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Friday, December 31, 2010

Winding Down 2010....




The old year is winding down and soon it will be 2011. A clean slate. A new beginning. A blank page. What will you put down on your pages? I plan to fill mine with art. I won't tell you I'll do art every single day because we all know that won't happen! But I will tell you that I plan to do art as often as possible. And I'll share it with you here on my blog.

Now I leave you with this .... I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year. I hope 2011 will be fantastic for you. I hope all your hopes and dreams become reality....and most of all I hope for a peaceful year for the world.

Monday, December 27, 2010

It's Been Awhile....

All the excitement is over....all the craziness is behind us for another year. And I can get back to art again.

Yesterday I planned to spend time in the studio but then it just didn't work out so this morning I went straight there when I got up and I made myself do something....anything....just get something down on paper.

Since I never got around to choosing a word for this year I decided to start thinking about it before 2011 was here. The first word that popped into my head was focus. And since that's what I plan to do in 2011 I thought it would be a perfect word for me. I want to focus more on art and less on my blog. That's not to say I won't be blogging but it may only be once or twice a week.

So it seemed appropriate to do a journal page using my word....



I began by covering the page with phone book pages. Then a light coat of gesso. I began writing down my thoughts about focusing and just covered the page. Then I turned it sideways and printed the word focus all over the page. Then another layer of the word only this time I wrote it on a slant. I just wanted to create a background of pattern. The larger letters were stenciled and painted, and I found the eye online. Easy, simple, and got me going again.



Under the eye it says "keep your eye on your goal" and that's my plan. It's nothing special....no new technique or anything....but it got my hands dirty and that's what I needed.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that Santa was good to you.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays....



Thank you to each and every one of you who visit my blog. Many of you leave comments and I appreciate that. Others just pop in for a quick visit and that's ok, too. I know that lately I haven't had much art on my blog but I plan to change that in 2011. But for the rest of this year I may not be blogging all that much. I'm re-charging my batteries and making some artsy plans, getting caught up on some reading, and just enjoying the holidays season. I hope when all the hub-bub is over that you'll all come visit me again. Until then....

Happy Holidays to everyone!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Just Waiting....



This is what my work table looks like. No art has been done for quite some time but I'm going to be getting busy again very soon. I hope you can hang in with me for a little bit longer and then I'll have something to show you. Until then, the studio is neat and tidy and waiting for me....

Monday, December 13, 2010

I Love Christmas Lights!!!

HB did a good job with the decorating this year. He always does the arches. I took these pictures last night with just the Christmas lights on so they're a little dark but this is how the arches and the tree look right now....





Happy Holidays!!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Getting Mail is So Much Fun!

Well, here I am again with another week of no blog posts. This time of year is never my best time for creating. There's just so many other things to do and sadly my art takes a back seat.

I've been baking cookies! My kids would be very upset with me if they didn't get their box of cookies for Christmas so as of yesterday the cookies are officially on the way to Alaska and Delaware. Now HB is wondering where "his" cookies are so guess I better keep baking!

Several days ago I had some fun things arrive in the mail. The first item was from Kate....does she know me or what??



She sent me the lavender apron with lots of pockets. Don't you just love it? Here's a close-up of the apron minus the chubby gal!



As I told Kate, the apron would be great for the studio but I'd hate to get it all messed up so I'll use it in the kitchen because everyone knows I never cook! That way it won't get all messy!! Thank you, Kate! I love it!

Also about the same time, I received some art that I won over on Tinker's blog. Aren't these great?



They're all skirts of different styles. I think my favorite is the barefoot woman sitting on the steps. That one really speaks to me. And of course the skating skirt in bright red for the holidays is also a favorite. They're all favorites! I want to find a frame so I can put these in my studio. Thanks, Tinker! You know I love your art!!

Other than that I have nothing to show you for all the time I've been missing. There has not been one bit of art created around here unless you consider the decorating of the house as art....or baking cookies. I guess both of those things are creative. Just no pictures of any of it yet.

I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season....and thank you to everyone who has sent me Christmas cards. I'm going to be sending mine out tomorrow. I hope they aren't too late!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Confessions....

Time slipped away and I didn't realize how long it had been since my last post. And I left you all hanging with the news about LuLu. First of all, little Miss LuLu is doing better.


This is an older photo but this is how she looks now after she's feeling better.

She's been eating a little and keeping it down. She's getting to be a bit perkier, too and she's being so good about taking her medicine. The nurse (a really talkative guy) at the vet's office gave us a couple of good tips about how to get her to take medicine and they seem to be working. Thanks to all of you who emailed me about LuLu. I finally realized I better update my blog and let everyone know!

Now on to confessions! I confess that I did not do the final three words for NaNoJouMo. There was just so much going on right then that I got too far behind and didn't catch up. And now I'm behind in Dawn's mini holiday journal workshop, too. It began on the first and I haven't done any of the pages yet. I know I've said this before but I think this coming year I won't be joining as many challenges as I did this year. I simply can't keep up with everything! I guess I really must be getting old!!!!

HB and I did accomplish a few things though. We got the big tree up in the living room....of course it sat there naked for several days before we got it decorated but it's finally finished. The same thing is going on with the smaller tree in the family room. I'm hoping to get the ornaments on it today. Then I can move on to other things.

This is how my house has looked for several days now!





Here's a picture of the big tree right before we finished it....



You can see that I didn't even have the skirt on her yet. But she's all dressed now and has her legs covered with a pretty red velvet skirt.

Here are a few of the ornaments....







Every year we do this tree with red and gold ornaments. I'm not one of those people who buys all new decorations each year. Many of the ornaments I use are 30 to 40, or more years old! I like using red and gold for this tree. It looks so much better in real life than any picture I can take. The smaller tree in the family room is the one where I use everything....all the ornaments that my kids remember, and even a few that were on my very first Christmas tree 67 years ago! Each year HB and I buy ourselves one new ornament that is "special" for us. And I usually buy a few new things but I never change my tree completely. I guess many of you would think that's boring but I love the tradition or the ritual of having it the same each year.

Ok, that's about all the "news" from here. Maybe one of these days I'll have some journal pages to share with you but not today! I know there are lots of people who update their blogs daily, keep up with all the other social media like FB and Twitter, and are still able to turn out art every day. I'm not one of them! I wish I knew their secret.