Monday, January 17, 2011

The Holiday draws to a close

Back from a marvelous adventure. Spent some good time with Mom - doing chores, running errands, dining in and out and just being together down at her place. She seems to be holding her own and I finally feel like I can breathe a bit. I really appreciate Melody coming with and doing most of the driving. She enjoys driving so much more than I do. Thank goodness she was free to join me.

Our new Pom, Shelby, is setting in nicely and getting more comfortable as an indoor beloved pet. Cierra is still having some jealousy issues, but over all, they are getting together well.

My Camp Crop weekend was great - didn't do a single layout, but made progress in my organizational projects as well as did a lot of project prep for a number of projects, build myself an altered art/journal binder (I like the binder because I'm often doing things out of sequence and as afterthoughts. Also, had gotten a nice little post-it note holder from Virginia Tech that I happily painted and varnished to be a cheery note on my desk. I do have photos but have yet to unpack the car. Perhaps later this evening I will make time to post them here for you. Overall, enjoyed the community time as well as my time alone in my room - serenity now!

Today is just computer catch up and maybe get through some of my emails and such before I head back to the office tomorrow. Should be able to get back into the swing of things now that I've had some time off to organize my thoughts.

Have you done anything crafty or creative lately? I'd love to hear about it.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vacation, phase one - wonderful

Had a lovely handful of days with Mom at her place in FL. Got to also visit with Mike, Val, Fran, Connie, Jennifer, Kylie and her friend. Melody, my ace chauffeur and chef got me safely there and back with minimal incidents. We were able to knock out some chores and take Mom out a few times to take care of her needs. Wish I could have stayed longer, but this year I need more than one vacation.

Tomorrow I load up the car and am off to a scrap adventure. Not sure what I'll bring or accomplish but plan to take a pile and just explore. Should be able to get my journal assembled for use and start working it regularly. Meant to do that sooner, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. C'est la vie!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year - New Beginning

I'm feeling quite hopeful for this new year. I've been thinking about doing more art stuff and am starting a daily journal. I'd like it to be a more artist year. For the book, I want to just go where I will with it. Have a nice, smallish chipboard binder that I want to alter - but since I have yet to decide what I want it to look like, I'm leaving it naked for now. I'd like to play with mixed media and also in more creative writing. We'll see how it goes. The last thing I want is more burdens in the new year, but if I can keep it in perspective, I think it will be a positive thing. Signed up for a few daily journal prompt sites and the like. Looking forward to new expressions.

Anyhow, if you're going to be working a journal this year, give a shout out - let's encourage each other.