Archives for January 2013

Sailing along

First assignment in Life Book 2013. The example was a car traveling along a road. Flowers along side the road were intentions for the new year. Clouds were good things in the present. The cloud part I got. My green watercolors mixed with the  blue sky, and the landscape turned a blueish green. Even Kentucky Bluegrass isn’t this blue. Nothing to do but change it into a water scene. And there you have me sailing along. No, putting my face in the picture wasn’t my idea. How fun is this!

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What fascinated me the most was a salt technique.  While the watercolors were wet, I sprinkled on table salt.  Sorry, not my idea.  I love the things that happened.

Life book blog 2

What a perfect ocean bottom.

Life book blog 3

Look at the different patterns in the sky.  Of course, I had absolutely no control over the patterns.  But sometimes no control is a good thing.  Can’t wait to try more new things!

One Little Word – January

I finished my January assignment for Ali Edward’s One Little Word, and it’s still January!  Since I’m learning all of these scrap-booking things, I don’t venture too far away from the instructions.  It said to hand write something about your intentions on the cards.  Not happy with the results.  I’m fighting that “P” word, so I’ll let it go.  Also, there isn’t enough time in the day to do it again.  Note the bottom right block — it’s the little pencil drawing I did for my Records for the IRS e-course.  I used it as a picture of myself.

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Page two.  And how cute are these tiny staples from my new Tim Holtz’s stapler. Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Tiny Attacher-With 100 Tiny S

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I randomly put months with the intentions.  I have no idea which to start with first.  Maybe I’ll just work on them together and then they will all be miraculously organized at the end of the year.  What needs to be organized in your life?

Playing with Crayons

I’m having a new adventure in my creative journey, Life Book 2013.   Last year on Facebook I watched all year as pictures were posted from Life Book 2012, and I wanted to be a part of it.  This year I am.  Life Book is the creation of Tamara Laporte, a mixed media artist.  To loosen everyone up a bit, especially the newbies like myself, her first assignment was to create a “fairy godmother or father” that would say sweet and encouraging things to you all  year.  I didn’t venture too far from her tutorial since the neocolor II watersoluble crayons are new to me.  How fun is this sweet, little art fairy!

Fairy blog

I struggle with just sitting and playing with crayons.  I should qualify that with “sitting alone”, since I love any sort of art project with my granddaughter!  But surely there is something more important I could be doing.  That’s why MY art fairy is telling me, “Playing with crayons is NOT wasting time.”

One Little Word 2013

A new year.  A new word.  I’m participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word class.  I participated (using that term VERY loosely) in 2012 and 2011.  You can read about it here and here.  This year I hope to actually get past the January assignment.  I try to incorporate my word into my life throughout the year; it’s just those assignments that I don’t complete.  And they are fun assignments.  It’s those P’s affecting me.

If you look back to 2012, you’ll see that I have the same word in 2013.  You should pick a new work each year, but I just couldn’t do it.  I tried.  Organize was shouting loudly and clearly to me!  So, organize it is . . . again.  Last year I said that by organize, I didn’t mean a closet.  But I organized my clothes closet in 2012 and it felt good.  Really good.  Same word, but I’m approaching it in a different manner.  And Ali Edwards’ new prompts are perfect.

We’re to use our word in numerous ways.  A different way for each month.  Perfect.  Although, most people aren’t doing anything quite as practical as I am attempting.

1.  Organize my organizing!  Enough said.

2.  Organize my money.  I know where every penny comes from and goes in my business.  Personally, I don’t have a clue.  I’m going to find out this year.

3.  Organize my computers/iphone/ipad.  I need to do a lot of file archiving, cleaning up and of course, BACKING UP!

4.  Organize food and recipes.  Tax season is an extra difficult time to eat healthy.  It’s not just the time to prepare, it’s that age old “what’s for dinner?”  My mind only thinks in terms of taxes — I’m useless in the kitchen.  Need a plan now.

And the list goes on and on for 12 organizing items.  I’m sure you’ll hear about them as the year goes on.

Choosing a word is a wonderful way to set intentions for the year.  Our little Fly Tribe has a whole blog hop about it.  Visit some sites — I think you’ll enjoy it.  What’s your word for 2013?