time to hang in my studio and do things is often accompanied by a goal...pages or assignments or cards for a party or whatever. 

I don't even experiment when I'm at crops..I plan for a crop. It has a goal! As many pages as I can get done in my alloted time. 

See, I have these little boys and they like me...so hanging out with them is very important. As such, when I get away to do a crop or retreat or even spend a few moments in my studio, I focus focus focus...

But...

BUT...

I have been doing classes from May Flaum for quite some time...and I love here anything-goes approach. 

And she plays... a LOT.

When I take one of her classes I feel BRAVE and so I get to experimenting on things I may not normally do in my studio...like PLAY with ink and paint and some fabric and some buttons and a few pins and a little embossing powder...

Mixed media is one of those glorious things...anything goes...you just make it feel right to you. LOVE that...no goal...other than "I like it!"

So...I've got a little tag to share with you.



Badly lit and badly photographed and all.

There are so many bits and pieces here..I followed her instructions and just went looking for the little things hiding out in the containers on my desk so I could rid myself of some of them.

There are inks and some molding paste, some fabric, some paint, a water misting technique, metal, crocheted pieces, buttons, sequins, yarn, a paperclip...seriously...its all that and the kitchen sink!



I was so busy creating that I neglected to take photos of the process...which is precisely the point.

I have zero idea where this will get used...or if...but it sure was FUN!!!

Precisely the point!

Peace, ya'll!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This Story Belongs To Me

For my second project from Inside Out's True Story kit, I really wanted to focus on the "story" part...

I'm giving the Story behind the Story over on Inside Out's Blog today...sharing how my moments make up my story...


Peace, ya'll!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Be Moved.

Hello!  Welcome to my first project from the Inside Out True Story kit!

Have I mentioned before that I'm not so much into pink? Wellllllll...this kit might be the one that pushes me into the liking and maybe even LOVING pink category.

I'm talking about my Be Moved project and how it relates to the True Story theme over on the Inside Out blog today...


Its one of my favorites!!!

Peace, ya'll!