Happy New Year everyone! I, like many others use this time to reflect to see whats good and not so good about my life. Things I have control over and things I don't. I always feel like this is a great time to make BIG changes in ourselves.....fresh clean slate...all that. But POOF! I usually do not follow through. Actually each new day is a clean slate and a new opportunity to change or do better.
I do feel a shift coming on though....I'm not blogging nearly as much as I used to and my family doesn't have to pry me off the computer kicking and screaming anymore.
Maybe I got overloaded with all the Christmas preparations everyone was doing. I just sort of STOPPED getting on. I've sat and watched t.v. with my husband. Good movies....HILARIOUS movies(The Hangover) crime shows....the whole shabang.
I took this picture with my phone while I was there and sent it to my husband I told him not to expect me home for several hours! It was pure heaven sitting there without a care in the world while everyone was busy making the shopping deals of the century at the mall. I don't have the need or desire to get in that chaos. I have more than I want or will ever need and then some. One tiny resolution for me is to STAY out of thrift stores so often. I will still go but not as regular as I have been. It's all just STUFF and I have way too much now. In fact I've started cleaning out bits and scraps in my art room and will be listing some collage packs one day soon I hope.
Speaking of collage.....
I've been eye balling this online class forever and finally jumped in with both feet. The Remains of the Day is a Journal made entirely from your paper SCRAPS on hand. They are all sewn together, then sewn into a scrappy cover and tied tight. I can't get my link button to work but you can read all about it here: http://dispatchfromla.typepad.com/dispatch_from_la/rotdoci.html
Her pages are incredible! She offers TONS of videos and printable instructions too. Once you pay the site is available to you until December 2010! Once the journal is put together and assembled it only takes a few minutes to write your journal entries. I want to take a lot more photographs this year. I plan on tucking them in this journal. Otherwise they sit in my computer and I don't enjoy them nearly enough. If you get the chance go look at Mary Ann's Journals. They are certainly drool worthy. You can also look at the Flickr group she has set up here
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So I made the cover last night. Actually it was all day of watching her videos, hunting gathering scraps, supplies...cleaning off my art table....junking up my art room....I'll let the pictures speak for themselves
(my daughter snapped this of me on the floor cutting out the fabric. I instantly told her "DON'T take my picture in this mess!" I planned on deleting it...but I wanted to remember this moment! Of course Sarah had to be in there on my lap, and trying to lay on the fabric.
And guess what? My Christmas tree is still up. I don't even care. It's fake so it can stay another week. Right now there's more important stuff going on around here.
Here's hoping 2010 gives you all health, peace and happiness!