Sunday, May 30, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tomorrow I am off and hoping to play around with some of my new goodies a bit. I have a craft fair to get ready for next weekend and I'd like to make a few more cards to sell...
Well...enough for now...
Monday, May 17, 2010
Anyhow...this has been one of the most relaxing, fun weekends I have had in a really long time! I had a 4-day weekend. (One of the things I do love about having two jobs and one of them being a college teacher!) We went out to dinner, bought some summer shorts for me in Old Navy (which is one of my guy's least favorite things but he went voluntarily and helped me pick out a few things), went to the plant nursery, picked up a few things at Target and had fun wandering around. We also just took time hanging out at home and relaxing a bunch. Watching movies, cooking dinners,...it was a really nice weekend! I also took an afternoon and went to Home Goods to buy a covered basket for my knitting so I don't have to stare at all my unfinished projects while sitting on the couch. And I also went to my LSS and got a few treats and came home to make some cards for an upcoming craft fair. I am hoping that today I will get my snapfish order so I can do a little scrapping later.
Today I started off my week with breakfast outside, enjoying my plants and the sun. I also saw a hummingbird come by looking for my feeder....which I haven't put out yet! I heard they keep returning to the same spot where a feeder has been. So I better buy some sugar so I can set up the feeder!
So....in a way this entire entry will serve as my "Monday Gratitudes" for the week! I am feeling content, relaxing and grateful this morning.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Today I am grateful for:
- extra days off
- time with my family yesterday celebrating my mom
- a paycheck
- movie theatre popcorn
- Robert Downey Jr. movies....Ironman!
- hot showers
- getting my hair cut and colored
- flip flops
- new white t-shirts
- warm spring days
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
gargoyle at a castle estate
Today I am in kind of a funk. No particular reason. Feeling unsettled, quiet, tired. I'm feeling a little of the I-know-the-grass-isn't-always-greener-but-I-can't-help-it-itis. I'm really trying to do some inner centering and grounding and just be grateful for where I am right now. Also feeling a bit lacking in the self-esteem department. No particular reaons. Probably just because I'm in my head too much. Yesterday I read this on Delaney Gates blog and I needed to hear it. I need a vacation. Time to completely clear my mind and relax. Not worry about the to-do lists. Or the should-be-doing lists. Although teaching has wound down for the year I still have my other work which gets busier in the summer with vacation coverage. I can't complain. I work 3-day work weeks in the summer. Can't beat that. I have so many projects and things I want to do. That is part of my problem. I overwhelm myself with ideas and projects and feel this nagging feeling when I don't finish everything.
Can anyone relate?
So today it is in my best interests to stick with tradition and do my Monday Gratitudes...
Today I am grateful for:
- clean laundry done and in the drawers
- five minutes I took to sit in the sun on the balcony
- new Martha Stewart magazine and a summer recipe booklet to get inspiration
- cabinets and fridge are full of good things
- lemonade by Paul Newman
- burger dinner
- grades are done...now to take a deep breath and send them in
- reading others thoughts on blogs that could be my own
- my art
- new art journal
- watercolor crayons
- getting the mail...especially if there are fun catalogues or magainzes
- new magazines
- a book to read
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Journal Spilling and have been looking through it since. I tried to convince myself I didn't need another journal to start this. I tried using some I had already started. But as I mentioned in an early entry I love starting journals. Something about all the new pages. New possibilities. So in honor of the end of the academic year and a lighter work week during the summer, I picked up a few things at Blick yesterday. Mainly I went in for these...
I had a 30% off coupon and so I splurged on the set of 30. I LOVE them! I love trying new materials. My first art love was charcoal. Black and white landscapes. I did those in college and still enjoy them. But it has been awhile since I have done a lot of drawing from life - or realistic. Later in grad school I loved NuPastels. I still enjoy those...along with my Prismacolor pencils. But only when I'm journaling or doing abstract stuff. Recently I have been enjoying watercolor pencils, my little set of travel watercolors and my waterbrush. If you have never tried a waterbrush I highly recommend the Yasutomo brand. I started with the medium brush. They work great for doing art while traveling.They are easy to bring to work with me and in between group sessions I can do a little thinking and painting. But they are so neat. I'm a perfectionist. But I have always wanted to have a big, overgrown, messy journal. I am not sure I can do it but I will try. It is a goal in life too. To let myself just try things and not worry about how it will look, etc. I am always hesitant about making "mistakes", getting messy, looking stupid, etc. All those insecurities. And being that I'm an art therapist...I want a dose of my own medicine. So I'm going to try it. Here's what I worked on today...
Started with a page of journaling about all the things on my mind. Then I let myself play around with gesso over my words and then my new Neocolors. Still a little neat for what I am trying to do. But it's a start.
Note: after writing this entry I noticed that Donna Downey's blog for her Inspiration Wednesday this week shows how she uses these watercolor crayons and her waterbrush in her art journal.Happy Saturday!